2/5/15

MEETING POPE FRANCIS


The feeling hasn’t changed. It was a decade ago. Still I was star  struck, speechless, had goose bumps, teary eyed, feeling so very blessed. I had  almost seen the Lord! Yes, seeing him is like meeting Jesus himself.  However, there was  a big difference this time.  Twenty years ago, I saw him in person. He was just a stone throw away, but now he was so miles away.
 
I was in the office when Pope Francis arrived in the Philippines. I watched his arrival in my cellphone TV which I purposely bought for this event.  It was so amazing. Even on my cellphone, I couldn’t help feeling excited as if I was also at the tarmac with many others waiting for him. For me, his holiness comes out from my phone which made me teary eyed. I wanted to shout with excitement just like the people who patiently waited for him. Going home, I still held my phone inside the  tricycle.  It was getting noisy around and I decided to connect my head set. Then I noticed my seat mate switched on her cellphone TV, too.  Obviously she was watching on my TV and since she couldn’t hear anymore, she had to switch on her own. I thought I was alone doing it. I couldn’t wait to get home already,where our TV screen is wider.
 
At home, I had a better view of the Pope. For me it was better than being in Manila. I was comfortably seated holding my phone taking photos and videos. Whenever Pope Francis  was closed up, I almost feel his holiness. I felt that we were so close and I wanted to hold his hand and hug him, too, like others that gets near him.
 
He was so humble. It was like Jesus himself came to the Filipinos.  He came to live with the Filipinos. To mention a few, he wore the same colored raincoat that the peop had, we braced the same typhoon that day, he road in a jeep (one of the Pope mobile was made and designed from a jeepney) he ate with the very majority  kind of people that we had. The poor and the lame and the sick were his guests. They were the VIP’s or the people in front and on stage. A few mothers with children outside the  Apostolic Nunciature were he stayed were surprised when the guards told them the Pope wanted to meet them.  They were brought  to him and blessed them and gave them rosaries and medals. He love children too. On some of his motorcades he would bend and touch his driver to stop and made his guards get the babies among the crowd to kiss and bless them.  
 
There were many incidents that made me cry while watching on TV. Whether it be the actions of the Pope or the people.  I cried a lot  watching his visit to Tacloban City. Signal number two typhoon Amang didn’t prevent him from going there. In the first place, it was the main reason that he came to the Philippines. Like the people in Tacloban, I also felt sad that he had to leave so soon because the typhoon is getting stronger. He was also sad, because he had prepared something  for them. There he had lunch with the typhoon victims. They talked with each one of them, listened to them, ate the same food with them.
 
Many of Pope Francis' messages touched me, too. Like;
 
      *The most important subject that we have to learn in life is to learn how to love.
      *Allow yourselves to be surprised by God.
       *If you don’t learn how to cry, you can’t be a good Christian

His last message to the people in Tacloban was to pray for him and keep quiet.
 
On the Pope’s last day, I was in the office again. Unfortunately, we were having a meeting and I didn’t get the chance to watch on my cellphone TV. When I noticed that it was already ten o’clock, I felt a pinch of sadness in my heart.  The Pope had left.
 
The love of every Filipino for the head of the Roman Catholic Church was overwhelming that even just on TV, almost everyone I know was  affected by the then popular "POPE EFFECT" hush tag.
 
Thank you and I love you, Holy Father Pope Francis, I will continue to pray for you.












 
 
 

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