Our country, the Philippines is so blessed to have been given 5 days of the pope’s very precious time. I was not able to personally go out to see him, but I made sure that I kept a close watch of his activities and public appearances on TV. Even just by seeing the events on screen, and simply watching all the things that was going on out there was truly a very heartwarming sight.
The multitude of people who were all so looking forward to even just catch a glimpse of the pope even in the midst of an uncooperative weather and drenched in rain, they were all simply there—patiently waiting for the holy one’s arrival. Over 6 million people came, all with the hope to see God’s messenger. They didn’t mind whether they would only see him from afar, or if they would ever really see him at all. They also didn’t mind how fast it would all be if ever the pope passed their way. It was all an experience that was about faith, and of course love.
All the pope’s messages were so inspiring and meaningful, and each piece of his thought was simply moving as every word came from his heart. The Filipinos deeply felt the sincerity of his concern for them, in the same way that every Filipino also genuinely welcomed the pope and his blessings. The pope’s mere presence comforted us and made us feel that we are never alone. What is even more touching is the thought that we are all one in prayer. We need him to pray for us, in the same way that he needs us to pray for him.
In all those days that he was here, the pope was able to unite the people and somehow led them home to their faith, and at the same time reminded each one of us about God’s love and mercy. The pope along with the entire nation was just such a very overwhelming sight. It was just all so beautiful, and an experience that was simply very poignant.