I have no words for you. From the moment the Sri Lankan plane carrying you landed on the soil of the Philippines, we have been following every steps you take.
You arrived in our country to share our sentiments; to bring warmth to the nation slaughtered by the strongest storm that had ever hit the land (Typhoon Yolanda/ Haiyan). But more than that, you intend to bring us closer to God.
You show us how the existence of poor is not a sign of bad luck, but a sign of inequality, of resources being deprived to the ones who need it the most.
Mercy and Compassion is key, you said. Reject corruption, too.
You teach us to never let go of our dreams for it is in our capacity to dream that we will be able to learn to love again.
I never looked at it this way. You are right. It’s been a long while since I last dreamed. I almost forgot how dreams filled me with hope, positivity, and warmth. The trials made me stop dreaming but yes, I will dream again.
You also tell us how in our most trying times, we just say it all to the Lord and our Mother Mary because they will never abandon us even when everybody else does.
I remember during my darkest times, I go to the church almost every day. I haven’t been doing this for quite some time now but your presence managed to pull me back, as if the Church calls me again. You are like a magnet, I must say.
But of course, you also said that you are also human just like the rest of us. While the rest of the nation is giving you a warm welcome, we will also take note to exude such warm greetings to one another. That’s the most important.
Dear Pope, you have a gift to speak directly to our hearts. You touch us with your words, your smile, even your mere silence and presence is overwhelming. We feel very blessed.
At 78, you don’t show any signs of being tired; you even shared a storm signal no. 2 with our fellows in Tacloban.
You never seem to get tired although we know you are. We observe you catching your breath after a long walk in Malacañang and after going down from your Pope Mobile where you stood for hours, just to greet and bless the crowd around you.
You show us how to be human, how to be open to other people’s choices and conditions, and how to be more loving.
Your relentless waving at people who have waited for hours just to see you is nothing sort of amazing.
The Filipino nation has nothing but appreciation for you. We wish you good health today and always.
Pope, please eat well and take your vitamins. Please don’t get sick, nor over fatigued.
As we continue to pray with you, please pray for us too. For us to never lose our ability to dream, to hope, and to pray, above all.
May God bless you, our beloved Pope Francis. You will always be in every Filipino’s prayers. We love you very much, more than words can tell.
See you tomorrow in Luneta. 🙂