Pope Francis Gives Hope to Filipinos

Amidst throngs of well-wishers at Villamor Airbase, Pope Francis, the People’s Pope, left the Philippines earlier today. I know a lot of hearts were saddened by his departure. I am one of them. While I wasn’t fortunate enough to see him in the flesh during his 3-day visit in the Philippines, I am quite aware and overwhelmed by the millions of lives he has touched and by the sincerity of his smile, words and actions.

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Photo credit: www.inquirer.net

Here is a man who was deeply moved by the sad plight of our kababayans who were hardly hit by typhoon Yolanda last 2013 that he had to come to our country to comfort the weary and to instill hope in the hearts of those who feel neglected, those who are hurting, those who are burdened, and those who feel weak and helpless. Here are excerpts from Pope Francis’s homily at the mass he celebrated in Tacloban City airport for the survivors of Yolanda, lifted from the Philippine Daily Inquirer:

I’d like to tell you something close to my heart. When I saw from Rome that catastrophe I had to be here. And on those very days I decided to come here. I am here to be with you – a little bit late, but I’m here. I have come to tell you that Jesus is Lord. And he never lets us down. Father, you might say to me, I was let down because I have lost so many things, my house, my livelihood. It’s true if you say that and I respect those sentiments. But Jesus is there, nailed to the cross, and from there he does not let us down. He was consecrated as Lord on that throne and there he experienced all the calamities that we experience. Jesus is Lord. And the Lord from the cross is there for you. In everything the same as us. That is why we have a Lord who cries with us and walks with us in the most difficult moments of life.

So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you. But the Lord does know what to say to you. Some of you have lost part of your families. All I can do is keep silence and walk with you all with my silent heart. Many of you have asked the Lord – why lord? And to each of you, to your heart, Christ responds with his heart from the cross. I have no more words for you. Let us look to Christ. He is the lord. He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, that you, have experienced. And beside the cross was his Mother. We are like a little child in the moments when we have so much pain and no longer understand anything. All we can do is grab hold of her hand firmly and say “Mommy” – like a child does when it is afraid. It is perhaps the only words we can say in difficult times – “Mommy”.

How can we Filipinos forget Pope Francis? We cannot. The Holy Father’s visit to the Philippines and his messages of love will forever remain in our hearts. We love you Pope Francis!

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21 Responses to Pope Francis Gives Hope to Filipinos

  1. Sol Razo says:

    What’s saddening about the recent’s Pope’s visit is the rumor that most of those donated cash were used to glamorously prepare for his arrival.

  2. Jhanis says:

    I saw his arrival and I had goosebumps! This man certainly has that aura of compassion and goodness. Kahit malayo ka, you will feel his sincerity!

  3. He is indeed the People’s Pope, he is so sincere and very kind.

  4. The next question is where do we go from here? I hope the goodness of Pope Francis rubs on to our politicians.

    • Aci says:

      speaking of politicians, nagamit na nga yung isa sa mga lines ni pope francis.”reject every form of corruption” nasa news na agad kanina about bsp and binay… omG… paraparaan.

  5. Too bad I missed seeing him.. He is truly a great spriritual model.. He has a very good aura!

  6. Edel says:

    His aura radiates not just with holiness but compassion and kindness as well. We were able to see him up-close 4x during his stay here in Manila 🙂

  7. I hope everyone gets to live all the beautiful lessons by heart. It will surely be a better place for our kids!

  8. We love Pope Francis! even if we did not get a chance to see him in person, his presence is truly strong!

  9. Pope Francis is one of a kind. I like him. 🙂

  10. Cherry says:

    I shed tears of indescribable happiness whenever i read/hear a story about the Pope’s recent visit in the Philippines. He’s just so sincere, genuine and humble. I am one of the many lives he touched and healed.

  11. Mommy Anna says:

    Pope Francis made a great impact in our country and our country men 🙂

  12. papaleng says:

    No wonder, Lolo Kiko as they say is truly a man of God who gives HOPE a real meaning.

  13. Aci says:

    people’s pope talaga sya. and madami akong natutunan. sana maapply yun sa buhay buhay.

  14. Maan says:

    I like the message of looking up to Christ best because He has already been through all of our sufferings. We just have to put our entire faith in Him. 🙂

  15. Marie says:

    Indeed he is the people’s Pope! 🙂
    That feeling you get whenever you see him even in your TV’s screen. Amazing!

  16. Ayi says:

    I was teary-eyed the whole time i was watching his mass in Tacloban. I really love Pope Francis. I am not that religious but he helps me restore my faith and beliefs back 🙂

  17. TweenselMom says:

    I just hope that despite all these pessimism, that there are still good seeds which were planted amongst us. I don’t think the Pope can really change the people. He is our inspiration but change will still depend on the people’s own faith.

  18. I missed this. Thanks for sharing. I get teary eyed just reading the news about Pope Francis. I hope we can live the truths that he shared. 🙂

  19. MrsMartinez says:

    Kakaiba talaga ang Pope Francis fever! Even my daughter knows him because his photos are everywhere.


  20. Janice says:

    I super love Pope Francis! We checked in a hotel Sunday night so that we can stake out on Roxas Boulevard to see him on his way to Villamor Air Base early Monday morning. Blogged about it too. 🙂

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