Sweet and genuine. That is how the Filipinos described Pope Francis’ smile during his motorcade along the roads of Manila. Each person has his own way of showing gratefulness to the Pope in visiting the country. They wave their hands and raise it as high as they can to at least feel the presence and touch of Pope Francis.
Filipinos are very excited to witness this most awaited event. We have all been waiting for this moment to see His Holiness. As what history can remember, my age tells the last time that a Papal Visit happened in the Philippines. It was then Pope and now Saint, John Paul II.
They say that seeing the Pope is one of the greatest things that could ever happen in your life. And I agree. Although I was not able to see him personally, I feel so calm. I feel so peaceful. I feel safe. I feel so happy. Knowing that he arrived in the country safely, it is enough for me to feel that way. Truth be told, at first, I don’t believe other people who keeps on telling that they feel so light when they witness a rite which involves the highly respected Popes. But when I saw Pope Francis’s face on the window of the airplane he’s riding, my heart skipped a beat. And when he smiles as he waves to the crowd, goosebumps are covering my body. That surreal feeling is what keeps me peaceful.
And when he mentioned in his speech in Malacañang about the Typhoon Yolanda, a river of tears flashed in my memory. Reminding me the disaster that took many lives that just happened a year ago. They are the reason of today’s Papal Visit. Pope Francis came for them.
He is really the People’s Pope.We Filipinos are very blessed, grateful and beyond happy to have Pope Francis visit our country. Image Source