I'm a Christian and a believer of GOD by heart, and i do have high regards and respect to the Catholic church because this is where i started building my spiritual foundation since the day i was born, until i was reborn and now serving a Christian fellowship that inspires me to honor God and make disciples. Today, i just can't help but share my personal feelings while watching the coverage of the Pope's visit. When i saw him reaching out to our fellow Filipinos, it gave me some sort of excitement, feelings of joy that is indescribable. I was deeply moved and overwhelmed by his presence while staring at him on national television's live forecast. Honest to goodness, it made me teary-eyed... and then cried.

I really don't know what was with this man that made me cry that moment when i saw him waving his hand to all the Filipino crowd. It was a feeling beyond blessed. I believe he is different from all the others. I can sense his genuine personality through his face. And his SMILE shows that he has so much LOVE to give. More over, it was his humility and simplicity that is truly dominant in his nature that made me admire him as a proclaimed Catholic leader of the world. His message has touched so many lives including mine. And i adore him for being realistic and kind hearted, his love and compassion for the poor and the exploited, those who are suffering from social or spiritual injustices, and to our dear Overseas Filipino Workers who are far from family and country, as well as his advocacy for peace to every nation and between religions is beyond awe-inspiring.

I am just hoping against hope that his visit and his messages can change the perspective of our countrymen for the betterment of our nation. I hope that every individual (including me) and most especially our leaders can live a Christ-like character, who shows compassion, love and humbleness. Regardless of religion and belief, we only have one God and the gospel only teaches us how to live like Christ. If there's one lesson that I have learned from Pope Francis, it is the personal application of God's word in our lives. Christianity is beyond faith and belief, it is the enactment of the gospel that must be lived in our everyday lives. Transformation starts within ourselves, our actions will speak for us and everything else will follow. 

Pope Francis is but a living example of a true Christian who is walking the talk. And I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of people (including me) would admire him for his words and his works. Let us not forget that the Pope is also a human being who deserves respect, but our highest praise and worship should be to our Lord God Almighty. I thank God for sending Pope Francis as an instrument of goodwill, mercy and compassion, to bring inspiration and hope to every nation.

Indeed, the church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone can feel welcomed, loved, forgiven and encouraged to live the good life of the gospel. 

Some words to live by from Pope Francis:

"Religious freedom is a fundamental right, however, religion should not be used to commit violence or wage wars. Freedom of expression is also a fundamental right; but it should not be used to mock, insult, or provoke especially other religions. Rather than focus on their differences , various faiths and religions would do better to focus on what they agree on for the common good."

“Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence, a history of goodness which touches every story of suffering and opens up a ray of light.”

“If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him? The problem is not having this tendency, no, we must be brothers and sisters to one another...”

“The only way to escape corruption, the only way to overcome the temptation to – the sin of – corruption, is service. Corruption is pride, arrogance – and service humiliates you.”

“Gossip can also kill, because it kills the reputation of the person. It is so terrible to gossip. At first it may seem like a nice thing, even amusing, like enjoying a candy. But in the end, it fills the heart with bitterness, and even poisons us.”

Let us continue to live by God's word... 
Have a meaningful weekend everyone! 

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