The crowd yesterday morning as we all wait for the Pope to pass from the Arch of the Centuries.
I wasn’t able to get a photo or video of His Holiness as I preferred to have that glimpse of him without a device in my hand. And truly, like what others have told, that momentary sight of him was a one of a kind experience. Seeing him waving his hand, looking at us with eyes that seem to want to converse, greeting us with a smile that seems to not know hot to get tired, lifted in me such a very blessed feeling.
And his message for the youth as well as his homily during the Holy Mass in Luneta gave us the caring and wise words that we all needed. May his words fill our minds and hearts everyday and guide us in our decisions.
“Real love is about loving and letting yourself be loved. It’s harder to let yourself be loved than to love. That is why it is so difficult to come to the perfect love of God. We can love Him but we must let ourselves be loved by Him. Real love is being open to the love that comes to you. The love that surprises us. If you only have information you are not surprised. Love surprises because it opens a dialogue of loving and being loved. God is a God of surprise because He loved us first. God awaits us to surprise us. Let us allow ourselves to be surprised by God. Let us not have a computer psychology that makes us think we know it all. All answers on computers – but no surprises. The challenge of love. God reveals himself through surprises.”
“Don’t be afraid of surprises. They shake the ground beneath our feet and they make us insecure but they move us in the right direction.”
“Real love allows you to spend yourselves, to leave your pockets empty. Think of St Francis who died with empty hands and empty pockets but with a full heart. Remember: no young museums, and wise young people. To be wise use three languages: think well, feel well and do well. And to be wise allow yourselves to be surprised by the love of God. That will guarantee a good life.”
“Reality is superior to ideas”
The hours of waiting and being drenched in the rain was all worth it.
Mabuhay ka Pope Francis. Jesus Christ is alive in you, and we will pray for you.