Presentation on theme: "Pope on promises: “I’d like to tell you something close to my heart: When I saw from Rome that catastrophe [Typhoon Yolanda], I felt that I had to be."— Presentation transcript:
Pope on promises: “I’d like to tell you something close to my heart: When I saw from Rome that catastrophe [Typhoon Yolanda], I felt that I had to be here. I am here to be with you, a little bit late, I have to say, but am here.”
“So many of you have lost everything. I don’t know what to say to you…All I can do is to keep silent, and I walk with you all in my silent heart.”
On family values: “Proclaim the beauty of truth of the Christian message against the confusing presentations of sexuality, marriage and family…by a lack of openess to life!” “Every threat to the family is a threat to society itself!”
MERCY AND COMPASSION for the little ones: the poor, the children, the weak, the sick, the abandoned, the abused, the abandoned, the oppressed, the elderly. “Suffer the little children to come to me…!”
“Be sanctuaries of respect for life, proclaiming the sacredness of every human life from conception to natural death.”
Seeing Pope Francis is seeing Jesus! “Let me emphasize that my going to the Philippines is not centered on me, but on Jesus!”
On the young and children: “To all the young people, I give you the love and the hope of the Church, for you are the future of the Church!” “The Christ-child is a constant reminder for Christian Filipinos to embrace their identity as God’s children.” “The child Jesus was Himself protected from a corrupt King by St. Joseph!”
On Family “The family needs to be protected against insidious attacks and programs contrary to all that we hold true and sacred, all that is most beautiful and noble in our culture.” “The family is threatened by growing efforts of some powerful forces to redefine the very institution of marriage by the lack of openness to life.”
On responsible Parenthood : “ Do not breed like rabbits!”
On women: “Listen to women, they have much to tell us in our society today! Sometimes we are too MACHISTAS, and we don’t allow them. But they see things from a different angle and are capable to pose questions that men are able to understand. The next time the Pope comes, there should be more women in attendance!”
On governance: “It is now, more than ever necessary that political leaders be outstanding for honesty, integrity, and commitment to the common good” “Shun corruption, end social exclusion and scandalous inequality that divert resources from the poor.”
ON THE SERVICE TO OTHERS The girl who died a meaningful death—Kristel Mae Padasas. Pope Francis also remembered Kristel Padasas, the young woman who died in a freak accident in Tacloban after attending a Holy Mass led by the pope. “[Her father] said she died in service, he was seeking words to confirm himself to this situation, to accept it. A people that knows how to suffer, that’s what I saw and how I interpreted the gestures,” he added.
ON GRIEVING AND CRYING: “Learn how to weep, as Christ wept with compassion to the poor widow who lost her only son, He wept for Lazarus and for the people who are lost without a sheep. We only see things in life when our eyes are cleansed by our tears!” On Glyzelle: ”She is the only one who has put a question that has no answer, and she was not even able to express it in words but in tears.” “If you do not know how to cry, you cannot be good Christians. There are tears born in silent words! There are some realities in life, we only see through eyes that are cleansed with our tears.”
“You are our raincoat in the rain!” Archbishop Soc Villegas
On prayer and love for our mothers and Mama Mary: “It is perhaps the only word that we can say in such difficult times: Mother, Mom.” “We are not alone. Let us know that we have a mother, Mary, and our great brother, Jesus. We are not alone.” “Thank you Lord, because in the moments of greatest darkness in your life, on the Cross, you remembered us and you left us a mother, your mother. Thank you Lord for not leaving us as orphans.”
On difficult moments: “We have a Lord who is capable of crying with us, capable of walking with us in the most difficult moments of life. Christ cried and understood our lives, because, before we suffered, He suffered first.”
On the advice of the Pilot about the storm “Amang”: “I have come to the Philippines to be in Tacloban, I have anticipated any [eventualities or disasters], we have to fly there in any case.” Capt. Roland Narciso, PAL Pilot: “It was challenging, but if you have the Pope as your passenger in the plane [even on a stormy weather], we can never do wrong?”
Stewardess Elsa Yuson: “Heavenly encounter;” there was turbulence; normally I was afraid, but not with the Pope! It is like the boy who said: “I am not afraid, because the pilot is my Dad!”
CAROL UY-Stewardess: “This was holiness surrounding our country. It was a life-changing experience, it was heavenly. What do I do now with the rosaries [he blessed], will it be a souvenir, or just another item for keepsake? It should transform our lives. The rain for three days was no coincidence, it was the mercy and compassion of the Lord that washed away our hurts, our pains, discords and sinfulness. Now we start a new beginning.”
On leaving it up to God "Many of you have asked the Lord: 'Why, Lord?' And to each of you, your heart, Christ responded from his heart upon the cross. I have no more words to tell you. Let us leave it to Christ. He is the Lord. He understands us because he underwent all the trials that we, or you, have experienced.”
To the youth: “Today, you are loaded with information, but do not become youth museums. You are loaded with information, but you do not know what to do with it! The most important lesson in the University and in life is to learn how to love, and not just accumulating information without knowing what to do with it! Through love, that information shall bear fruit!” “Avoid the psychology of computers that we know it all!. Otherwise, you become youth museums.”
On the service to the church and to others: “You are the hope of the Church. Offer yourselves passionately and honestly to the great work of renewing society and a better world.”
On salvation: “Jesus is nailed to the cross, and from there he experienced all calamities. Therefore, he is capable of understanding us.” On God's love: "Please know Jesus never lets you down. Please know that the love and tenderness of Mother Mary never lets you down."
On recovery: "And with the power that comes from Jesus’ love on the cross, let us move forward, always forward. And work together as brothers and sisters in the Lord forward.” “Let us look to that Christ on the Cross. He understands us because, He endured everything…Please know, Jesus never lets you down. Please know that the love and tenderness of Mother Mary never lets you down!”
On the hospitality and warmness of Filipinos: "The gestures moved me. They are not protocol gestures, they are good gestures, felt gestures, gestures of the heart. Some almost make one weep. There’s everything there: faith, love, the family, delusion, the future,” "When I passed and a father would make this (gesture) and I blessed him, he would say thank you but…for them, a blessing was enough. I thought, but I who have so many expectations, I want this and I want that. This was good for me, no? Moving moments for me! ”
"The most moving moment…For me the mass in Tacloban was very moving. Very moving. To see all of God’s people standing still, praying, after this catastrophe, thinking of my sins and those people, it was moving, a very moving moment. In the moment of the mass there, I felt as though I was annihilated (“wiped out”), I almost couldn’t speak. I felt very little I don’t know what happened to me, maybe it was the emotion, I don’t know," Pope Francis said.
Three languages: “Use the three languages: the language of the mind, the language of the heart, and the language of the hands— think good, feel good and do good!”
The God of surprises: “God is the God of surprises, because He loved us first and awaits us with a surprise! Just like Matthew, the tax-collector. A good financier, but betrayed his people by being corrupt while serving the Romans. Jesus called him: ‘Follow me!’”—Painting of Caravaggio
On giving and receiving : “Do you give? Do you give help? But, do you allow yourselves to receive?” To the young man who approached him : “Solo de falta una cosa!” —“You lack only one thing!” To become a beggar—to learn how to beg, but also to receive with humility! “Do you allow others to give their riches to you who do not have riches?” Even rich and poor, let themselves be beggars before God!” Learn to offer your hand from your very own poverty!
The Devil: “The Devil is the father of lies. Often he hides his snares behind the appearance of sophistication, the allure of being ‘modern’ like everyone else. He distracts us with earthly pleasures, superficial pastimes. And so, we squander our God-given gifts by tinkering with gadgets, we squander our own through gambling and drink…!”
Reality is superior to ideas: “I’m sorry, I did not read my prepared speech for you, but the reality that you all have is superior than the paper that I have in front of me!”
The throng of Filipinos—6 million! Show of force?
What’s in the Pope’s bag? “It didn’t have the key of the atomic bomb! Alas! I carried it because I’ve always done so: when I travel, I carry it,” the Pope told a reporter in Brazil who asked the same question. “What is inside? There is my razor, there is the Breviary, there is the agenda, there is a book to read – I took one on Saint Teresina to whom I am devoted. I have always carried the bag when I travel: it’s normal,” Francis said. “(We) must be normal… we must get used to being normal, the normality of life,” he said.
“The great danger is a certain materialism which can creep into our lives. Only by becoming poor ourselves, will we be able to identity with the least of our brothers and sisters!” Dante Hipolito’s ‘Salubong’