Sabado, Enero 17, 2015


State Visit & Apostolic Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis- A Synthesized Perspective
By: Teddy Cho and Ver M. Garcia

 Image of Pope Francis at the International Media Center hosted by Manila Hotel, Rizal Park, Manila

Pope Francis all smiles

Pope Francis smiles from ear to ear

Media Center inside Manila Hotel (Photo by V. Garcia)

A semblance of Unwaivering Faith. The celebration of Black Nazarene infront of Sta. Cruz Church (Photo by V. Garcia)

The devotees restop at  Plaza Sta. Cruz. (Photo by V. Garcia)

Devotees parading the Black Nazarene in Dasmarinas St., Binondo, Manila (Photo by: V. Garcia)

The first time I saw the clearing of Dasmarinas St., Binondo, Manila from all kinds of vehicles. (Photo by: V. Garcia)

Procession closing in at the Jones Bridge, Manila (Photo by: V. Garcia)

Do not dwell on past mistakes.. concentrate and focus on GOD through Mercy and Compassion. A person who dwells in a union with Christ experiences joy and peace. To live is to dedicate oneself to Christ.. not all are ready to consecrate oneself that's why, we have the Blessed Mary as it was quoted in the Bible in one of its seven last words of Christ. John symbolizes the true faithful of our time.

John 19:26-27*
26] When Jesus therefore had seen his mother and the disciple standing whom he loved, he saith to his mother: Woman, behold thy son. [27] After that, he saith to the disciple: Behold thy mother. And from that hour, the disciple took her to his own.

The Blessed Mother since that day (John 19:26-27) up to our time intercedes for us in prayer. His Holiness Pope Francis Jorge Mario Bergoglio speech in Palo, Leyte clearly gives us this insights (My Mama) Mother Mary invites us and intervenes for us to imitate Christ.  In return Christ brings us to be with Mother Mary.

 To quote from Philippians 2:1-15*
      He recommends them to unity and humility, and to work out their salvation with fear and trembling.
[1] If there be therefore any consolation in Christ, if any comfort of charity, if any society of the spirit, if any bowels of commiseration: [2] Fulfill ye my joy, that you may be of one mind, having the same charity, being of one accord, agreeing in sentiment. [3] Let nothing be done through contention, neither by vain glory: but in humility, let each esteem others better than themselves: [4] Each one not considering the things that are his own, but those that are other men' s. [5] For let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

[6] Who being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: [7] But emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being made in the likeness of men, and in habit found as a man. [8] He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even to the death of the cross. [9] For which cause God also hath exalted him, and hath given him a name which is above all names: [10] That in the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those that are in heaven, on earth, and under the earth:
Bravery that inspired several people despite the typhoon storm signal Amang. Pope Francis proceeded to Tacloban, Leyte.
1 Corinthian 1-25* 
[25] For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
[25] The foolishness: That is to say, what appears foolish to the world in the ways of God, is indeed most wise; and what appears weak is indeed above all the strength and comprehension of man.
[26] For see your vocation, brethren, that there are not many wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble: [27] But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong. [28] And the base things of the world, and the things that are contemptible, hath God chosen, and things that are not, that he might bring to nought things that are: [29] That no flesh should glory in his sight. [30] But of him are you in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and justice, and sanctification, and redemption: speaks about the foolishness of man, if you can relate this verse to Romans 8:26-31. Quotation , if God be with us, who is against us. 

Romans 8:26-31*
[26] Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmity. For we know not what we should pray for as we ought; but the Spirit himself asketh for us with unspeakable groanings. [27] And he that searcheth the hearts, knoweth what the Spirit desireth; because he asketh for the saints according to God. [28] And we know that to them that love God, all things work together unto good, to such as, according to his purpose, are called to be saints. [29] For whom he foreknew,he also predestinated to be made conformable to the image of his Son; that he might be the firstborn amongst many brethren. [30] And whom he predestinated, them he also called. And whom he called, them he also justified. And whom he justified, them he also glorified.
[26] Asketh for us: The Spirit is said to ask, and desire for the saints, and to pray in us; inasmuch as he inspireth prayer, and teacheth us to pray. [29] He also predestinated: That is, God hath preordained that all his elect should be conformable to the image of his Son. We must not here offer to pry into the secrets of God's eternal election; only firmly believe that all our good, in time and eternity, flows originally from God's free goodness; and all our evil from man's free will. [31] What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who is against us?
We can understand why Pope Francis risked his life but of course, the lives entrusted to  Pope Francis has to be preserved Matthew 8:26-27. 

[26] And Jesus saith to them: Why are you fearful, O ye of little faith? Then rising up he commanded the winds, and the sea, and there came a great calm. [27] But the men wondered, saying: What manner of man is this, for the winds and the sea obey him? Pope Francis teaches Faith, Hope and Love and confirms what he teaches through actions and deeds. The plane could have crashed but, 1Cor.1:25-28 speaks loudly. 

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