Popeless Days

No Catholic could have foreseen a Pope resigning.

Not even Cardinals.

“Like thunder that gives no notice” Cardinal Arinze said after Pope Benedict announced his abdication from the seat of St. Peter.

Considered the Church’s most respected contemporary theologian, this Pope must’ve planned this ahead, and there were signs that he did.

The process of electing a Pope is one that’s traditionally established. It is extraordinarily democratic. Which surprises a lot of outsiders. A solid process that has served the Church and Her people for centuries.

Not qualified to assess who’s going to get voted in but I’m praying for Chito, every good Filipino Catholic should.

Exciting time to be Catholic. There will be a new Pope celebrating Easter Mass in Vatican!

The last few months has been a transformational phase for me spiritually. I find it ironic that it is in this foreign land that I can claim to have fully accepted, with all the terms and conditions that comes with it, my being Catholic.

There’s so much time to study Church history and tradition these days. My proximity with this great Gothic church established by French missionaries (they intended to serve the small Teochew community in the area) 150 years ago also help foster this renewed enthusiasm for the Church.

Seeing new converts in this predominantly Chinese parish had a profound impact on how I interpret my faith. Just yesterday, the Priest called on a group of converts in front of the altar. There they prayed the Nicene Creed along with the rest. Some turned emotional, others smiling like they just fell in love.

In a few weeks, these people would experience the Holy Sacraments. Coming from a country where such conversions are unheard of, witnessing people joining the Church is a fascinating, powerful experience.

Sometimes when you’re relegated to the back you’re forced to be more reflective and meditative. I find comfort in silence these days. Trying to spend as much time in prayer and study. These helps me stay away from the distractions that comes with idle time.

Avoiding negative people (those that complains like the world is coming to an end) is also an important practice. My parents taught me never to align with such individuals. Leave them to wallow in their misery, not because you don’t want to help but because that’s how they chose to live.

The level of cynicism is just unbelievable these days. It’s alarming to hear especially from young people. There’s just so much to look forward to in this world – there’s nothing to be gained having a negative outlook on life. Nothing.

Ok, enough talk. Good nite.

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