Hope from the Pope on Real Love
Philippines is the only (predominantly) Christian nation in Asia. Perhaps, most parts of the world have heard and seen how Filipinos have withstood relentlessly the many trials from natural calamities to man-made catastrophes (wars and the daily battles against poverty) almost every time. Yet amidst all those, our people have not gone totally weary and hopeless, perhaps it is because of our faith. We've always managed to stand up and rebuild our lives, over and over again, storm after storm.
The Holy Father, Pope Francis has definitely not only breathed hope in us and refreshed our tired yet resilient spirits but more importantly, he has left us with unequivocal messages of God's enormous Love.
I am deeply touched by how God had spoken through the Holy Father. Lolo Kiko as how Pope Francis is called by many Filipinos has clearly exemplified how Christians should be, that is, to be Compassionate, Loving and Joyful. I personally love the many faces I have seen in him. He smiles from the heart!
Here is my struck from his message to the youth:
"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." - Pope Francis
This message really came timely as I have declared to Fear Less and Love More this year. And yes, that means that I not only have to share more love but I also need to learn how to receive love gracefully. It is a joy to be reminded that God loves me and that He can never be outdone in any way. And because He knows my life story and how I have always settled for unrequited love in the past, I feel that He is telling me now to start opening myself again and enjoy being loved. Even if I am stubborn and impatient trying to make things happen my way, I know He works mysteriously as he takes care of my desires. I just need to learn how to bask in His Love, to embrace His Love gracefully. And so I wait to be surprised!
Thank you Lord for sending Pope Francis to be your messenger. And thank you Lolo Kiko for showing us God's Love.
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