Remain Focused On The Things That Matter – Pope Francis

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Jan 1995, was 7 months pregnant w/ my 2nd daughter when I went to Roxas Boulevard to wait Pope John Paul II along Roxas Blvd.

Actually, I escaped.  I told at home, will buy something.  I lied.  LOL! If they knew that I will be going there, they will not allow me.

When news came by that Pope Francis will be coming, promised to attend his mass. Even loved ones told me it would be a kiosk going there, still I insist.

Walking from Buendia to Rizal monument while raining is a recollection of Catholic faith to the Lord represented by our loving Pope.

Here I am excited to take pictures assuring that I was already near even this is only Vito Cruz when I saw the poster of Pope Francis.  Quite gloomy on my ITouch because of the weather, still I don’t really mind.

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Souvenir along the way were a lot. We were looking for t-shirt then but were out-of-stock already.

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Rain keep on pouring but it does not stop people to stand still and wait for the mass.

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As advice by my brother, if we cannot pass by to the quadrant, the best place was infront of Jose Rizal Monument or the Tamaraw statue where big screens and speakers were placed in hearing the mass.

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Since my rubber shoes was totally sponge by water inside, I have to remove it to keep my feet free up.  We bought some black garbage bags around selling P 15.00 each.  We have our umbrellas, still, this was not allowed if there were persons at the back of you watching.

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My youngest daughter who were all smile despite the crowded place and continuous rain.  I am soo proud of her that I don’t hear any complains while we were walking.

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Candles were lighted up while singing “Tell the World of His Love” which made me teary eyed.

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Did I saw Pope Francis in person?

Yes twice!

One near National Library and the other one infront of Rizal Monument.

Unfortunately, I did not have the chance to raise my camera as I glance those 3 seconds to see him with my own eyes.  For me, that is enough.

At the beginning, I did not expect to really see him but to personally hear the Sunday mass.  So I was really thanking the Lord for giving me those chances.

My reflection?

Reminder of simple living, revitalizing value for each other and boosting how far one can go to your faith are some of the fruitful reminders. Thanks Pope Francis for the blessing of your presence to our country.

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As I ended this post, I have collected also several quotes shared by my social media friends around to remind us on Pope Francis gift of wisdom especially if it concerns family.

1.  Protect your families, your country’s greatest treasure.  Nourish them,

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2.  May the Sto. Nino continue to bless the Philippines….And please don’t forget to pray for me…God Bless You…

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3. Begin with your families and communities, in building a world of justice, integrity and peace.

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4.  Children have the right to grow up in a family with a father and a mother capable of creating a suitable environment for the child’s development and emotional maturity.

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I love also this 10 different worthy poster that I will treasure for Pope Francis visit that would guide me for the rest of the months to come for 2015.  These are my precious souvenirs from the pope. Hope you like it too.

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Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines 2015 by Jinkee Umali of www.livelifefullest.com

Pope Francis Visit to the Philippines 2015 by Jinkee Umali of www.livelifefullest.com