By Chloe Loquias
CFC SFL Fulltime Missionary
From time to time, I see trees lose their beauty as leaves wither and flowers don’t grow on them. Surprisingly there comes a time when I see them all pretty with green, healthy leaves and wonderfully colored flowers on them and amazingly bearing fruits. It took me a while to realize that it’s their roots that brings back the real beauty of those trees.
On the weekend of the World Singles Congress in Tarlac this February, I had the same realization for myself as I unexpectedly loved the thought of having the Holy Mass everyday during the Congress; unexpected because I admit that I never had the same appreciation of going to Mass as I do now. Before I even got to the WSC, I had my hesitations and fears because after that Congress I’ll be on my training to be a Fulltime Pastoral Worker. I wasn’t as excited as I used to be. I had a lot going on in my mind. I was scared – of being a stranger; of the things I’m not used to; and of the things I can’t control. The unusual thing was that I felt like God was talking to me through the Mass; the readings and the priests’ homilies on faith. They strike me as if they were what I needed to hear from Him; “Take courage for I will never leave you.” The same message every time and it was the promise I keep holding on to for almost a month now. The Holy Eucharist in itself is also a reminder of a great promise kept by the Father and made real by Christ’s passion. The whole experience made even better with the sessions and workshops. Not to forget the many friendships built and renewed by the Congress.
Just at that weekend, I realized that my withered faith blossomed and ones again will bear much fruit for I reunited with the root of my Catholic faith, the Holy Mass. I may not always be a strong and sturdy tree but my strength will always come from the root of my Catholic faith that will always be connected to my Strong God.