Ilong­gos ‘re­mem­ber’ God dur­ing quake

Watchmen Daily Journal - - Opinion -

“Suf­fer­ing, fail­ure, lone­li­ness, sor­row, dis­cour­age­ment, and death will be part of your jour­ney, but the King­dom of God will con­quer all th­ese hor­rors. No evil can re­sist grace for­ever.” –Brennan Man­ning

Af­ter a 4.8-mag­ni­tude earth­quake struck Iloilo last Mon­day morn­ing, so­cial me­dia was im­me­di­ately flooded with prayers. “Lord, pro­tect us from the earth­quake,” “My God, there’s an­other one – we need your pro­tec­tion, oh God, Almighty,” “Let us pray for our safety the earth is shak­ing,” etc.; there were also those seek­ing out loved ones via mes­sen­ger – “Are you safe there?,” “I hope you are all OK,” “There’s an earth­quake here, very strong,” “Please pray for us,” “We will pray for your safety – just pray,” etc.

“Prayer,” “Lord,” “God,” “Pray for us,” “Pro­tect us,” and “Save us” were the hottest words – Ro­man Catholics even re­cited the names of saints for pro­tec­tion and sal­va­tion. Many prayed hard in­deed, with some vis­it­ing churches to light can­dles.

Re­gard­less of faith, we hear the same prayers dur­ing floods, ty­phoons, fires, vi­o­lence, and other catas­tro­phes; only athe­ists refuse to make pleas to ghosts in heaven (they will prob­a­bly wait for when the world crum­bles to sub­mit their fate). If we cry out to God dur­ing times of cri­sis, He will (and can) bring help and He can bring a mul­ti­tude of bless­ings out of ev­ery cir­cum­stance. There is noth­ing wrong with send­ing pe­ti­tions to the Cre­ator via so­cial me­dia.

How­ever, why do we have a pen­chant to re­mem­ber God dur­ing times of cri­sis? Such prayers can also be made dur­ing nor­mal times. The prob­lem is many are ne­glect­ful of the duty to be faith­ful – there is a lazi­ness and ap­a­thy when it comes to

this area of life.

When wak­ing up, many for­get to say a prayer to thank God for the gift of love, daily bread, and life; but they are quick to open so­cial me­dia and post photos de­pict­ing one's lat­est es­capades, events, food, etc. – God is for­got­ten and takes a back seat. Yet, when calamity strikes, peo­ple are rat­tled and pan­icked and the first rec­ol­lec­tion is God and His in­ter­ces­sion is im­me­di­ately sought af­ter.

It is im­pos­si­ble not to be moved dur­ing the New York City Marathon, whether as a par­tic­i­pant, spec­ta­tor, ob­server, sports­writer, or sports­caster. The event, which took place last week­end, is ar­guably the most pres­ti­gious and big­gest marathon in the world

The marathon has every­thing; good weather, Cen­tral Park, col­or­ful aerial views, spa­cious routes, en­thu­si­asm from run­ners and or­ga­niz­ers, and in­ter­na­tional en­ergy em­a­nat­ing across the 26.2 mile route.

The most touch­ing mo­ment was when Kenya's Mary Kei­tany made the sign of a cross two sec­onds af­ter cross­ing the tape, cap­tur­ing her fourth ti­tle. It was then I re­al­ized Kei­tany, who clocked in at 2:22:48 and be­came only the sec­ond fe­male to win four New York City Marathons, was a Ro­man Catholic.

Her par­ents must have named her af­ter ei­ther the Vir­gin Mary, the mother of Je­sus; or Mary Mag­da­lene, Je­sus' al­leged lover.

The marathon has been dom­i­nated by African ath­letes, Kam­woror, Ki­tata, De­sisa, Kei­tany, Cheruiyot, Okayo, to name a few. Many sports fans may not be fa­mil­iar with the names as they are all from Ethiopia and Kenya, coun­tries that have also pro­duced win­ners in the London Marathon, Bos­ton Marathon, and Olympics.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Philippines

© PressReader. All rights reserved.