Growing up and being educated by the Jesuits, I always loved how these men of the Church stressed, in every opportunity, to impart this value to all of their students. This lesson became one of the many reasons why the Jesuits became my heroes.
Considered to be at the core of Ignatian spirituality, finding the Domino (Lord) in Omnibus (everything) became a practice for everyday. It’s a piece of St Ignatius himself that I’m glad to have taken home and take with me wherever I go.
Undoubtedly, I owe much of who I am today because of my Jesuit education.
So, you can imagine my excitement when a very good friend of mine, David Lozada, who was covering Pope Francis, the first Jesuit Pope, messaged me asking, “Do you want to see the Pope?”
“Yes,” I said. And I had never been so excited in my life.
My “yes” meant joining Rappler’s MovePH team and being on-site wherever the Vicar of Christ would be during his stay in Manila. The first two days had me going around Quirino and SM MOA and interviewing people regarding their thoughts and feelings on the pontiff’s visit. As our team lead told us, there were stories everywhere.
Waking up at 6am and fighting through crowds were just some of the challenges we had to go through everyday just for the chance to see the pope. It was all worth it. In those 3 days, I found myself encountering the God of surprises my educators have introduced me to.
Through all that scrambling, I got more than I bargained for: I saw Christ. Not just once but over twelve times.
1) He sold me a Pope Francis pin for P10
2) He then introduced himself as Antonio Cabreza
4) I saw Him excited as the sirens preceding the Pope mobile came closer
As the beloved Argentinian pope flew back home, I can only wonder what other surprises He’ll leave to be uncovered.
When I’ll get to see Pope Francis again, only God will really know. But when will I see Him again? Most likely on the next train ride I take or in the next seatmate in class I’ll have.
If you take a second to really look at someone, you might be surprised. I know I was and I couldn’t be more thankful for it. – Rappler.com
Serge Gabriel chased Pope Francis in Manila over the last 4 days as a Rappler Mover. He is an avid runner, writer, and an aspiring philosophy professor. This article also appears on his blog.