Philippine After the Typhoon: ‘Faith Stronger Than Storm’

By on December 3, 2013
woman praying at church in TACLOBAN CITY

By Maricar Cinco 

12:20 am | Monday, November 18th,  2013

TACLOBAN CITY—A woman stood in front of the altar at  Santo Niño Parish Church here on Sunday, unmindful of the rain falling on her  from the damaged ceiling of the century-old church that had its roof ripped off  by Super typhoon “Yolanda” on Nov. 8.My faith is stronger than Yolanda. I didn’t fear Haiyan (Yolanda). She should fear my God,” Anita Carillo told the Inquirer after the  Mass.“Even the rains cannot stop me from thanking the Lord  for saving me and my family. He is truly a caring and loving God,” she said,  wiping her face dry with a white veil.Others, like Marilyn Refugio of Sta. Rita town in  Samar, dropped by the church to seek Divine Intervention in the search for her  67-year-old mother, one of the more than 12,000 people reported missing after  Yolanda swept across the central Philippines.“I know God will lead me to my mother. He is our only  hope,” Refugio, 40, said, her voice breaking.

 

Rosario Capidos, who attended an earlier Mass  celebrated by Monsignor Alex Opiñano, said she went to church to reaffirm her  faith and ask for courage in facing the tragedy that had befallen hundreds of  thousands of people in the region. “We’re now homeless. But I’m very thankful I was able  to save the two most important people in my life, my grandsons,” she said. Capidos and many others wept as they sang “The Lord’s  Prayer.”

 

In his homily, Opiñano reminded the typhoon survivors  to keep their faith in God and to continue working together.
“Just hold on to Him. It’s our strong faith in Him that  will save us from this tragedy. We should draw our strength from him,” he said.  “As the song goes, there’s got to be a morning after.”

 

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Philippine After the Typhoon: ‘Faith Stronger Than Storm’