Cebu City, Nov. 8, 2015 – What’s the secret to Pinoys’ signature “survivor smile”? It is nothing but faith, hope, and love, says a priest.
“Disasters bring out the best [in Filipinos] when in the first place because there was something in good in them to begin with…What makes it possible for the best to be brought out there is because in our hearts there is already [something good]: faith hope and caritas,” said Cebu Auxiliary Bishop Dennis Villarojo during his welcome address at the Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) Summit ongoing now at the Hotel Elizabeth, Cebu City.
“[There is] the gift of God…the seed of God’s love in our hearts nurtured on a daily basis,” he added.
Caritas = love
Villarojo stressed ultimately it is faith that has sustained Filipinos after weathering so many calamities and hardships.
He noted: “If we don’t have this faith, hope, and caritas, even if there’s no disaster, no matter how many disaster, no good can come from our lives. No good cannot be brought out because there is no good in the first place.”
According to the prelate, extreme situations can also force Filipinos to reveal a dark side which was seen days after super typhoon Yolanda struck many part of the Visayas.
Daily practice of faith, hope, love
“Disaster do not always bring out the best in people. Sometimes they bring out the worst… Sometimes they begin to loot department stores and houses,” he said.
To counter this, the prelate is quick to note the importance of a daily practice of being loving, hopeful, and full of faith in ordinary life sans disasters.
While stressing the practical side of disaster risk management, Villarojo also mentioned the need to practice faith, hope, and love every day.
“As we commemorate this disaster called Yolanda, we take this opportunity to create a template for disaster risk management, a template for relief operations to be ready for everything but again, we don’t wait for disaster to strike, on a daily basis, we exercise faith hope, and charity,” he said.
Organized by CBCP National Secretariat for Social Action (CBCP NASSA)/Caritas Philippines, the CMDRR Summit is the first event of its kind gathering over a hundred representatives from Caritas Internationalis member organizations. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCP News)