Please help Manila flood victims!

I was awakened by a loud thunderclap at 4:00 this morning. “Not again, Lord,” was my spontaneous plea. This was because the continuous downpour for the past several days have reduced Manila into a floating city. There was no typhoon, just the usual monsoon rains during this season but what a deluge it was.

90% of Metro Manila was under water including most provinces in Luzon.

Manila residents braving the flood waters to reach safer ground.

Aerial shot of Marikina yesterday

Thanks to the valiant rescuers who braved the waters to save trapped residents from rooftops, those buried in the mud as their houses collapsed, etc. The death toll would have been higher if not for their efforts and quick response.

Hundreds of thousands were displaced and are now in evacuation centers in need of food, clothing, etc. One can only imagine the extent of the damages to life and property of this tragedy.

Daughters of St Paul convent in Pasay.

Our convent in Pasay and Marikina were also flooded but all of us are safe. Thanks for all your prayerful support and concern for our safety. Check out more photos of Sr Tina and Sr Ding. The Juniorate House in Marikina also suffered some damage, but much less than the tragedy of typhoon Ondoy in 2009.

A strip of the ceiling in one of the Junior Sister’s room in FSP Marikina convent fell down.

The sun is up and the waters have subsided considerably. The hard work of rebuilding begins. Help and support from unexpected places have started to come in. Nuns gave up their meager belongings to bring comfort and warmth to some families. Even prisoners showed their solidarity with the flood victims. Everywhere you see signs of unity and genuine concern.

What is God telling us? May we open our minds and hearts to the tragedy in our midst and see in what way we have contributed to this. May we open our heart and hands to care for one another. No matter how small, each of us can help build up God’s kingdom on earth.

The first reading of today’s liturgy is from St Paul’s letter to the Corinthians:

Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly; and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully… Moreover, God is able to make every grace abundant for you, so that in all things, always having all you need, you may have an abundance for every good work.

A basketball court was transformed into an evacuation center.

Our people badly need your help. Please  pray for us. And if you can, please send your donations to our convent and we will make sure they reach those worse hit by this disaster.

God reward you for “sowing bountifully”. You will be remembered in our prayers.

Daughters of St Paul
2650 F B Harrison
1300 Pasay City
PHILIPPINES

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I am a religious sister (yes, a nun!) from the Daughters of St Paul whose mission is to share the Good News. I love to read, write and take photos.
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8 Responses to Please help Manila flood victims!

  1. albergi says:

    heart rending, sister rose. though the Lord is keeping me occupied elsewhere on an equally life-saving mission, we are united in prayer. love to you all.

  2. Sr. Athens says:

    The real tragedy is, we have forgotten our history: our Christian roots; the discipline, moral way of living, service, respect and listening attitude to Church authorities. We have failed to read the signs of the times. May the flood wash away our filth of disobedience to God the author of life. May the current efforts to save human lives be a global manifestation that in our hearts, we know that we have the mission to stand for life for Christ came to the world that all may have life and have it to the full (John 10:10).

  3. Jackie says:

    Very devastating. May the Lord provide each person with all he/she needs.

  4. Letty Duque Antonio says:

    Our prayers are with all the people who are experiencing this tragedy. May they also offer individual prayers to our dear God. Many don’t pray anymore. These are just trials so that we will not forget that apart from God we are nothing, nothing. We have to accept that we are sinners and come to Jesus for forgiveness of our sins. May the Lord provide all the needs of these people. God bless you.

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