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.
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.
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.
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.
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