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During my Mother’s wake, we (Me and Yam) had the chance to work on applying for Mama’s final blessing and Holy Mass. You see, being the only person in-charge of almost everything (while grieving during the wake) is a hard thing but still trying to make it doable.
Yam and I managed to go to the nearest Catholic Church (in our town in Pangasinan). It so happened that we were able to arrive at exactly lunch break but we saw a signage “We’re Open” hanging in front of the door that’s why we took chances of getting entertained.
Upon entering the office of the church, we saw no people (at the ground floor) except hearing loud sounds of an open TV coming from the second floor of the building and some people talking. Because we are eager that Mama’s remains will be blessed, we knocked. Suddenly, a boy went downstairs and asked us politely our intentions. We requested kindly as well for schedules of Holy Masses that would fit the schedule of the wake. The boy could not decide and mentioned that it’s lunch break. I’m still emotional because of my loss but tried to compose myself to ask again if we could just see available schedules before we go back after their lunch break. The boy went upstairs and called someone maybe knowledgeable than him.
After few minutes, a lady (I’ll no longer mention her name) went downstairs with a livid face going towards us. She sarcastically said its lunch break (in Ilocano). I was shocked with her approach that all I was able to do was to be silent.
Upon seeing her disappointing gestures, my heart pounds to my head and stood up from where I’m sitting ready to go out.
I’m about to go away when my fiancé told me to be patient and ask the lady anyway of our intentions. (See how blessed I am with a partner so patient and understanding than me 😉 )
The lady then (still sarcastic) asked us what we need. We replied calmly (keeping myself from blowing given that I don’t feel good). The lady went directly to her glass cubicle checking some schedules. While me and Yam was talking about just going home and return after lunch break. My kind fiancé would stop me and remind me to just be patient since we’re already there and the lady is already looking on the schedules.
But what made me more depressing is that this lady banged the table (3 times) just to call our attention. We’re just about 2-3 meters away from her. We may not hear her call because we are briefly talking about just going home and returning, I guess it is not ethical that she would hit the desk that way. Even tellers in the bank who are also in glass cubicles will call the person or line number by putting their mouth near the opening of the glass (when the counter isn’t noticed).
This is the first time I would come across a lady working in the church with such an attitude. But upon asking around, even my nephews living in the same town experience the same (with the same lady) when they offer thanksgiving masses.
We understand that every individual have their dilemma. Maybe this woman is currently suffering from a deep problem, but so do we.
That’s why I can’t blame why so many Catholics change their religion, maybe because they see more love and warm welcome from other sectors.
I’m not an expert in religion. Neither I’m the holiest person in the world. But one thing that I understand the most about Christ—He is love. Therefore, our role is to love as well.
This is not an article to humiliate her (obviously I didn’t even mention her name). This is a call for Christianity. We sometimes say that we lack hope for humankind, but the truth is, we lack hope to ourselves that we can do better.
I have met a lot of people, some of them are not Catholics, some of them are even Atheists, but for sure they will be in Heaven in their time because they are so loving and compassionate just like Christ.
I believe, it’s not really how often we pray, or how often we go to Holy Masses or how often we read the Bible but how often we love others.
Please don’t get me wrong, these (praying, going to Holy Masses, reading the Bible) are important so that we would know God more, we would connect to Him more and know His ways more. But as important as these are, the application still boils down to loving relationships.
Being reminded that I too am a Christian (a Catholic to be specific), I’m forgiving her for her rudeness and some people I know that have been so mean and unfair to me during my trial.
God made us in His image and likeness, therefore we are like Him. If we are like Him and He loves us, then we should love one another as Christ lives within us. There is no better I know than this.
May you receive your blessings,
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There is a right place and right time in expressing yourself. I guess you rather choice to talk to the person . Kaysa po sa social media pa. Hindi naman po sasagot ang social media. Hays. I feel so bad for you po. I know the feeling of losing someone. And experience those kind of acts. Pero we or I never try to express it in social media. Coz we believe the goodness of a humble Christian. Kasi its not the person alone ang affected. Even the whole church. Anyways. Just a piece of advice. Maybe you should talk to that person and tell what you feel. Because thats a better Christian must do. Thank you. GODBLESS.
Thank you for your comment, but I respectfully disagree with you. When I wrote my post, it was not my intention to put anybody in a bad light. Notice that I did not mention any names. Rather, I was just expressing my dismay and disappointment because I was treated badly by someone whom I least expected to act that way. If you read and understood my post, you will see that it was a plea for us Christians to recognize the impact that our actions have on others. As for my decision to post the matter on my blog, I don’t think I did anything wrong. I’m not out to embarrass anybody. And I don’t see how my post affects her or the whole church. It’s a sad reality that many people in our church behaves the way she does, and in my own little way, I want people like her to realize the impact that their behavior has on others.
Mind your own business Rima, she’s just expressing her disappointment and grief! Please don’t add insult to injury! Respect begets respect! She just want to tell everyone that the church is a hospital for sinners and not a museum for saints!
Baket sobrang affected ka Rima? Siguro dun ka nagwowork sa Parish na yun? Ipaparating ko to kay Archbishop Soc Villegas ng mabigyan ng leksyon ang mga arogante at mga ingrata sa Simbahan! Nakakadismaya! Dapat kayo ang maging Huwaran! Ramdam na ramdam ko yun ngyari!
Felomina Cunan said:
Church is the people. All of us together are Christ’s body, and each of us is a part of it. As a Christian we have duties to protect what Jesus sacrifice for the foundation of the our Church. How blessed the Christian Church if all the members did their duty. Let there be love, kindness and peace for each and everyone. May your mom rest in peace and may God Bless you more. #spreadlove 🙂
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Tin I’m very sorry kung Mali approach ko sa inyo at sa lahat ng taong nasungitan ko sa ngayon di ko na maituwid kasi terminated na ko sa work ko pero taos puso akong humihingi ng tawad pati sa pamilya mo at sa lahat. SORRY PO…
Hello Ms. Yolly, I’m really sorry too for what my sentiments have caused in your job. I’m praying for you always that God will bless you beyond your situation right now. God is in control and for sure you’ll have a better future ahead of you. It is never too late to start anew in life, God is so merciful He never looks at our sins. Please remember that my writing was never intended to harm anyone but to hopefully inspire and make a difference in the world. May you receive your blessings.