As I have said before, I am not a religious person but I practice the Catholic faith. I do know that miracles do happen but I also believe in luck.
I was in Rome, Italy, for the canonization of the two popes, now Saints John Paul II and John XXXIII.
My family and I arrived there a week earlier to observe Lent, and of course to see the wonderful sights of this “Eternal City.”
Though I am aware that there are a lot of thieves in Rome, I still became a victim of pickpockets.
I lost my wallet on Good Friday and never expected to get it back again, thinking I will just have to get new ATM and credit cards, driver’s license and company ID when I get back to Manila.
Nevertheless, as my family and I visited the Church of Saint Anthony de Padua, I whispered on his tomb if he can help me get my wallet back or even just my license as I really need it to be able to drive around Italy.
The Catholic Church says Saint Anthony is the patron saint to go to for finding missing things, including people and pets.
Two days later, I got a call from my brother’s secretary, Aleen, in Manila who told me that my wallet was found by an elderly Filipino couple, Edgardo and Sani Tiglao, in an alley in Rome minus, of course, the small cash but all the cards and license were intact.
Prayer heard or plain luck? I believe it is the former since there are more than a million people in Rome on a given day, yet how come the Tiglaos, who have been in the office of my brother before, were the people who found my wallet in an alley in Rome?
Thank you God and thanks Saint Anthony.
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Why so much hatred against us?
As expected, US President Barack Obama’s state visit to the Philippines that started on Monday was marred with protests by militants.
According to news reports, activist groups even tried to destroy the Peace Arch on Mendiola to show their strong disagreement with Obama’s visit.
My barber, Mang Joey, recently asked me, “Bakit sobra ang galit ng mga militante sa Amerika, sir [Why do the militants strongly hate America, sir]?”
I quickly told him that these groups perceive the United States as an imperialist country that meddles in our domestic affairs.
Then he wondered, “Bakit hindi sila nagagalit sa China na lantarang kinakamkam ang teritoryo natin [How come they are not mad at China when it is forcibly taking our territory]?”
I told him they are also called leftist or makakaliwa because of their Marxist or Leninist ideas while the government labels them as communists.
Finally Mang Joey answered his own question, “Galit nga pala ang komunista sa Amerika [The communists really hate America].”