Yesterday after my consulting engagement, I decided to attend Mass at San Pedro Church instead of the Ateneo de Davao chapel. I was in for a pleasant surprise: though it was a weekday, the church was packed. Alright, it was a First Friday, to be sure, but still.... I felt very happy because, in a way, being part of this large community brought an affirmation of my faith.
While I'm wary of triumphalism, I think our Catholic faith, in its uniquely Filipino flavor, is what will ultimately make us endure and prosper. No adversity, whether personal, national, or global, can take away the joy that stems from this faith. And this is the message that we have to offer to the world.