|The papal chair used by Pope John Paul II at Mass in Davao City airport in 1981.|
Days after his death, the Pope, clad in his light, creamy-yellow papal vestments, visited me in my poor, lowly house -- in my night sleep!
The two of us were sitting on a simple, wooden bench facing each other in the balcony of the hut; and we were "talking" as a father to a son and a son to a father.
And I found myself sobbing; I woke up sobbing like a longtime yearning of my soul has been fulfilled.
Oh, that sobbing!
Those joy-tears of the soul!
I cannot help but remember the very moment I saw Pope John Paul the Second in person when he visited Davao City in 1981.
As he appeared on the Altar at the Davao City airport, climbing up the stairs to sit on the papal chair, I was sobbing like a child!
Admittedly, I had a personal wish which had longtime been buried in the deep recesses of my being.
That wish met unexpected fulfillment when I let myself be a vessel of the Lord wherein God could exercise His Mercy to the Pope.
And the Blessed Pope, in return, fulfilled the secret yet forgotten desire of my soul.