'Pope makes everyone feel special' - former UST rector

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THE VISIT of Pope Francis is a reminder that “life will get better everyday,” said former UST Rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. in his homily during Holy Mass before the Holy Father’s encounter with the youth on Sunday.

“Seeing Pope Francis glancing at us even for a split second, makes us feel that God knows and sees us as though we are the most special person in the world,” former UST Rector Fr. Rolando de la Rosa, O.P. said in his homily during Holy Mass before the Pontiff's arrival in the University. Photo by Lord Bien G. Lelay

“My brothers and sisters that is the Francis effect. He makes us feel that life will get easier and it will become better,” De la Rosa said before the waiting crowd at the UST Open Field.

De la Rosa said the Pope is welcomed everywhere he goes because of the hope, joy, gratitude and consolation, which he described as the “Francis effect.”

“Alam ko kung bakit kayo narito ngayon. Gusto niyong makita si Pope and experience what the media describes as the Fancis effect,” he said. “Pope Francis is welcomed everywhere he goes because he gives people the hope that they need most at the time that they need it the most.”

According to De la Rosa, Pope Francis’ visit to the Philippines tells every Filipino, especially those who have been victims of recent calamities, that God will not let His people down.

“Jesus  is one with you, with your pain and sorrow. He knows how much you've lost and he will not let you down,” De la Rosa said. “We press forward to the future with cheerfulness and shrug off the insurmountable trials of the past.”

De la Rosa said the Pope’s presence makes everyone special even in an “anonymous and generic” crowd.

“Seeing Pope Francis glancing at us even for a split second, makes us feel that God knows and sees us as though we are the most special person in the world,” he said. “Just by looking at him, [we] feel consoled because it is easy to identify with him.”

De la Rosa also reminded the crowd that Pope Francis is just as human as everyone, who is also weak and in constant need of God’s mercy and love.

“As Pope Francis always insist, he is not saint, he is not perfect, he is a human being like us,” said De la Rosa. “That is precisely why God loves him [and] called him His beloved, and that is also why God loves us.”

The Holy Mass, which started at 5 a.m., was followed by a program that sought to enliven the crowd while waiting for the Pope’s arrival in UST for his encounter with the youth and meeting with religious leaders. Lord Bien G. Lelay