Thursday, February 21, 2013

Faith

 I inhaled deeply before I lifted up my legs to start climbing the steep stairs. It was past 10 in the morning. The flickers of the sun on my face were throbbing. I ignored it. I must reach the top of this cemented unparalleled stairs right away. I made it to the top of the steps with bullet sweats, opened my bottled water and breathed deeply again before gulping my cold drink.
 
As I finished my drink like those scenes in thirst-quenching beverage TV commercials minus the exaggerated “ahhhh!”, dried leaves from the old gigantic tree near me sprinkled in my head with the whistle of the winds. A timeworn moldy church greeted too . I raised my arms acting to catch some leaves and lifted my face  meeting the sun sparks more blinding. I saw the three black crosses made of wood (or perhaps metal) at the top of the church hiding the dancing sun or playing peek-a-boo.
I covered my watery eyes.

Inside the quietest airy church with the chirping of birds forming a choir and only natural lights were on, I saw a lot of familiar and strange faces. Most people inside the church were saying whispered prayers and I saw one screaming her prayers. I’m not a Catholic, I seldom enter a Catholic church.

I went out of the church after a few minutes and beamed that these people are inside this house of worship even without occasion. PRAYERS are powerful. 
 
 “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” - Martin Luther King, Jr.

54 comments:

  1. Anonymous21/2/13

    lovely!

    ...faith brings you to further than you expect to survive life.

    p2

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  2. I couldn't agree more! And I guess it's never about the religion, but how much you hold on to your faith.

    It's a beautiful church, btw. I love the first shot. :)

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  3. Beautiful images, Rizalenio! I like the windows.

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  4. yung first pic depicts hope. for me those people who's in the church even without occasions are the true believer.

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  5. Wonderful shots from the church.

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  6. Lovely images, angles & great Luther thought about Faith. ... like getting onto a bus or a plane.

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  7. i like your take on the church's facade with those twigs and leaves from a tree, nice!

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  8. nice photos. prayers are powerful, indeed. :) may the desires of your heart be granted!

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  9. Nice prose :)

    Reading your post, I could almost feel the sun on my face and the serenity surrounding me :)

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  10. beautiful church. i love the stain-glass windows.

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  11. The first shot was really beautiful.
    I myself always go to church every day after work.
    Feel really guilty if I dont make it.

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  12. beautiful images Rizalenio, and yes, prayers are so powerful.

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  13. What a beautiful post that I read in the morning!! The captures are as always awe inspiring but your words are much more powerful this time!! Faith, indeed, is very important to lead a happy life. Have a very good week Rizalenio :)

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  14. Hi, P2.

    I agree with you.

    Thank you. :)

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  15. Hi, Joanne. I took this in Taytay near the market. My first time to see this. Salamat sa comments. :)

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  16. Thank you very much, Traveling Hawk. Those windows caught my attention first too when I entered that church. :)

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  17. Hi, Phioxee. True believers, indeed true. Glad you see that photo as HOPE. Ingat sa mga travels. :)

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  18. Thanks a lot, Rajesh. :)

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  19. That's right, Jayz. Like getting on planes. Thank you very much for your comments. :)

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  20. Salamat po ng marami, Doc. :)

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  21. Hi, Iya. Welcome to my site. Thank you sa comments. :)

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  22. Thanks a lot, Koryn. Love your beach photos. :)

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  23. Hi, LR. Thank you. Those classic glass windows are my favorite. :)

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  24. I salute you, June. I want to do the same, to be inside the church daily. Ingat. Salamat sa comments. :)

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  25. Marami pong salamat, Betchai. Ingat lagi. :)

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  26. Thank you very much, my dear friend Arti. Coming from you, I feel like I won an award already. :)

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  27. So true. If there is aNything true about Filipinos, it us their undying faith. They always pray, even here in the US. Their Facebook updates always contain some pronouncements about their faith. I am looking for your winning entries through s mobile device. You should put them on your sidebar. :)

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  28. Fine perspectives and magnificent windows.

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  29. lovely images and narration.
    i thoroughly enjoyed both of them.

    have a great weekend~

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  30. Beautiful colors.

    Thanks for visiting my blog too!

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  31. Bravo, for the images and the words!

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  32. Have a wonderful sunday Rizalenio :)

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  33. I've never seen anyone screaming their prayers in a catholic church... :) I agree, prayers are powerful. And needed.

    I love the shot with the benches and colourful reflection of the windows.

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  34. I love the photo with the stain glass! perfect and I wish my faith is perfect as your photos;) to always hold on to my faith with him:)

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  35. Thanks for your comments, Ces. I will try to do your suggestion.

    I agree with you re Filipino's faith. It's always present in our everyday lives.

    Saw your works. Very creative works. Ingat lagi.

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  36. Thanks a lot, RuneE. Glad you like those windows. :)

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  37. Hi, Betty. Thank you very much. Always take care.

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  38. I love your site, Helen. Thank you for commenting.

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  39. Thank you very much, VP. Have a nice day! :)

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  40. Hi, my dear friend Arti. Enjoy the rest of the week. :)

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  41. Thanks a lot, Petra. I seldom see one in person. :) Happy to read that you like those shots. :)

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  42. Hi, Sunny. Salamat sa comments. Keep the faith. Ingat lagi. :)

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  43. Nice photos :)
    Thank you for visiting my blog!


    www.joeiandme.com

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  44. Have a lovely weekend Rizalenio :)

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  45. No new photos? ;)

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  46. Thank you, joei. :)

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  47. Have a great week ahead, my dear friend Arti. :)

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  48. I agree with you, Photo Cache. :) Thank you.

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  49. Thank you very much, Kajal. Welcome to my site. :)

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  50. Hi, Koryn. I have new post now. Hehe. Thank you. :)

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  51. you are an awesome writer and I am now a fan :)

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  52. Thank you very much, Kulasa, for the kind comments.

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