... who perish during the typhoon Yolanda. 

I seem to can’t get over my woes hearing stories of painful loss, struggle and beyond words experience of people who were caught in the eye of the terrifying typhoon Yolanda. For days now I’ve witnessed how the person I've looked up to and the pillar of our institution went down on his knees crying for strength to God trusting he can get through this deluge. He saw his brother swallowed by the rushing water trying to save a drifted kid at the height of Yolanda’s lashing. 

Perhaps we’re into these trying times because somehow we forgot to call upon each; we’re so occupied with so many things in this world that we forgot we’re in one planet to look out for each other and not to take advantage of one another. 

Sorrow might the consequence be, but in some way we get consolation looking at the bigger picture, Yolanda has brought the best of humanity around the globe by coming in together to reach out and help the survivors. 

To all our brave volunteers who dared the unspeaking darkness of Samar and Leyte and many other affected areas, I know God is giving you this enormous strength because you’ve all endured the pain. To all the Good Samaritans around the world, you’ll be blessed countless times with your generosity. 

The Yolanda survivors had survived because they’re tougher than the strongest typhoon and in time they’ll bounce back and transform into stronger individuals ready for life again. 

To our dearly departed, our faith tells us that death is not the end, but rather the beginning of the fullness of life and I offer this prayer; 

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen. 

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