Fetalvero: Preparing for the last trip

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By Noemi C. Fetalvero

Two empty bottles

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

TWO events—the mysterious disappearance of Malaysia Airlines 370 and the Washington landslide—are both heartbreaking news that made me back off from my usual routine at home and had put me into a mode of meditation.

The fate of the passengers of the missing airplane and the bodies buried in the landslide, both scenarios we witnessed unfold on national television, are humbling experiences to the rest of humanity.

The rage displayed by the families of the missing passengers, I believe, stems from the fear of the unknown and the uncertain. A plea from a family member breaks the heart: “Please search our loved ones.” A closure is necessary that is why several countries are now involved in the search and millions of dollars are being spent.


The fact is nobody is really certain as to where, when and how we turn the last chapter of our mundane existence.

This is why it is very important to express our feelings for our loved ones as we do not know for certain if we can even say our goodbyes when the time comes. We cannot be stingy with our “I love you” notes.

One of the contestants of the recently concluded Binibining Pilipinas beauty pageant revealed during the question and answer portion that she wished she had told her dad how much she loved him before he passed away.

Buried alive or lost at sea is a frightful thought. But what could even be more tragic is when we are not prepared for the inevitable. Have we lived a purposeful life? Have we filled the two empty bottles of an impoverished child?

While in Germany on Nov. 18, 1980, Pope John Paul II said: “Do not be concerned about prestige, about self, about pride but be a heart and soul. Vigorously promote the unity of divided Christianity.”

As I sit back and relax, and watch my two grandchildren snuggle, haggle and embrace each other while playing “catch me if you can,” I get a glimpse of the meaning of life. We can learn so much from the innocent.

It is my belief that unless we fully understand what life is all about only then can we appreciate death. There is no better way to enter the Lenten season than to be reflective upon the Alpha and the Omega.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 03, 2014.


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