So what is amazing if I go to Basilika Ng Nazareno in Quiapo (more popularly known as Quiapo Church)? It is not an insurmountable task to go anyway! Almost all jeepney routes pass by the Basilika making it effortless to drop by the Quiapo Church for anyone. That is if the need arises! 🙂
I have been going to the Basilika Ng Nazareno every Friday for two months now and for someone who have not gone to Church regularly every Sunday for 10 years, and have gone to the Basilika for only three times in my almost 20 years stay in Manila, it’s a huge
leap lift of faith. Surprisingly, a self-discovery to find time every Friday to visit and pray to the Black Nazarene!
My gratitude to a good friend Carlito for introducing and accompanying me in going to the Basilika. Now, even without a church-partner, I can say that I can go alone and continue whatever I have started for myself. It is simply a nice feeling every Friday, being the feast day of the Black Nazarene, to renew and strengthen my faith, which, by the way, my family would be most happy to know!
Until now though, Carlito and I still go together because he drives, counterflows in one-way and finds good parking for free, everytime. Being a Manila Police, he claims that these are some of their small priviledges! (Hope the Manila Police Dep’t. doesn’t read this, otherwise, he is in hot seat!) You know how crowded the vicinity of the Basilika is every Friday, and to have Carlito around makes the visit hassle-free!
I remember what I an Atheist Philosopher, Karl Marx taught me way back in my pre-law days. He says: “Religion is the opium of the people!” Whatever his sentiments on Religion are, my faith works for me now and in the future, for as long as I hold on to it, which the Black Nazarene have truly renewed!
I hope to continue what I have started. I have made a simple promise to myself to keep going to the Basilika Ng Nazareno every Friday, whatever it takes!!!
Viva Senior Nazareno!