Age 24. Residence undisclosed.
“I’m only human anyways.” he started off with. Meeting Francis was a bit of a treat.
“I moved to Canada in 1997. I’m from the Philippines. I was born there. It was pretty rough… third world. I have like, 7 siblings. We’re Catholic, my family. We attend church here, downtown, every Sunday.”
He was sitting outside near the college, with his hands in his face. I sat down next to him and had to scooch in to hear.
“Most people, I think, are atheist, or agnostic. The atheists just reject it. The agnostics say you can’t prove it, that you can’t say there is or isn’t a god. But I know the truth, I know there is a god… and this might shock you, but there is a god, and there is also a wicked evil. Lucifer.”
Francis’s faith was moving. I am not Catholic, or Christian, or even monotheistic. But I could hear in Francis’s tone, that I did not need to doubt…
“I’m one of those people that don’t really follow society… I’ve always had independent thinking. I was dependent on parents growing up, but I always had independent working.”
When I asked about Winnipeg, he said “It’s okay. Apparently we’re homicide capital. I don’t like that.”
When I asked about any good memories or stories from Winnipeg, he offered this little anecdote:
“I was walking around further down that part of the city, near somewhere Mountain street. I had to pee, so I was going to pee against the side of this building. Then some guy comes out and says ‘Hey you can’t do that’. I didn’t know, I had no idea it was a private property. I told him ‘Who are you? You’re not the security guard’ and he said ‘Yeah I am.’ And he went off on me. So I went like this, (holding up both hands), and said I didn’t want any physical contact. So i did what he asked, I obeyed what he was telling me. I moved away from the property, and I told him ‘It’s a free country.’ and he was like ‘Everyone knows you live in North America.’ I responded and said to him that this is a free country. and he said ‘you don’t get to just do what you want.’ and I said yeah I do. He replied ‘if we were down in Texas, I could shoot you if you did that.’ So I told him off. I said ‘you do know we’re in the end times right? Just trying to survive.'”
I found it a weird story to choose, but I appreciated it. Nothing like an interaction with some guy who won’t let you pee, right?
Francis went on, as he does. “Because you know, I would say that 87-89% of people in every country are peaceful, you know? But the rest are radicals, and criminals. Like ISIS, who kill people, and disobey God’s commandments… A lot of people are going to hell I’d say. Since it says in the Bible that money is the root of all evil.”
It’s clear to me that Francis is dedicated to his faith. Our conversation brightened my day, turned my mood around and made me appreciate my own faith in many ways.
Faith can be a tough thing to talk about. Don’t be afraid to ask questions when you feel comfortable. Don’t be afraid of those who have faith different than your own. Faith can be good way to get through the day.
Cat videos can help, too. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tntOCGkgt98