It is often said that you should not talk politics or religion, but I’m going to break that rule today. Don’t worry, I am not going to try to preach to you, or sway you to my religion, though.
As I think we all know, the Philippines is a very Catholic Country. The last statistics that I saw indicated that the Philippines was about 80% Catholic. The percentage of Catholics in the country has been falling in recent decades, but overall the country is still primarily Catholic, there can be no doubt.
Back in 1990, when Feyma and I first met in person and married, it’s funny, we did not talk about religion much before we married. That is a real basic topic, and I suspect that we were a little different in not having that conversation before our wedding. I assumed Feyma to be a Catholic, since that was so common here. I personally was born and raised Catholic myself. However, when I finished high school and went out into the world for myself, I decided to leave the Catholic Church. I am not anti-Catholic, but it just did not serve my spiritual needs. I never felt fulfilled by reading or reciting prayers that were memorized. I longed for something a little more spontaneous. However, I thought to myself that since Feyma was Catholic, I would simply return to the Catholic Church, mostly for family harmony, and simplicity.
After our wedding, a few days passed. I started feeling guilty, and that I should have told Feyma about my feelings regarding spirituality before the wedding. I decided that we needed to have the talk, so I opened it up gently with Feyma. I explained to her how I was born and raised Catholic, but had left the Church. I told her that it was my plan to return to Catholicism, having married her, and that our family would be Catholic to please her.
After I explained all of this, Feyma told me that this was also an issue that she had been concerned about. She knew that I was Catholic, because I had documents like my Baptismal Certificate, and other ceremonial certificates from my Catholic childhood. I had brought these documents with me to present to the Church for our Wedding. Feyma told me that when she saw that I was Catholic, she decided to return to the Church. About 5 or 6 years before we were Wed, she had left the Catholic Church for many of the same reasons that I had done so! So, we were practically identical in terms of our religion and our religious path that we had followed in life.
Over the years, this is something that we have had a bit of a chuckle about many times. I left the Church and returned for her. She left the Church and returned for me!
What a coincidence!