I met two groups during the weekend who expressed concern about the much-publicized “spiritual retreat” of Senator Noynoy Aquino to help him decide on a presidential run in 2010.
One was surprised about his brief stay at the Carmelite Monastery in Zamboanga. They described it as a “quickie!”
Well, I myself was expecting Noynoy to go on several days of seclusion, prayer and discernment.
Possibly because he was hounded by the media wherever he goes, Noynoy’s expected peace and quiet to commune with God was constantly disrupted.
One group told me they did not expect Noynoy to be Jesus to go on “40 days and 40 nights of prayer and fasting.” But at least, they suggested, he should not give ammunition to his enemies (read Malacanang) that his retreat was a mere “political gimmick.”
It’s perfectly the right of anyone to seek divine guidance, they contend, but they at the same time warned not to belittle the process of a spiritual retreat.
And Noynoy will have to be careful from now on about what he say and do. He is no longer just the son of Ninoy and Cory or a senator of the land, he is now perceived as a “presidentiable” and therefore, a fair game in the country’s murky political arena.