10 years ago, Brother Manalo passed away and the Church members around the world were in utter shock. The grief was so much. The pain was so much. It was unlike we had ever collectively felt before. The entire Church wept. We were in pain. I cannot describe the grief. Many of us have lost a parent or a loved one. But this is a different kind of grief; it is a spiritual mourning. It cannot be described.
Our hearts were broken in a way that can never be mended. He was the guide for our generation and we felt like we were left behind. Like what the Apostles described:
“Jesus saw the huge crowd as he stepped from the boat, and he had compassion on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd. So he began teaching them many things.” Mark 6:34