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 FORGIVENESS HEALS
The true story of Rolly Suclad

THIS WAS MADE INTO A MOVIE ENTITLED “GANOO KITA KAMAHAL”, A VIVA FILMS PRODUCTION STARRING CHRISTOPHER DE LEON AS ROLLY AND LORNA TOLENTINO AS MARIBEL (NOT HER REAL NAME, TO PROTECT HER PRIVACY). AS I WRITE THIS, I SHED THE TEARS OF ROLLY

ROLLY SUCLAD WAS A BASKETBALL STAR AT THE UNIVERSITY OFBAGUIO, GOOD LOOKING, IDOLIZED BY WOMEN, ENVIED BY MEN. HE WAS A WORKING STUDENT, A PART TIME SECURITY GUARD AT THE MINES VIEW PARK.

HE WAS COURTING AN EXTREMELY BEAUTIFUL GIRL, NAME UNKNOWN. LET US CALL HER JESSICA. MANY WERE RUNNING AFTER HER BUT ROLLY HAD A GOOD CHANCE AS A BASKETBALL STAR. HE WAS GETTING INTO FIRST BASE FAST. A RIVAL, ARNIE (ALSO NOT HIS REAL NAME), WHO HAD BEEN COURTING JESSICA FOR A GOOD YEAR NOW, WAS ALSO AT FIRST BASE. ROLLY STARTED SEEING JESSICA ONLY THESE LAST TWO WEEKS, BUT HE WAS GETTING HER ATTENTION. ARNIE WAS EXTREMELY DISTURBED AND JEALOUS.

ONE EARLY MORNING, AS ROLLY DOZED OFF WHILE ON DUTY AT THE PARK, ARNIE SNEAKED QUIETLY, AND SEEING A POT OF LIVE EMBERS THAT ROLLY USED TO GET WARM IN THE COLD MOUNTAIN NIGHT, POURED THE CONTENTS ON HIS FACE.

ROLLY HAD MORE THAN TWENTY OPERATIONS. HE WAS IN THE HOSPITAL FOR TWO LONG YEARS. BUT THEY COULD NO LONGER RESTORE HIS FACE. HE LOOKED WORSE THAN QUASIMODO. JESSICA VANISHED. FROM THE HEIGHTS OF STARDOM, THIS HANDSOME BASKETBALL PLAYER PLUNGED INTO DEEP DEPRESSION AND DESPAIR. HE HAD NIGHTMARES OFTEN, AND WOULD WAKE UP IN TEARS.

MARIBEL WAS A STUDENT NURSE WHO CHANGED THE BANDAGES ON ROLLY’S FACE EVERY OTHER NIGHT. SHE BECAME HIS ONLY SOLACE. THEY WOULD TALK LONG HOURS AT NIGHT.

ROLLY
One day, I will find this guy Arnie, who did this to me, and I will kill him.

MARIBEL
What for? It will not change your face.

ROLLY
But it will satisfy my anger and hatred. I want vengeance. He ruined my life. I want him dead.

MARIBEL
Your hatred will only consume you. You are the one suffering from your hatred, not him. Just forgive and forget.

ROLLY
That’s easy to say for you. When I get out of the hospital, I will not rest until I find him. I can never forgive him. (TREMBLING AND ALMOST SHOUTING) Never!!

MARIBEL
It must be hard carrying such extreme hatred in your heart. I have never experienced that. My pain is very different.

ROLLY
What is your pain, anyway?

MARIBEL
Oh something simpler, I am too ashamed to tell you.

ROLLY
Oh, come on. I told you my pain, tell me yours.

MARIBEL
This is the first time I am away from home. I come from a big happy famiy of ten children. But we never quarrel. Everyday is heaven in our home. I often sit in bed at night, unable to sleep, feeling extremely bored and lonely here, so terribly homesick. Lately I have this deep depression, even as I am busy working in the hospital. Once, a patient noticed my tears when I was taking her temperature.

ROLLY
Your pain is easier than mine.

MARIBEL
I know, that is why I want to help you. Somehow, when I try to forget my pain by talking to you, it disappears. When I see your pain, I see how lucky I am and my pain disappears instantly. I think you are a very kind and gentle person even in your pain.

ROLLY
Well, it is the same for me. When you are here, I forget about the vengeance I am planning. I know I will never lose that hatred, but at least, it vanishes for a while.

AND SO THEY BECAME EACH OTHER’S SOLACE IN THE DARKNESS OF THEIR LIVES. GRADUALLY, IN SPITE OF ROLLY’S HORRIED FACE, THEY FELL IN LOVE AND EVENTUALLY GOT MARRIED.

BUT ROLLY’S OBSESSION TO FIND ARNIE LINGERED, AND NEVER LEFT HIM. EVERY NIGHT, HE THOUGHT OF ONE DAY FINDING ARNIE. HIS HATRED CONSUMED HIM TOTALLY UNTIL IT AFFECTED HIS MARRIAGE. IT WAS NOW ON THE ROCKS. MARIBEL COULD NOT REACH OUT TO HIM. HE BECAME CLOSED AND COLD IN HIS ANGER. HIS MARRIAGE WAS FALLING APART BECAUSE OF HIS HATRED.

ROLLY MET PAUL AGUAS, WHO CONVINCED HIM TO JOIN A CATHOLIC CHARISMATIC GROUP HE HEADED. ROLLY FOUND RESPITE FROM HIS ROCKY MARRIAGE. SLOWLY, HE FOUND SPIRITUAL COMFORT AND STRENGTH FROM PRAYER. AFTER A YEAR, HE HAD A DRAMATIC SPIRITUAL TRANSFORMATION. HIS BITTERNESS ANDOBSESSION FOR VENGEANCE VANISHED INTO THIN AIR. HE POURED HIMSELF TO SERVING THE LORD. FOR TWENTY LONG YEARS, HE WAS AN ACTIVE VOLUNTEER IN THE GROUP.

HAVING DINNER WITH MARIBEL ONE EVENING IN A RESTAURANT, ROLLY SUDDENLY STARTED SHAKING. HE DID NOT SEE ARNIE BUT MYSTERIOUSLY FELT HIS PRESENCE. PERHAPS IT WAS THE SUDDEN REKINDLING OF HIS HATRED THAT GAVE HIM PSYCHIC POWERS. HE FELT AND KNEW HIS TRANSGRESSOR WAS CLOSE BY. MEMORIES OF HIS PAIN RUSHED INTO HIS BRAIN LIKE A LIGHTNING BOLT. ALL THE HATRED CAME BACK LIKE A TSUNAMI.

MARIBEL HELD HIS HAND TIGHT IN TEARS. SHE INTUITIVELY KNEW WHAT WAS HAPPENING. BUT SHE HAD TO ASK ANYWAY.

MARIBEL
What’s wrong?

ROLLY
(TREMBING, IN TEARS, AND SHOUTING). Lord, I forgive him. Lord, I forgive him. Truly, I do. I forgive, I forgive. Thank you for removing the hatred in my heart.

ROLLY SLUMPED ON HIS CHAIR SOBBING SHAMELESSLY. ARNIE DID NOT EVEN KNOW. IT WAS A FEAT. IN RETURN, GOD’S GIFT WAS A HAPPY MARRIAGE, RESTORED INSTANTLY WHEN HE FORGAVE. HE WAS BLEST WITH THREE LOVELY CHILDREN. EVENTUALLY, HE DIED OF BRAIN CANCER. AS OF THIS WRITING, MARIBEL IS TEACHING AT ST. LOUIS UNIVERSITY.

BEFORE HE DIED, HE ORGANIZED A CHARISMATIC GROUP FOR ACTORS AND ACTRESSES CALLED ‘OASIS OF LOVE’, OF WHICH CHRISTOPHER DE LEON WAS A MEMBER, THAT IS WHY HE MADE ROLLY’S STORMY LIFE INTO A FILM. TO THIS DAY, ROLLY’S LEGACY OF FORGIVENESS LIVES.

we know how hard it is
to forgive when we are extremely hurt
hatred consumed rolly’s soul for a long time
but the Lord guided him through the storm
rolly did the feat of total forgiveness
with the strength of the Lord’s grace

for twenty long years of service
in a charismatic group
the Lord was preparing him
for this day of confrontation
not with the assailant but with himself

total darkness to blinding light
total hatred to total forgiveness
all in the blink of an eye

physical beauty is nothing
compared to spiritual beauty
rolly lost his physical beauty
but the Lord gave him spiritual beauty
the Lord used his pain
to guide him through His winding path

for all paths lead to Him
He makes us blind so we can see
He gives us darkness
so He can lead us with His Light

Lord, that we may forgive
in our darkest hour
when the wound is so deep
be with us in that very moment
when we are at the eye of the storm

eastwind

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THE LORD REIGNS IN CYBERSPACE
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