I am a Catholic. Our family has an annual tradition where we attend the 9-day novena in honor of the Our Lady of Queen of the Holy Rosary of La Naval de Manila. On the Sunday immediately after the novena is the feast day of our town. Every year, there is a procession of all the saints of the Dominican order and Our Lady of La Naval that we join.
This year, there are fewer people who joined. I have a theory as to why this happened when every year, the crowd increases. Maybe, there are some people who lost faith in Him because of the recent tragedies that hit the country. Typhoons Ondoy and Pepeng wreaked havoc in the country and people are still asking why it had to happen.
I have petitions for every novena that I attend. Some get answered, some not. I pray that people will keep their faith in spite of all the bad things happening right now. Easy to say, hard to do. But if we will just lift up everything to Him, we might find it in our hearts to forgive and forget.