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Traslacion: A Soul's Journey

Joel Mataro | Philippines

Faith Matters. Our relationship to the Divine is the only thing that stands after all is gone. I had been a devotee of the Black Nazarene since my Father presented me to the Church in Quiapo. Every heavy, serious or joyful situation in my life, that devotion sparks. I am offering this exhibit in honor of my mother and my brother who left the world during the time I was doing this photographic work. Then after a prayer, two days after the Feast of the Nazarene, it dawned on me. If one could only contemplate that the untimely death of a loved one as a will of our Lord God the Father, just as he willed the death through the cross of his only begotten son, then can only then we accept in faith, that grace to be one with His suffering is a true way for eternal life. Everything is nothing. Only Faith Matters. 

When I was five years old, I almost died during a stampede of the Translacion of the Black Nazarene. Years after, even at young age, it comes very natural for me to have this devotion to the Black Nazarene and his greatest blessing is giving me a Son, born on the very day of the Feast, and I named him Nazarene. Jesus our Lord our God is always there not only to answer prayers, but more of a friend who understands the pain, shares the joy, hugs, even carry you in your hardest time. I had been photographing the Black Nazarene since 2011. During that time, I lost a business, failed in corporate career, lost a mother, wept for a brother, got a lingering sickness. During that time, in uncertainty, He then and again proves that he is my rock, my refuge, my only one, who supplies my daily needs. This Photodocumentary is a testament to God's Glory. 

Blog: matarophotographs.wordpress.com

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