I couldn't help but notice a lot of selfie and group photos posted on social media with churches in the background. The proliferation of photos of people going on Visita Iglesia (visits to seven churches) during this Lenten Season is intensified by many having smartphones with capabilities to post photo immediately. I should say that many are tasteful photos and are keepers for future flashbacks. These are the stuff of the photo albums of "yesteryears."
However, there are those that are obviously more "pasyal" or "lakwatsa" than pilgrimage or "panata." These are people who go around simply because Visita Iglesia is the "in" thing this time of year and they want to be part of the action. Unfortunately, that action only includes the photo ops and not the prayers or reflections or contemplations that should be the core or most essential aspect of Visita Iglesia. Indeed, times have changed and have changed a lot. Hopefully, such erosion of values will not affect all, and we can still preserve the good things about this and other traditions. There should be efforts to keep such important parts of our heritage.-