Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zones to broaden and deepen our world view, our understanding of life,’ Fr. Mario Beltran Patangan says of his parachuting ways

Fr. Mario Beltran Patangan, the flying priest. Photo by Gualberto Laput

DAPITAN CITY, Philippines – A priest here has a scary way of preaching – by sky diving.

“Sometimes we have to get out of our comfort zones to broaden and deepen our world view, our understanding of life. That’s what I’m trying to impart to my parishioners,” said Father Mario Beltran M. Patangan of Dapitan’s Saint Therese of the Child Jesus Parish.

Getting out of our comfort zones is not endangering ourselves either, Fr. Patangan said in an interview on July 26.

“Like jumping at 10,000 feet above sea level, it is moving toward another dimension, it is having trust, it is having faith,” he said.

Patangan has already made 18 jumps since 2008.

He explained, “Believe me, it’s always terrifying every time I get out of that flying plane, but when I’m already floating on air slowly gliding down, I feel serenity, I feel freedom, I feel like being under the wings of a great somebody who loves me a lot; it’s my most peaceful moments.”

Fr. Mario Beltran Patangan on his pink parachute. Photo by Gualberto Laput

He added somehow, that great somebody is telling him not to worry because the wind will catch him, and bring him safely to the ground.