Saturday, January 3, 2015

Pope’s visit best New Year’s gift to PH – bishop


From the Website of CBCP

Pope’s visit best New Year’s gift to PH – bishop

MANILA, Jan. 1, 2015—Despite the headaches and hassles the Philippines had been through in 2014, a Catholic prelate believes the Holy Father’s visit to the Philippines on Jan. 15 to 19 will prove to be the best gift Filipinos will receive this New Year.

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo (Photo: CBCP News)
In a recent interview, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo told Radyo Veritas that Pope Francis’ apostolic presence in Asia’s largest Catholic nation is sure to foster hope and unity among Filipinos, giving them the strength and confidence to rise above all the hardships they face like problems in corruption, peace and order, poverty, among many others.

Pabillo, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), expresses hope that the country’s overwhelming Catholic majority will keep the lessons and other important messages His Holiness will share with them, striving to live them out in their daily struggle.

Furthermore, the bishop noted that the Pope’s Philippine trip is doubly significant as it coincides with the celebration of the “Year of the Poor,” which comes third in the nine-year novena for the fifth centenary of the Christianization of the islands.

According to him, this liturgical year enjoins all the faithful to spend time reflecting on the reality of poverty, and how it affects many Filipinos.

Pabillo adds the Year of the Poor seeks to highlight how the underprivileged can contribute to the country’s development, listening to their plight, viewing them as partners in progress, rather than as mere “beneficiaries” of welfare aid. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)


Priest: ‘God’s mother’ model of faith

PARAÑAQUE City, Jan. 2, 2015—A parish priest restated what the Church has always affirmed, that Mary is the “Mother of God,” reminding his congregation to strive to adopt the virtues that have made Our Lady the model of Christian faith.

In his homily on Thursday where he zoomed in on the important role the Blessed Virgin’s Divine Motherhood played in salvation history, Fr. Rolando R. Agustín, rector of the Parañaque diocese’s St. Andrew Cathedral Parish, presented Mama Mary as the perfect Christian.

Catholics celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God on Jan. 1. (Photo: Natalie Hazel Quimlat)
“Simplicity, humility, responsiveness to God’s Word—these are traits that make Mama Mary worthy of emulation,” the priest shared.
“People who live simple lives find it easier to get closer to God, while those who are humble are more responsive to what God wills for them,” he added.

Because of her uniqueness, Agustín calls on the faithful to reject the view most non-Catholic Christians have of Mary: that her participation in the Gospel was limited only to giving birth to the Savior.

“It’s as if they [non-Catholic Christians] consider Mary only as a means God had used to effect His plan, leaving her afterwards when He had no more use of her. That’s unacceptable to Catholics, who regard the Blessed Virgin as spiritual mother of the Church, of all people of faith,” he explained.
According to him, the respect Catholics accord to Mary can be traced to the Bible, when Jesus Himself entrusted His mother to the apostle John, who represented all of Christ’s followers.

John 19:27 reads: “Then he said to the disciple, “Behold, your mother.” And from that hour the disciple took her into his home.” (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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