Saturday, June 13, 2015

Priest: Life’s a mess without God


From the Website of CBCP

Priest: Life’s a mess without God

TACLOBAN City, June 13, 2015 – Time management and self-improvement aside, the most essential thing in life is the presence of God, says a priest during a homily on the recent Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“God comes first because if not our life will be in a mess,” said Fr. Gil Manaog, parish priest of Sacred Heart parish, at a Mass held at the public Pintados-Kasadyaan Festival Park.

“It is Jesus’ heart pierced with the lance where blood and water poured out is the most part of Christ’s body,” says Sacred Heart Parish pastor Fr.Gil Manaog. (Photo: Eileen Ballesteros)
The priest also preached that Christ by his sacred heart teaches the faithful about three vital lessons in life: the measure of man’s worth, heroism, and perseverance.

Hearts for love

“Every person’s worth is measured by the kind of love he has in his heart,” Manaog said, adding that the “heart is programmed to love.” This love, however, should be centered on God.

“If there is any part of the crucified Christ which is most important, it is the heart of Jesus pierced with the lance where blood and water poured out,” he added.

In a mass held at the, Manaog said that Christ himself showed true love to humanity and according to the Catholic belief is best shown by Christ’s dying on the cross.

This true love is symbolized visually by the heart of Christ and not by any other part of his body.

“To love means to die for your friends and for your people,” he said.


Another point he raised is that “True love demands heroism,” explaining, “When we love, we have to be heroic, even if it is difficult, because we know it is the right thing to do,” he exhorted.

Finally, he explained, “True love perseveres even it the other person does not love you because you promised that to God.”

Manaog revealed that the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is one of the oldest one that was especially requested by Jesus through mystical revelations to the visionary St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, V.H.M.

In the Archdiocese of Palo, almost all parishes have a confraternity devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Divine Mercy. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCP News) 


CBCP urges more studies on Charter change

MANILA, June 8, 2015— The Catholic hierarchy urged Congress to hold off passing the proposed measure to amend the Constitution until it can be studied more closely.

In a pastoral statement, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said there is no need to rush Charter change because it is the future of the Filipinos and the nation that are at stake.

CBCP president Archbishop Socrates Villegas is encouraging the conduct of wide-ranging studies to ensure that proposed amendments are according to the precepts of social justice.

“Before we rush into amending the Constitution, we, your bishops, urge all responsible to conduct serious studies in economics, sociology, the law and in related disciplines including the Catholic social teachings,” Villegas said.

The statement entitled “Let us be circumspect” was issued on Monday as the proposed measure gains ground in Congress, guided by the belief that it is the key to reviving foreign investment flow into the country.
‘Purely economic reasons’

But House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., said it is purely for economic reasons and will not include amending any political provisions of the Constitution such as term limits.

In the past, the bishops noted how they agreed with those that drafted the 1987 Constitution be designed to primarily safeguard and uphold Filipinos’ socio-economic interests.

“Rightly, we have always steered away from the prospect of foreigners enriching themselves by the country’s resources and our labor force, transferring their earnings overseas, and leaving us none the better because of their presence and their exploitation of our resources, both natural and human! This should remain a paramount principle,” Villegas stressed

Points to consider

In studying Charter change, Villegas said it should have “clear answers” to the following questions:
  • What do we, as a nation, stand to gain from relaxing the provisions now deemed restrictive?
  • How are we assured that the resources of the country, both natural and human, benefit Filipino nationals principally?
  • What are the human, social, and environmental costs of lifting present limits to foreign participation in Philippine economic and business affairs?
Needed diligence

The bishops also urged the lay faithful to get involved in the issue and study other aspects “that may find relevant with assiduousness and diligence” and share their findings with the CBCP.

“We welcome the truly scholarly and diligent analyses of all. With these studies, we can more wisely look at the move to amend the Constitution in the light of our Christian faith,” Villegas said.

“Only then shall we be prepared to take a moral stand in respect to the proposed amendment of the Constitution,” he added. (Roy Lagarde/CBCPNews)

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