As ‘war on drugs’ continues, Villegas urges prayer for healing

MANILA, August 25, 2016— Amid the spate of killings and other challenges hounding the country, a Catholic archbishop has called for  prayer to heal the “wounds and divisions” afflicting the country.

“Our first armor is prayer. So let us pray even more,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas of Lingayen-Dagupan.

The archbishop has also issued a “prayer for healing of the nation”, which asks for unity, solution to crimes and corruption, and compassion for those who died “in the present purge.”

“The killings continue to rise. The divisions seem to widen even more. The indifference to the violations of the Commandments of God is spreading. We must not give up,” he said.

The prayer will be recited before the start of every Mass his archdiocese for nine days starting Aug. 30 until Sept. 7,  a day before the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Titled “Lord Heal Our Land,” the prayer was released in three languages: English, Pangasinense and Tagalog.

“We trust in the mercy of God to answer our prayers for healing when we celebrate the birthday of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” said Villegas.

The prelate also said that in Catholic schools in the archdiocese, it must be prayed before the start of classes in every classroom.

“Believe in miracles and the power of a praying people. When we pray together, we are strong with the strength of God,” he added.

Below is the English version of the prayer:

 

Father of endless mercy, we come to you,

a people wounded and torn by issues that have divided us

into opposing, bickering, quarreling and even hating factions.

We beg you for unity; we ask for healing;

we beseech you to forgive our sins and restore to our land

the joy and the peace that you alone can give.

Teach us once more the wisdom of the Scriptures:

that the help of man is vain

and that our strength is not in princes, but in You.

 

We pray for the leaders of our nation.

Let them acknowledge your sovereignty,

so that they may render due homage to your image that is in all.

Send your Spirit so that the miracle of Pentecost

by which all understood each other

may prevail over the Babel

by which our leaders slur and embarrass one another.

Let tongues of Divine fire settle on them as they did on the apostles

so that their words may be words of peace, joy, truth and love.

There is so much hatred, Father, and hatred always kills!

 

We pray that you purge our country of crime,

particularly the heinous crimes of drug-dealing

and the endemic corruption that impoverishes our nation.

But grant us too the wisdom to recognize

that these evils have their roots in all our hearts:

in our envy, greed, avarice and implacable desire for even more.

But have pity too on those who have lost their lives in the present purge.

We pray for them, because all life is precious in your sight,

and no man or woman is ever so unworthy of the redemption

that your Son brought us all!

Console their families and show their children the paths of righteousness –

as you alone can judge and teach what is righteous!

Finally, we pray for your Church

that it may be true to its prophetic vocation,

for it is when times our difficult and trying that you ask your Church

to be the servant of the nation by speaking Your Word.

Let not our fear and trepidation overcome the zeal for your house

and your truth that should consume us.

We know our sins.

We our humbled by our failings.

But we are also aware that when the prophets of old

pleaded to you their sinfulness,

you commanded them anyway to proclaim what you wanted proclaimed reminding them that it was not their word

that they were to announce but yours.

Forgive our sins in the Church and make us strong in your service

so that we may continue to be salt of the earth and light of the world.

Long ago, the woman of Galilee whom you chose to be the Mother of Your Son asked Juan Diego: “Am I not your mother?”

To our Mother’s prayers then, in this hour of need, we entrust ourselves.

From her we draw inspiration

to be the faithful bearers of the image of Your Son

that you called us and set us apart to be.  AMEN

 

— CBCPNews 

What politics needs most By: CBCP News!

Right to conscientious objectionThe immediate answer is to humanize and Christianize it. Politics all over the world has been at the mercy of man’s baser passions for so long that it now screams to high heavens for its humanization and Christianization.

And this can only mean that it is in dire need of charity. It has to be guided by the requirements of charity, which should not be considered as some kind of drag or hindrance but rather as the perfection and fulfillment of politics. It just cannot be left alone, fully under the power of our passions, brute force and worldly forces. In fact, it can and should be a massive way of sanctification of the people.

Politics ought to be pursued always in charity. It cannot be any other way, since charity is the mother of all virtues and good values. If we want justice, truth and fairness, charity has them all. If we want competence, order, discipline, etc., again charity has them. If we want objectivity, charity has it. And that’s because charity covers all our needs.

Politics, as a human necessity and as a free act of man, is definitely subject to the moral law, and as such, should also have a proper spirituality to animate it. This is a truth of our faith that should never be lost in our mind, and much less, in our culture. The autonomy we enjoy in our politics is never to be taken to mean that God has nothing to do with it.

Politics just cannot be left to the raw forces of our human nature, which has the capability of detaching itself from its creator and his law. It just cannot be subject to the law of the jungle. Without God, politics would be left to our own ideologies, historico-cultural conditions, our own personal hunches of how things ought to be, etc.

The way politics is practiced today, we need nothing less than a revolution, a drastic, radical conversion of heart among our political leaders and the citizenry in general.

We need to redeem politics from being a devil’s game and to recover its true lofty nature and character based on our innate dignity as human persons created in the image and likeness of God, and made children of his.

In many Church teachings, we are reminded that while the technical formation of politicians does not enter into the mission of the Church, the Church has the mission of giving “moral judgment also on things that pertain to the political order, when this is required by the fundament rights of the person and the salvation of souls…using only those means that conform to the Gospel and the good of all, according to the diversity of the times and situations” (Gaudium et Spes 76)

Source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=82270

socrates fernandez rc vs. darriel villanueva sda debate! (not a debate, it is only a doctrinal friendly discussion)!…

     soc fernandez

My Comment:

For fairness Bro. Daryl Galve sana ipinakita mo yung mga sagot ni Bro Soc. Hindi po ito debate, isa lang itong friendly discussion. Hindi masagot ni Bro. Darriel Villanueva ang mga katanungan ni Bro. Soc sa kanya means yung tamang sagot. Bro. Darriel used the book of Bro. Soc fernandez titled “Argumento Biblico” to the public instead yung sagot ang basahin ay ang question ang binasa tungkol sa sabbath . winning po ang Roman Catholic Church natin sa Religious friendly discussion with other religious denomination na ito. CFD Dipolog organize this event friendly discussion not a debate. Sa plaza magsaysay kiosko, Dipolog City po ito. kasi si Bro. Soc ay gusto may friendly discussion after his bible seminar sa mga catechist. ang daming umaatend mga pastors nang other religious denomination at mga Catholic mismo. Bro. Nicholai M. Luceños, CFD Dipolog…. isa po ako sa mga nagtulong mag abot ang bible gusto basahin ni Bro. Soc Fernandez… Pro Deo Et Ecclesia…

CFD Board of Governors Meeting will be on August 27, 2016 at Asilo Board Room Cebu City…

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In behalf of cfd national office, this is to inform all the BOG 2016-2019 that our board mtng will be held on aug 27, 2016 at asilo board room at 9am. We have reserved 2 private rooms for those who may take overnyt stay at asilo. Breakfast lunch dinner and 2 snacks will be served during d mting. Pls inform the others. Thanks and see you. For the president bro soc this is bro adam. God bless us all.

Bishop to Pacquiao: Don’t use Bible to justify death penalty

BISHOP DAVID

‘The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things,”(Bishop David to Pacquiao)

MANILA, Philippines – One of the Catholic Church’s leading Bible scholars, Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, criticized Senator Manny Pacquiao for using the Bible to justify the death penalty during his first privilege speech.

“If Senator Pacquiao is convinced that the death penalty is a useful deterrent for criminality, he is entitled to his personal opinion. His right to express it will be protected in a democracy. But I just wish he didn’t have to justify it using the Bible,” David said in a statement prepared for Church-run Radyo Veritas on Tuesday, August 9.

In his statement, which he sent to Rappler on Tuesday evening, David stressed the need to interpret Scriptures in the proper context, with Jesus as “our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.”

The bishop explained, “If we use the Bible as a mere justification for our personal opinions (such as on death penalty) then we might as well return to the morality of slavery, misogyny, death penalty for homosexuals, and the ancient laws of purity and impurity, just because we also have them in the Bible.”

“The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things,” he said.

A priest for more than 30 years, David chaired the Commission on Biblical Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines from 2009 to 2015.

David, a graduate of the Jesuit-run Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, also holds a doctorate in sacred theology from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium.

Born in Betis, Guagua, Pampanga, the 57-year-old David served as auxiliary bishop of San Fernando, Pampanga, from 2006 until Pope Francis named him Caloocan bishop in 2015.

Pacquiao: God ‘is a God of justice’

David issued his statement after Pacquiao on Monday, August 8, cited Bible passages to justify the death penalty.

The senator said Genesis 9: 6, for instance, states: “Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God, has God made mankind.”

Pacquiao said, “Having read the Bible on a regular basis, I am convinced that God is not just a God of mercy, but he is also a God of justice.”

Pacquiao is a former Catholic whom David, in 2012, eyed as a potential partner “in promoting the reading of the Bible among Catholics.”

The boxer is now a first-time senator who, as Sarangani representative, was known for his habitual absences in Congress.

Reacting to Pacquiao’s statements on the death penalty, David said that “it is difficult to discuss the Bible with fundamentalists,” or those “who would quote a verse or two from the Scriptures, and not mind the other passages that may not be supportive of their opinion.”

David said: “The Word of God was gradually revealed to us from the Old Testament to the New Testament, culminating with the incarnation of God’s Word in Jesus Christ. We were like children who matured in stages. In Jesus, we’re supposed to see the highest level of maturity of our humanity. He is our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.”

Jesus vs stoning to death

David also cited a Bible passage: John 8: 1-11. Here, Jesus said something that stopped scribes and Pharisees from imposing the death penalty on a woman caught in adultery.

Jesus told them, “Let the one among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” In response, the scribes and Pharisees “went away one by one,” the Bible said.

David said: “If Christ were in favor of death penalty, perhaps he would have been the first to cast a stone at the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. Instead of dying for sinners, he would have just killed them all instead.”

He then cited another Bible passage, the popular John 3: 16, and the verse that immediately followed it: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through him.”

David said, “I am willing to have a discussion with the good senator about the Bible if he is willing and sincere in his effort to understand the Bible as Word of God.”

Read the full Tagalog and English versions of David’s statement below.

Bishop David’s statement in Tagalog:

Mahirap makipag-usap tungkol sa Bibliya sa mga fundamentalista, ‘yung tipong kukuha ng isang linya sa Bibliya pero hindi na papansinin ang ibang linya na salungat sa binanggit.

Ang Salita ng Diyos ay unti-unting nabunyag sa atin mula sa Lumang Tipan hanggang sa Bagong Tipan, hanggang sa magkatawang-tao ang mismong salita ng Diyos kay Kristo. Para tayong mga bata na unti-unting nag-mature. Kay Hesus natin dapat makita ang pinakamataas na antas ng maturity ng ating pagkatao. Siya ang pamantayan natin sa pagbasa sa Bibliya bilang salita ng Diyos.

Kung gagamitin lang natin ang Bibliya bilang depensa o para lang igiit ang mga pansarili nating opinyon, e ‘di ibalik na rin natin ang pang-aalipin (slavery), ang mababang pagtingin sa mga babae, ang death penalty para sa mga bakla, ang mga sinaunang batas tungkol sa malinis at maduming pagkatao? Kasi nasa Bibliya din ang mga iyan? Marami nang gumamit ng Bibliya para sa hindi makataong mga layunin.

Kung sa personal na opinyon ni Senador Pacquiao, ang death penalty ay makatutulong sa pagsugpo ng kriminalidad, karapatan niyang ipahayag ang personal niyang opinyon. Sa demokrasya, irerespeto naman talaga natin ang personal na opinyon ng isa’t isa. Pero sana huwag na lang niyang gamitin ang Bibliya bilang justification.

Kung sang-ayon sa death penalty si Kristo, e ‘di sana binato na rin niya ang babaeng nahuling nakikiapid? E ‘di sana imbes na mamatay para sa mga makasalanan e pinagpapatay na lang niya ang mga makasalanan? ‘Di ba favorite passage ng mga Evangelicals ang John 3:16: “For God so loved the world…? God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world but to save it!”

Willing akong makipag-discuss na personal sa butihing senador tungkol sa Bibliya kung willing din siya at sincere sa pagsusumikap na unawain ang Bibliya bilang salita ng Diyos.

Bishop David’s statement in English:

It is difficult to discuss the Bible with fundamentalists, the type who would quote a verse or two from the Scriptures and not mind the other passages that may not be supportive of their opinion.

The Word of God was gradually revealed to us from the Old Testament to the New Testament, culminating with the incarnation of God’s Word in Jesus Christ. We were like children who matured in stages. In Jesus we’re supposed to see the highest level of maturity of our humanity. He is our criterion and standard for reading the Bible as Word of God.

If we use the Bible as a mere justification for our personal opinions (such as on death penalty) then we might as well return to the morality of slavery, misogyny, death penalty for homosexuals and the ancient laws of purity and impurity, just because we also have them in the Bible. The Bible has been used much too often to justify even the most inhuman and ungodly things.

If Senator Pacquiao is convinced that the death penalty is a useful deterrent for criminality, he is entitled to his personal opinion. His right to express it will be protected in a democracy. But I just wish he didn’t have to justify it using the Bible.

If Christ were in favor of death penalty, perhaps he would have been the first to cast a stone at the woman caught in adultery in John 8:1-11. Instead of dying for sinners, he would have just killed them all instead.

But isn’t John 3:16 a favorite of Evangelicals? “For God so loved the world he gave us his only Son so that all who believe might not perish but might have eternal life. God did not send his Son to the world to condemn the world but that the world might be saved through him.”

I am willing to have a discussion with the good senator about the Bible if he is willing and sincere in his effort to understand the Bible as Word of God.

Source: Rappler.com

CFD MANILA NAGPUPURI SA DIOS SA BINYAG NG SUPLING NG FORMER ANG DATING DAAN [ADD-MCGI] MEMBER!

 

Fr. Jess Malit, SSS of Sta. Cruz Church with Bro. Mike Alcala and his very beautiful wife Sis. Daisy holding their newly baptized daugther. Thanks be to God for freeing the Alcala Family from the poisons of Ang Dating Daan of Eli Soriano.

 

PURIHIN ANG PANGINOON. SALAMAT PO DIOS NA AMING AMA, PANGINOONG JESUS AT ESPIRITONG BANAL.

MAHIGIT ISANG TAON NA SIMULA NG HUMINGI NG TULONG SA CFD MANILA AT KAY FR. ABE SI BRO. MIKE ALCALA DAHIL ANG KANYANG LABIS NA PINAKA-MAMAHAL NA MAYBAHAY AY MIEMBRO NG DATING DAAN NI ELI SORIANO. BAGAMAT MATINDI ANG PAGMAMAHALAN NG MAG-ASAWA ANG PAGKAKAIBA SA RELIHIYON AY NAGDUDULOT NG TENSION SA PAMILYA AT SA KANILANG RELATIONSHIP. CATOLICO SARADO SI BRO. MIKE AT ARDENT ADD NAMAN SI SIS. DAISY. GUSTONG GUSTONG PABINYAGAN SA CATHOLIC CHURCH NI BRO. MIKE ANG KANILANG UNANG ANAK SUBALIT AYAW PUMAYAG NG KANYANG BUTIHING ESPOSA.

DAHIL DITO KINONTAK NI BRO. MIKE SI FR. ABE NA DAGLING TINAWAG PANSIN SI DR. ERIC PADILLA AND THROUGH HIM KINONTAK SI BRO. ALFIE ANGELES NA DATING ADD PREACHER SUBALIT NGAYON AY CATHOLIC SEMINARIAN NA. HININGAN DIN NG TULONG NI FR. ABE SI BRO. DUANE NA KILABOT NG DATING DAAN AT NI ELI SORIANO. PERSONAL NA BUMISITA SI BRO. DUANE SA ALCALA RESIDENCE KASAMA ANG BATANG CFD ASPIRANT NA SI TERRENCE RELUCIO. DAHIL DITO AY NAGKAROON NG PAGKAKATAON SI SIS. DAISY NA MARINIG ANG PALIWANAG AT MGA KASAGUTAN NG IGLESIA CATOLICA BILANG TUGON SA PANINIRA NG MGA ADD. DUMATING ANG PUNTO NA HINDI NA MAKASAGOT ANG ADD MINISTER NI SORIANO AT UMAYAW NANG HUMARAP KAY BRO. DUANE. SI BRO. MIKE AT SI BRO. TERRENCE NA LAMANG ANG KINAUSAP SUBALIT NILAMPASO SIYA SA CHURCH HISTORY NG DALAWA. PINAPASULAT SA ADD MINISTER KUNG PANO NIA MA-TRACE SA HISTORY ANG LINK NG ADD SA FIRST CENTURY CHRISTIANS SUBALIT HINDI MAGAWA. NANG WALA NANG MAISAGOT NAPILITAN ANG ADD MINISTER NA MAG CLAIM NA MAY PROPHECY DAW FOR SORIANO. HA HA HA…

BAGAMAT SA UMPISA, AY MALAKAS ANG KAPIT SA ADD UNTI-UNTING NABUKSAN SA KATOTOHANAN ANG ISIP AT PUSO NI SIS. DAILY. NGAYON AY HINDI NA LAMANG ITO PUSPOS NG PAG-IBIG PARA SA KANYANG MABAIT AT GWAPONG MISTER NA SI BRO. MIKE. ITO RIN AY UNTI-UNTING YUMAKAP SA KATOTOHANAN NG SANTA IGLESIA CATOLICA BILANG SIYANG TUNAY AT IISANG IGLESIANG TATAG NG PANGINOONG JESUS. IN EFFECT, IBINIGAY DIN NI SIS. DAISY HINDI LAMANG ANG KANYANG MATAMIS NA OO KAY BRO. MIKE SA PAG-IISANG DIBDIB IDINAGDAG NIA DITO ANG MASARAP NA ‘OO’ UPANG MABINYAGAN BILANG CATOLICO ANG KANILANG ANAK NA PANGANAY – ANG PRINSESA NG KANILANG TAHANAN.

MASDAN PO NINYO SA FEATURED IMAGE NG POST NA ITO SA TAAS ANG PICTURE NG BINYAG NG KANILANG NAPAKA-GANDANG SUPLING. TIGNAN NIO ANG NAPAKASAYA AT MAALIWALAS NA MGA MUKA NILA MR. AND MISIS MIKE ALCALA. KITANG-KITA ANG SAYA… MALALIM NA KALIGAYAHAN DAHIL BUO NA ANG KANILANG PAMILYA HINDI LAMANG SA PAG-IBIG GAYUNDIN SA PANANAMPALATAYA.

ISANG NAPAKA-GANDANG BIYAYA NG DIOS. ITO AY ISANG MAKASAYSAYANG TAGPO SA HISTORY NG CFD MANILA AT NG APOLOGETIC MINISTRY NI BRO. ALFIE ANGELES, DR. ERIC PADILLA AT BRO. DUANE. HIGIT PANG NAGPAPASAYA SA AMING PUSO AY MISMONG SI REV. FR. JESUS ‘JESS’ MALIT, SSS NG STA. CRUZ CHURCH, ANG CFD MANILA SPIRITUAL DIRECTOR AND THEOLOGICAL ADVISER, ANG SIYANG NAGBINYAG SA BABY NI BRO. MIKE AND SIS. DAISY.

BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD, NOW AND FOREVER.

PRO DEO ET ECCLESIA!

SOURCE: http://thesplendorofthechurch.com/2016/08/03/cfd-manila-nagpupuri-sa-dios-sa-binyag-ng-supling-ng-former-ang-dating-daan-add-mcgi-member/