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DAGUPAN CITY, Philippines – Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president Socrates Villegas is ashamed of the things he reads about the Philippines in the international media and of what he hears from the country’s leaders when he watches the local news.
In his reflections titled “Confused and sad yet hopeful,” Villegas said the Filipino values of maka-Diyos, makatao and makabayan (pro-God, pro-people and pro-country) are slowly eroding and being replaced by an open license for cuss words, orchestrated lies and vulgarity.
“I am afraid that our children and youth will catch and embrace these twisted values. I dread the thought they might carry these errors into the next generation and render tomorrow bleak and gloomy,” he said.
He said he grieved over the killings that he had been seeing and hearing about, apparently referring to the killings related to the government’s anti-drug campaign.
“The well is running dry and I can no longer condole with the bereaved families because I myself need to be assured that things will get better,” he said.
“My brows have not been without furrows for some months now – worried, confused and sad. I cry as I pray alone. I am horrified at the new ‘things’ that make my countrymen laugh,” he added.
To help him cope, Villegas said he holds on to the saying: The darkest hour is just before dawn. “The darkest hour is the hour before the sunburst!”
“In my great shame at where our nation is going, in my confusion, in my doubts, in my grief, in my worry, in my fears, what can I do to change the downward course of my beloved Philippines?” he asked.
He urged the people to pray the rosary everyday, noting the church will commemorate on Oct. 13 the 99th anniversary of the final apparition of Our Lady of Fatima to the three children in Portugal.
The Blessed Virgin urged the children to tell people to pray the rosary everyday.
“The rosary in our hands and on our lips are powerful weapons for our time. So simple we take for granted, yet so powerful for world change,” he said.
He urged the people to attend mass everyday and receive communion.
“The pious practice of receiving daily communion for the country will heal our land. Do not ever forget that one Eucharist lovingly offered is enough to change the entire cosmos. How much more this nation,” he said as he called on the people to go to confession at least once a month.
Pope names Martin Jumoad as Archbishop of Ozamiz
MANILA, Oct. 4, 2016— Pope Francis has named Bishop Martin Jumoad as the new Archbishop of Ozamiz.
Archbishop-elect Jumoad has been serving for 14 years as bishop of the Prelature of Isabela in Basilan.
“I thank God for giving me another chance to serve another local church particularly in Ozamiz. I thank Pope Francis for his trust and confidence in me for this new assignment,” Jumoad said.
“I leave Basilan with a heavy heart because I know the people and they love me. I will go to Ozamiz with faith and hope that the Lord will never abandon me and He will show me what to do,” he said. “Please pray for me!”
The appointment by Pope Francis was announced Tuesday.
He succeeds 77-year old Archbishop Jesus Dosado, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the archdiocese was accepted by the Pope.
Jumoad, 59, will be the fourth archbishop of the Ozamiz archdiocese which covers the suffragan dioceses of Dipolog, Iligan, Pagadian and Marawi.
A native of Cebu City, the prelate was ordained a priest in April 1983.
Pope John Paul II appointed him to head the Prelature of Isabela in November 2001. His episcopal ordination was on January 10, 2002. He was installed on Jan. 12, 2002.
The archbishop-elect is currently member of CBCP’s Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People and the Commission on Mission. (CBCPNews with reports from John Frances Fuentes) Source: http://www.cbcpnews.com/cbcpnews/?p=85312
2) The death of Jesus: The ultimate demonstration of the human nature of Christ is his death on the cross, because God cannot die; only humans do. Jesus identified himself as Son of Man, when he said: “The Son of Man must be handed over sinners and be crucified” (Luke 24:7).( Source: THE APOSTLES’ Creed Book page 41 authored by: Rev. Fr. Paolo O. Pirlo, SHMI ; Imprimatur: Most Rev. Socrates B. Villegas, D.D. Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Catechesis and Catholic Education December 20, 2012)
468 After the Council of Chalcedon, some made of Christ’s human nature a kind of personal subject. Against them, the fifth ecumenical council, at Constantinople in 553, confessed that “there is but one hypostasis [or person], which is our Lord Jesus Christ, one of the Trinity.”93 Thus everything in Christ’s human nature is to be attributed to his divine person as its proper subject, not only his miracles but also his sufferings and even his death: “He who was crucified in the flesh, our Lord Jesus Christ, is true God, Lord of glory, and one of the Holy Trinity.” (Source: Catechism of the Catholic Church paragraph 468).
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PARAÑAQUE City, September 10, 2014—In a bid to dispel wrong views some people have about the Catholic veneration of Mary, a priest explained the “active role” the Blessed Mother plays in the Divine Plan.
In his sermon on the Feast of the Nativity of Our Lady on Monday, September 8, at the St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe Formation House in Multinational Village, Parañaque City, Fr. JV Acosta, a Conventual Franciscan (OFMConv,), said the best way one can go to Jesus is through Mary, His mother.
He pointed out that while the All-Powerful God could have chosen any other means of entering history, He opted to do so through a humble woman who called herself the “handmaid of the Lord”.
Acosta stressed that if God Himself in all His majesty had condescended to come to humans through Mary, nothing should prevent them from going to God through her.
To make himself better understood, the priest invited his audience to reflect on this cooperative role of Mary in salvation history.
He emphasized that the beginning of the salvation of humanity rested on the Blessed Virgin’s “yes”, her “let it be done according to your Word”.
Due to her “fiat”, St. Irenaeus of Lyons, a Church Father, gave Mary the title “New Eve”.
He said, “It was right and necessary that Adam be restored in Christ … that Eve be restored in Mary so that a Virgin, become advocated of a virgin [Eve], might erase and abolish the disobedience of a virgin by her obedience as a Virgin.”
This title was also highlighted by the Second Vatican Council (Vatican II) which mentions, “The Holy Fathers see Mary as not merely a passive instrument in the hands of God, but as cooperating in the salvation of human beings with free faith and obedience.”
“One cannot love Christ and hate His mother… If you love God, love whom He loves,” stressed Acosta.
According to him, Catholics only honor the Blessed Virgin because God honored her first, but this “honoring”—hyperdulia—should not be confused with the worship that must be accorded only to God.
He explained that in choosing Mary to be the mother of His incarnate Son, He raised her above all other creatures.
Echoing St. Polish martyr and Militia Immaculatae (MI) founder St. Maximilian Maria Kolbe, himself a Conventual Franciscan, Acosta said, ““Never be afraid of loving the Blessed Virgin too much. You can never love her more than Jesus did.”
Meanwhile, in a tweet posted September 2, Pope Francis shared, “The Christian who does not feel that the Virgin Mary is his or her mother is an orphan.” (Raymond A. Sebastián)