Thursday, 06 December 2018 09:48

Priest says Advent is a homecoming

Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe delivers his opening remarks during the Advent recollection for social communication ministers.
Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring
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The greatest gift we can offer this Christmas is to wholeheartedly surrender ourselves to the Lord.

In his opening remarks during the Advent Recollection for Social Communicators of parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila, Rev. Fr. Joselito Buenafe, second assistant commissioner of the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) told SOCOM ministers to admit their sins and come back to the Lord this advent.

“God is talking to you in many ways. Ang kailangan lang talaga matutong makinig. Kasi alam mo naman kung ano yung hinihingi niya sa’yo,’ Fr. Buenafe said.

“This season is pointing to something. Homecoming. Pagbabalik loob. Kayong mga taong simabahan marapat huwag nyo ng hahayaan na magpapasko na hindi ka nangungumpisal,” he added.

Fr. Buenafe also stressed the essence of Christmas is in the fulfillment of giving something with a joyful heart without expecting anything in return knowing that you make other people happy.

“I do believe that is a sign of maturity. I do believe that all of us should go in that direction. To that direction of going out of being able to share, of being at the vantage point that you’re the ones giving,” Fr. Buenafe said.

“And when you give its something beautiful that we give with a joyful heart. We give and when we give, we feel fulfilled. We give and when we realized that others, napasaya natin, napaligaya natin, that would be enough,” he added.

Miss Penelope Lanzona talks on communication and the meaning of Advent during the 4th SOCOM General Assembly
Photo by Laureen Camille Jaring

Miss Penelope Lanzona, main anchor of Veritas Pilipinas aired over Radio Veritas, Line Producer/Dubbing Director for Asianovela, Japanese Animè, Hollywood movies for GMA 7, and Voice Talent for commercials and AVP was the guest speaker during the recollection held at the Arzobispado de Manila on December 1.

On November 26, an advent recollection for the church and secular media was also held at the Arzobispado de Manila chapel. Mr. Bernard Factor Canaberal, Head, SIGNIS Philippines was the guest speaker.

The advent recollection for church and secular media and social communicators were organized by the Archdiocesan Commission on Social Communications (ACSC) and Archdiocesan Office of Communications (AOC) and aims to further deepen their understanding of the celebration of advent season and to strengthen their faith through spiritual renewal and conversion of heart. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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