Wednesday, 24 July 2019 08:34

Serving the Young with Mary


Participants of the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) were extremely blessed to have the Most Rev. Leopoldo C. Haosian, SVD, Bishop of Bangued and Chairperson of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) as the presider of the Eucharistic celebration held at the Quadricentennial Pavilion of the University of Santo Tomas, on July 20, 2019.

Celebration of the Holy Eucharist presided over by Most Rev. Leopoldo Haosian, Bishop of Bangued, Abra for the 6th Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE 6) at the Quadricentennial pavilion, University of Santo Tomas, on Saturday, July 20, 2019. (Photo by RCAM-AOC)

During his homily, Bishop Jaucian shared three significant points in relation to the celebration of the Year of the Youth

1. How do I recognize young people? 

Bishop Jaucian recounted one of his missions in a far-flung place and how the young girls’ and boys’ unique ways of welcoming him made such great impact. He said, he saw in the young people that “their giftedness, creativity, and talents become the music, the sound that gives life for the Church and their freshness becomes light that gives hope for the Church.”

After going through that wonderful experience, he declared that “the Filipino youth are the treasure, joy, and power of the Church” during the launching of the Year of the Youth in Balanga, Bataan.

2. Life and example of Mary

As a participant of PCNE 6, I found the words of the good bishop very encouraging and inspiring. 

Pope Francis asked us to focus on the life and example of Mary who is our “supreme model not only on how to discern the will of God for us but more importantly on how to care for the young.”

On the recent document, “Christus Vivit”, as explained by Bishop Haosian, Mary was placed not at the end of the document but in paragraphs 43-48, stating that Mary is also journeying with us. It is through this that I got a deeper understanding of the Blessed Mother who I can really depend on as I face my fears in life. As Bishop Jaican said it, “Inang Maria, nakikiisa sa paglalakbay natin sa buhay”.

Bishop Jaucian also encouraged the people especially the young to be like the Virgin Mary in answering her PIAT and to have the courage to stand up and say, “YES, LORD!”

3. The joy of serving the young

The third point that Bishop Jaucian shared to the participants was how he finds joy in serving the young. 

During his homily, he reminisced his childhood days where he faced life’s hardships and struggles and how a priest school director helped him paved the avenue to pursue a college education. Bishop prayed to the Lord and said, “Lord, if you will give me this job I will offer my life, magpapari po ako”. This particular story of Bishop Jaucian was a testimony that God really listens and answers our prayers

His eyes were in tears as he recalled that the altar which he used to clean while he was a sacristan is the very altar where he was ordained as a Bishop 30 years ago. He was able to open his life to the grace and to the love of God. 

The most important part of his homily that really struck me was when he is willing to offer his life for the young no matter how hard it is to live.

The PCNE 6 for me became a way to fully understand how the grace of God works in us. Faith and trust in his will, will surely give us the blessings we truly deserve. With Christ and with the help of the Blessed Virgin Mary, we can walk on the rest of the paths ahead of us. (Joie Bulaon/SOCOM - Saint Joseph Parish Gagalangin, Tondo)

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