Thursday, 28 May 2020 15:40

Pentecost: A time for Renewing our Mission in the midst of COVID-19

"We are nearing the time of the Pentecost and hopefully there will be the opening up of our Churches by the time of the Pentecost. Little by little. Yes, with restrictions."

This is the hope expressed by Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila in one of his reflections during the Online Retreat, "Pentekostes: From Crisis to Renewal, From Lockdown to Mission" which was broadcasted May 25-28, 2020.

Bishop Pabillo noted that the current crisis really affects the faithful and their families. He, however, also affirmed that the faithful can experience a change of perspective during the similar crisis that can help them face the "new normal".

"We have undergone crisis. The crisis of the quarantine and many of us, this has really been a crisis. A crisis of our relationships. A crisis of our finances. A crisis of our plans and maybe crisis of faith but may this crisis bring us to renewal that we can come out of this situation renewed," he said.

The prelate acknowledged that the faithful have a truly difficult experience because of isolation as an effect of the threat of the coronavirus. It has even caused some a feeling of hopelessness. However, he hopes that somehow a spiritual comfort is felt through the retreat and consequently lead them to recognize their mission in the Church.

"We have been lockdown, unable to move but now little by little, we'll be able to go out. Hopefully, it's not just to enjoy ourselves but we go out to mission," he said.

"We have suffered. Our plans have been curtailed by the lockdown, by this virus, the economy has suffered but there's also something good here, that we can maximize, so we can go out in this experience enlightened and renewed rather than discouraged and despondent. Hopefully, in this retreat we can bring this out," he added.

The online retreat was intended to stand for the Annual Retreat of the clergy of Archdiocese of Manila which is usually scheduled in the month of July. Through the online broadcast, the retreat's attendance was extended to the guest priests, to the Religious priests, brothers and sisters, and even for Lay leaders in the Archdiocese. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)


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