Monday, 27 July 2020 09:19

Bishop Pabillo reminds importance of Virtues as Nation prepares for SONA

"Ayaw natin na nililinlang ang bayan. Dahil sa katotohanan, nakikita natin ang kabulukan at pagsasamantala.”

This was the message of Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila in his homily delivered by Rev. Msgr. Hernando Coronel in the mass celebrated at the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church), at 12:15 noon on the day of SONA. The mass was broadcasted online as well as through TV Maria and Radio Veritas. Although Bp. Pabillo was not present during the mass, he was the one who prepared the homily that was delivered by Msgr. Coronel, Rector and Parish Priest of Quiapo Church.

“Mga kapatid, may apat na social virtues. Kailangan ang mga virtues na ito ng isang maayos na lipunan – Love, Truth, Justice and Peace. Magkakaugnay ang mga ito. Dahil sa pagmamahal sa kapwa, minamahal natin ang bayan. Kaya tayo nagsasalita ng katotohanan," the Bishop said.

Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila | File Photo of RCAM-AOC

The Mass was offered for the preservation of peace and justice on the day of the Fifth State of the Nation Address (SONA) by Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on July 27, 2020.

“Kaya nananawagan tayo para sa katarungan na magdadala ng tunay na kapayapaan. Love, Truth, Justice and Peace. Ipagdasal natin ang mga ito para sa ating bayan,” he said.

Also in his homily, Bishop Pabillo spoke of the love of God and love to our fellow human beings who he referred to as our family, neighbors and even enemies. He stressed that the fifth SONA of the President is a reminder of our love for our country and its people.

“Pero kasama din sa kapwa tao ay ang ating mga kababayan, ang ibig sabihin, ang ating bansa. So love of country is part of the command to love one another. Buhayin uli natin sa ating kalooban ang pagmamahal sa bayan. Kung nasaan ang pag-ibig nandoon ang Diyos. Huwag tayo magwalang kibo sa nangyayari sa ating bansa!,” he said.

As President Duterte delivers his SONA, the Bishop urged the faithful to carefully listen and analyze the report of the President and how the government should respond to the various problems the country is currently enveloped with like the plight to fight the pandemic, the OFWs who lost their jobs, the students who have no means to undergo online study and how those business enterprises can start all over again.

“We care enough to know what is happening among us now and what our elected officials are doing. So we will listen carefully and we will analyze conscientiously because, unfortunately in our times, not everything that is said, even by the highest official of the land and his official spokespersons, is credible and true. Kaya susuriin natin,” he said.

Earlier, Bishop Pabillo said that the Mass on the day of SONA is one of the things that the Catholic Church can offer especially during these times of trials and hardships. In his homily, he encouraged the faithful to pray for the leaders of the country.

“Kaya nga kailangan nating magdasal, at malakas na magdasal, upang mabuksan ang mga mata at tainga ng ating mga leaders.  Sana makakita at makarinig na sila.  Higit pa rin kailangan tayong magdasal na lumambot ang kanilang puso at tumibok ito ayon sa hibik ng maraming nahihirapan na ngayon,” he said.

Bishop Pabillo who is also the Auxiliary Bishop of Manila, announced on July 23, 2020, to the Clergy of Manila that he was tested positive with COVID-19. He is asymptomatic and follows the protocol set by the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF). He is presently under quarantine and recuperating from the sickness. Although in isolation, his condition was not able to stop him from fulfilling his duties and responsibilities as the Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese. He continues to attend online meetings and remain in touch with the clergy and the faithful. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 


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