Friday, 04 September 2020 06:44

Throwaway Culture destroying Creation, Bishop reminds faithful


The Archdiocese of Manila opened the 8th Season of Creation and the 5th World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation with the celebration of the Holy Mass at the Manila Cathedral on September 1, 2020, presided by Most Rev. Broderick S. Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila.

Reflecting on the theme of the celebration, “Jubilee of the Earth,” Bp. Pabillo in his homily reminded the faithful the meaning of Jubilee in relation to the gift of creation.


“Jubilee – that means it is a special time for rejoicing. So, during this time we are asked to rejoice over the earth and if we rejoice on something, we value that something and we take care of it,” he said.

“So, we are asked to rejoice for the gift of creation because we know that creation is a gift of the wisdom and the love of God. Hindi naman obligado ang Diyos na lumikha ngunit nilikha niya ang lahat ng ito dahil sa kanyang karunungan, dahil sa kanyang pagmamahal,” he added.According to the Bishop, God’s creation has a capacity to restore itself if given enough rest.

“We have seen that during this time of the lockdown. Luminis ang ating hangin. Nawala ang polusyon. Hinayaan natin hindi natin ginambal at naging malinis. Nalinis ang mga karagatan kaya creation has a capacity to restore himself if we give him enough rest,” Bp. Pabillo pointed out.

Part of the restoration of creation he said, is to refrain from the so-called “throwaway culture” which according to him is one of the destructive practices that we do that really hurts creation.

“Ang dami nating binibili at itatapon lang naman pagkatapos. Kaya nga medyo nakapahinga ang daigdig kasi hindi tayo masyadong makabili, sarado ang mga malls at kaunting natatapon natin at mas gumaan para sa daigdig,” he said.

The prelate then reminded the faithful of their role as stewards of God’s beautiful creation.

“At tayong mga tao ay nilagay ng Diyos upang pangalagan – to cultivate it and care for it. Kaya yan po yung papel natin sa mundo, alagaan ang kagandahan na ibinigay ng Diyos. Ang nakakalungkot, hindi po ganyan ang ating ginawa. Sa halip na alagaan, ito’y sinira natin,” he said.

The Archdiocese of Manila Ministry on Ecology will conduct weekly online Laudato Si seminars and workshops on September 12, 19, 26 and October 3 and 10, 2020.

The Season of Creation starts on September 1 and culminates on October 4, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

In 2015, His Holiness Pope Francis proclaimed September 1 as the World Day of Prayer for the Creation. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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