Being sinner not hindrance to return to God

Taytay Palawan Bishop Broderick Pabillo of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Office on Stewardship emphasized the importance of forging strong relationship with God especially amidst the many crises that the world is experiencing.

He explained that being God’s steward includes being a good steward of time, talent and wealth that the Lord has given to humanity. And it is part of being a good steward to be able to allocate time for God.

“Ang pinakamahalaga dito ay ang Stewardship of Time. Magbibigay tayo ng panahon para sa Diyos upang madevelop ang ating relationship sa kanya. Hindi tayo nagkakaroon ng relationship sa isang tao o sa Diyos man kung hindi tayo magbibigay ng panahon para sa kanya – na tayo ay magdasal, na tayo ay magbasa ng Bibliya, na tayo ay magsisimba upang lalu siyang makilala,” said Bishop Pabillo.

He then reminded the faithful that being a sinner is not a reason to stay away from God, because the Lord gives compassion and mercy to every sinner who repents wholeheartedly. Everyone has to learn, said the bishop, to be humble admit guilt and take time to communicate with the Lord.

“Ang ating nakaraan ay hindi hadlang sa pagtanggap sa atin ng Diyos … Ang hindi nagbabago sa Diyos ay ang kanyang habag. Dahil sa kanyang habag makakalapit tayo palagi sa Diyos. Tatanggapin niya tayo.”

Bishop Pabillo heads the CBCP Office on Stewardship, the service arm that helps move dioceses toward a stewardship model. Among the office’s functions is to assist the dioceses in implementing the abolition of the arancel system. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo File by RCAM-AOC)


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