The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on Youth (CBCP-ECY) has called on the young people to pause and examine themselves especially this season of Lent.
The season of Lent, according to Most Rev. Rex Alarcon, Bishop of Diocese of Daet and Chairman of CBCP-ECY, is an opportunity to meditate and examine oneself in preparation for the passion, death and resurrection of Christ who saved mankind from sin.
The Bishop added that Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, is also an opportunity to repent and strengthen their faith in the Lord.
“Yung message ko para sa youth is, of course, parang to stop, to pause of course siyempre marami tayong pinagkakaabalahan, hindi lang sa mga kabataan but we are busy with many other things, with concerns but Lent especially (as it starts) with Ash Wednesday, this is an opportunity to stop and to examine ourselves…” Bishop Alarcon told Radio Veritas.
He also stressed that young people should also take time to put aside those material things to go beyond and reflect on the unfailing love of the Lord to His people. The Lenten season, the bishop shared is also an invitation to go back to virtues like doing an act of kindness to those who are in need.
“To examine ourselves beyond things that are mga bagay na madaling lumilipas, of course, syempre the youth are interested in KPOP, ML, Tik-Tok, Netflix, Instagram but to go beyond this. When you say go beyond this is to give time to reflect on things that are lasting and it’s an invitation to go back to virtue,” he said.
“When we say virtue, go back to kindness yung mga tinuturo natin sa maliliit na bata kindness, respect, sharing, helping others, being honest, concern for others, care for our family member because these things they last…”
Lent is Lent is a 40 day season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that begins on Ash Wednesday. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)