Light of God’s hope shines even on prison inmates

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the celebration of the Holy Mass inside the Manila City Jail – Male Dorm on June 11, 2022, at 10 in the morning.

“Masaya ako na makasama kayong lahat sa pagdiriwang natin ng banal na Misa. Masaya akong mabisita ko kayo. Dala ko ang pagmamahal ng inyong mga pamilya, mahal sa buhay at ng mga pamayanang Kristiyano ng Archdiocese of Manila,” Cardinal Advincula said.

In his homily, the Cardinal reflected on the challenges in the lives of Saints Pablo and Barnabas, whose plans and dreams were mostly not fulfilled.

In our lives, the Cardinal said, some prayers and requests are not answered by the Lord. Some doors are shut down but these should not allow us to lose our faith in him.

“Ngunit magtiwala tayo na mas mabuti ang plano ng Diyos, mas maganda ang kuwentong inihanda ng Diyos para sa iyo. Kahit mga pintuang nagsasara, makita sana natin kahit ang mga maliliit na puwang kung saan sumisinag ang liwanag ng Diyos,” said the Cardinal.

After his reflection, the Cardinal encouraged the prisoners not to give up on their dreams and instead believe that some new doors and windows will open for those who trust in God.

“Kumapit tayo sa pamamaraan at panahon ng Diyos. Sa Diyos, walang wrong timing, walang bad timing, walang maling diskarte,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Cardinal Advincula was joined by Caritas Manila Executive Director Fr. Anton C.T. Pascual and Fr. Moises Ciego.

The Manila City Jail popularly known as the Old Bilibid Prison has a 2.4 hectare and can house 1,100 inmates. Considered the second most overcrowded in the world, detention centers in the Philippines has an average of 463.6% occupancy and as of March 2020, there were 4,800 inmates in the Manila City Jail. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photos from Caritas Manila)

 

 

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