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Confab to explore contraception-corruption ‘link’

ILOILO City — A pro-life conference to be held at the Iloilo Grand Hotel on July 25 – 26 is set to explore the link between contraception and corruption.

“A contraceptive mentality is the root to a self-centred mindset that, in turn, foments corruption in society. Contraception leads to greed that leads to corruption,” Jaro Archdiocesan Commission for Family and Life (CFL) director Fr. Randy Doromal, who is set to celebrate holy mass on the second day of Human Life International’s (HLI Pilipinas) Western Visayas-Palawan Regional Family and Life Conference, said.

Soldiers for Christ members keep vigil in Congress during the second reading of the RH Bill on December 12, 2012. (File photo)

DAP, PDAF context

He explained the importance and timeliness of the conference by putting it in context of the current national crisis involving the Disbursement Acceleration Program (DAP) and the Priority Assistant Development Fund (PDAF) plaguing the Aquino administration.

According to Doromal, the ongoing DAP and PDAF scandals are clear manifestations of corruption in people that champion a “contraceptive mentality and a relativistic morality.”

“Where there is respect for life, there is respect for the whole human person. On the other hand, when there is contraception, life is not considered as sacred anymore and each new child is not seen as a gift from the Lord but a as threat to society. The human person [is] thus reduced to a mere statistic, ends up easily cheated or manipulated,” he added.

Fully-packed conference

The two-day conference is packed with a talks like “Humanae Vitae: 36 Years of Dissent by Dr. Rene Josef C. Bullecer, MD; “The Clergy and the Laity: Dual force in promoting faith and defending family” Fr. Erby Davy Lajara; “The 16th Congress: The Pro-life War Zone” by Cong. Lito Atienza; “The Amazing Human Body and other issues” by Dr. Rene Josef C. Bullecer, MD; “Vaccines: The Hard Truth” by Dr. Dolores Octaviano, MD; “The Laity: Who are we? Today’s Urgent Challenges for the Church and the Country” by Dr. Amelita Dayrit-Go, National President, Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas; and “The Philippines at the Crossroads, Time to Act Now!” by Johma Villahermosa.

With the theme “We choose to be brave: called to be fighters for the faith and sent forth as warriors of life”, HLI Pilipinas will welcome delegates from the Archdioceses of Jaro and Capiz and the Dioceses of Bacolod, Kabankalan, San Carlos, San Jose de Antique, Puerto Princesa and Taytay.

Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo will celebrate the holy mass on the first day of the conference
On a positive note, the Jaro CFL Director sees hope when the family and life ministry is strengthened: “It is in the family, which is a school of selfless love, where future leaders are formed and where they begin to learn good governance.” (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)

You won’t guess what this young man is saving for

 NAVOTAS City, July 23, 2014— Just as other young people his age are setting their sights on the latest smart phone, a young man from Navotas is saving up — peso by peso — for an image of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All Grace. 

“It all started with a dream I had of Mama Mary five years back,” 21-year old Jerwin Dimayuga Jose shared, testifying to the many blessings he has received since he placed himself under the Mediatrix’s protection, becoming one of the growing number of her devoted children.

Jerwin Dimayuga Jose hopes to save enough to buy a life-size image of Our Lady of Mediatrix of All Grace. (Photo: Jerwin Jose)

Since then, the B.S. Education student learned everything he could about the Blessed Virgin’s apparitions in Lipa, Batangas to Sister Teresing Castillo and the miracles attributed to her.

His regular visits to the apparition site in Carmel, Lipa convinced him recently to set aside coins to be able to buy the “apple of his eye”, a nearly lifesize statue of the Mediatrix, which costs a whopping P4,000—more than what a student like him can afford.

Jose explained he is going to use the image, which he spotted at a religious store in Tayuman, Santa Cruz, to promote the devotion to Mary Mediatrix of All-Grace by conducting processions in his parish, and visitations to schools in Malabon and Navotas.

According to him, his devotion to the Mediatrix was a major turning point in his life given the many good things that happened to him and to his family through her intercession.

The latest of these involved his sickly father who had serious diabetes and whose foot was already scheduled for amputation.

“I entrusted everything to Our Lady’s care. I prayed the rosary and her novena night and day, imploring her help. Now my father is back to walking like a healthy man,” Jose said. (Raymond A. Sebastián)