MANILA, May 18, 2013—As the Church celebrates the solemnity of Pentecost Sunday, a Catholic priest called on the faithful to seek the guidance of the Holy Spirit in building the kingdom of God.
Rev. Fr. Lucio Rosaroso, also a police superintendent in the Philippine National Police, urged the laity to continuously help the Church in strengthening man’s relationship with God through evangelization and catechesis aided by the Holy Spirit.
“The lay has a role in building the kingdom of God,” he said in his talk during the Katolikong Pinoy recollection held at the San Carlos Seminary. “The Holy Spirit is empowering the lay. Let us all continue in building His kingdom.”
He added that entering the religious life is not the only way to serve the Lord as lay people also have the capability to live a devout life through their own simple means.
According to Rosaroso, every person is called by God to help in the mission of evangelization. However, His will varies for each and every person who will partake in the accomplishment of this earthly mission.
“All of us are called to the holiness of life. All of us are called to a loving and intimate relationship with God. However, the will of God for every person varies,” he said.
He also expressed gratitude over the Church initiatives spearheaded by lay people, noting that it helps priests in accomplishing their task of guiding humans toward a spiritual and moral life.
“There is power in the lay—the spirit is moving, the spirit is acting. Hindi lahat ng gawain ay sa pari lamang,” the priest added.
Strengthened by the Holy Spirit
During times of despair and trouble, he noted that the Holy Spirit provides the needed inspiration that would push humans to endure the challenges and hardships they are facing.
“Ang Banal na Espirirto ang siyang nagbibigay ng inspirasyon sa akin. Sa panahon ng pighati, binigyan niya ako ng katiwasayan. Sa panahon ng kalungkutan sa buhay, nagbigay siya ng tuwa,” Rosaroso said.
“Ang tuwa na binibigay ng Espiritu Santo ay hindi nakadepende sa external circumstances. Ito po ay nakikiisa kay Kristo—magunaw man ang mundo, ito ay mananatili sa atin. Ito ang klase ng tuwa na si Kristo lang ang nagbibigay,” he added.
The Holy Spirit also strengthens those who are spiritually challenged by providing them the needed encouragement to hold firmly to their faith and to overcome all forms of temptation, he noted.
“Ang mga kasamaan po ay maiiwasan sa pamamagitan ng pagtanggap sa mga banal na sakramentong siyang tunay na magbibigay sa atin ng tunay na grasya at lakas ng loob upang talunin ang paggawa ng masasama,” Rosaroso said.
In every trying situation, Rosaroso said that it is through the intervention of the Holy Spirit that a person may overcome the looming sadness brought by the problems and complexities of day-to-day living.
“Sa mga hamon na ibinabato sa atin ng Panginoon, dapat lamang ay i-focus natin ang lahat sa tamang concern. Naniniwala akong may paraan ang Diyos para maresolba ang mga problemang kinakaharap natin,” he said. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)