BACOLOD City, August 1, 2014 – In the midst of the “post-SONA” rush of analyses and commentary, a bishop reminded the faithful that integrity and transparency begins with the self, in one’s own home.
“What change is needed in me?” Bacolod Bishop Vicente M. Navarra said July 28 in his message during a prayer vigil at the San Sebastian Cathedral after the 6 p.m. Holy Mass.
Navarra said during the vigil, integrity should start in “ourselves, in our family, and our offices.”
“Our fight against injustice is useless if we too are contributing to it,” he warned.
In line with the challenge of the Year of the Laity “Choose to be Brave”, Navarra said the faithful should not be “limited” to criticizing, but should “put into effect real means for change.”
To bring about personal and societal transformation, the Bacolod prelate reminded the people of the primacy of prayer. He said this was the reason the gathering was a prayer vigil and not a rally.
Lastly, Navarra emphasized the recourse to peaceful means, not to violence, especially in these times of widespread public outcry for truth, transparency and change.
“If you personally know public officials, reach out to them. Share with them the Good News. If they are involved in corruption, help them be converted,” he encouraged the public.
The prayer vigil aimed to raise awareness on the need for authentic public service that is marked with integrity, accountability and transparency, not with cover-ups, corruption, or a self-serving agenda.
To explain the rationale of the event San Sebastian Cathedral Rector Fr. Felix Pasquin said the faithful are looking for the truth, especially in the present issues on the Priority Development Assistance Fund and the Disbursement Acceleration Program.
He also explained the prophetic concern of the Church in working against injustices and oppression of the poor. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)