MARILAO, Bulacan, Dec. 4, 2015 – A priest reminded recollection attendees to remember that Advent is all about God’s mercy, especially when they feel despair, experience poverty, and undergo hardships.
“Let emptiness lead you to God’s fulfillment,” said Fr. Nap Baltazar, Nuestra Señora de Lourdes Parish in Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan parish priest on Nov. 30 in Mother of Mercy Chapel, Loma de Gato, Marilao, Bulacan.
More than teaching the participants about the essentials of Advent and how they are to prepare themselves for the “coming of the Lord”, the priest shared his parish experiences, especially with the Dumagats. He talked about “humbling moments” where he personally sees how God works in many ways as well as what he calls “life’s simplest joys and miracles”.
“The real essence of Advent is not being afraid to do good, help others, and unite with the Church,” he told CBCP News in an interview.
“This activity reminded me and my family to respond to God’s call … through active BECs, in attending and participating in Eucharistic celebrations as well as other church activities, and most of all, in becoming [a] fisher of men,” said Napoleon Quizon, Mother of Mercy Chapel pastoral council chairman in an interview.
“Advent recollections enlighten us about the true meaning of Christmas and help us become more prepared in celebrating the birth of Jesus,” explained Fr. Roger Cruz in the concluding Mass, which he concelebrated with Baltazar. “Let us become seedlings that grow together in faith and love, especially this season.”
Cruz also called on the people to support and pray for Baltazar and his mission to plan and execute programs to help the Dumagat tribe in Sierra Madre, Doña Remedios Trinidad, Bulacan as he was also appointed Director for Indigenous People Apostolate by the Diocese of Malolos. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)