‘Be CPAs,’ priest exhorts millennials

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Fr. Virgilio Manaog celebrating mass on the feast of St. Barnabas (Eileen N. Ballesteros)

PALO, Leyte, June 12, 2016–A cleric here exhorted the faithful, especially the millennials to stop being indifferent but instead be CPAs for the Lord particularly in their field of endeavor.

By CPA he means possessing the qualities of competence, professionalism and accountability to be true Christians.

Fr. Virgilio Manaog, SThD stressed this point in a mass Saturday at St. Paul School of Professional Studies on the occasion of the  Feast of St. Bernabas.

The mass was also offered in thanksgiving for the installation of St. Paul School of Professional Studies School of Law’s third dean, Raymundo Gallardo,  formerly Bureau of Internal Revenue Assistant Commissioner.

He said that St. Barnabas, originally named Joseph from Cypress, was exemplary in competence for God.

Although not one of Jesus’ disciples, he was like one of the disciples for sacrificing whatever he had for his love of God.

Barnabas sold his properties and gave the proceeds to the apostles, which exemplified his charity.

Manaog, head priest of Sacred Heart Parish, underscored Barnabas’ generosity that made him exemplary.

Barnabas, he said means “son of consolation”, which Joseph indeed was to the Church, to God and to all believers.

“He was a man always looks for unity even in times of difficulty, a lover and doer of peace,” he said.

Highlighting Barnabas willingness to give his life for others, such as his cousin Mark, who later became a great leader of the church, Manaog commented, “Thanks to this capacity to do goodness other people. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCP News)


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