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Bishop explains how holiness is like playing basketball

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IMUS City, Cavite, April 18, 2014 —  Apparently, basketball can teach you a thing or two about being holy, says a bishop.

“Sanctity is like basketball; we have to always be on-guard to keep Satan from scoring against us. But we also need to score some points to win the game that’s why we need to be a living witness of Christ,” said Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. April 15 during a Lenten recollection at the Imus Cathedral.

Imus Bishop Reynaldo Evangelista, D.D. (Photo: CBCP News file photo)

He also pointed out how a person serious about following Jesus also needs “time-outs” to discuss the “game plan”, which he said is synonymous to the sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Bishop of Imus also shared a personal experience about confession; when he saw a “flock of pilgrims” from another diocese having their Lenten pilgrimage in one of the churches in Imus, that was when he did something unexpected.

“I asked their priest-companion if he could hear my confession,” Evangelista narrated.

The prelate also reminded everyone that sin is both “an act of offense against God and against neighbors, as well as an “act against the self.”

“The act of sinning torments the conscience of the person who committed sin,” Evangelista explained.

The prelate also took the opportunity to praise those who go to confession on a regular basis.

“If you go to confession more often, who am I to judge you? We are all sinners. And it takes a lot of courage to recognize your own shortcomings and go to Confession.”

In the same vein, he also reminded the faithful to avoid committing “the same sin over and over again.”

Evangelista also admitted that he is amazed by the humility and the practicality of Pope Francis, as he urged every Catholic netizen, most especially the young ones to follow the tweets and the social media posts of Pope Francis, describing it as “simple, yet profound.” (Guilian Geronimo)


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