Bishop: ‘Mary can unite all’

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Naval Bishop Filomeno Bactol blesses the images of Mary depicting her queenship as the congregation sings “Salve Maria.” (Photo: Eileen Ballesteros)

TACLOBAN City, Aug. 23, 2016 – In a divided world full of seeming contradictions to God’s plan, Mary will be a sign that will unify men.

This was one of the main points stressed by Naval Bishop Felomino Bactol during his homily at the concelebrated Mass he presided over at the Sto. Niño Church here on the Solemnity of the Queenship of Mary yesterday.

Quoting Pope Pius XII upon his institution of the Queenship of Mary, the prelate explained: “In time, this woman clothed with the sun will become the sign of unity which will allow the truth of the Gospel to prevail in the secularized order in a divided world, a world with so many contradictions to God’s plan .”

‘Spiritual erosion’

Bactol emphasized Mary always stands for what is good in the midst of evil happening.

“We are in the culture of spiritual erosion, and sin grows stronger in this world of amazingly advanced technology, the more we advance in technology, the farther we go away from God,” Bactol said.

“This is what bothers the world right now. Why? It is because we have thought that we have become more powerful than God,” he added.

Power of the rosary

“Mary keeps on telling us to pray the Rosary,” he said, adding this is a way the faithful can connect with God.

He also said if the faithful continue to pray the rosary they will be able to defeat the devil.

Bactol also likewise underscored Mary’s role in the story of redemption fulfilled in Christ the King and for which she deserves to be venerated as “queen.”

The prelate said this “queenship” places her at the right side of her Son Jesus, who sits at the right side of God the Father. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCPNews)

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