MANILA, Jan. 19, 2017— A Catholic bishop has described himself as a “sinner” in need of God’s mercy, as he appealed for compassion for drug dependents.
In a press conference for the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy in Sto. Tomas, Batangas yesterday, Bishop Marcelino Maralit of Boac said sin is such a big deal that mercy is needed.
And in the Divine Mercy, he said, Jesus summons everyone to change.
“If only we know how big this mercy is. We cannot judge people until the end. We cannot measure how people would be because we also need change in our lives,” Maralit said.
“Life is that place where God gives us mercy,” he added.
The prelate emphasized he himself became a witness to the change that could come to those given mercy and opportunities to do so.
He recalled how 30 drug surrenderees in Boac were asked to enter a church, which they hesitated to do.
But after staying for an hour inside the church, Maralit said, they all refused to leave as some were seen kneeling and even crying.
“We did the best we can. We did nothing new,” said the prelate.
According to him, drugs remains a long-term problem until people decide to change for good, adding the Church can only provide a venue for change.
Archbishop Ramon Arguelles of Lipa called on the government and the faithful not to give in to the “lust for blood” amid the ongoing “war on drugs”.
According to him, Christians should reject the summary killing of suspected criminals.
“This is what the rest of the world would want to see, us killing one another. Let us not give way to their lust for blood. If at all, we should be giving in to the good news of God,” Arguelles said.
The archbishop added that solving the drug menace does not require killing people.
“Nobody should be hurt, not even the president, and not even the drug pushers. Nobody should be hurt in the kingdom of God. Everybody should be cured,” added Arguelles.
“God is the one who could cure this malady in our society. Even before, we have a saying of ‘No to drugs. Yes to God.’,” he also said. (CBCPNews)