MANILA, April 15, 2016 – Reminding the faithful about the power of prayer, particularly of the rosary, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president called on Filipinos to pray the rosary daily until the elections on May 9.
“Pray all the mysteries of joy, light, sorrow and glory every day until May 9. Pray as a family. Pray while travelling. Pray in the offices or factories. Pray everywhere for our national elections,” said Lingayen – Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas in a message issued April 15.
He stressed the potency of prayer in influencing major events, as seen in history.
Prayer for national change
“In my pastoral guidelines for the 2013 elections, I reminded you of the unique importance of prayer for national change. Our best contribution is to pray that the Lord of history guide every voter and guide every candidate,” added the prelate.
Villegas said: “It is God who can enlighten our decisions. It is God who can thwart the plans of evil men and women to destroy social order. It is God who can give us the best leaders for the good of everyone.”
According to him, it is “by the power of the rosary, we can stop the evil of election violence and cheating. By the power of the rosary, we can win the battle for peaceful and credible elections.”
Villegas enjoined Catholics to fight stubbornness, cynicism and stupidity in making our choices” through daily praying of the rosary.
“Let the rosary melt our hardened hearts and arrogant lips,” he said.
The prelate also quoted the Venetian senators saying after what is said to be the most crucial naval clash in history, the Battle of Lepanto of 1571: “It was not courage, not arms, not leaders but Mary of the Rosary that made us victorious.” (CBCPNews)