MANILA, Feb. 16, 2013—If one claims to have “faith”, then that faith should be seen in a love for the environment, said a bishop to some 8,000 singles this morning at the Ninoy Aquino Stadium, Manila.
“Ang faith ng maraming Filipino mahilig sa celebration, hindi faith na sinasabuhay (The faith of a lot of Filipinos is based on celebration, not a faith that is lived out)…God gave us a good world [but] we do not keep it good,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Teodoro Bacani explained during the morning workshop of the 20th CFC – Singles for Christ International Conference.
He explained that when we sin against other people, they can readily forgive us, but if we “sin” against nature, it gets back at us.
“Babalikan at babalikan ka. (It eventually gets back at you) And we are experiencing it now,” Bishop Ted, as he likes to be called, added, referring to the serious problem of flooding in the country.
“Are we treating this earth good? Let us be for Christ, not only with our lips but with our actions and with our whole lives,” Bishop Bacani reminded the delegates, who come from all over the Philippines and other countries like Indonesia, Kenya, Nigeria, USA, Singapore, Brunei, among others.
The international conference is ongoing and will end tomorrow, February 17 at the World Trade Center, Pasay City. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz]