QUEZON City, Dec. 13, 2016 – “Let us pray for the mothers of all those who died from extra judicial killings…let us pray for these mothers today.”
This is what Fr. Ben Beltran, SVD said in a homily on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Mary, Dec. 8, 2016 at the Sacred Heart Shrine Parish of Kamuning in this city.
“Every child is precious to his mother,” he said in Filipino. “Let us pray for these mothers who cry for justice…for those suspected only with no evidence but [likewise] killed.”
Horrified by the continuous increase in the summary executions connected to the government’s war on illegal drugs, the priest highlighted God’s promise of hope–renewed life and salvation–for those who have fallen into grave sin, the opposite of what is happening in many parts of the country.
He stressed the need for the faithful to pray for those who cry out for justice like the mothers of those who died at the hands of policemen and riding-in-tandems because of the mere suspicion of drug use or trade.
He called on those present to imitate Mary who signifies hope for mankind since she was chosen by God to be free from original sin so she could bear in her womb the Savior of Mankind.
“Let us pray for the psychospiritual program of the parish for the rehabilitation of those afflicted…to give them hope,” the priest also said, citing the shrine’s program for drug dependents.
As Public Affairs Ministry (PAM) director of the shrine, Beltran heads the psychospiritual drug rehabilitation program that involves barangays Sacred Heart and Kamuning through the Ugnayang Barangay At mga Simbahan (UBAS).
Each barangay has its own name for the program that the shrine hosts every Saturday at 9:00 a.m. Since the program started around three months ago, 60 persons have already enlisted, although only half actually attend every Saturday. (Minnie Agdeppa / CBCPNews)