MANILA, July 27, 2015 – More than eloquence, event organizing skills or mobilization efforts, the key to preaching the Gospel effectively is humility, said Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) president and Lingayen-Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas.
“There is no salvation for the proud,” he said, underscoring the need for humility in preach the Good News.
Speaking to some 700 attendees of the 2nd Marriage Encounter National Congress held on July 25 at the Century Park Sheraton along Pablo Ocampo Avenue, Manila, Villegas said the Good News contains “a great mystery only the humble can understand.”
The liar’s cousin
The prelate explained God humbled himself when He became man, and became a child “so that it will be easier for us to carry Him.”
According to the newly re-elected head of the CBCP, faith is anchored on prayer, gratitude, and truth, noting that humble people often say “Thank you”, “Please” and “I’m sorry” because there is neither peace nor joy for the proud.
He further explained that when a person says he is humble, he is, in fact, proud.
Villegas mentioned how St. Thomas Aquinas said humility is truth, and connected this to an old Filipino saying “Ang sinungalin ay kapatid ng magnanakaw (The liar is the thief’s sibling).”
“Ang mayabang ay pinsan ng sinungalin (The proud is the liar’s cousin),” he further said.
Input for the Family Synod
He concluded his keynote address with a prayer for change with delegates from all over the country in attendance.
Earlier, Marriage Encounter Foundation of the Philippines’ national president couple Robert and Tinette Aventajado said the Second National Congress was inspired by Pope Francis call to find concrete solutions to the problems faced by families worldwide.
“Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, in his homily at our parish echoed Pope Francis’ message which led us to organize this year’s conference,” Robert Aventajado said.
He added whatever motions or resolutions generated from the whole-day event will be given to the bishops-delegates to the coming XIV Synod of Bishops at the Vatican this coming October. (Melo Acuña/CBCPNews)