SAN PABLO City, Laguna, Aug. 11, 2016 – Reminding four newly-appointed deacons as well as people called to married life, a bishop said true love finds its source in God, contrary to what the world shows.
“If the call of love is not from God, it is fake. The word ‘love’ is just used by some to exploit his fellow for the benefit of himself,” said San Pablo Bishop Buenaventura M. Famadico D.D. during a Mass and ordination held on Aug. 5 at the St. Peter’s College Seminary in this city.
The prelate also warned the faithful about “fake” and “selfish” love. According to him, the opposite of love is selfishness. He said an example would be someone who rejects the vocation of marriage because he shuns responsibility and refuses to sacrifice and work hard for his wife and children.
Famadico also stressed the significant role of the “love from God, (a love) given by God” in the life of a minister.
Famadico told the deacons to always put in their minds the example of Christ’s service to humanity.
In his homily, he insisted that a deacon’s life will not be a life of joy and satisfaction unless it is centered on “the love of Christ.”
“The true happiness comes from God, a gift of God; may it be in priesthood or in married life. On the other hand, the priesthood and the married life will not be truly happy if the love given by God is missing,” added the prelate.
In this jubilee Year of Mercy, Famadico also emphasized that the call to be merciful is not only for the religious but also for lay people.
“We cannot do it [through] will power, it passes from the experience of those who received mercy from God.” (Kevin Cariño/CBCPNews)