MANILA, April 7, 2014 — While many people perceive the Holy Week as the perfect timing for much-awaited summer vacations, a Catholic bishop on Saturday called on the faithful to remember the essence of this church celebration as a time to deepen their faith.
“The Season of Lent is here so we may rekindle our faith in the Lord. It is our call to every Filipino, especially the Catholic ones, that they may participate in the church activities we have so they may become closer with Jesus Christ, our savior,” Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo said in Filipino.
According to Pabillo, the Holy Week is not a time for vacation. He called it “saddening” that secularism could have such effects on the faith, making Filipinos forget the “sacredness of this season.”
“Nowadays, many people only see it as a time off from work, a time for vacation,” he added.
Pabillo urged the faithful to use the Lenten season to reflect and realize the importance of God’s love and the sacrifices of His Son Jesus by reading the Bible more often, attending recollections and retreats.
“I hope that the sacredness of this season will not be diminished…Let us use this time to be one with Jesus Christ’s plans for us,” he said.
“We have to be more prayerful during the season of Lent. This is officially declared as non-working days, so we may reflect and pray,” he said.
The prelate also urged the laity to go to confession, noting that it is the most effective way to rekindle one’s faith.
“Let us take this opportunity to go to confession because this is a very effective way for us to rejuvenate our faith in the Divine,” Pabillo said.
“Lent is the time for us to be one with our brothers and sisters. Let us be more helpful. Let us not rush in our daily lives, and whatever it is that we will save in our penance and abstinence, let us use to help our less fortunate brothers and sisters,” he added. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)