MANILA, Oct. 8, 2014—With the “Season of Creation” just ended, a Catholic Church official expresses hope that its spirit will remain always in the hearts and mind of the faithful, adding that it must be coupled with action.
“We held the Season of Creation in order to raise awareness on the importance of the environment,” said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick S. Pabillo.
Knowledge into action
“But more than campaigning for creation, the season reminded us of our responsibility to translate the knowledge we learned into action,” the prelate stressed.
In an interview over Radyo Veritas, Pabillo, who also chairs the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Episcopal Commission on Public Affairs (ECPA), shared that each person is called to do his or her part in caring for the environment.
“One way of making a difference is for people to undertake a serious change in their lifestyle,” the bishop explained.
According to the 1988 CBCP pastoral letter “What Is Happening to Our Beautiful Land”, the Season of Creation is a time when “we truly thank God for the many ways He has gifted our land and resolve to cherish and protect what remains of this bounty for this and future generations of Filipinos.”
It is an annual event first celebrated by the Diocese of Imus and the Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM).
It starts on September 1—“Creation Day”—and ends October 4—the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the “Patron of Ecology”.
The month-long season calls attention to and pushes for the implementation of concrete projects and programs that will emphasize the importance of creation as a “priceless gift of the Almighty and Loving Creator who has made us into His own image and likeness.”
Delegates from the RCAM and its suffragan Dioceses of Imus, Kalookan, Antipolo, Infanta, and Parañaque, which hosted this year’s event, expressed their support for the various initiatives seeking to protect nature from man’s greed by opposing measures that will destroy the environment in the name of progress.
Meanwhile, Pabillo appeals to the Philippine government to beef up its programs for the environment. (Raymond A. Sebastián)