GUIGUINTO, Bulacan, Sept. 8, 2015 – The Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) in cooperation with the Diocese of Malolos Commission on Social Action (CSA) and Diocesan Ecological and Environmental Program (DEEP) sponsored on Sept. 4 an ecology seminar with theme “Laudato Si’: Preaching the Gospel of Creation and a Call to Stewardship” at the ICMAS Gymnasium.
ICMAS rector Fr. Emmanuel I. Cruz opened the seminar with a challenge to the participants, asking: “Are we willing to bring the world back to the original intention of God?”
“God has a fondness towards nature. He saw that it was good according to the Book of Genesis. But man destroys God’s creation,” he explained during a message.
“In Laudato Si’, Pope Francis invites us to reflect that we are not the Creator. We are simply stewards,” Cruz added.
ICMAS seminarians and formation team, teachers and students from both Catholic and non-sectarian schools in the diocese as well as representatives from Parish Committees on Social Action attended the seminar.
The Liturgy of the Word concluded the event with Fr. Kent Andrew Apena urging the participants to reflect on God’s sensitivity towards man through creation.
“God is sensitive towards humanity. But how sensitive are we towards God and the world he gave us?”, he asked.
“If we truly care for creation, let us act accordingly. Dare to be sensitive for God. Dare to act for creation,” Apena concluded.
Sems. Brian Samson and Leonard Laurio with Bernadette Mae Aguirre, Ms. Philippines Eco-Tourism 2013 hosted the event. (Arvin Ray C. Jimenez / CBCP News)