MANILA, Nov. 24, 2014—The Children of Light (COL) Community Foundation has launched a T-shirt campaign in an effort to raise funds for its media evangelization apostolate, as well as to promote “Catholic pride” among Filipinos.
“We came out with our T-shirt drive in support of our media ministry … Sales of the shirts will cover the cost of producing our evangelization program,” COL media head Peter García shared, adding it is only by God’s miracle the foundation has managed to stay afloat amid financial constraints and the community’s many commitments
“Every day is a struggle for us really, but with God’s help we are able to get by,” he said.
Founded in 1989 by Lourdes Carredo, COL began as a small prayer group in Escolta, Manila.
Carredo, who only had years to live due to breast cancer, prayed to God to grant her another ten years, promising she would devote the rest of her life serving Him.
Dying at 61, a year more than what she bargained for, Carredo had achieved more in a short time what most healthy people can only hope to achieve in a lifetime.
According to García, Carredo’s son-in-law, since her demise, COL has been holding regular “Life in the Spirit” seminars in local chapters spread across the country, introducing the faithful to a charismatic way of worshipping and praising the Lord.
Feeding program, Rosary
“The community conducts ‘Christ on the Block’, a program that goes house-to-house in a bid to reintroduce the praying of the Rosary, a habit many Filipino families have abandoned,” he lamented.
COL sponsors feeding programs in Nuestra Señora de Guía Shrine, benefitting between 300 and 500 indigents, many of them children living on the streets of Ermita and Luneta.
“Besides giving them free meals, COL teaches these kids to pray and shares with them the Word of God—food for body and the soul,” Garcia stressed.
The foundation also finances the studies of some 20 seminarians, having already graduated 40.
‘Know The Truth’
COL’s media arm, My Light Stream (formerly Cedar Media) is the team behind the popular Catholic apologetics show “Know The Truth” aired daily on TV Maria.
Hosted by two of the Philippines’ top Catholic apologists, lawyer Marwil N. Llasos of the Company of Saint Dominic (CSD) and Fr. Abe Arganiosa of the Catholic Faith Defenders (CFD), the program explains, in easy-to-understand language, Church traditions and doctrines often misinterpreted and misrepresented by non-Catholics like the role of the pope, the Rosary, purgatory, the use of images and other sacramentals, the veneration of saints, Marian devotion, among many others.
Aside from Know The Truth, COL-My Light Stream also produces websites, publications, and a program on Radyo Veritas, all of which aim to deepen and strengthen the faith of Catholic Filipinos, as well as invite non-Catholics to the Church.
Know The Truth T-shirts are available in all sizes and sell at Php 300 each.
To order, interested parties may call (+63)920-5295-271 and (02)425-35-34, or email email@example.com. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCPNews)