MANILA, March 30, 2013—With their ubiquitous presence in almost every corner of the world, overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) can be effective evangelizers of the word if they lived faithfully the Catholic tenets, a Catholic prelate said.
San Fernando, Pampanga Archbishop Paciano B. Aniceto called on overseas Filipino workers to “deepen, live and proclaim the faith in a highly secularized world.”
Noting that Filipinos still practice the faith substantially as manifested in the values among Filipinos like “pagmamalasakit para sa kapwa,” the senior prelate called on overseas Filipinos to continue living their faith for everyone to see.
In an interview with CBCP Online Radio on Good Friday, the 76-year-old prelate said the Holy Week reminds Filipinos of the “special season of grace” to re-live Jesus Christ’s passion, death and resurrection which is not only a historical event.
The archbishop said the Lenten season gives everyone the opportunity to be involved in the celebration of the “Year of the Faith” which he added was a legacy left by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.
He also paid tribute to parents who have gone abroad for the welfare and better future of their children.
“Your greatest treasure wherever you are is your faith and continue being faithful and let our Lord remain your strength,” he added.
He stressed that the OFWs way of living, their sheer dedication to work is “one way of evangelizing and proclaiming their faith to everyone.” (Melo M. Acuna)