Palo prelate: Reflect on Christ’s resurrection throughout ‘Year of the Poor’

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PALO, Leyte, April 7, 2015 – Is the resurrection only for Easter? Palo Archbishop John Forrosuelo Du believes it is something to reflect on during the Year of the Poor, which will end in November this year.

“Let us continue to reflect within the entire Year of the Poor [and] share a story with the poor,” he said at the Palo Cathedral of Our Lord’s Transfiguration where he baptized and administered confirmation to three converts to the Ramon Catholic faith as part of the Easter Vigil rites.

Palo Archbishop John Du baptizes and administers confirmation to converts to Roman Catholic faith. (Photo: Eileen Ballesteros)

Generous God

“The resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ gives us new life and a chance to live like His children,” he said, adding that in this “new life that Christ gives us through His resurrection we could see our poverty before the Lord.”

He underscored that as Christians, nothingness is their strength because through it they come to know how generous a father God is, saying, “In our poverty we see how generous God is to us.”

The prelate stressed, too, that the generosity of God comes upon those who, in spite of their poverty, continuously help others amid hardships.

Du nonetheless pointed out that it will be difficult for the complacent man to receive God’s grace, stressing that “we need God’s grace and we all need to be dependent on Him.”

Light to others

A person who is not content with what God gives him suffers from envy, greed and other sins, he added.

Following tradition, Du commenced the Easter Vigil with the ceremonial lighting of the vigil candle, symbolizing the light that Christ Jesus brings to Earth and to mankind.

The lighting of the paschal candle during Easter, according to Du, reminds the faithful to serve as light to one another. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros/CBCP News)

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