TACLOBAN City, Nov. 29, 2015 – The Palo archdiocese adapts the theme, “The Family as Oasis of Mercy,” in a prequel congress to be held in Ormoc City on Nov. 30 to celebrate the Church’s Years of the Eucharist, Family, and Mercy.
This year the Church in the country celebrates the Year of the Eucharist and the Family, the Holy See will launch on Dec. 9 the Jubilee Year of Mercy, while in January next year, Cebu will host the International Eucharistic Celebration.
Fr. Oliver Mazo, priest-in-charge of the Family and Life Apostolate in Sto. Niño Parish t, explained the rationale behind the theme, saying, “Oasis is a plant or place found in the desert, which is a place that is barren, dry and has no life. There is, however, one place in the desert where life exist…the oasis…”
He added that the oasis serves as a refuge to travelers crossing the desert as it provides life-giving water. It is something that is “bountiful, good, and productive.”
Source of God’s mercy
“The fount and source of God’s mercy is found in the family,” he stressed.
“The family must be made aware that everything, including the society, starts with the family, a fact which many people tend to forget these days,” Mazo pointed out.
The priest lashed at how people have forgotten the reality that the family is the starting point of everything, lamenting how this important unit is largely disregarded.
He blamed this on how many have put a higher premium on independence, individualism, and anarchism. The many diversions family members indulge in also causes the breakdown of the family.
“Part of the congress is to let the people be aware of this reality (about the family) and the importance of the family in molding the children and as proper venue where we can receive the grace of God,” Mazo disclosed.
Edith San Gabriel, a FALA coordinator and one of those who will give a testimonial during the whole-day congress, said Palo Archbishop John Du is especially encouraging families to attend the prequel congress. (Eileen Nazareno-Ballesteros / CBCP News)