DAVAO City, March 28, 2015 – Peace is neither the absence of war nor is it achieved effortlessly.
This is what Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles said during a Holy Eucharist on March 5 held at the San Pedro Cathedral, Davao City to mark the 40th day since the death of the so-called Fallen 44.
“Peace is not served on a silver platter,” the archbishop said, adding that the gathering is a gathering of prayer in the presence of God, asking him for the gift of peace and solidarity.
In his homily, the archbishop said the peace process should go on despite their death because if not, the death of the SAF44 will be in vain.
The bereaved family of SPO1 Lover L. Inocencio from Panabo, one of those who died in the encounter last January 25, in Mamasapano, Maguindanao, was also present during the Mass. Valles personally extended his condolences to the wife of one of the SAF44.
“We trust in you. Thank you,” the archbishop told the men in uniform who attended the Mass.
Valles also asked the men in uniform present and the faithful attending the Mass to pray for the eternal repose of their comrades’ souls and to ask for God’s mercy and compassion on the grieving families of the victims.
The Mass, the archbishop said is a “complete prayer”. Celebrating a special memorial Mass on the 40th day since the death of a loved one has been a practice in the Catholic Church. (John Frances C. Fuentes/CBCP News)