NAGA City, September 23, 2014 – More than a lack of financial resources, a priest says a greater poverty exists – that of the “poverty of love and intimacy”.
Invited by the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral to celebrate the third afternoon novena mass in honor of Our Lady of Peñafrancia, Virac Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace Vice-Executive Fr. Rolvin Romero stressed that money is not the “entire solution to poverty.”
Romero, who celebrated holy mass on September 16, Tuesday, encouraged the faithful to ask themselves the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?”
Caceres Social Action Foundation, Inc. Director Fr. Jeffry John Paulo Briones IV also echoed this sentiment of deep compassion for others during a novena mass he celebrated in honor of ‘Ina’, by telling the faithful that man is called to be “leaven in his community.”
In the same way leaven enhances the quality of bread, the Christian is meant to be a positive influence on those around him, Briones explained.
“Be a leavening influence in the world around you. You are the salt of the Earth, the light of the world,” he stressed.
Briones challenged the faithful to contemplate on what kind of “leaven” they are to others.”
Briones and Romero were two of the seven Social Action Directors of the seven dioceses in the Bicol Region invited to celebrate the afternoon novena mass at the Naga Metropolitan Cathedral, the center of all religious activities during the Peñafrancia festivities.
The Feast of Our Lady of Peñafrancia today, September 23, is expected to draw thousands of Marian devotees from all over the country. (Natalie Hazel Quimlat)