TANAY, Rizal, July 13, 2015 – Prayer and caring for the environment are the only recourse to prevent catastrophic calamities, like typhoon Yolanda that struck parts of the Visayas in November 2013.
This was the message of a priest to the faithful during a recent Mass at Regina Rosarii Institute for Contemplation (RICA) in Asia in Tanay, Rizal.
Man’s physical and intellectual constitution is inadequate to control natural disasters, explained St. Thaddeus parish priest Fr. Bong Sanches.
But man can go beyond his natural human limitations through prayer and concrete actions, he said.
According to the priest, man and nature can live in harmony with prayer and man’s “right attitude” towards Mother Earth.
In a separate interview with CBCP News, Fr. Dari Dioquino, agreed, saying when human reason and capability reach their limitations, man’s natural tendency is to embrace faith.
According to the priest, who is in charge of home for the aged Kanlungan ni Maria in Antipolo, Rizal, “prayer can alter the course of nature.”
According to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs), the feared magnitude 7.2 earthquake that may hit Metro Manila and other parts of Luzon would result from activity along the West Valley Fault.
The movement of the West Valley Fault takes place every 400 to 600 years, Phivolcs said. Its last movement occurred 357 years ago.
The West Valley Fault extends from Bulacan to Laguna, through Metro Manila, Rizal, and Cavite.
Am agnitude 7.2 earthquake could kill 31, 000 to 33, 500 people, according to estimates based on previous studies by Phivolcs in partnership with the Metro Manila Development Authority, Japan International Cooperation Agency, and Geoscience Australia. (Oliver Samson/CBCPNews)