JARO, Iloilo, April 7, 2014 – Come what may, prayer is still the greatest weapon in times of personal or national crises, says an Iloilo bishop.
“Prayer is our most powerful weapon for any and every personal, social and national concern,” said Jaro Archbishop Angel N. Lagdameo, referring specifically to the possible crisis if the RH Law is declared constitutional by the Supreme Court tomorrow, April 8.
Lagdameo had also called on all the faithful in Iloilo to pray and to offer sacrifices for the enlightenment of the Justices of the Supreme Court for their final deliberations on the constitutionality of Republic Act No. 10354.
“Let us use this occasion to pray every day the Rosary, make the Holy Hour in the Church or in the Adoration chapel, the Via Crucis and make sacrifices for the intention of the common good,” the Archbishop said in a circular he issued in solidarity with the families all over the Philippines protesting against the RH Law and the expected nefarious consequences in case it is implemented.
In the said circular letter, marked “Urgent and Important”, the Iloilo Prelate urged all the clergy, men and women religious, and the lay faithful in his archdiocese to pray so that the RH Law may finally be declared unconstitutional as it violates the sanctity of human life, the dignity of the person, the value of family and the dignity of women.
This is not the first time the archdiocese has shown unity through a collective gesture in response to the RH issue. In 2012, the archdiocese made an act of total consecration to the Blessed Virgin on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in the midst of natural disasters that hit the country and the moves in Congress to rush the passing of the RH Bill.
On June 8, 2013 the Archdiocese of Jaro also joined the other dioceses in the Philippines to make the act of national consecration of the Philippines to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Last January 1, 2014, the Archdiocese of Jaro was entrusted anew to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary in response to the calamities that hit the country, particularly by super typhoon ‘Yolanda’ that gravely affected the northern and western parts of Iloilo. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas)