NAGA City, September 7, 2014 – “What do we proclaim?” asked Fr. William Parde, Jr., challenging the faithful to stand up for what is “good and right” in order to defeat evil in the world.
“If we do not register the voices of good people, evil will surely prevail,” he said at the Eucharistic celebration that concluded this year’s Harubay, the first day of Novena Masses in honor of El Divino Rostro.
According to Parde, the good Catholic needs to recognize the “competing voices in our world today.”
“In a world wherein words may be given different associations like hope, now a cigarette and trust, a contraceptive, it is good that once a year we have the opportunity to herald what is good, what is right and what is true,” he said.
In his homily, Parde also spoke about healing and conversion. He exhorted the faithful to pray not just for temporal healing, but more for the total healing of oneself.
“By the world’s standard”, he said, “smart people are those who know how to get things done, clever people are those who get ahead in life, and learned people are those who finish a degree and get a good job. But for the Lord, the smart, clever and learned people are those who surrendered their lives to Him.”
Annually, a motorcade around the major streets of Naga City is observed early in the morning of the Harubay and a mass caps the activity before lunch.
In 2008, the Apostleship of Prayer initiated the said activity to respond to what they believe to be the commercialization of the Peñafrancia festivities. Thus, the Harubay aims to remind the people of God to prepare spiritually for the celebration of the Solemnity of Our Lady of Peñafrancia.
Held at the Basilica Minore de Peñafrancia, the Harubay this year was organized and particularly supported by the Our Lady of Peñafrancia Association and Apostleship of Prayer, respectively. (Natalie Quimlat)