JARO, Iloilo, May 18, 2015 — As Church in the Philippines observed the Solemnity of the Lord’s Ascension on Sunday, members of a parish youth ministry shared their experiences in the apostolate to help the faithful respond to Pope Francis’ message for the 49th World Communications Day, which focused on the family as a “privileged place” where people talk and relate to each other in love.
“One of the weaknesses of the families, aside from financial constraints, is the lack of communication among family members at home,” said Jaro Parish Youth Ministry Director, Fr. Nathaniel G. Gentizon, sharing as well about the regular home visits made to the families whose children are supported by the parish scholarship program.
No time to listen
“They seldom talk to each other even during meals,” Gentizon recalled.
“One of the reasons is that parents are so busy looking for money to pay for their daily needs,” the priest observed, inviting parishioners to be more aware about the situation of their poorer brethren.
Gentizon said that the lack of communication in the family is not limited only to households that are financially hard-up.
“Perhaps, this may be a problem also in our own homes. There is lack of openness, or lack of time, to listen to one another,” the priest said as he urged the faithful to examine the situation of their own families.
“This may result to divisions and misunderstanding because of lack of communication. This problem can also take place at work or in our neighborhood, he warned.
The youth ministry director strongly advised parishioners “to communicate with each other in our homes, especially during meals” and “not allow that gadgets, like the TV, or our work, to hinder us from conversing with one other.”
On her part, Maria Antonette D. Pasquin, of the Jaro Parish Youth Ministry, encouraged young people like her “to dedicate time [to] fostering our relationship with our Lord.”
“Just like any human relationship which is strengthened by constant communication, so too, our filial relationship with God through prayer,” the young student said.
Pasquin especially invited the youth “to learn to be more generous with our Lord by heeding His call to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel to the whole creation.””
To respond to the Lord’s call to communicate the Good News, she urged that “We do away with selfish habits and learn to be more concerned with others.”
“We can always start doing so by making it a habit to talk to our Lord in the Tabernacle,” Pasquin suggested.
This year’s celebration of World Communications Day carried the theme “Communicating the Family: A Privileged Place of Encounter with the Gift of Love”. (Fr. Mickey Cardenas/CBCPNews)