MANILA, Oct. 23, 2012—A Catholic priest commented that young people can be missionaries like Saint Pedro Calungsod by doing simple ways in their day to day life.
Sto. Niño Parish youth director Fr. Tirso Gliponeo, SOLT said in his homily in the culminating mass on Calungsod day in Tondo that in simple ways, the youth can be missionaries and can imitate Saint Pedro Calungsod as a model missionary.
“We must make Saint Pedro an example by imitating his ways like being happy, energetic, obedient, faithful and most of all, Godly and devotional,” Gliponeo said.
He added that the youth may really be the hope not only of the people but by the Church and everyone is called to become a missionary like Saint Pedro.
The priest also mentioned that God’s manifestation continues to bless the Filipino faithful by giving a new saint.
He emphasized that before Dr. Jose Rizal said that “the young people are the future of our Fatherland” and before the late Senator Ninoy Aquino realized that the Filipino people are worth fighting for, Pedro Calungsod was the first to make a statement by sacrificing himself as a martyr in Tumhon, Guam on April 2, 1672, together with Father Diego Luis de San Vitores.
“He was 17 years old. A young brave who faced death because of faith in God. And the young must follow his ways by becoming strong like Pedro, in his faith and devotion to God,” Gliponeo furthered. (Jandel Posion/CBCPNews with reports from Jeric San Antonio)