ANTIPOLO City, July 20, 2014 – A bishop tells young people July 19 their faith will “be tested” in a message given during the CFC – Singles for Christ Metro Manila Regional Conference (MM Recon) that appeared to be part prophecy, part social commentary.
“A day will come when you will be tested..How much Christ is life for you? Will you remain faithful to Him amid persecutions, slander, discrimination?” Auxiliary Bishop of Antipolo Francisco De Leon asked 2,850 singles attending the MM Recon yesterday at the Ynares Center, Antipolo City.
De Leon, who celebrated the holy mass on the second day of the conference, challenged the participants of the 3-day event to think about whether they will be faithful only when “life is easy and problem-free”, turning away from Jesus when “storms in the Christian life” come.
He cited Pope Francis’ observation that “Christians are most persecuted nowadays,” not just in predominantly Muslim areas, but even in countries with rich Christian heritage because they have “forgotten Christ.”
According to De Leon, concretely, the steady rise of “secular values” is seen through the breakdown of traditional marriage, the denial of the sanctity of human life and the shift in focus to material wealth.
“The only value is wealth. So much so that the others do not matter. Even if someone is rich, he will still be corrupt, that’s greediness,” he said, making an indirect commentary on the country’s current events.
The MM Recon, themed “Choose Christ: For life is Christ and death is gain” (Philippians 1:21)”, gathers SFC leaders and members from all over Metro Manila every year. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz)