Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said yesterday that the message of Easter is always of hope, “especially in these dark and trying times we live in.”
Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., on his part, said “M ay Easter fill Negrenses and Filipinos with hope for a better community, country and world.”
Buzon said the Philippines is faced with a creeping direction towards dictatorship, and Christian values are being threatened, citing moves to legalize divorce and same sex marriages.
He also cited the violation of the sanctity of life through extra judicial killings.
“People have become apathetic and helpless, and the Church wants to awaken their consciousness,” he said.
“This darkness may temporarily gain the upper hand, but in the end the light of Christ will shine through,” the bishop said, “That is why we should never give up”.
Marañon said “Let Easter be an occasion for the renewal of faith in God and His Kingdom. The modern world has brought about so many developments and technologies that have apparently distracted us from nurturing the spiritual dimension of our lives,” he said.
“The resurrection also moves us toward the renewal of our trust in our fellow men and women and what we can do together if we work in unity and oneness of our direction and goals as a nation as well as our sense of citizenship and civic duty, “ the governor added.
“Easter also reminds us of the need for reconciliation with those we have parted ways, as this is also a time for forgiveness and rebuilding of ties as exemplified by the crucified and risen Christ,” he said.
The governor said it is also a time “to reconcile with nature and the environment toward their conservation amidst abuse and destruction of these resources that God has given us.”*CPG
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