“Lent is a call to return to God and to return to life”, Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said yesterday.
Buzon, Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr., Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia and Vice Governor Eugenio Jose Lacson yesterday called on the faithful to reflect on the meaning of Holy Week over the holidays.
Marañon said Holy Week is not a time to party or travel to some exotic destinations, but an time “to reflect on how we can change for the better and to be more responsive Christian brothers to others.”
Lacson said “a s we pause from work, let us reflect on our capacities to shape lives of meaning that come from good intentions.”
Leonardia said “We should use the Holy Week as a time to reflect and to think of our relationship with the Lord.”
“We should not use the four days to go on vacation and enjoy. If at all we travel, it should be in the spirit of a pilgrimage,” he said.
Leonardia said the Philippines is the only Christian nation in Asia.
“I think our blessing is that due to this, even our government recognizes this tradition. And probably the Philippines is one of the nations in the world that celebrate a full length Holy Week,” he said.
During the observance of the Holy Week, in a way, everything stops, especially because Filipinos observe many religious practices, Leonardia said.
“We should take advantage of that in the sense that we are given an opportunity toreflect for four days,” he said.
He recalled that when he was a young boy, even cinemas were closed so people could find time to reflect.
Meanwhile, a resolution requesting the Bacolod City Police Office through the Office of the City Mayor to implement more stringent security measures in the entire City of Bacolod to ensure peace and order and public safety during Holy Week was approved by the Bacolod Sangguniang Panlungsod Monday.
The resolution authored by Councilor Claudio Puentevella said crime rate is expected to rise during the Holy Week so stringent security measures are needed to guard the public against criminals who may take advantage of the celebration are needed.
The SP also approved a resolution requesting the Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office and City Health Office to set up safety assistance desks in strategic areas to provide immediate response to possible emergencies during Holy Week.*CGS
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