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Pabillo: Show solidarity through prayer amid persecution

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo emphasized solidarity as a response to persecutions during the Red Wednesday campaign in the University in commemoration of persecuted Christians worldwide.

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo emphasized solidarity as a response to persecutions during the Red Wednesday campaign in the University in commemoration of persecuted Christians worldwide.

[W]e cannot do much, but we don’t keep silent. And part of that solidarity is shown by the celebration of Red Wednesday. We show our solidarity by our prayers. Prayers for those who are persecuted—that they may remain strong, that they may persevere…” Pabillo said during the Red Wednesday mass at the Santísimo Rosario Parish Church.

People have different ways of reacting on persecutions, and according to him, there are those who would fight violently, those who would collaborate with the prosecutors, and those who just keep silent.

“Our reaction to the persecutions is not collaboration, is not fighting against, is not indifference, but solidarity. Solidarity is shown by our prayers for the persecuted, for ourselves, … for the persecutors,” Pabillo said.

Apathy, he stressed, is a common response among majority of the Christians.

“Apathy. Indifference…They don’t react when our priests are killed, when our bishops and our priests and nuns are being dragged into court, accused with cases. They don’t react. Apathetic,” he said.

Pabillo explained that persecution has been happening since Ancient Christianity in many countries, and it includes not only killings but also destruction of places of worship, lawsuits against Christians, and denigration of the Church’s teachings.

“[T]he teachings of the Church are being maligned, even in the Philippines. Our teaching about the treaty, about the bible, is being maligned…Our teachings against divorce, against abortion, and it some countries, against death penaltythey are being maligned. These are also part of persecutions,” he said.

“And even in our times, in the Philippines, there are people who clap their hands when the President malign our Church leaders and our Church teachings,” Pabillo added.

Despite the problems such as contradicting beliefs, he maintains that persecution is not the answer.

“We still ourselves in front of these persecutions that can also come our way. At the same time, during Red Wednesday, we pray for the persecutors. We pray for the persecutors that they may realize that persecution is not the answer to their problems. Death is not the answer…Persecution is not the answer.”

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Rector reminds Thomasians to ‘look back at Christ’ in Paskuhan Mass

The University’s Rector Magnificus reminded Thomasians that advent is a period to remember and to anticipate, and to celebrate Christ’s coming during the Paskuhan opening mass at the Plaza Mayor Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s Rector Magnificus reminded Thomasians that advent is a period to remember and to anticipate, and to celebrate Christ’s coming.

Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. stated that remembering means honoring and recognizing the things you have received during the last Christmas of your life, and so he thanked the UST for being a wonderful community, during the Paskuhan opening mass at the Plaza Mayor Monday, Dec. 2.

Quoting the words of Soren Kierkegaard, Dagohoy O.P. said that “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

“Advent is literally coming home. […] During advent, we are asked to look back at Christ’s coming as a man while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation of [His] kingdom when He returns,” said Dagohoy.

He compared the Filipinos coming home from the other countries to advent, saying that despite the long hours of layover at the airport, they will still be waiting with happiness knowing that they will soon see their loved ones. He said that, “that feeling of estrangement, anticipation and expectant joy—that is advent.”

The Rector also urged Thomasians to recognize their insufficiency and their need for God, and to pray the prayer of advent “Come Lord Jesus” when their days are covered with dark clouds.

“God loves his people tenderly embracing their weaknesses and imperfections. For God’s loving heart, it is all about us,” Dagohoy said.

“Sa Pasko tinitingnan tayo ng Diyos. Ang sabi niya: para sa inyo ‘to, ang Pasko ay para sa’yo,” he added.

The opening of décor around the campus followed the mass led by Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuna, and the traditional “agape” for the Thomasian community. H. Camba

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‘Believe, suffer for the Church and Christ’ −Pabillo

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to strengthen their faith especially these times when the Church is often labeled as irrelevant and politically incorrect during mass for the feast of the 15 Thomasian Martyrs yesterday, Nov. 6 at the Santísimo Rosario Parish-UST.

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to strengthen their faith especially these times when the Church is often labeled as irrelevant and politically incorrect.

 

Pabillo said that a lot of Christians are afraid to speak up most especially on pressing issues like the rampant extrajudicial killings in the country during mass for the feast of the 15 Thomasian Martyrs yesterday, Nov. 6 at the Santísimo Rosario Parish-UST.

 

“Before, people would encourage us to live the Christian values and those who live the Christian values are admired. But in the present times, if you live the Christian values, people would make fun of you and curse you,” Pabillo said.

 

Pabillo also asserted that a lot of people still believe that abortion, death penalty, and same-sex marriage are human rights.

 

“If we speak up that life is important, we are often bypassed by people. Yet, they are even trying to push that abortion is a human right,” Pabillo shared.

 

He emphasized the importance of accepting the fact that being a Christian will always have its small and big consequences and is reflected on how the 15 Thomasian martyrs offered their lives to God.

 

“We do not only have the privilege to believe, but we also have the privilege to suffer for the sake of Christ”

 

The 15 Thomasian Martyrs are students, professors, priests and administrators of the University who were killed in the religious persecutions in Japan, Vietnam in the 20th century, and during the Spanish Civil War. C. Bautista

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‘Devotion to Mary connected to devotion to God’ -Pabillo

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to ‘increase their faith’ by having a devotion to Mary despite the different challenges hurdling the country and their lives.

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to ‘increase their faith’ by having a devotion to Mary despite the different challenges hurdling the country and their lives.

In his homily for the 77th solemn feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Santísimo Rosario Parish – UST held Sunday, October 6, Pabillo said that people should also do their part to “increase [their] faith by praying, especially by praying the Rosary.”

He emphasized that the praying of the Rosary is not just repetition of prayers but is also a symbol of perseverance and a way to reflect on the sufferings of Jesus.

“Ang Rosary ay paulit-ulit na dasal kasi tanda ‘yan ng ating pagtitiyaga sa patuloy na pagdarasal. Ngunit hindi lang ‘yan pagdarasal ng mga Hail Mary’s. Most especially [it] is our meditation together with Mary on the life of Jesus. […] We go through the life of Jesus,” he said.

He also encouraged the faithful to follow Mary’s example in accepting the Word of God that it may made flesh” in their lives.

“Mama Mary before she received the Word of God in her womb, she received the Word of God in her mind and in her heart. […] Kaya Mama Mary is the first disciple, the foremost disciple. Kaya nga devotion to Mama Mary is also connected to the devotion to the Word of God,” he added.

Remain faithful despite God’s silence

Pabillo also challenged the people to remain faithful amidst the challenges of life in spite of God’s silent response in their prayers.

“Sa mga kalagayang ito, palagay ko nagdarasal naman tayo sa Diyos. ‘Diyos nasaan ka ba? Bakit hindi ka tumutugon bakit tumatahimik ka sa kalagayan ng ating bayan, sa kalagayan ng ating mundo?’ At baka sa ating personal na buhay, may mga kahinaan din tayong pinagdaraanan,” said Pabillo.

“Kikilos ang Diyos. […] Itong pangitain ng kaligtasan ay darating. Matagal pero darating ‘yan. Kaya’t yung taong may pananampalataya, ang mga taong ang siyang mabubuhay. Pananampalataya na hindi magpapabaya ang Diyos,” he added.

He mentioned St. Teresa of Calcutta’s experience in her prayers as mentioned in her diaries where God seems to be silent in her daily prayers.

“Nagdarasal siya like she was like praying in front of a wall. Walang tugon ang Diyos. But in spite of that feeling of the absence of God, she was faithful. […] Hindi nawala ang kanyang faith,” Pabillo said.

For him, our response in the challenges that we face should be our steadfast faith in God.

“Ang ating tugon sa mga kahirapan na dinaraanan natin ay ang pananalig, pananalig na ang Diyos ay kikilos. Kung tayo ay nagdarasal ‘Lord increase our faith,’ then let us do something also to increase our faith,” he said.

Pabillo also underscored the need to be faithful in the responsibilities given to us by God as a way to increase faith and “to take the share in the suffering of our Lord.”

“Maging tapat ka sa tungkulin na ibinigay sa’yo ng Diyos. Ito ay isang paraan to increase our faith. Lahat tayo ay may tungkulin na pinagkaloob ng Diyos. […] Take your share in the suffering of the Gospel. Makiisa kayo sa kanyang paghihirap,” he added.

The feast of the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de UST is held every first Sunday of October. Moreover, the fiesta celebration for the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de La Naval in Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City is held every second Sunday of October which will be on October 13.

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