WALK FOR LIFE – A RESPONSE TO UPHOLD LIFE GIVEN BY GOD
Article/News by: Sr. Nenita Divina F. Pateña, DC
Date Posted: March 14, 2017
Students, faculty, non-teaching and maintenance personnel, administrators and the Daughters of Charity of Sacred Heart College, Lucena City walked through the streets of the city to defend and uphold the value of human life. They wore t-shirts with the signage “ika-limang utos ng Diyos. Huwag kang papatay. Exodo 20:13, Deutoronomio 5:17” (Fifth Commandment – Thou shall not kill (Ex. 20:13, Deut. 5.17).
The walk started at 1:30 in the afternoon from the grounds of Sacred Heart College, passed through the heart of the city and culminated at the St. Ferdinand Cathedral. The walk was followed by a recollection facilitated by Rev. Msgr. Ordelo R. Lontoc from the Diocese of Gumaca and confession. The participants were encouraged to attend the 6:00 p.m. mass with the parishioners.
Msgr. Lontoc shared his reflections that at this moment in time, it seems that many are not bothered to get involved in the issues of our country because the victims are not our relatives. If the victims were our relatives we would feel the sufferings of having lost a loved one. He presented the reality with the many deaths from the Extra Judicial Killings (EJK) and the possible return of the death penalty in our country. Life is now no longer recognized as God’s gift, a sacred reality entrusted to us.
In his call to action, Msgr. Lontok offered three challenges:
1. Be pro-life – Choose life
He quoted from the words of St. John Paul II which says: “to be actively pro-life is to contribute to the renewal of society through the promotion of the common good. It is impossible to further the common good without acknowledging and defending the right to life, upon which all the other inalienable rights of individuals are founded and from which they develop.”
The call for generosity of human beings as expressed in the document of Vatican II, Gaudium et Spes: “The Christian who neglects his temporal duties, neglects his duties toward his neighbor and even God, and jeopardizes his eternal salvation.”
2. Be Filipino – continue to be Filipino
• Our well known greeting is “Mabuhay” – translated to mean “I wish you well”, “I wish you the best” “May you have life”.
• We love life as expressed in our love for children, our respect for elders, our care for those who are sick
• We respect the dead, their body wherein human life was one present.
3. Strengthen your faith
Continue to pray, pray the rosary, celebrate the Holy Mass.
Listen to the teachings of the Church.
In the end of his reflections, Msgr. Lontoc thanked the Sacred Heart College Family for initiating the walk for life which has the theme : “Lakad ng Buhay para sa Buhay”. He affirmed the walk for life as a way of to evangelize the people in our midst in upholding the value of life.
He encouraged everyone to be awake and not to take for granted the events that are happening in our country. “The forces of evil is picking up in our society.”
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