Tuesday, January 04, 2005

Day of Prayer and Solidarity

January 4, 2005

Dear People of God in the Diocese of Borongan:

The tragic disaster that struck South East Asia on December 26, 2004 is again calling us together to neighborly acts of concern, prayer, and solidarity. We all are aware of the enormity of the destruction wrought by the tsunamis - thousands, hundreds of thousands, of dead bodies lined along the sea coast left eerily desolate by the killer waves. We too are aware of the pains and the sufferings of those who survived, yet, bereaved because of the loss of their loved ones, parents, children, relative and friends. The loss of properties and other essential belongings wrenches from them that last ounce of confidence to live and let live.

It is along this line that the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) has asked all of the faithful to dedicate this coming Sunday, January 9, 2005, as a day of prayer and solidarity with the victims of the tsunamis. Let us pray for them that they may be given the courage to rise up from their sorry state and face life again with renewed vigor. Let us generously shell out our share of monetary support which they sorely need at the moment. As all the money collections of this Sunday are to be directed to this purpose, we are appealing to the faithful to be more generous in their contribution. In the same vein we are asking the parish priests to immediately remit the money collected to the Chancery. Needless to say, these acts of concern, meager they may be, are our concrete response to the call of the Bishops of Sri Lanka who purpoted: "This grave moment calls us together to rally round ... those who have been affected by this terrible natural disaster."

God bless us all.

+Leonardo Y. Medroso, DD
Bishop of Borongan


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