We have decided to write you an open letter on the feast day of St.
John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests.
Pope John Paul II referred to the great saint as a “rare example of a pastor acutely aware of his responsibilities...and a sign of courage for those who today experience the grace of being called to the priesthood.”
Cardinal Chito and Archbishop Soc, the two of you are arguably the fresh new faces of the Catholic Church in the Philippines. It is indeed a refreshing change compared to the old, "political" faces of the CBCP during the time of Gloria Arroyo.
Millions of Catholics will be happy with the expected canonization of Pope John XXIII (who is associated with 2nd Vatican council) and the beloved Pope John Paul II.
Poor people and young people must be given consideration and, above all, they must be met in their own social context.
"To be disciples of Jesus, then, means not letting ourselves be allured by the worldly logic of power, but bringing into the world the light of truth and God's love," he said.
"To you, dear and venerable brother cardinals - I think in particular of those created yesterday - is entrusted this demanding responsibility: to bear witness to the kingdom of God, to the truth."
Mercy is a word Pope Francis uses often, and an attitude he believes the Catholic Church must embody and all Catholics must mirror.
"This is the time for mercy," Pope Francis told reporters July 28 during his flight back to Rome from Brazil. "The church is mother and must follow the path of mercy, and find mercy for everyone."
May God have mercy on all of us. May God bless our beautiful country.
The EQ Post