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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop (No. 910 January 11, 2017)

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 910          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   11 January 2017

  1. PILGRIM IMAGE, OUR LADY OF FATIMA TO VISIT DIOCESE OF MARBEL

To celebrate the 100 years’ anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions this 2017 a Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima from Fatima, Portugal will bless the Diocese of Marbel with the visit scheduled on March 10-13, 2017.

Christ the King/St. Anthony Parish will host the Pilgrim Image with its team of five (5) persons on March 10; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, March 11; Our Lady of Fatima Parish, GSC, March 12; and Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, GSC, March 13.

Our Lady of Fatima’s image will be coming from Kidapawan on March 10; will depart for Cotabato, March 13.

This visitation is under the care of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) of the Philippines. “WAF is a Public International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right whose mission is to contribute for the ‘New Evangelization’ of the World through the diffusion and living of the authentic Fatima message.  Its general purpose is ‘the promotion of the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church and the strict adherence to the tenets of the Gospel; the personal sanctification of adherents through faithful adherence to the message of Fatima and the promotion of the common good by the spreading of the message of Fatima’” (From the letter to Bishop D.D.G., January 6, 2017).

Message of Fatima: conversion, prayer, penance, works of mercy.  Archbishop Angel N. Lagdamero, Jaro, is the WAF Philippines National Spiritual Director.

This visit is a graced event for unity and peace; we need conversion; intense prayer life; penance for sins committed; to be more merciful.

Hence, I strongly exhort everyone to participate.  This is an activity that fits well with our 2017 focused theme: “Parish: A Communion of Communities”.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 910          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   11 January 2017

  1. PRAYER GATHERING FOR PEACE AND UNITY

Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes called all believers in God, Allah, Adwata to gather together on 27 January 2017 at the South Cotabato Sports Complex, Koronadal City in order to pray for peace and unity amidst the present disorder and disunity prevailing in the Philippines.

I urge our parishioners to participate in this important activity.  We believe without God human efforts would fail.  Let us mobilize 10,000.  Bring food to share.

Let us listen to St. Paul: “My advice is that first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone – petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving – and especially for Kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet.” (1 Tim. 2: 1-2).

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 910          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   11 January 2017

  1. JOINT RECOLLECTION OF PRIESTS

Date and venue:  10 January 2017.  Our Lady of Manaog Chapel, Dominican Fathers’ Compound, General Santos City.

Activities:  Morning praise with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, shared snack and lunch, sharing by Bishop Dinualdo, concelebrated mass.

Bishop’s sharing on “Communion and Peace” (Highlights)

a. Communion

  • Communion is union of the Christians with God and with one another.
  • The early Christians were united: one faith, one body, one bread, communion of goods (cf. Acts 2: 42-47; 4: 32).

b. Peace

  • “Tranquility of Order” (St. Augustine). Order: 1st  2nd immaterial values. 3rd material things.
  • Four pillars of peace: truth, justice, love and freedom (Pope St. John XXIII, “Peace on Earth”).
  • Harmony in relations, respect for human rights, solidarity, promotion of the common good, care for the earth (PCP II).
  • Christ, our peace (Eph. 2: 14-17).

c. Attendance (62): 20 Religious and 42 diocesan.

N.B. Addenda on peace

Biblical peace (Hebrew “shalom”)

a. Old Testament

  • “Peace, which is a special characteristics of this covenant (Ezek. 37: 26), is built upon justice and fidelity to God’s law, as the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel already remind us (Jer. 6: 14, 8: 10-12; Is. 48: 18; Ezek. 13: 16)” (Joseph A. Komonchak et.al., eds., The New Dictionary of Theology, Daughters of St. Paul, Philippines, 1991, p. 749).
  • “The final stage, the Messianic time, is described as one in which the effects of justice and integrity will be peace (Is. 32: 15-20), in which there will be no need for instrument of war (Is. 2: 4; Mi. 4: 3), since righteousness and peace will embrace (Ps. 85: 10-11)”. (Komonchak et.al., ibid.)

b. New Testament

“The New Testament depicts the post-resurrection gift of peace with which Jesus greets his followers as a peace which the world cannot give (Jh. 14: 27), the fullness of salvation, the reconciliation of the world and God (Rom. 5: 1-2; Col. 1: 20), the restoration of the unity and harmony of all creation for which the OT hoped (Eph. 2: 15-23; Gal. 3: 28-29)” (Komonchak et.al., op.cit., pp. 749-750).

c. Commentaries

  • Biblical peace is not only the absence of war. “It also indicates the well-being of daily existence, the state of man who lives in harmony with nature, with himself, with God” (Xavier Léon-DuFour, Dictionary of Biblical Theology, updated 2nd, p. 411).
  • “Peace is the fullness of happiness” (Xavier Léon DuFour, cit., p. 412).
  • “In Hebrew peace is never only a negative state; it never means only the absence of trouble; in Hebrew peace always means everything which makes for man’s highest good… In the Bible peace means not only freedom from all trouble; it means enjoyment of all good” (William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1, rev.ed., p. 108).

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 910          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                   11 January 2017

 

  1. JOINT RECOLLECTION OF PRIESTS

Date and venue:  10 January 2017.  Our Lady of Manaog Chapel, Dominican Fathers’ Compound, General Santos City.

Activities:  Morning praise with exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, shared snack and lunch, sharing by Bishop Dinualdo, concelebrated mass.

Bishop’s sharing on “Communion and Peace” (Highlights)

a. Communion

  • Communion is union of the Christians with God and with one another.
  • The early Christians were united: one faith, one body, one bread, communion of goods (cf. Acts 2: 42-47; 4: 32).

b. Peace

  • “Tranquility of Order” (St. Augustine). Order: 1st  2nd immaterial values. 3rd material things.
  • Four pillars of peace: truth, justice, love and freedom (Pope St. John XXIII, “Peace on Earth”).
  • Harmony in relations, respect for human rights, solidarity, promotion of the common good, care for the earth (PCP II).
  • Christ, our peace (Eph. 2: 14-17).

c. Attendance (62): 20 Religious and 42 diocesan.

N.B. Addenda on peace

Biblical peace (Hebrew “shalom”)

a. Old Testament

  • “Peace, which is a special characteristics of this covenant (Ezek. 37: 26), is built upon justice and fidelity to God’s law, as the prophets Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel already remind us (Jer. 6: 14, 8: 10-12; Is. 48: 18; Ezek. 13: 16)” (Joseph A. Komonchak et.al., eds., The New Dictionary of Theology, Daughters of St. Paul, Philippines, 1991, p. 749).
  • “The final stage, the Messianic time, is described as one in which the effects of justice and integrity will be peace (Is. 32: 15-20), in which there will be no need for instrument of war (Is. 2: 4; Mi. 4: 3), since righteousness and peace will embrace (Ps. 85: 10-11)”. (Komonchak et.al., ibid.)

b. New Testament

“The New Testament depicts the post-resurrection gift of peace with which Jesus greets his followers as a peace which the world cannot give (Jh. 14: 27), the fullness of salvation, the reconciliation of the world and God (Rom. 5: 1-2; Col. 1: 20), the restoration of the unity and harmony of all creation for which the OT hoped (Eph. 2: 15-23; Gal. 3: 28-29)” (Komonchak et.al., op.cit., pp. 749-750).

c. Commentaries

  • Biblical peace is not only the absence of war. “It also indicates the well-being of daily existence, the state of man who lives in harmony with nature, with himself, with God” (Xavier Léon-DuFour, Dictionary of Biblical Theology, updated 2nd, p. 411).
  • “Peace is the fullness of happiness” (Xavier Léon DuFour, cit., p. 412).
  • “In Hebrew peace is never only a negative state; it never means only the absence of trouble; in Hebrew peace always means everything which makes for man’s highest good… In the Bible peace means not only freedom from all trouble; it means enjoyment of all good” (William Barclay, The Gospel of Matthew, Vol. 1, rev.ed., p. 108).

 

  1. PRAYER GATHERING FOR PEACE AND UNITY

Gov. Daisy Avance-Fuentes called all believers in God, Allah, Adwata to gather together on 27 January 2017 at the South Cotabato Sports Complex, Koronadal City in order to pray for peace and unity amidst the present disorder and disunity prevailing in the Philippines.

I urge our parishioners to participate in this important activity.  We believe without God human efforts would fail.  Let us mobilize 10,000.  Bring food to share.

Let us listen to St. Paul: “My advice is that first of all, there should be prayers offered for everyone – petitions, intercessions and thanksgiving – and especially for Kings and others in authority, so that we may be able to live religious and reverent lives in peace and quiet.” (1 Tim. 2: 1-2).

 

  1. PILGRIM IMAGE, OUR LADY OF FATIMA TO VISIT DIOCESE OF MARBEL

To celebrate the 100 years’ anniversary of the Fatima Apparitions this 2017 a Pilgrim Image of Our Lady of Fatima from Fatima, Portugal will bless the Diocese of Marbel with the visit scheduled on March 10-13, 2017.

Christ the King/St. Anthony Parish will host the Pilgrim Image with its team of five (5) persons on March 10; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Polomolok, March 11; Our Lady of Fatima Parish, GSC, March 12; and Our Lady of Peace and Good Voyage Parish, GSC, March 13.

Our Lady of Fatima’s image will be coming from Kidapawan on March 10; will depart for Cotabato, March 13.

This visitation is under the care of the World Apostolate of Fatima (WAF) of the Philippines. “WAF is a Public International Association of the Faithful of Pontifical Right whose mission is to contribute for the ‘New Evangelization’ of the World through the diffusion and living of the authentic Fatima message.  Its general purpose is ‘the promotion of the authentic teachings of the Catholic Church and the strict adherence to the tenets of the Gospel; the personal sanctification of adherents through faithful adherence to the message of Fatima and the promotion of the common good by the spreading of the message of Fatima’” (From the letter to Bishop D.D.G., January 6, 2017).

Message of Fatima: conversion, prayer, penance, works of mercy.  Archbishop Angel N. Lagdamero, Jaro, is the WAF Philippines National Spiritual Director.

This visit is a graced event for unity and peace; we need conversion; intense prayer life; penance for sins committed; to be more merciful.

Hence, I strongly exhort everyone to participate.  This is an activity that fits well with our 2017 focused theme: “Parish: A Communion of Communities”.

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1. 50TH WORLD DAY OF PEACE (WDP)

No. 908          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                     21 December 2016

January 1st is the 50th WDP.  Blessed Pope Paul VI initiated it on 1 January 1968.

Pope Francis wrote on 8 December 2016 this message for the 50th WDP.  Selected passages below.

Title “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

  1. “This is the fiftieth message for the World Day of Peace. In the first, Blessed Pope Paul VI addressed all peoples. ‘Peace is the only true direction of human progress…’ a peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love.’”

“On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace.”

A broken world.

  1. “…today…we find ourselves engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal.

“…’piecemeal’ violence, of different kinds and level, causes great sufferings: wars, terrorism…devastation of the environment.”

“Violence is not the cure for our broken world.”

The Good News

  1. “Jesus himself lived in violent times. Yet he taught that the true battlefield, where violence and peace meet, is the human heart: ‘for it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come’ (Mk. 7: 21).”  But Christ’s message in this regard offers a radically positive approach.  He unfailingly preached God’s unconditional love, which welcomes and forgives.  He taught his disciples to love their enemies (cf. Mt. 5: 44) …Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence3 within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an internment of reconciliation.”

Quoting Benedict XVI Pope Francis writes “For Christmas, nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone.  Love of one’s enemies constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution’ (Benedict XVI, “Angelus”, 18 February 2007).  ‘The Gospel command to love your enemies (cf. Lk. 6: 27) ‘is rightly considered the magna carta of Christian nonviolence.  It does not consist in succumbing to evil… but in responding to evil with good (cf. Rom. 12: 17-21), and thereby breaking the chain of injustice’ (ibid.).”

More powerful than violence

  1. Love is more powerful than violence. Popeo Francis quotes Mother Teresa: “We in our family don’t need bombs and guns, to destroy to bring peace – just get together, love one another…and we will be able to overcoe all the evil that is in the world’” (Nobel Lecture., 11 December 1979).

“The decisive and constant practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results.” Pope Francis cited Mahatma Gandhi and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in the liberation of India; LeymahGbowee and thousands of Liberian women who organized pray-ins that resulted in high-level peace talk to and the second civil war in Liberia.

Pope Francis now mentions the fall of the communist regimes in Europe through “instant prayer” and “courageous action” of the Christian Communities.  “Particularly influential were the ministry and teaching of Saint John Paul II”…that momentous change in the lives of people, nations and states had come about ‘by means of peaceful protest, using only the weapons of truth and justice’ (Pope St. John Paul II, CentesimusAnnus, 23).

The domestic roots of a politics on nonviolence

  1. “If violence has its source in the human heart, then it is fundamental that nonviolence be practiced before all else within families… The family is the indispensable crucible in which spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another, and in which frictions and even conflicts have to be resolves not by force but by dialogue, respect, concern for the good of the other, mercy and forgiveness” (cf. Francis, “AmorisLatitia’”, nn. 90-130).

“An ethics of fraternity and peaceful co-existence between individuals and among peoples cannot be based on the logic of fear, violence and close mindedness, but on responsibility, respect and sincere dialogue.”

“The politics of nonviolence have to begin in the home and then spread to the human family… An integral ecology is also make up of simple daily gestures that break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” (“Laudato Si’”, 230).

My invitation

  1. “Peacebuilding through active nonviolence is the natural and necessary complement to the Church’s continuing efforts to limit the use of force by the application of moral norms; she does so by her participation in the work of international institutions and through the competence contribution by so many Christians to the drafting of legislation at all levels. Jesus himself offers a ‘manual’ for this strategy of peacemaking in the Sermon on the Mount.  The eight beatitudes (cf. Mt. 5: 3-10) provide a portrait of the person we could describe as blessed, good and authentic.”

“This is also a programme and a challenge to religious leaders, the heads of international institutions and business and media executives: to apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of their respective responsibilities… To act on this way means to choose solidarity as a way of making history and building friendships in society.”  Active nonviolence is a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict.  Everything in the world is inter-connected (Francis, “Laudato Si’”, 16, 17, 1378).

“On 1 January 2017, the New Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will begin its work.”

In conclusion

  1. Let us pray for guidance from Mary, the Queen of Peace.

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COMMUNICATIONS from the Bishop

No. 908          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                     21 December 2016

  1. 50TH WORLD DAY OF PEACE (WDP)

January 1st is the 50th WDP.  Blessed Pope Paul VI initiated it on 1 January 1968.

Pope Francis wrote on 8 December 2016 this message for the 50th WDP.  Selected passages below.

Title “Nonviolence: A Style of Politics for Peace”

  1. “This is the fiftieth message for the World Day of Peace. In the first, Blessed Pope Paul VI addressed all peoples. ‘Peace is the only true direction of human progress…’ a peace founded upon truth, justice, freedom and love.’”

“On this occasion, I would like to reflect on nonviolence as a style of politics for peace.”

A broken world.

  1. “…today…we find ourselves engaged in a horrifying world war fought piecemeal.

“…’piecemeal’ violence, of different kinds and level, causes great sufferings: wars, terrorism…devastation of the environment.”

“Violence is not the cure for our broken world.”

The Good News

  1. “Jesus himself lived in violent times. Yet he taught that the true battlefield, where violence and peace meet, is the human heart: ‘for it is from within, from the human heart, that evil intentions come’ (Mk. 7: 21).”  But Christ’s message in this regard offers a radically positive approach.  He unfailingly preached God’s unconditional love, which welcomes and forgives.  He taught his disciples to love their enemies (cf. Mt. 5: 44) …Whoever accepts the Good News of Jesus is able to acknowledge the violence3 within and be healed by God’s mercy, becoming in turn an internment of reconciliation.”

Quoting Benedict XVI Pope Francis writes “For Christmas, nonviolence is not merely tactical behavior but a person’s way of being, the attitude of one who is so convinced of God’s love and power that he or she is not afraid to tackle evil with the weapons of love and truth alone.  Love of one’s enemies constitutes the nucleus of the ‘Christian revolution’ (Benedict XVI, “Angelus”, 18 February 2007).  ‘The Gospel command to love your enemies (cf. Lk. 6: 27) ‘is rightly considered the magna carta of Christian nonviolence.  It does not consist in succumbing to evil… but in responding to evil with good (cf. Rom. 12: 17-21), and thereby breaking the chain of injustice’ (ibid.).”

More powerful than violence

  1. Love is more powerful than violence. Popeo Francis quotes Mother Teresa: “We in our family don’t need bombs and guns, to destroy to bring peace – just get together, love one another…and we will be able to overcoe all the evil that is in the world’” (Nobel Lecture., 11 December 1979).

“The decisive and constant practice of nonviolence has produced impressive results.” Pope Francis cited Mahatma Gandhi and Khan Abdul Ghaffar Khan in the liberation of India; LeymahGbowee and thousands of Liberian women who organized pray-ins that resulted in high-level peace talk to and the second civil war in Liberia.

Pope Francis now mentions the fall of the communist regimes in Europe through “instant prayer” and “courageous action” of the Christian Communities.  “Particularly influential were the ministry and teaching of Saint John Paul II”…that momentous change in the lives of people, nations and states had come about ‘by means of peaceful protest, using only the weapons of truth and justice’ (Pope St. John Paul II, CentesimusAnnus, 23).

The domestic roots of a politics on nonviolence

  1. “If violence has its source in the human heart, then it is fundamental that nonviolence be practiced before all else within families… The family is the indispensable crucible in which spouses, parents and children, brothers and sisters, learn to communicate and to show generous concern for one another, and in which frictions and even conflicts have to be resolves not by force but by dialogue, respect, concern for the good of the other, mercy and forgiveness” (cf. Francis, “AmorisLatitia’”, nn. 90-130).

“An ethics of fraternity and peaceful co-existence between individuals and among peoples cannot be based on the logic of fear, violence and close mindedness, but on responsibility, respect and sincere dialogue.”

“The politics of nonviolence have to begin in the home and then spread to the human family… An integral ecology is also make up of simple daily gestures that break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness” (“Laudato Si’”, 230).

My invitation

  1. “Peacebuilding through active nonviolence is the natural and necessary complement to the Church’s continuing efforts to limit the use of force by the application of moral norms; she does so by her participation in the work of international institutions and through the competence contribution by so many Christians to the drafting of legislation at all levels. Jesus himself offers a ‘manual’ for this strategy of peacemaking in the Sermon on the Mount.  The eight beatitudes (cf. Mt. 5: 3-10) provide a portrait of the person we could describe as blessed, good and authentic.”

“This is also a programme and a challenge to religious leaders, the heads of international institutions and business and media executives: to apply the Beatitudes in the exercise of their respective responsibilities… To act on this way means to choose solidarity as a way of making history and building friendships in society.”  Active nonviolence is a way of showing that unity is truly more powerful and more fruitful than conflict.  Everything in the world is inter-connected (Francis, “Laudato Si’”, 16, 17, 1378).

“On 1 January 2017, the New Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development will begin its work.”

In conclusion

  1. Let us pray for guidance from Mary, the Queen of Peace.

 

  1. DIOCESAN PRIESTS’ RECOLLECTION

Date and venue           :  13 December 2016.  OLPHS Seminary.

Theme                         :“The Eucharist Unites Us as One Family and the Holy Family is the Model

of All Christian Families.”

Sharers                                    :  Mr. Valentin & Mrs. Eilenn Chiu.  Married for 20 years.  Love in the family of five.

Fr. LudyBaldonado, presider and homilist.  He emphasized the priests’ role of proclaiming God’s Word by words and deeds.

Attendance                 :  42 (Fr. Dennis Gamo)

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