July 16, 2015. Parish of Sagrada Familia, Bo. 5, Koronadal City. Bishop confirmed 523, various ages. Co-administrators of confirmation: Fr. Romeo Catedral, PP, SFP; Fr. Bonifacio Ampoyas, PhD., Diocesan Schools’ Superintendent; Fr. Herminio Hongayo, Jr., Oeconomous-OLPH Seminary; Fr. Joel Sunga, on Sabbatical Leave; and Fr. Joemer Candido, Diocesan Finance Officer.
Bishop’s homily, Mt. 11: 28-30. Jesus’ three instructions:
- “Come to me” those heavily burdened, I will give you rest.
- “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.”
- “Take my Yoke” which is easy and my burden light. Christ’s yoke fits perfectly. His command to love God and neighbors is not burdensome – unlike the thousands of precepts and regulations imposed by Moses and the Scribes.
A heavy burden is placed on the people of Surallah and T’boli – aerial spraying on the banana plantation owned by Sumitomo Fruit (Sumifru), Inc., a Japanese global corporation. Skin itching and shortness of breath are being caused by the pesticides used in spraying.
Pope Francis condemned this model of mainly economic development in his encyclical “Laudato Si’”. It violates human lives, human rights, biodiversity and cultural tradition in farming which is multi-crop, not mono crop. Victims of this development aggression are mostly poor, children and elderly.
Let us support the struggle of Surallah and T’boli through prayers, resources and advocacy.