No. 889          Diocese of Marbel, Philippines                       17 August 2016

Bishop Dinualdo presided during the concelebrated Mass in honor of St. Clare, 11 August 2016, Poor Clares Monastery, Polomolok, South Cotabato.  Ten (10) priests concelebrated.

Bishop’s homily.

Love motivated Clare to leave family, relatives and rich lifestyle to be espoused to Jesus Christ.  St. Francis of Assisi facilitated her spiritual “wedding” to Jesus Christ.

She lived a life of austere poverty, humility and penance (cf. Hosea 2: 16-22).

Clare had no eyes for things visible; only for things invisible which are eternal (cf. 2 Cor. 4: 6-10, 16-18).

Constantly remaining in Christ’s love, she kept faithfully Christ’s commandments.  United to Christ she founded several monasteries of Poor Clares nuns in Europe (cf. Jh. 15: 4-10).

Her earthly communion with Jesus led to her everlasting union with Jesus in complete happiness.

Brothers and sisters: Our National situation, according to President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s SONA (State of the Nation Address) is a “sorry mess”. A world without love.  Illegal drugs.  Corruption in government. Poverty.  Terrorism and rebellion.  Ongoing degradation of our environment.

Why?  Because of a government who had no love for God and for God’s people, especially the poor.

What to do?  “Change”, urged Pres. Duterte.  Complete change: personal and structural: from hatred to love; injustice/corruption to justice/honesty; unloving to caring social structures.

We, in the Diocese of Marbel, have a strategic plan for change – personal conversion and total social transformation.  The “Comprehensive, Relevant, and Systematic Program on Marriage Preparation and Pastoral Accompaniment of Newly Weds and Christian Families” (CRSP, for short).  It is patterned after Pope Francis Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” (Joy of Love) or Love in the Family.

We earnestly believe “where the family goes, there goes society.”

Hence, we envision to Christify individuals and families, who, in turn, would become effective evangelizers.

This plan is comprehensive (all inclusive), relevant (to individual person, time and place) and systematic program of pastoral accompaniment (shepherding) from womb to tomb and beyond this earthly life.  No one would be left alone to solve one’s problems.  Parents, other married couples, priests, religious and the small Christian community (KRISKA and GKK) would be there to help the lonely, depressed person organize his/her life.

Expected outcomes: Christified individuals and families who think, will and act like Christ; responsive, responsible and disciplined citizens; improved peace and order situation; transformed social structures; just, humane, participatory; inclusive, respectful of God’s creation; and, generally, HAPPY PEOPLE WHO LOVE GOD AND ONE ANOTHER!

Food and drinks for all!  FESTIVE! INCLUSIVE!

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Bishop Dinualdo D. Gutierrez is the Bishop of the Diocese of Marbel
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