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