CBCP urges the public to repent and believe in the Gospel

March 30, 2010 10:24 pm 

MANILA, March 30 — The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) urges the faithful to repent and believe in the Gospel, as these two things will effectively achieve change in oneself.

In his Lenten message, CBCP President Nereo Odchimar said that through repentance, one will be able to recognize, admit and analyze one's mistakes such as innate craving for power, attachment to material wealth and other forms of selfishness.

By believing in the Gospel, the Tandag prelate said the individual is already rejecting sin and work towards creating a new direction of life.

"At this point, we do not act according to mere impulse and human tendencies but illumined by the Gospel, we practice justice, we become peacemakers, and we love in a manner that the Lord Jesus Christ loves," Odchimar said.

He noted that Holy Week provides the best opportunity for the faithful to renew themselves.

"A transformed society is built of renewed individual citizens. Our Lenten journey leads us to that total personal renewal," Odchimar added.

The Catholic prelate noted that the society continues to be held up in various problems that can only be resolved by effecting change.

"How are we challenged individually and collectively as a community by this season of repentance and renewal? … All these have outward manifestations through the increasing cases of graft and corruption in many institutions, poverty, violation of human rights, vote buying-and-selling and other forms of electoral fraud, abuse of natural resources, land grabbing, and all forms of injustices," he said. (PNA)

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