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28TH

P E N T E C O S T

VIGIL

THE FILIPINO FAMILY:

MISSIONARY DISCIPLE OF MERCY AND THE EUCHARIST

MAY 14, 2016 OUR LADY OF THE MIRACULOUS MEDAL SABANG, BORONGAN CITY

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Published by MEDALLA MILAGROSA PUBLICATIONS Sabang, Borongan City

A LOVING heart is a grateful heart. It is grateful because

thankfulness is the ‘memory of the heart.’ We are thankful for

the good things that happened to us and for the wonderful

things that God allows to happen through us.

When the Chaplaincy of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Sabang, Borongan City was chosen to host the 28th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil, a very momentous event in the life of the local church in Eastern Samar, we saw it as one of the best things that could happen to our Christian community.

In the midst of the excitement, the anxious anticipation, the thrill of a new experience, and the thought of the enormity of the task given to us even if we are not yet a parish allowed us to witness the goodness of God working through his people in unexpected ways.

And this is something that we can never relegate to the annals of forgotten history. The indubitable, concrete, and tangible workings of the “digitus Paternae dexterae” (the finger of God’s right hand)-- the Holy Spirit should not fade out into useless oblivion or abstract chronology of humdrum events. The Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Love, demands to be remembered.

Thus, we thought of preserving significant tidbits of the said historical event through this humble publication with the goal that one day, when people become engrossed in various toils and interests or become exhausted by the pressures and strains of daily life, the spiritual experiences they had during the said Pentecost Vigil will remind them that one day in Sabang, Borongan City, they were able to concretely experience the “fellowship of the Holy Spirit” and fervently cry out this urgent prayer to the Spirit of Love: “Lord, renew the face of this earth! Change our hearts, change our lives!”

FOREWORD

AND SUDDENLY THERE CAME FROM

THE

SKY

A

NOISE

LIKE

A

STRONG

DRIVING WIND, AND IT FILLED THE

ENTIRE HOUSE IN WHICH THEY WERE.

ACTS 2:2

INTRODUCTION

T he Diocesan Pentecost Vigil maybe one of the biggest thing that ever happened to the Diocese of Borongan--or so it

seems. When it started 28 years ago, on May 13, 1989, it was

just a flowering of loose initiatives coming from members of faith communities and the youth of the Cathedral parish that were gathered at Seminario de Jesus Nazareno for a youth camp.

The faith communities such as the Neo-Catechumenal Communities and Charismatic Renewal groups had representations from the

parishes of San Julian, Maydolong and Salcedo.

But nobody thought

then that it was diocesan, except perhaps Bishop Leonardo Medroso who started discussing about a bigger celebration. It was only in Guiuan the following year that the Pentecost Vigil became formally diocesan. Ms. Henrietta de Villa, then President of the Council of the Laity of the Philippines and Secretary of the Commission on Lay Apostolate of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, was the guest speaker who talked about the emergence and role of the laity in the Church.

In succeeding years, the celebrations of the Diocesan Pentecost Vigil

would become for many an encounter with the provocations of the

Spirit.

Although the liturgy was formalized and new features would

be added, such as catechesis, a diocesan congress on particular concerns, confessions and confirmations, in the end vigils would still approximate what the evangelist John said, “The wind blows where it wants to, and you hear its sound, but don’t know where it comes from and where it is going. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.” (Jn 3:8)

Not one will claim that the annual Pentecost Vigils had something to do with the increase of vocations, the spread of faith communities and the growth of the faith in the diocese. But neither can one say that the celebration of the first Diocesan Synod of Borongan in November of 1997 was far-fetched from the workings of the Spirit.

But truth to tell, the Pentecost Vigils helped surmount a lot of crises in the Diocese. Simply put, Fr. Moises Campo says, “Super Typhoon Yolanda was our greatest challenge, but the Pentecost Vigil itself became a motivation for working together.”

“When the day of Pentecost arrived, they were all together in one place. And suddenly there came from heaven a sound like a mighty rushing wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. And divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and rested on each one of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit gave them utterance.

Now there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men from every nation under heaven. And at this sound the multitude came together, and they were bewildered, because each one was hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed and astonished, saying, “Are not all these who are speaking Galileans? And how is it that we hear, each of us in his own native language? Parthians and Medes and Elamites and residents of Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya belonging to Cyrene, and visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, Cretans and Arabians—we hear them telling in

our own tongues the mighty works of God.” And all were amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “What does this mean?” But others

mocking said, “They are filled with new wine.”

(Acts 2:1-13)

CELEBRATION

WHAT SIGNIFIES

PENTECOST?

by Msgr Lope C. Robredillo, SThD

F or almost thirty years, the Diocese of Borongan has been celebrating the Pentecost Vigil, usually presided over by the Bishop himself,

with many priests concelebrating, and attended by delegates from almost every parish of the whole diocese, numbering from three to five thousand. This vigil is a prayerful watch in the form of a prolonged Eucharistic Celebration on the eve of the solemnity of Pentecost.

But what does Pentecost signify? Why so grand a celebration?

It is more true to say that at Pentecost the Church became universal, endowed with a mission to bring the Gospel to the whole world. From the point of view of the New Testament, Pentecost refers to the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the apostles (Acts 2:1-41), along with the manifestation of the Spirit’s gifts, fifty days after Jesus rose from the dead. Through the outpouring of the Spirit, the Church was endowed with power from on high to address herself to the whole world in keeping with the command of Jesus himself and to be understood by all men.

Although it is often asserted that Pentecost is the birthday of the Church, this is not entirely correct. It might be regarded as the founding of the Church in the sense that from the moment of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the apostles carried the message of the Lord to the whole world, but surely the Church did not begin to exist only at Pentecost. She was already there during the public ministry of Jesus.

In Christian liturgy, Pentecost is a celebration commemorating that event.

But it would be a mistake to look at it simply as an observance of a past event. Quite the contrary, it is a celebration of who we are, and therefore of what we ought to be at present and in the future. In other words, if our celebration of the event is so splendid,

it is, and it ought to be, because it keeps alive what the Church is, and what she ought to be.

On account of the effusion of the Holy Spirit, how are we to understand the Church? The key comes from a passage in St Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Through [Christ] the whole structure is held together and grows into a temple sacred to the Lord; in him you also are being built into a dwelling place of God in the Spirit” (Eph 2:21-22). According to the Apostle, the Church is both the Body of Christ and the Temple of the Holy Spirit.

From among the implications of this description of what we, the Church, are, we may single out five. First, the Spirit is the life of the Church (2 Cor 3:6). Without the Holy Spirit, the Church is “dead”; it would simply be a human institution. That is why, it is important that the Spirit must be alive in both clergy and laity; otherwise, the Church might become simply like other human institutions, where power, ambition, greed and rivalries get the upper hand, careerism becomes a normal path to success, and success becomes a norm and a substitute for the cross.

Second, because the Spirit has flooded the Christian community, the latter is endowed with a variety of gifts and charisms (1 Cor 12:4-11). This requires two basic attitudes from us. One, we have to recognize these gifts and put them into use. It would be unfortunate if these gifts and charisms were not recognized, and if persons with gifts were written off, their charisms stifled! “Do not quench the Holy Spirit” (1 Thess 5:19). Two, we have to be thankful that the Holy Spirit has gifted individuals in our community with a variety of charisms. Being resentful and envious that some members of the community possess such talents merely show how utterly human the spirit that prevails in our relationship with others in the Church.

Third, the gifts that the Holy Spirit had bestowed on us are not for the glorification of the individual (1 Cor 12:5-7). Otherwise, we might be tempted to think that such and such persons are more important for the life of the Church than others, or that some clever guys

are indispensable for the survival of the Church. In a community where such mindset reigns, rivalries and resentment and ill-will become inevitable. To get to the top of the ladder becomes an ambition. To attribute success to individuals develops into a snare. No; if the Spirit gives gifts, it is always for the edification of the community.

Fourth, precisely because the gifts are intended for the community, we have to learn to think with the community. Thus, if one has this particular gift, it is for the benefit of all. If we think along this gamut, it will become clear to us how we need one another. Each one of us serves the whole community in different ways, in various capabilities, in a variety of roles. In this way, we are able to contribute to the entire growth of the community, the Church (Eph 2:22). Without communal thinking, however, we can only expect much reverses, fired by selfishness and greed, in our growth as a community.

Five, the sign that we have passed from individualism to communal thinking is that the community has become one. Indeed, if the gifts have been distributed, they are intended to make us into a single body:

“There are many gifts, but one body” (1 Cor 12:20). Understandably enough, regionalism, factionalism and division within the community are not the work of the Spirit; they are the machination of the devil. The power that urges one to divide the clergy or the laity comes from a demonic source. Only a devil’s agent rejoices at a fragmented Church. We know that the Spirit is guiding the community when ministries, talents and charisms are used to build it up into a single body.

If view of the foregoing, we should not be content with merely celebrating the Vigil in preparation for the solemnity of Pentecost. Even more important, let our aspiration be to live the Pentecost —to realize

what we ought to be here and now on account of the

outpouring of the Spirit’s gifts on us!

That makes

our grandiose celebration of its vigil significant and justified, and dislodges it from the level of pomp and pageantry.

“The central purpose of Jesus’ mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was to renew our relationship with the Father, a relationship severed by sin, to take us from our state of being orphaned children and to restore us as his sons and daughters.”

“The central purpose of Jesus’ mission, which culminated in the gift of the Holy Spirit, was

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY 2016

The Spirit is given to us by the Father and leads us back to the Father. The entire work of salvation is one of “re-generation”, in which the fatherhood of God, through the gift of the Son and the Holy Spirit, frees us from the condition of being orphans into which we had fallen.

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY 2016

So many of you have lost

everything. I do not know what to say to you, but the Lord does know what

to say to you

All I can do

... is keep silent and walk with

you with my silent heart.

POPE FRANCIS

PENTECOST:

A TALE OF DIOCESAN JOURNEY

By Mau Obon

T he older theologians used to say that the soul is a kind of sailboat, the Holy Spirit is the wind which fills its sails and drives it

forward, and the gusts of wind are the gifts of the Spirit. Lacking his impulse and his grace, we do not go forward.

This year is the 28th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil, how far have we travelled as a Diocese for the last twenty eight years?

We go back to May 13, 1989 in Seminario de Jesus Nazareno in Borongan City, Eastern Samar. Representatives of the faith communities and priests from all over the diocese were gathered. A parish youth camp was about to end. Fr. Pepe Quitorio, the parish priest of the Nativity of Our Lady of Borongan that time, decided to hold a Pentecost Vigil. It was a spur of the moment decision, or maybe a prodding from the Holy Spirit. “We were just asked to participate in the Pentecost vigil and we didn’t even know then what Pentecost is”, says Sr. Clarissa Abella, who was one of the participants in the youth camp. “We were

expecting it to be just another mass, we were with the choir at that time so we thought that it was just the usual mass that we were going to sing in,” adds Sr. Aileen Elpides. The thing was, nobody expected that it was the birthing of an annual diocesan event.

The first vigil was graced with a clear and tranquil evening. The stars sparked joyfully and the moon seemed to beam in approval. Suddenly, as the sacred host was being raised during the consecration, the heavens churned in peals of thunder, flashes of lighting pierced the darkened sky and the tent where the mass was being celebrated shivered as if the raging winds were trying to knock it down. Shortly thereafter, drops of water descended wildly and indiscriminately, ripping the tent’s crown and it showered just in front of the altar. Then, as the consecration ended, a serene and gentle night immediately took over.

Nobody expected that there will be another Pentecost Vigil, but by the grace of God and guidance of the Holy Spirit, it has become an annual event.

1st

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May 13, 1989, Cathedral Parish of the Nativity of Our Lady, Borongan

2nd

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June 2, 1990, Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, Guiuan

3rd

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May 18, 1991, St. Peter of Alcantara, Oras

4th

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June 6, 1992, Our Lady of the Assumption, Lalawigan, Borongan

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May 29, 1993, St. Lawrence the Martyr, Balangiga

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May 21, 1994, St. Joachim the Patriarch, Dolores

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June 3, 1995, St. Roch, Maydolong

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May 25, 1996, St. Isidore the Farmer, Salcedo

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May 17, 1997, St. James the Greater, Taft

10th

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May 30, 1998, St. Anthony of Padua, Llorente

11th

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May 22, 1999, Sto. Niño, Lawaan

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June 10, 2000, Our Lady Queen of Angels, Can-avid

13th

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June 2, 2001, St. Joseph, Gen. Mac Arthur

14th

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May 18, 2002, St. Anthony of Padua, Sulangan, Guiuan

15th

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June 7, 2003, St. Ignatius of Loyola, Sulat

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May 29, 2004, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, Hernani

17th

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May 14, 2005, Our Lady of the Remedies, Giporlos

18th

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June 3, 2006, St. Mary Magdalene , San Policarpo

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May 26, 2007, Our Lady of Seven Sorrows, San Julian

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May 10, 2008, Holy Cross, Sapao

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May 30, 2009, St. Raymund Nonnatus, Arteche

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May 22, 2010, St. Bonaventure, Balangkayan

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June 11, 2011, St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Quinapondan

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May 26, 2012, St. John the Baptist, Hinolaso, Dolores

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May 18, 2013, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Maypangdan, Borongan

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June 7, 2014, St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Mercedes

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May 23, 2015, Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, Jipapad

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May 14, 2016, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Chaplaincy, Sabang, Borongan

“Eastertide concludes with Pentecost Sunday, the fiftieth day, and its commemoration of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the apostles (cf. Acts 2, 1-4), the Church’s foundation, and the beginning of its mission to all nations and peoples. The protracted celebration of the vigil Mass has a particular importance in cathedrals and some parishes, since it reflects the intense persevering prayer of the Christian community in imitation of the Apostles united in prayer with Mother of Jesus.

“The mystery of Pentecost exhorts us to prayer and commitment to mission and enlightens popular piety which is a “continued sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church. He arouses faith, hope and charity, in the hearts [of the faithful] and those ecclesial virtues which make popular piety valuable. The same Spirit ennobles the numerous and varied ways of transmitting the Christian message according to the culture and customs of all times and places.”

DIRECTORY ON POPULAR PIETY AND THE LITURGY

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Today, on the feast of Pentecost, Jesus’ words remind us also of the maternal presence of Mary in the Upper Room. The Mother of Jesus is with the community of disciples gathered in prayer: she is the living remembrance of the Son and the living invocation of the Holy Spirit. She is the Mother of the Church.

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY 2016

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“The day of Pentecost, when the disciples “were all filled with the Holy Spirit”, was the baptism of the Church, which was born in “going out”, in “departure” to proclaim the Good News to everyone. The Mother Church, who departs in order to serve. Let us remember the other Mother, our Mother who sets out in haste to serve. Mother Church and Mother Mary: both virgins, both mothers, both women. Jesus was peremptory with the Apostles: do not depart from Jerusalem, but wait until you have received the power of the Holy Spirit from above (cf. Acts 1:4-8). Without Him there is no mission, there is no evangelization. For this, with the whole Church, with our Mother Catholic Church, let us implore: Come, Holy Spirit!”

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY, 2014

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“The world needs men and women who are not closed in on themselves, but filled with the Holy Spirit. Closing oneself off from the Holy Spirit means not only a lack of freedom; it is a sin. There are many ways one can close oneself off to the Holy Spirit: by selfishness for one’s own gain; by rigid legalism— seen in the attitude of the doctors of the law to whom Jesus referred as “hypocrites”; by neglect of what Jesus taught; by living the Christian life not as service to others but in the pursuit of personal interests; and in so many other ways. However, the world needs the courage, hope, faith and perseverance of Christ’s followers. The world needs the fruits, the gifts of the Holy Spirit, as Saint Paul lists them: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control” (Gal 5:22). The gift of the Holy Spirit has been bestowed upon the Church and upon each one of us, so that we may live lives of genuine faith and active charity, that we may sow the seeds of reconciliation and peace. Strengthened by the Spirit—who guides, who guides us into the truth, who renews us and the whole earth, and who gives us his fruits—strengthened in the Spirit and by these many gifts, may we be able to battle uncompromisingly against sin, to battle uncompromisingly against corruption, which continues to spread in the world day after day, by devoting ourselves with patient perseverance to the works of justice and peace.”

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY, 2015

The Spirit, as Saint Paul says, unites us to Christ:

“Anyone who does not have the Spirit of Christ does not belong to him” (Rom 8:9). Strengthening our relationship of belonging to the Lord Jesus, the Spirit enables us to enter into a new experience of fraternity.

The Spirit, as Saint Paul says, unites us to Christ: “Anyone who does not have the

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY 2016

“At Pentecost the large crowd was much confused upon hearing the eleven “express themselves in foreign tongues and make bold proclamation as the Spirit prompted them” (Acts 2:4). The people asked: “What are we do to?” Peter answered “You must reform and be baptized, each one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ, that your sins be forgiven; then you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.” (Acts 2:38).

Thus it was the Holy Spirit, sent by the Father and the Risen Christ, that gave birth to the first Christian community, the apostolic Church. St. Paul describes the people of this New Covenant as “a letter of Christ, … written not with ink but by the Holy Spirit of the living God, not on tablets of stone but on the tablets of human hearts” (2 Cor 3:3), the first gift which contains all the others, and which “has been poured out into our hearts.” (Rom 5:5; cf CCC 733).

Until today the Holy Spirit continues to exercise three functions: to give life to, to unify, and to move the whole body (cf. LG 7).

CATECHISM FOR FILIPINO CATHOLICS, #1300-1301

THE LOGO

THE logo attempts to depict in a simple way the theme of this year’s Pentecost Vigil celebration: “The Filipino Family: Mis- sionary Disciple of Mercy and the Eucharist.”

At the center is a figure of a father and mother embracing their children while at the same time forming the figure of a heart. This highlights the love that binds every family together. A closer look at the image shows that figure of the Bread and Wine, the Eucharist, which is at the center of the loving em- brace of the family. This underlines the reality of the Eucharist at the “sacramentum caritatis,” the sacrament of charity.

Each member of the family is represented by seven differ- ent colors to allude to the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit. Many though they are, they are bonded together by love and com- passion for each other.

The family enclosed with the figure of a Filipino house topped with a cross to point out the Christian understanding of the family as a domestic Church. As such, the Filipino family can- not but be missionary: it cannot but share the indescribable, ir- replaceable, and incalculable joy that ensues from a love nour- ished and sustained by the Eucharist.

Concept:

Fr. Neil Tenefrancia

Graphic Design: Dave Panaguiton

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“This fullness of the Spirit was not to remain uniquely the Messiah’s, but was to be communicated to the whole messianic people. On several occasions Christ promised this outpouring of the Spirit, a promise which he fulfilled first on Eastern Sunday and then more strikingly at Pentecost. Filled with the Holy Spirit the apostles began to proclaim “the mighty works of God,” and Peter declared this outpouring of the Spirit to be the sign of the messianic age. Those who have believed in the apostolic preaching and were baptized received the gift of the Holy Spirit in their turn.”

CATECHISM OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH, #1287

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“On that first Pentecost our Savior gave the Apostles the power to forgive sins when he poured into their hearts the gift of the Holy Spirit. The same Holy Spirit comes to you today in the Sacrament of Confirmation, to involve you more completely in the Church’s fight against sin and in her mission of fostering holiness. He comes to dwell more fully in your hearts and to strengthen you for the struggle with evil.”

JOHN PAUL II, PENTECOST HOMILY, 1982

“Now, Jesus tells us, “Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life…Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood remains in me and I in him.” (Jn. 6:54, 56). When we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, we become what we receive – Jesus the bread of life. If we truly receive Jesus with faith, we should live and manifest his life – a life lived by the grace of the Spirit in obedience to God our Father, and placed at the service of humankind and the world for salvation and reconciliation.

The Church teaches us that the Eucharist is “The source and summit of the whole Christian life” (Dogmatic Constitution on the Church no. 11). Those who celebrate, adore and receive the Eucharist will show and communicate to others the kind of life that Christ lived and offered as a sign of the love and mercy of his Father.

In other words, the unsurpassed gift of the Eucharist lays upon us the responsibility to live according to the Christ whom we receive.”

BEING EUCHARISTIC IN LIFE AND DEED, CBCP, 2016

“And the Holy Spirit, coming down upon them with extraordinary power, enabled them to proclaim the teaching of Christ Jesus to the whole world. Their courage was so great, their determination so sure, that they were prepared to do anything, even to give up their life. The gift of the Spirit had released their deepest energies, concentrating them on the mission entrusted to them by the Redeemer. And it will be the Counselor, the Parakletos, who will guide them in preaching the Gospel to all. The Spirit will teach them the whole truth, drawing it from the wealth of Christ’s word, so that, in turn, they may communicate it to people in Jerusalem and the rest of the world.”

JOHN PAUL II, PENTECOST HOMILY, 1998

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive anyone’s sins, their sins are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

JOHN 20:19-23

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We wonder why at Pentecost people were talking in different languages and yet they understood each other. It was because God was with them. If God is in our lips it becomes easy for us to understand each other. We should always put God at the center in the family. Parents and children should always put God in their midst in order for them to understand and support each other.

BISHOP CRISPIN VARQUEZ, PENTECOST HOMILY 2016

“The Holy Spirit gives life to the Church. She is not born from the human will, from man’s reflection, from his ability or from his organizational capacity, if this were so she would have ceased to exist long ago, as happens with all that is human. Instead the Church is the body of Christ, enlivened by the Holy Spirit.”

BENEDICT XVI, PENTECOST HOMILY, 2011

“Faith can only be communicated through witness, and that means love. Not with our own ideas but with the Gospel, lived out in our own lives and brought to life within us by the Holy Spirit. There is, as it were, a synergy between us and the Holy Spirit, and this leads to witness. The Church is carried forward by the Saints, who are the very ones who bear this witness. As both John Paul ii and Benedict xvi have said, today’s world stands in great need of witnesses, not so much of teachers but rather of witnesses. It’s not so much about speaking, but rather speaking with our whole lives: living consistently, the very consistency of our lives! This consistency means living Christianity as an encounter with Jesus that brings me to others, not just as a social label. In terms of society, this is how we are, we are Christians closed in on ourselves. No, not this! Witness is what counts!”

POPE FRANCIS, PENTECOST HOMILY, 2013

“Dear friends, we must live in accordance with the Spirit of unity and truth and this is why we should pray that the Spirit illuminate and guide us so that we may overcome our fascination with following our own truths and receive the truth of Christ, passed on in the Church. Luke’s account of Pentecost tells us that before ascending into heaven Jesus asked the Apostles to stay together to prepare themselves to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. And they assembled in prayer with Mary in the Upper Room to await the promised event (cf. Acts 1:14). Gathered with Mary, as at her birth, today too the Church prays: “Veni Sancte Spiritus! — Come Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love!”

BENEDICT XVI, PENTECOST HOMILY, 2012

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REFLECTIONS

THE

CHRISTIAN

FAMILY:

Eucharistic missionaries of God’s mercy

Rev. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD

E ver recall the feeling when it is a fiesta? The

emotional and physical “high”, the many acts of

preparation and the details of festivity that come

with it? How about three fiestas in one?

Brace yourself. This year the Church in the Philippines celebrates three important milestones: The Year of (the Divine) Mercy, The Year of the Christian Family, and the Year of the Eucharist. All three realities seem mere happy coincidences. But the question that also seems inevitable is: Are they in any way related? All at once I find it striking how positive the answer is. First, the Christian Family is the Domestic Church or “the Church in the Home”. Second, in completion of our Christian initiation begun at Baptism, the Eucharist makes our families that gather around it more fully incorporated members of Christ’s Body. Third, in the Eucharist we also receive in his Body and Blood the whole person of Jesus Christ, the “face of God’s mercy”. Fourth, from the Eucharist we are also “sent” to share what we have received.

The Christian Family is the Church in the Home

Don’t we often hear parents ask: “Did you go to Church?” And what about priests who declare to us:

“We are the Church”. Do we ever care to inquire: “What are we talking about here by ‘Church’?” The Catholic faith teaches us that the reality called “Church” does not simply mean a place or building of worship. It also means the people themselves who worship. It is a reality that does not exist only in the many members who compose particular communities of worshippers or “Christifideles” (disciples of Christ), such as the diocese or the parish. It also exists in the home, in each family that professes faith and life together in Jesus Christ. In the decree Perfectae Caritatis (Of Perfect Charity) Pope St. John Paul II teaches us that there are “many profound bonds linking the Church and the Christian family and establishing the family as a ‘Church in miniature’ (Ecclesia Domestica), in such a way that the family is a living image and historical

representation of the mystery of the Church” (PC 49). For this reason the Second Plenary Council of the Philippines calls the Christian Family “the Church in the home” (PCP II 421).

What are we saying here? Let me put it simply. Just like people, the Church comes to us in different shapes and sizes. It even comes to us in the shape and form of our own families as we profess together, pray together, love together and struggle together to follow Jesus in word and in action.

The Eucharist Makes the Christian Family

I hope you are not shocked if I tell you this: Sometimes nutritionists do the most profound theology. Why? For instance, it is from them that we hear the words:

“We are—or we become—what we eat”. What makes that so profoundly theological? Consider this: What do we come to the Eucharist for? To eat the Bread of Life. In the Gospel of John, particularly in chapter six,

the “Bread of Life” means two things. First, it means the teachings of Jesus himself as object of faith. To illustrate my point let me refer you to what he says in verse 35: “I myself am the bread of life. No one who comes to me shall ever be hungry. No one who believes in me shall ever thirst”. Second, it also means the Eucharist as sacrament of his Body and Blood. Let me also illustrate that by means of verses 53 to 55: “Let me solemnly assure you, if you do not eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you. Whoever feeds on my flesh and drink my blood has everlasting life, and I will raise him up on the last day. For my flesh is real food and my blood real drink”.

Two things are clear here. First, eating the Bread of Life means believing in Jesus’ words, and we have Jesus’ words for it. He declares himself the Bread of Life and says that anyone who “believes” in him will find satisfaction for their spiritual hunger and thirst. Second, eating the Bread of Life also means “feeding” (in the original Greek, the more literal translation would be “munching” or “pagsupa” in Waray) on the “flesh” and drinking the “blood” of the Son of Man. That this cannot refer to Jesus’ teaching anymore is illustrated not only by the impossibility of eating Jesus’ teachings but also by the quite graphic word of “feeding” or “munching” that Jesus uses. Add to that his strong affirmation: “For my flesh is real (not symbolic, let’s take note) food, and my blood real (not symbolic, let’s take note again) drink”.

  • I was told in high school seminary that ‘serendipity’

means happy fate or chance. It is beyond serendipity that the first meaning of Bread of Life coincides with the Liturgy of the Word where we read and listen to the teachings of Jesus through the Scriptures and the preaching of the priest, and its second meaning to the Liturgy of the Eucharist where the bread and wine are transformed by the Holy Spirit at consecration into the Flesh and Blood of the Savior that we receive in Communion. It is Christ that we receive. It is Christ we must become. For in the Eucharist we truly and more fully become his Body. This happens to us not only as communities but even as families. Ergo, the Eucharist makes the Christian Family.

In the Eucharist We Receive Christ, the Face of God’s Mercy

  • I once heard a mother, remembering the life of

sacrifice she has lived for her family, say to me, “I have given my flesh and blood to them [her husband and children]…” I wondered if she purposely used these words because she was speaking to a priest. But I got her message plainly. She has given her whole self to her family. It is also the whole person of Jesus Christ that we receive in his Body and in his Blood made available to us in the Eucharist.

The awesome truth about receiving Jesus Christ is that he does not take us only to himself. He also takes us to the Father. “Whoever sees me sees the Father,” he declares to Philip the Apostle in Jn 14:9. The reason is also clear in his own words: “The Father and I are one” (Jn 10:30).

It is because Jesus fully reveals the Father to us that Pope St. John Paul II teaches us in his encyclical Dives in Misericordia (Rich in Mercy): “He (Jesus Christ), in a certain sense, is mercy” (DM 2). In the Bull of Indiction of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Misericordiae Vultus (The Face of Mercy), Pope Francis puts it in a way you and I can easily see: “Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy” (MV 1).

What this tells us staggers the imagination. If it is the whole person of Jesus Christ that we receive in the Eucharist, then it is also the face of the Father’s mercy that becomes part of us. Nay, rather we become part of the Father’s mercy.

In the Eucharist the Christian Family is Sent to Share God’s Mercy

Remember the commercial about a fast-food chain where a customer, having eaten its fried chicken, acts and sounds like a chicken? That not only tells, in a jest, the message of one becoming what he/she eats. It also helps us realize the tremendous truth that follows from receiving Christ’s Body and Blood.

If Jesus is the face of the Father’s mercy and it is this same Jesus that we receive in the Eucharist, then, like Jesus, we must also be “FACES OF THE FATHER’S MERCY”. We must become what we eat. This is where the missionary character of the Filipino Family celebrating the Eucharist comes in. Jesus himself says it to us after he rose from the dead: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you” (Jn 20:21).

At the end of the Mass, the celebrant (bishop or

presbyter) says: “Ite, missa est (Go forth, the Mass is ended)…” One of my classmates in the seminary, after ordination, during Mass, wanting to heighten the connection between this concluding declaration and Jesus’ missionary charge to his disciples, said: “The Mass is ended. Your mission begins.”

The heart of the Eucharist is sharing. It is first and foremost Jesus Christ who shares himself with us by giving us his Body and Blood. But it does not stop there. He also shares with us his mission of revealing the Father’s mercy.

Pope Francis urges us to open “our hearts to those living on the outer fringes of society: fringes modern society itself creates…How many are the wounds borne by the flesh of those who have no voice because their cry is muffled and drowned out by the indifference of the rich?” (MV 15).

How do we respond to this, we ask. The Holy Father answers by pointing to the practice of the “corporal and spiritual works of mercy”. Corporal because they answer to our neighbor’s bodily needs; spiritual because they address spiritual needs. Says the pope:

“Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, to give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offenses, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead” (MV 15).

After Jesus, Mama Mary is our prime model. In the Visitation she does a series of corporal works of mercy on behalf of her cousin Elizabeth. Even if we are not given the details, it is not so hard to realize the feeding, caring and other acts she must have done to express her love for her cousin and her child. But she also does a spiritual act of mercy by sharing the strength of her faith. It is Elizabeth herself who points this out: “Blessed are you who believe that the Lord’s words to you will be fulfilled” (Lk 1:45).

The Father whom Jesus reveals to the Christian Family in the Eucharist is “rich in mercy”.

Would Christian Families be truly children of the Father if they are otherwise?

We maximize the power of Pentecost in order for us to be courageous and passionate in proclaiming the Gospel. We will not cease proclaiming the Good News until the end of time, until the parousia.

BISHOP CRISPIN VARQUEZ, PENTECOST HOMILY 2016

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“Some of us here might be wondering why we invited a lawyer to be our keynote speaker and not another lay preacher, or a priest, as we were used to having. But as I was doing an online research on the profile of retired Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr., I realized that his story resonates with our own. Here is a man, who held tremendous power and influence throughout his career, but nevertheless, remained true to God and the Church. His life is a great example on how hard work and Catholic values can bear the finest of fruits.”

ATTY. MAUREEN OBON

  • I would like to publicly express my gratitude

to our Beloved Bishop, Most Rev. Crispin Varquez, for inviting me to be with you in this very spiritually-enriching, inspiring, transforming event, the 2016 Pentecost Vigil of the Diocese of Borongan.

  • I understand that this is the 28th Pentecost Vigil

of the Diocese. Msgr. Pepe Quitorio had earlier informed me that it was started by your Bishop then—the Most Rev. Leonardo Medroso— who was later on sent by the Holy Spirit to the Diocese of Tagbilaran in 2006.

Bishop Medroso also brought to the Diocese of Tagbilaran your Pentecost Vigil. The Diocese of Tagbilaran also celebrates it on the eve of Pentecost Sunday every year. I am sure that it is so celebrating at this hour. Upon invitation of Bishop Medroso I attended the 2014 Pentecost Vigil of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, which was held on 7 June 2014.

  • I wish also to congratulate the Chaplaincy of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, here in Sabang,

for hosting this Pentecost Vigil.

-CHIEF JUSTICE HILARIO G. DAVIDE, JR. (RET)

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On the day when we celebrate the memorial of the Church’s birth, we want to express heartfelt gratitude to God for this twofold, and ultimately one, witness, which has involved the great family of the Church since the day of Pentecost. We want to give thanks for the witness of the first community of Jerusalem which, through the generations of martyrs and confessors, has become the inheritance of countless men and women down the ages around the world.

Encouraged by the memory of the first Pentecost, the Church today eagerly awaits a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Devoted with one accord to prayer with Mary, the Mother of Jesus, she never ceases to cry out: “Send forth your Spirit, O Lord, and renew the face of the earth” (cf. Ps 103: 30).

JOHN PAUL II, PENTECOST HOMILY, 2000

(An excerpt of the Keynote Address delivered during the Pentecost Vigil)

THE FILIPINO FAMILY:

Missionary Disciple of Mercy and the Eucharist

By Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr., (Ret.)

  • I have tried to find the complete explanation why I was in Tagbilaran for the Pentecost Vigil of 2014 barely a few months after the strongest earthquake

ever hit Bohol in mid-October of 2013; and why I am here now, many months after Yolanda, the strongest super typhoon, hit Eastern Samar, Leyte and Cebu. Yes, two major natural catastrophes which brought deaths to and rendered homeless thousands; spread hunger, diseases, pains and mournings; destroyed almost everything, such as government buildings and infrastructures, farms and sources of livelihood. Your sufferings because of Yolanda brought Pope Francis to Tacloban in January of 2015 with his message of Mercy and Compassion. That message foreshadowed his proclamation of the Jubilee Year of Mercy which commenced last 8 December- the Feast of the Immaculate Conception—and to end on 20 November 2016—the Feast of the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus, Christ the King.

And now I know the explanation or reason, even if partly. It is for this old retired Chief Justice, now soon to be 80 and a half years old, to be a living witness to a miracle: how the people of God of the Diocese of Tagbilaran and of the Diocese of Borongan overcame and subdued trials, tribulations, fears, sufferings, pains, difficulties and hardships through their strong Faith in God, Hope in His Glory, and trust in His Love, which the Holy Spirit poured on them. For these they can boast. They can even boast more for as St Paul said to the Romans (Romans 5-1:5):

“We even boast of our afflictions, knowing that affliction produces endurance, and endurance proven character, and proven character, hope, and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit that has been given to us.”

Therefore, I am now a living witness to the works and the miracles of the Holy Spirit in you! The best time for such witnessing is on the eve of the Pentecost Sunday—the “Birthday of the Church”, a commemoration of the Descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles which followed after Jesus ascended to heaven. We commemorated the Ascension last Sunday, 8 May. At Pentecost the Church celebrates the continued presence of the Holy Spirit in the Church as in our lives. It is a time of fresh starts, new beginnings. It is an opportunity to see new and deeper meanings to the signs of the times. I learned from Msgr. Pepe Quitorio that since your Diocese started celebrating Pentecost Vigil 28 years ago, the vocation to the priestly and religious life in the Diocese has flourished. It also saw the flowering of faith communities side by side with the Basic Ecclesial Communities. Although hard to quantify, we can only assume in faith the significant work of the Holy Spirit in other facets of ministries of the Diocese of Borongan as the same Spirit continually “renew the face of the earth”.

Our beloved Bishop ordered me to speak on the topic: “The Filipino Family - Missionary Disciple of Mercy and the Eucharist”. This is a very tall order and difficult to deal with for a lay person like me. Only the Holy Spirit, as true and perfect light and guide, can help me as I explore the topic. I always invoke the Holy Spirit; and I do so every day, most especially when I was Chief Justice. It is my habit to wake up at three o’ clock in the morning; and I cut the Bible to read a message from God.

The encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist will be the font of hope for the world if, transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit into this image of the one we encounter, we accept the mission to transform the world by giving the fullness of life which we ourselves have received and experienced, bringing hope, forgiveness and healing and love to those in need, especially the poor, the dispossessed and oppressed, sharing with them the life and aspirations and walking with them in the search for an authentic human life in Jesus Christ.”

In “Misericordiae Vultus”, the Bull of Indiction issued

for the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, Pope Francis says: “We need to constantly contemplate the mystery of mercy. It is a wellspring of joy, serenity, and peace. Our salvation depends on it. Mercy: the word reveals the very mystery of the Most Holy Trinity. Mercy: the ultimate and supreme act by which God comes to meet us. Mercy: the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who looks sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters on the path of life. Mercy: the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness.”

It is in the family that the “heart” of the merciful is learned and nurtured.

At the World Meeting of Families held in Philadelphia, USA last September, 2015, Pope Francis said that “the most beautiful thing God made—so the Bible tells us— was the family. He created man and woman. And he gave them everything. He entrusted the world to them: ‘Grow, multiply, cultivate the earth, make it bear fruit, let it grow’. And all the love he put into that marvelous creation, he entrusted to a family.” He further said: “All the love God has in himself, all the beauty God has in himself, all the truth God has in himself, he entrusts to the family. A family is truly a family when it is capable of opening its arms to receive all the love.”

We must always remember that the Christian family begins with the Holy Family of Nazareth: Mary and Joseph and Jesus. It is the model of all Christian families. No other family has equaled it or can equal it, much more surpass it for the plain and simple reason that the child in this family is Jesus himself who died on the Cross for man’s redemption and salvation.

Thus, in the Holy Family of Nazareth, we have not just the presence of Jesus as man, and Mary and Joseph, but of the Triune God- God the Father, Jesus God the Son and the Holy Spirit through whom Mary conceived Jesus. We praise Mary as the mother of God, Mother of Christ, Immaculate

Spouse of the Holy Spirit, Mother of Divine Grace, Mother of the Church, and in his latest encyclical letter “Laudato Si”, Pope Francis calls her Queen of all Creation. We praise Joseph, as the God- appointed guardian and protector of Jesus, who died on the Cross for man’s salvation and redemption. In the Cross with Jesus crucified we behold perfect love. For Christ is LOVE.

The miracle of changing water into wine at the Cana wedding, foreshadowed what happened at the Last Supper when Jesus transformed the wine into His own blood to become the blood of the new covenant which will be shed on behalf of many for the forgiveness of sins. What was foreshadowed was the Holy Eucharist. When the Pope John Paul II (now a Saint after our own Saint Pedro Calungsod) instituted the five Luminous Mysteries, he put the wedding at Cana, as the second, following the first- Baptism - and the Institution of the Holy Eucharist as the last after the Proclamation of the Kingdom of God (the third) and the Transfiguration (the fourth).

We Filipinos should thank God that, through the help of the Holy Spirit, the framers of our present Constitution—the Commissioners of the 1986 Constitutional Commission— enlightened by the Holy Spirit enshrined in the new Constitution provisions fully recognizing the sanctity of the family and of marriage. Section 12 of Article II thereof on Declaration of Principles and State Policies specifically provides: “The State recognizes the sanctity of family life and shall protect and strengthen the family as a basic autonomous social institution”. This Constitution—the 1987 Constitution of the Philippines—is the only Constitution in the world which allots one whole Article on the Family. This is Article XV. Its Section 1 solemnly declares:

“The State recognizes the Filipino family as the foundation of the nation. Accordingly, it shall strengthen its solidarity and actively promote its total development.”

And its Section 2 declares: “Marriage as an inviolable social institution is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the state.”

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights proclaimed by

the United Nations on 10 December 1948 declares that “the family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the state.

On many occasions in the past, and before different audiences, I had spoken of the family as the hope of civilization and foundation of the world; that preparing the family for the third millennium is equivalent to preparing the nation for great and profound changes.

At the Fourth World Meeting of Families held in Manila on 22- 24 January 2003, I said:

Hardly anything nobler can be said of the Catholic family than that in a privileged manner it not only resembles but shares in the communion of the Triune God. When the family is thus faithful to its calling, true to its vocation, it becomes the frontier for the world’s struggle for justice, and the members, the agents and the prophets of the many unarticulated cry for justice. The greatest tribute that may be given to each family is for all to be able to say of it: See how they love one another.

Today, in our time, in our beleaguered generation, the sanctity of the family—this God- ordained institution, the foundation of civilizations, and the Home of the Holy Family—is under siege and gravely threatened by evil forces, both subjective and objective. Families are broken, children are abandoned, battered, driven to drugs, sex or crime, or are victims of human trafficking or other forms of modern slavery, poverty, hopelessness; worse many may not even have the chance to know the beginning of life because of abortion, which creates a culture of death. Then you have infidelity between spouses, divorce, pride, arrogance, envy, jealousy, greed for fortune, fame and power, and so many others.

Our Filipino family continually faces a graft-ridden society where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps on widening because only 1% of the total number of families nationwide controls political and economic power and dispenses justice or executes programs of government. The campaign in the last elections pictured to us, although

partly, the extent of the sufferings of our people and the myopic view of the solutions offered thru the promises of the politicians.

The sanctity of marriage is likewise destroyed or gravely threatened by the ease it could be ended through divorce, lax laws on marriage annulment or declaration of nullity of marriage, or permitting trial marriages, and worse yet by allowing same- sex marriage.

Needless to stress, we need the Filipino family—as the foundation of the Nation—to effect genuine change, genuine and heroic transformation.

But the Filipino family can do so only if it is faithful to the model Christian family—the Holy Family of Nazareth; if it keeps God as the center of the family; if it enshrines the Eucharist in the hearts of all members of the family and proclaims the Eucharist all the days of their lives; and invokes without cease the Holy Spirit. And finally, if it be the home of Love and the Cradle Mercy. If it be, as well, in the language of His Eminence Luis Antonio Tagle in his most applauded talks during the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia last year, Home for the Wounded Heart. He said in part “the sacredness of the home is itself wounded. Unfortunately wounds are passed on to the next generations as a burdensome legacy. But, paradoxically, even if a home is deeply wounded it is still the privileged place for comforting and healing wounded hearts.”

The “paradox” has given the family its identity. A home becomes, according to Cardinal Tagle, “a people giving each other the gift of a loving, assuring and forgiving presence. It is the experience of being received even I am wounded or because I am wounded. Then I would say that I belong to someone or to a family. I am homeless no more. Home is where hope for new life springs. To show that the mission of the family to be a home to the wounded of heart is not just motivated by fleeting or vague emotions, we now turn to Jesus whose ministry includes the healing of various wounds.”

In the same meeting, Pope Francis gave the family an “identity card so that families could be places in our world where his truth, love and beauty could continue to take root and grow.” It is, he continued, a “workshop of hope, the hope of life and the resurrection, since God was the one who opened the path… In families there are difficulties, but those difficulties are resolved by love. Hatred doesn’t resolve any difficulty. Divided hearts do not resolve difficulties. Only love is capable of resolving difficulty. Love is a celebration, love is joy, love is perseverance.”

At the Asian Conference on the Family sponsored by the CBCP and held on 14 May 2014—or exactly two years ago, whose theme was “Families of Asia: Lights of Hope”, representatives of the three generations of my family spoke on The Family: A Part of the History of a People and Foundation of the Nation. Mrs. Davide and I spoke for our generation; Junjun spoke for the second generation and my eldest grandson Hijo (son of our second child, Bryan) spoke for the third generation. We spoke of love in these generations under the segment of the program: Love is a Many-splendored Thing. We said that Love binds each generation and of the three together.

Families then are the privileged loci and channels of Gods’ mercy. In the words of Pope Francis families are the “factories of Hope”, Divine Mercy heals the wounds of the family and proclaims the goodness of the family to inspire other families and multiply that goodness in other families.

With God nothing is impossible. For God everything is possible. Let now the gifts and fruit of the Holy Spirit be given us as we celebrate the 2016 Pentecost Vigil and as our Filipino families move forward as missionary disciples of Mercy and the Eucharist with courage flaming with love, a love that comes from Jesus, the Eucharist, and the loving maternal embrace of our Lady of the Miraculous Medal—Mother of Mercy.

To God be the splendor, honor and glory! Thank You.

Our Filipino family continually faces a graft- ridden society where the gap between the rich and the poor keeps on widening because only 1% of the total number of families nationwide controls political and economic power and dispenses justice or executes programs of government.

The campaign in the last elections pictured to us, although partly, the extent of the sufferings of our people and the myopic view of the solutions offered thru the promises of the politicians.

The sanctity of marriage is likewise destroyed or gravely threatened by the ease it could be ended through divorce, lax laws on marriage annulment or declaration of nullity of marriage, or permitting trial marriages, and worse yet by allowing same- sex marriage.

These crises in the sacred institutions of the family and of marriage are primarily caused by the rejection of the light of Cana; denial of the hearts of Jesus and Mary and Joseph- the Holy Family; the failure to live the Eucharist; and the rejection or abuse of the gifts and fruits of the Holy Spirit.

- Chief Justice Hilario G. Davide, Jr. (Ret)

Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities

“The present efforts at Church renewal should center on the parish. Without parish renewal, the family and Basic Ecclesial Communities will not find strong supportive ambience, and will continue to feel isolated.” (PCP II, #604).

“EVANGELIZATION begins at home” said Most Rev. Msgr. Crispin Varquez, head the Commission on Basic Ecclesial Communities. It is the responsibility of the parents to impart the Christian faith to their children as the family is the smallest unit of a Christian community. What if the parents needed to be evangelized themselves?

This is where the Basic Ecclesial Community (BEC) will come in. Stressing on its importance, Bishop Varquez said that the BEC is the thrust of the pastoral program of the diocese. Under the system, the people, especially the community leaders will be given seminars and trainings about their role in the community. Presently, the revised module of the BEC is on the way.

The work of evangelization is a never-ending task, said the Bishop. As long as there are new births, it will continue. The mission to evangelize is the task given by Christ to every person who received the sacrament of baptism. The Diocese hopes that by this program, faith will grow in every parish.

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Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace

“The Church’s social doctrine is an integral part of her evangelizing ministry. Nothing that concerns the community of men and women—situations and problems regarding justice, freedom, development, relations between peoples, peace—is foreign to evangelization, and evangelization would be incomplete if it did not take into account the mutual demands continually made by the Gospel and by the concrete, personal and social life of man.” (Compendium of the Social

Doctrine of the Church, #66)

THE social action arm of the diocese was formally organized in 1976. Forty years later, it is now defined by its three core functions: advocacy programs, welfare programs, and development programs. There are about five causes being advanced by the advocacy programs of the Diocese. One is the advocacy on peace and human rights, because life is sacred, and is more precious than anything else on earth. The advocacy on electoral reforms concerns itself in voters’ education, candidates’ forum, poll watching among others. The advocacy on climate change and disaster risk reduction management seeks to educate and empower the people against natural disasters to avoid loss of life in times of calamities. The advocacy on good governance pursues transparency and accountability in government service. Lastly, the advocacy on ecology aims to protect the environment against abuses such as mining, illegal logging, illegal fishing, and others. Pursuing these advocacies is the most difficult part of the job according to Fr. Juderick Paul Calumpiano, head of the Commission on Social Action, Justice and Peace. This is where the Commission faces major resistance from people with different ideologies and those with opposing interests. The welfare programs of the diocese caused the opening of the Bigasang Bayan and the Botikang Parokya Program to give the poor access to cheaper goods and medicine. For the past twelve years, it has organized an annual Bulig Kablas Medical Mission in partnership with the provincial government and the Diocese of Juliet to give the free medical assistance to deserving patients. There is also charity fund, the Alay Kapwa, which is taken from the collections from different parishes during Palm Sundays. In times of calamities, it also conducts relief services. The development programs of the Commission focuses on people empowerment by giving out sustainable livelihood programs to eradicate the beneficiaries’ dependency on dole outs. Fr. Calumpiano revealed that getting the cooperation of people from the affected communities poses an obstacle in the implementation of their programs. The Commission is likewise in need of people who share the same principles and beliefs espoused by the organization. Moreover, to make its programs sustainable, it requires a core staff that is permanent. Work in the Commission takes people out of their comfort zones. But this is not just any job, the programs of the social action are not only geared towards answering the needs of the people, but also to concretize charity according to the Gospel.

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Commission on Family and Life

“But this is the mystery of it all. Even when homes are hurt by wounds, it is also the home that is the privileged place for comforting and healing wounded hearts. The wounds may come from the family, but it is also the family that becomes the source of comfort and healing” (CARDINAL LUIS ANTONIO TAGLE, World Meeting of Families, Philadelphia, USA, September 24,

2015)

“THE bond of the married couple is the foundation of the family” said Rev. Fr. Jay Romualdo, commission head of the Commission on Family and Life. According to him, “marriage is a big decision. If it is not discerned carefully, it becomes a regret.” In view of this, the commission will set up a core group, called the co-discerners in every parish. These are trained individuals, who are tasked with the conduct of seminars and trainings for the families. Stressing on the importance of the bond between the couple, he declared that if the bond of the husband and wife is good, everything will seem to fall in good place. However, not all marriages end up “happily ever after”. Sensing the complications that goes with the “undiscerned marriage,” the commission deemed it a priority to pastor, accompany, and care for the wounded families. What comprise the wounded families are: the annulled or separated couples, unwed couples, young and persecuted families. The greatest challenge of the commission according to Fr. Jay is in the caring for the affected persons especially the children. He added that wounded families need compassionate understanding and not condemnation.

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Commission on Youth

“So we run the risk of becoming museums of young people who have everything but not knowing what to do with it. We don’t need young museums but we do need holy young people.” POPE FRANCIS, Encounter with the Youth, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, January 18, 2015.

“THE youth is the Church’s hidden treasure,” said Fr. Roneil Canillas during the 2016 Diocesan Pentecost Vigil. The 2010 census of Eastern Samar showed that there are about 224,000 people aged 10-39 in the province. But where are these young people? How many of them show up in Church? Fr. Canillas, who heads the Commission on Youth, confessed that gathering the youth is the biggest challenge. For several years, some parishes do not yet have their youth leaders. There is also the lack of guidelines in running the Commission. According to him, the youth is now more visible in the social media rather than in Churches. This may seem to be a bad news, but Fr. Canillas believes that the power of social media can be harnessed to proclaim the good news, and reach out to the young who is the spirit of the Church.

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PREPARATIONS

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Preparations for the 28th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil started shortly after it was announced in Jipapad on

Preparations for the 28th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil started shortly after it was announced in Jipapad on May 23, 2015 that the next host

would be the Chaplaincy of the Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal in Sabang, Borongan. At that time the incoming priests of the Chaplain- cy were scheduled to be installed only on June

12, 2015.

With the appointment of Commit-

tees done early on, the leg work started inching only after the January 2016 International Eu-

charistic Congress in Cebu.

Mobilization work

was at its peak 3 weeks before the vigil, but the

funds were so scarce that moving ahead was a test of faith. The Holy Spirit moves where it wills—it was amazing!

Preparations for the 28th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil started shortly after it was announced in Jipapad on

THE

WORKING

COMMITTEES

LIGHTS, STAGE & DECORATIONS

Manol Ravilas Felix Rosales Hon. Salvacion Tiu Ms. Mary Ann Hermano Ms. Melba Accion Mr. Rolly Ballena

Mr. Ronaldo Francisco Anasarias ESAMELCO

MEDIA & DOCUMENTATION

Fr. Neil Tenefrancia Marijun Leonor Obon Dave Panaguiton Nat Bagas Panaguiton Alren Jerome Beronio Cresty Tomenio Maureen Obon Borongan Catholic TV13

ESTE News ESSU MassCom Interns

LITURGY & MUSIC

Rev. Fr. Neil Tenefrancia JR Elacion Lawaan Parish Choir Sabang Choir Ando Island Choir Hindang Choir Pepelitan Choir

SOUVENIRS & TOKENS

Pastoral Executive Committee Sabang Chaplaincy Office & Staff

PASTORAL COUNCIL

Msgr. Pepe Quitorio Fr. Neil Tenefrancia Josefina Ravilas Marissa Rosales Leonor Obon Edna Blanco Basilia Celada

Gilda Nebrida Nenita Afable Candilaria Badillo Lolita Medina Aida Anasarias Irma Doronila Lita Afable

FINANCE COMMITTEE

PASTORAL SECRETARIAT

Gilda Nebrida Ronela Anasarias Josephine Ladera Alfred Malinao Aldin Aldea Marissa Rosales

REGISTRATION

Leonor T. Obon

Purok Leaders

Ella Celada

Pastoral Council

Msgr. Pepe Quitorio

YFC Borongan

FOOD & ACCOMMODATION

Pastoral Executive Secretariat Sabang Pastoral Council Sabang Purok Leaders

VENUE
VENUE

Knights of Columbus - Sabang Council Sabang South Barangay Council Sabang North Barangay Council Sabang Central Elementary School Teachers & Staff

TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT & SECURITY

Hon. Salvacion Tiu Hon. Medardo Afable Borongan City Traffic Management Office Eastern Samar Police Provincial Office Borongan City Police Bureau of Fire Protection – Borongan City Brgy. Pepelitan Tanods

Brgy. Hindang Tanods Brgy. Sabang South Tanods Brgy. Sabang North Tanods

FIRST AID TEAM

Borongan Doctors Hospital Eastern Samar Provincial Hospital Philippine National Red Cross

PENTECOST

EFFECT

The Pentecost Vigil celebration for me speaks of the importance of belongingness and human- connection in establishing relationship and connection with God. The celebration made me examine the relationships that I am into. Am I growing in love and in faith with other people? The celebration is also a call for me to connect and reconnect with people.

REY SANDY ABAYAN, LAWAAN

Being one of the service team during the Pentecost, I personally experienced God’s providence. I was on a discernment during the time of preparation, and God, by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit revealed to me the best answer. Pentecost become God’s way of showing me that He has greater plans over mine. It is true, we are limited but God is limitless. That day, I found real meaning in “Trust and entrust”, “Let go and Let God.”

CRESTY TOMENIO, ORAS

It was my first time to attend such kind of Pentecost Vigil, a real vigil that took almost 7 hours. I couldn’t believe my eyes looking at people holding on that long for something that’s

purely religious.

And there were many young

people. I was so edified. I just can imagine the benefits that this must have brought to the

faithful of the Diocese of Borongan.

SKY ORTIGAS, MANILA

I have attended several kind of Pentecost Vigil in my whole life and it give me a significant impact in a way that it help me in one way or another in strengthening my Catholic faith. And being a member of the Parishes Pastoral Council it made me realize how important the spirit of camaraderie in order for such celebration to fall in it’s place. Thank you so much!

FLORIETA B. LIRA, BALANGKAYAN

It was a spirit-filled experience. As bishop said in His homily, we as a laity people, we must help in our community to serve. No matter how limited our resources are, no matter how poor we are and no matter how small we are in a community we can do incredible BIG things through our spirit to serve. The Pentecost celebration helped me to discern and to entrust my faith wholeheartedly. It strengthened my faith not to easily get tempted of earthly things, and had so much spirit-full encounter with Him.

JEMAR B. BUSA, BTCC YOUTH MINISTRY, MAYDOLONG

There was some kind of power that nourishes the spirit. It makes you look forward to the next Pentecost. The Church coming together to celebrate was a sight to behold. We may come from different parishes, but during the Pentecost it felt like we are just one family. We had people from other parishes who helped us out. It was like your siblings coming out for you and saying:

“WE can pull this through” and act on it. It was grand birthday celebration, and reunion.

ANONYMOUS

Dire naaabat an kabutlaw kay nakikita man nga nagbuburiblig ngan nagkaka-urusa an mga tawo

No matter how difficult the situation is, if we stay hopeful, and persevere with unwavering faith

we will see miracles unfold

My Pentecost

.... experience has become my source of strength. It reminds me that no matter how difficult life is at the moment, the struggle will always end ...

RONELA ROSALES, SABANG

Maupay pamatian, pagkita-an, mapa choir man ngada ha decoration, pero an naging mas maupay han Sabang Pentecost an pagkaurusa han tawo han pag dayaw han Diyos nga tikang magka dirodilain nga mga Parokya nga nag kaurusa pinaagi han Pentecostes dida ha Sabang.

WINSTON CANDIDO, HERNANI

I just got myself out of a dangerous vice, and the people knew about it. My sister asked me to serve during the Pentecost. I was hesitant. I felt so embarrassed of what people might think of me. But then my sister told me that it is okay, and God will not judge me. I decided to help out, and what I did was really useful. Maybe it was God’s way of telling me that there is always a second chance.

ANONYMOUS

Totoo man gud nga it magplano ngani it Espiritu Santo hiton aton kinabuhi Ini in magigin masayon ngan diri makuri. Sugad hadto nga nahinabo ha akon Nagkamay-ada higayon mga makaamot ngan inilob an akon lawas han kabutlaw. Dida, nakasiring ako nga ini in usa nga tigaman hin pagpukaw hiton akon kinabuhi Nga magkamay-ada ko pagtoo ngan paglaum nga bisan ano iton pag-agian ngan kakurian In diri ako niya pababay-an.

CELERINA BALEIN, SABANG, BORONGAN

The pentecost held in Sabang was momentous. The moment I entered on the venue, I was mesmerized. I can truly say that it was well- organized and planned. And on that event, I realized that having a regular confession is indeed a must and that I should strive in honoring and serving Him. And it was overwhelming to saw Catholic people - young and old, gathered in that event with His presence even though it was raining and there were strong winds as well.

IRIS CASPE MORALLOS, SAN POLICARPO

An Sabang waray malabaw han ka super

bongga han Pentecost Celebration

tanan na

.. an lights sounds with matching monitors ano it

tawag hit screen? An mga psalmists choir lahat

lahat na bongga

very

solemn an celebration.

... Plus an nakakaantig nga sharing ni Justice

Davide

waray

kami hingarutog kay napuno

kami ha Espiritu Santo

so

far the best of the

best

...

EXCellent

....

Congrats

All

Praises to

God

...

GRACE AGNES, BORONGAN

SABANG,

THE “BIRTHPLACE” OF BORONGAN

By Mau Obon

P reviously known as Guiborongani, the bank of

Borongan River was the cradle of the earliest

settlements of the city known as Gamoros. The

present Sabang is now divided into two barangays, Sabang South and Sabang North with the Borongan Bridge lying in between.

Sabang South has a population of 1,852, under the leadership of Hon. Medardo Malinao Afable. Crossing the Borongan bridge, we find Sabang North with a population of 1,029, headed by Hon. Sally Rosales Tiu.

by the MSH Sisters which is founded by a Sabangnon, Mother Gemma Silvero. Today, there are eight MSH Academy all over the country.

The Sabang Central Elementary School, now the venue of the 28th Diocesan Pentecost is the lone public school in Sabang. Established in the 1950’s, this is where most Sabangnons have received their primary education. The school mini band is the undefeated grand winner of the mini band competition during city fiesta for the last two years. The school is headed by Ms. Ivy Ravilas.

More than fifty years ago, Sabang was the center of copra

trade.

Abandoned warehouses are what remained of the

once thriving industry.

Fishing is now the main livelihood of most people. Some are employed by fish dealers, the rest are independent fishermen. Most fishermen living near the river are not native Sabangnons but hail from diverse places such as Zamboanga, Davao, Surigao and other municipalities in Mindanao. Some of these migrants have been living here for as long as ten years and have still retained their Bisaya language. So when in Sabang, one can speak in the native Waray-waray as well as Bisaya.

Perhaps, it is now safe to say that Sabang is a bi-lingual community. In Sabang, one will find two gasoline stations (Fuel Central and Caltex), an apartelle (Wheelers), restaurant (Serenada), hardware (JR Cart), bakeshop, two funeral parlors,(Mater Dei and St. Peter), welding shops, and numerous sari-sari stores.

The welding shop owned by the Ladera family spawned the tricycle prototype that has become the standard design for most tricycles in the province of Eastern Samar.

The MSH Academy provides elementary and high school education. The school is operated and owned

The office of the Borongan City Water District is also found in Sabang, and sits at the area previously occupied by the Department of Public Works and Highways. The ESAMELCO also used to hold office in Sabang prior its transfer to Brgy. Lalawigan.

Two mayors of Borongan were Sabangnon. The first one was Mayor Hilario Basada from Sabang South, and next was Mayor Pablo Rosales, from Sabang North.

The host for this year’s Diocesan Pentecost is the Chaplaincy of the Miraculous Medal. Comprised of eleven barangays, this is the first chaplaincy to have accepted the challenge of hosting the Diocesan Pentecost celebration.

The chapel of the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal is the first church to have used LED T.V. screens, and the only fully air conditioned church in the region. It has also a very active online presence with the following social media accounts:

• FB – SabangChaplaincy • FB – SabangShrine • Wordpress – medallamilagrosachaplaincy • Gmail – medallamilagrosa88

The chaplaincy is headed by Msgr. Pedro Quitorio, and assisted by Rev. Fr. Neil Gavan Tenefrancia. The annual fiesta is November 27th.

SLAYING

THE

GIANT

The crowd was numbering in thousands The venue was just a kids’ playground There was no platform big enough for the clergy The to do list keeps on growing by the day Time was running out, and the people were few. We listed and quantified the expected expenses Somebody did the numbers, then showed the total to everyone Then there was silence… Ear-deafening, “I was knocked out” kind of silence.

But God is good.

The small community of the Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Chaplaincy was a courageous bunch. Armed with just a “thick” face and loads of faith, everyone started doing what needed to be done. The road was long and rough, but everyone was willing to cover pot holes for each other. It was the ultimate test of friendship, and leadership. Thank God we arrived, safe and sane.

By God’s graciousness we were blessed way more than what we prayed for.

To the volunteers, who shared their time and talent, we were blown away by your support. Some of you have come from far off places, but you cared to come and give us a hand. We were touched and happy to have you, we are forever grateful.

To our speakers, Ret. Chief Justice Hilario Davide, Jr. (Keynote), Most Rev. Bp. Crispin Varquez (BEC), Fr. Juderick Calumpiano (Social Action), Fr. Roneil Canillas (Youth), and Fr. Jay Romualdo (Family and Life), thank you for inspiring us with your speeches.

To Msgr. Pepe Quitorio and Fr. Neil Gavan Tenefrancia, thank you for guiding us all the way. For the encouragement and support. We are so blessed to have you.

Hosting the Diocesan Pentecost was a gigantic goal but we slayed it—through the help of wonderful and generous persons, by the intercession of Mama Mary, and God’s graciousness.

To our sponsors, you are a rare kind of generous people. Thank you for sharing your financial blessings. You helped us more than you think you did, and we hope you know how much we appreciate it.

Thank you all, that in all things God may be glorified!

Love lots,

The 28th Diocesan Pentecost Working Committee

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