Balanga bishop to youth: Face your fears, frustrations

Balanga bishop to youth: Face your fears, frustrations

Young people gather for the Mount Samat Pilgrimage in Pilar town, Bataan in 2014. FILE PHOTO/DIOCESE OF BALANGA

By CBCP News

November 9, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop encouraged young people to face their fears and frustrations with courage despite the ‘wolves and serpents in our midst’ who will break us down”.

Bishop Ruperto Santos of Balanga urged young people not to give up hope, turning to God with trust, openness and joy.

“Always get up,” Santos said. “There are also blasphemers and murderers who will spread fake news about us, or even threaten us and even to the point to silence us.”

“Yet we are not afraid. We take courage with Jesus who assures us ‘I am with you always. Cross is part and parcel of our life, of our discipleships,” he said.

While many youth are ruled by life’s challenges and difficulties, he encouraged them to remember the words from the Scripture “do not be afraid”.

“Life could be difficult. Our time could be uncertain and demanding. Our situation could be rough and rugged,” he said. “Don’t give up. Always get up. And go on.”

The bishop’s words come ahead of the Diocesan Pilgrimage to Mount Samat, which will take place on December 1.

The yearly event also coincides with the 9th Central Luzon Youth Pilgrimage which will be hosted by the diocese from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

The pilgrims will be joined by Papal nuncio Archbishop Gabriele Caccia in walking up Mount Samat, wherein he will also celebrate Mass at 5pm.

Santos said gathering also becomes more meaningful as the Church will celebrate 2019 as the Year of the Youth.