Cancer-stricken bishop: ‘I trust in God’s mercy’
MARILAO, Bulacan, Jan. 19, 2017 – Leaving several delegates teary-eyed, a bishop reaffirmed his trust in the Lord amid an ongoing battle with cancer, on fourth day of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) at the National Shrine and Parish of the Divine Mercy.
“Especially at difficult moments I would say and pray, ‘Confido in misercorida Dei’ (I trust in the mercy of God). Lately, the Lord is asking me to trust more in His mercy,” said Malolos Bishop Jose Oliveros in a Mass presided over by Bishop of Minna Martin Uzoukwu of Nigeria earlier today.
“You know I am not feeling well. That’s why I was not present in the first three days of our congress. And even now as we start the Mass I feel so weak, but I trust in God’s mercy,” added the prelate.
Trust in God forever and ever
Oliveros, who shared his personal journey with the Divine Mercy during his homily, asked the faithful gathered for prayers.
“Next week, we will start a new round of radiation therapy and chemo therapy. Please pray for me.. I trust in the mercy of God,” he said.
Tracing how the Divine Mercy has guided him throughout the years, the prelate said it was after his then bishop tasked him to give a series of talks on God the Father and His mercy that he was appointed bishop, during the Great Jubilee year 2000.
“The Holy Father appointed me as a bishop inspite of my unworthiness and my sinfulness. And I trust in the mercy of God forever and ever,” he said.
‘Like a growing olive tree’
Oliveros shared: “As my episcopal motto I chose ‘Confido in misericordia Dei’, I trust in the mercy of God, taken from Psalm 52 where it says: ‘I am like a growing olive tree in the house of the Lord.’”
During a noon press conference, vicar general Msgr. Bartolome Santos said the bishop was following the prescriptions of his doctor as closely as possible.
Earlier today, some 5,000 WACOM4 delegates visited “places of mercy” in the Diocese of Malolos to spend time with orphans, abused women, and indigenous people housed in several charitable institutions. (Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz / CBCPNews)