Clergy, seminarians reminded: Be ‘life advocates’
GUIGUINTO, Bulacan – During a “Vigil for Life” on March 23 to 24, the clergy and seminarians of the Immaculate Conception Major Seminary (ICMAS) community were reminded of their role in the advocacy of the right to life.
In the concluding Mass for the celebration on Friday morning, Fr. Jose Adriand Emmanuel L. Layug, college department Dean of Studies, emphasized how important it is that priests and seminarians be on the side of life.
Reflecting on the first reading from the Book of Hosea, the priest compared it to worshipping God alone and not other gods.
Not what the world wants
He said it is when the faithful compromise and divert from God’s ways that He is set aside, and other gods are chosen. Hence, Layug said it is important that the religious, the clergy, and seminarians choose not what the world wants but what God wants.
In response to the call of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines for further efforts to uphold life and to oppose the reinstatement of the death penalty, ICMAS held the “vigil for life” from vespers on Thursday to lauds of Friday.
The community exposed the Blessed Sacrament for an overnight Eucharistic adoration with the recitation of the chaplet of the Divine Mercy and a litany to Jesus for the gift of life at the Chapel of the Transformation in the seminary’s college department.
Value of human life
Fr. Eugene C. Cruz and Fr. Danielito C. Santos, college department spiritual directors, led the celebration by presiding over the liturgy of the hours as well as the exposition and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
On the said issues, the Seminary Formation Team together with members of the community adheres to Pope St. John Paul II’s encyclical on the Value and Inviolability of Human Life no. 74, which says: “… Christians, like all people of good will, are called upon under grave obligation of conscience not to cooperate formally in practices which, even if permitted by civil legislation, are contrary to God’s law. Indeed, from the moral standpoint, it is never licit to cooperate formally in evil.” Kendrick Ivan Panganiban / CBCPNews