Priest: ‘To hold power means to love’

Priest: ‘To hold power means to love’

By Oliver Samson

May 14, 2018

Quezon City

Fr. Ronaldo Santos. CHRIST THE KING PARISH FB PAGE

Seizing more and more power to further expand one’s power is not the essence of having it, a priest said in a Mass on Sunday.

To hold power is to love others and to be humble as shown by Jesus, said Fr. Ronaldo  J. Santos, Christ the King – Proj. 7 parish priest.

“Christ left his place in heaven for us,” he said in Filipino. “He shared his power with his followers for everybody’s good.”

Power to vote

Citing the epic power struggles to amass more power in the latest superhero movie Avengers: Infinity Wars, the priest said the true meaning of holding power is to do the opposite.

Celebrating the Mass on the eve of the barangay elections, Santos also exhorted the faithful to exercise their right to vote responsibly.

He reminded the faithful they should use their power to choose leaders “for [the] good.”

‘Powerful mothers’

Celebrating the Eucharist on Mother’s Day, Santos also praised the “power of mothers.” A mother uses her power for the good of her family, he said.

“Every mother’s ladle (sandok) and tub (batya) hold power,” he said in Filipino. He blessed the mothers attending the Mass and gave them candles.