Bishop calls for ‘active compassion’ for poor

Bishop calls for ‘active compassion’ for poor

Tandag Bishop Emeritus Ireneo Amantillo, CSsR, delivers his homily during Mass at Baclaran Church, April 25, 2017. LORENZO ATIENZA

MANILA— A Redemptorist bishop has urged Catholics to overcome indifference and “actively” show compassion for the poor.

Preaching to thousands gathered for Mass at Baclaran Church on Tuesday, Tandag Bishop Emeritus Ireneo Amantillo said Christians cannot turn a blind eye to those who are suffering.

“We have to be really active and not just be timid, not to be unconcerned,” said the prelate.

Concern for Lumads, farmers

“Are we concerned on what is happening in the Philippines? To our farmers, the Lumads, our indigenous peoples, those who are lowlifes and those who are hungry, are we concerned of them?” he said.

Among the churchgoers were the more than 300 local and foreign delegates of the Baclaran International Pilgrimage-Congress.

The gathering, which started on Monday, is a four-day series of discussion and sharing highlighting the devotions and the missions inspired by Our Mother of Perpetual Help.

“Some of us must be getting very tired of it, but not only is our Lord reminding us (to show mercy to others), Our Lady herself,” he said.

‘Followers of Christ’

And that compassion, Amantillo added, is all inclusive as he asked the faithful to be concerned even about issues outside the country.

“There are people who are persecuted, people killed and condemned both here and outside our country. Are we also in trouble?” said the prelate.

“Sometimes, we grow tired of preaching the Gospel, and sometimes we ourselves are getting lazy. The Holy Father reminds us to be a Christian, [be] a follower of Christ, be really active,” he said. Niceforo Vince A. Balbedina III, CSJL intern/CBCPNews