Faithful reminded: ‘Give with love’
One of the many feeding programs funded by Pondo ng Pino JONAS DELOS SANTOS
TACLOBAN City – As the Tacloban vicariate launched anew Pondo ng Pinoy, a priest called on the faithful to practice the virtue of generosity with love.
Giving donations, no matter how small, that is from 25 cents to one peso daily, if done with love, is a virtue that will bring one to God’s kingdom, said Msgr. Manuel Damayo in a homily on Nov. 19 at the Sto. Niño parish church here.
While it may be true that one can give without love, Pondo ng Pinoy promotes “giving out of love.”
Leading to heaven
“A good act, no matter how small, if done often, will eventually lead to heaven,” said the priest, stressing a well-known Filipino saying.
Damayo, priest-in-charge of the said project of the Catholic Church in the Archdiocese of Palo, further explained that good deeds that develop into habits eventually become virtues.
He also mentioned that there were families affected by Super Typhoon Yolanda in November 2013 who were assisted by the Church through Pondo ng Pinoy.
The Archdiocese of Manila introduced Pondo ng Pinoy in 2005 to raise funds for the less fortunate, especially indigent families and orphaned children.
Livelihood assistance, scholarships
It was intended to send poor children to school and to provide livelihood assistance to economically struggling families.
Damayo said, clean empty water bottles will be given to the faithful for them to put in their daily Pondo ng Pinoy donations.
“Every fourth Sunday of the month, you return this bottle so that the money you have saved in it will be turned over to the chancery,” he explained.
The launching was held during a Holy Mass Damayo concelebrated with Sto. Niño Parish priest Fr. Ronel Taboso and St. John the Evangelist School of Theology (SJEST) formator Fr. Irwin Gavilo. CBCPNews