Nortehanons urged: Be ‘dangerously passionate’
CATARMAN, Northern Samar – Some 8,000 Catholic faithful from different parishes of the Diocese of Catarman were exhorted to live with passion, following the apostles’ example during the 20th Diocesan Pentecost Vigil and Family Day celebration on June 3, Saturday.
“Are you ready to be dangerously passionate?” asked Br. Anthony Rouben P. Valenzuela, a lay preacher of the Light of Jesus community, who gave the main talk of the event, “Ignite and Unleash the Passion.”
He emphasized the example of the martyrdom of the apostles who were intially so afraid and were in hiding before receiving the Holy Spirit.
Valenzuela, who already appeared in two TV commercials and an indie film, stressed: “It’s not all about looks but the heart.”
According to him, “Passion is the expression of one’s heart and soul.” The term originates from the ancient Greek word, ‘paskho’ meaning “to suffer”.
Valenzuela also connected his talk to the Church in the Philippines’ celebration theme this year, “Year of the Parish”, sending a special message to the youth and to those working in the parishes and in communities. He said in whatever endeavor: “[o]ne must be excellent.”
“Passion is also giving focus towards goals and mission,” he said. “Passion is commitment, has full of energy, and more importantly, humility.”
Birthday of the Church
Themed “Holy Spirit: Source of Communion of Christian Communities,” this year’s diocesan gathering held at the Sacred Heart Plaza of the Our Lady of the Annunciation Cathedral of this town was hosted by Catarman, which hosted the event from 1998 to 2005.
In Valenzuela’s talk, he expressed admiration for the humility of Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
He called the resignation of Benedict XVI “a humble way of giving way” for a new pope to lead the Church, which was founded on Pentecost, 50 days from the Lord’s Resurrection (or Easter).
“Humility is from ‘humus’ (or soil),” Valenzuela said, noting how someone who serves the Church, who is filled by the Holy Spirit, should be “kept grounded.”
The gathering culminated with the midnight celebration of the Holy Mass by Bishop Emmanuel C. Trance, concelebrated by the parish priests of the diocese. CBCPNews