Priest: Families need to pray together
DOñA REMEDIOS TRINIDAD, Bulacan, Feb. 13, 2017 – During a Mass in honor of this town’s patroness, Our Lady of Lourdes, a priest called on families to go back to the habit of praying together.
Msgr. Pablo Legaspi Jr., P.C., Chancellor of the Diocese of Malolos emphasized the importance of praying the rosary and vespers everyday together as a family.
These good traditions, he explained, have become the “seeds of love in our families and the reasons that motivate us to value our faith.”
Many families in crisis
“Praying as a family always reminds us to love God and allow them (the family) to remain intact,” said the priest during a Mass concelebrated by parish priest Fr. Nap Baltazar, Fr. Joshua Panganiban, and Fr. Robert Laad on Feb. 11, Saturday.
The national problem of drugs and criminality, he said, is “rooted in our family life, in our community.”
“Sadly, many of our families nowadays are not united in faith and love,” noted Legaspi.
Linking this to the reason for the festivities, Legaspi said the faithful of Doña Remedios Trinidad in Bulacan should not forget Our Lady of Lourdes’ message during these trying times.
“The apparition of Our Lady of Lourdes exemplifies her deep concern to mankind,” he said in his homily. “Mary will not cease, in different instances, to lead the people to God and, more so, to bestow us comfort and healing.”
Urged to pray the rosary
Meanwhile, in an interview, Baltazar pointed to a significant detail in the Marian apparition in Lourdes, France on Thursday, Feb. 11, 1858 when a woman wearing blue and white first appeared before “a meek and an innocent” 14-year-old girl named Bernadette in a grotto called Massabielle.
According to the priest, Bernadette immediately fell to her knees and joined her in praying when she saw the mysterious woman make the sign of the cross with a rosary.
“This event signifies how Our Lady of Lourdes is urging mankind to pray the rosary,” explained Baltazar.
Some young members of the Dumagat tribe also performed a thanksgiving ritual at the church patio after the Eucharistic celebration. The festivities continued until evening with a program where the DRTenios showcased their talents. (Myraine Carluen Policarpio / CBCP News)