By Christina Hermoso
Helping others – especially those who are less fortunate – would give a deeper meaning to the faithful’s Lenten observance, a Catholic Church leader said in preparation for the Third Sunday of the season of Lent today.
“As the faithful commemorate the season of Lent, it will have a deeper meaning if we make helping others through whatever means a part of our Lenten observance,” said Marawi Bishop Edwin dela Peña of the Prelatura of Marawi.
“May the season of Lent touch the hearts of the faithful so that we do not only think of ourselves but also think of othersespecially those who are less fortunate than we are. May we bemotivated and inspired to sacrifice for the benefit of ourbrothers and sisters in need,” Dela Peña said over Church-runRadio Veritas.
The prelate has earlier requested for help for the recovery ofwar-torn Marawi, where more than 300,000 residents weredisplaced, while more than 1,000 lives were lost, a report said. Many residents from about 20 barangays are still unable to return torebuild their lives particularly those living in severelydevastated areas.
Dela Pena said a fund-raising activity will be held at theCultural Center of the Philippines in April to raise funds particularly for trauma healing and alternative educational system.
Pray for OFWs
Meanwhile, Balanga Bishop Ruperto C. Santos urges the faithful “to remember in their prayers our overseas Filipino workers.”
“The season of Lent is a season of prayers. Let us offer ourprayers especially for our OFWs. Let us pray for themespecially every Friday as we pray the Stations of the Cross.Being in foreign lands, away from the safety and comfort oftheir homes and loved ones, compound the crosses that theybear. The maltreatment and physical hardships are crosses that they carry. Let us pray for them. Let us pray for their safety and for the Lord to uplift their spirits, lessen their burdens, and heal their bruised shoulders,” the head of the CBCP Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People said.
Go to confession
The Church continues to call on the faithful “to examine their conscience, to go to confession before receiving the HolyEucharist, and to do charity work through their parishes” in keeping with the penitential mood of the Lenten season.
Confessional services are traditionally extended during theseason of Lent to give churchgoers more time to go toconfession for spiritual cleansing. The faithful are also encouraged to visit the Adoration Chapel as well as to do charity work and acts of self-denial and sacrifices in preparation for the solemn observance of the Holy Week.