Bishop hopes experience during “Yolanda” would inspire people to do acts of charity

Published November 4, 2020, 1:01 PM

by Leslie Ann Aquino

Borongan Bishop Crispin Varquez has expressed hope that the faithful’s painful experience with Super Typhoon “Yolanda” will inspire them to also do acts of charity to those who suffer and are in need.

Bishop Crispin Varquez of Borongan (CBCP NEWS / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We must learn from our past to face our present encounter with Covid-19 and other threats like La Nina with hope and an enthusiasm to do acts of charity to others who suffer and are in need,” he said in his pastoral letter “He calms the storm” dated November 1.

“Let us remember how the challenges of Yolanda helped strengthen our faith,” added Varquez.

The prelate said although it has been seven years since Yolanda hit, they still have fresh memories of the horrors they went through last November 8, 2013 and the painful months and years after.

But, Varquez said, they also remember God’s love and mercy for the people.

“This we experienced concretely in the goodness and compassion of other people, both fellow Filipinos and foreigners,” he said.

Varquez said the faithful should be thankful to the Lord that they have risen from the horrible destruction super typhoons Yolanda and Ruby left.

“The fact that most of that is now only a painful memory testifies to God’s saving acts at work in our own history,” he said.

“As we thank the Lord, let us also thank those who helped us. They too were agents of God’s mighty hand,”Varquez added.

He also asked everyone to continue to pray for those who lost their lives during and after Yolanda’s wrath.

“We continually entrust them to the Father of mercy in our Masses and prayers,” said Varquez.

He said the faithful should also pray for deliverance from any and all calamities, both natural and man-made, physical or spiritual, particularly from Covid-19 and other vagaries of the weather, health, political, social and economic situations.

Super typhoon Yolanda hit the country particularly Eastern Visayas in November 2013 killing thousands of people.