Friday, March 7, 2014

Statement: The Presidential Spokesperson on the start of Lent

From the Website of GPH - Government of the Philippines

Statement: The Presidential Spokesperson on the start of Lent

Statement of Secretary Edwin Lacierda:
On the observance of Ash Wednesday and start of Lent
[March 5, 2014]

Today, the Christian world marks the beginning of Lent, a solemn season of prayer and sacrifice. As we humble ourselves and reflect on the sinful nature of mankind, we are all reminded that redemption is made available through the gift of faith.

For those undertaking the Ash Wednesday rituals today, let us bear in mind what Scripture says: For dust you are and to dust you will return. This reminds us that it is only through authentic service to our neighbors, and the commitment to truth and justice, that we can bring about meaningful change in our respective communities.

As a nation that has been blessed with the guidance and ineffable compassion of the Redeemer, we are all asked in this special season to take this opportunity to undertake small sacrifices, and to examine our individual consciences. It is by doing so that we grow in faith and humility, which strengthen our common bond as a nation.

Let us therefore continue to spread the good news in every sphere of human activity and strive to be beacons of hope, so that those who doubt and despair may see that, by working together, we can truly build a more just and inclusive Philippines

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