Thursday, December 19, 2013

Legazpi church leader stresses benevolence to others in need

LEGAZPI CITY, Dec. 16 (PNA) -- Amid drizzles and the coldness of the early morning breeze, the Misa de Aguinaldo at 4:00 a.m. at the Albay Cathedral here and other churches in the Diocese of Legazpi Monday was attended by the faithful who did not mind whether there was not much space inside while others were outside wearing jackets and carrying umbrellas.

Bishop Bong Baylon, the bishop of the Diocese of Legazpi that covers the parishes in the 15 municipalities and three cities of Albay, officiated the early morning Mass.

Baylon focused on the Community of Faith, which, he said, must start at home and in the family.

He said every family should have a solid foundation.

The Church leader added that the Community of God must be solid amid trials in life, always ready to help others, like the victims of super typhoon "Yolanda."

He cited the Church's project, “Project Harong,” for the survivors of Samar and Leyte through the cooperation of different sectors of the province, particularly the provincial government of Albay.

Baylon said the Community of God is continuously strengthening the spiritual aspect of life or man's relation to the Almighty God "as the captain of our lives."

Lastly, he stressed the Bicolano word "Tada," which means setting aside, wherein a person who loves his fellowmen gives or sets aside something valuable for them like food, whether in small or big quantity.

The bishop cited, for instance, the ecosystem.

"Everything that God has created has meaning, role and relation to other creatures -- like an insect which balances our environment," Baylon said. (PNA) CTB/FGS/NIM/CBD/utb