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MANILA, May 1, 2016 – As the entire country waits for the official Commission on Elections (Comelec) count of votes for the national and local elections, specifically for the presidential post, a prelate assures the faithful of God’s special love for the country.
“Jesus prays for our country, whatever happens to our country we are assured that God loves us,” said Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo during a Mass held earlier today at the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV) Command Center at the Pope Pius X Catholic Center in Manila.
“All our efforts for the sake of the country, these are all seen by God. We will be blessed because of the goodness of our hearts because of our efforts for the sake of the good of our country men. This is our hope and prayer,” he told the crowd of mostly PPCRV volunteers.
God-given authority
The prelate assured every Filipino of God’s love and guidance for “our beloved Philippines, however this election turn out.”
“Jesus continuously prays for everyone of us, he prays that we may be preserved from the evil one as we travel and remain in this world,” he stressed.
In his homily, Pabillo also acknowledged that all authority is God-given and so whoever is elected deserves respect.
“Jesus said all authority comes from God, so we respect all the elected because this is part of our respect to an authority that came from God,” explained the chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECLA).
With the duties and responsibilities awaiting every Filipino, elected or otherwise, he emphasized that “we all need openness to the Holy Spirit for us to be victorious.”
“Christ promised the Holy Spirit in order to guide us to all truth, that we may be enabled to do what is right, it s not easy to do what is right – on our own,” he said.
Praying and waiting
The priest also stressed that the period of waiting for the final, official count of votes should also be seen as a time to pray.
“Just as the apostles waited and prayed for the coming of the Holy Spirit, we too should pray for the elections that it would be clean, peaceful, and believable,” he reiterated.
“Let us continue to pray that the leaders would be guided by the Holy Spirit,” added the bishop. (Chrixy Paguirigan / CBCPNews)