Cebu archbishop: 2013, a year of sadness, tears
Cebu Archbishop Jose Palma, in his New Year’s Eve mass homily, described 2013 as a year of sadness and tears given the series of calamities that struck the country.
However, he also stressed that despite such devastation, there are still reasons to celebrate.
Palma said that many people would remember 2013 as a year of mourning and weeping because of the October 15 killer earthquake and November 8 supertyphoon “Yolanda” which killed over 6,000 people.
“As we bid goodbye to 2013, everyone is encourage to pray for those who perished. We pray for the repose of the souls of the departed,” he said.
“But even if 2013 was said to be a year of sadness and tears, we also have reasons for celebrations and cheers as we walk towards the path of recovery,” Palma added.
Palma underscored the importance of life, a gift that we should thanked God for.
As we learn the lessons of the past, we should appreciate more the gift of life, he said.
In his homily, the Cebu Archbishop also said that with the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines’ (CBCP) declaration of 2014 as the Year of the Laity, “we are reminded to be holy.”
The CBCP declaration wants to emphasize the role of the Catholic lay faithful who are “called to be saints” and “sent forth as heroes” of evangelization in the “sanctification and transformation of the world,” he said.
He added that as a new year unfolds, “we should strengthen our faith, as it a virtue to think positive and expect something good in the future.”