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Free Pangasinan translation of Circular 2013-1: Golden Jubilee of the Archdiocese of Lingayen-Dagupan, by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
Pinablik iran totoo na Dios:
Diad pansisilibra na universal Church na Year of Faith, say Simbaan tayod Lingayen-Dagupan so mansisilibra met na kuma-limamplon taon a Metropolitan See diad arapen na February 16, 2013. Nen inggapo tayo so silibrasion para say golden jubilee nen inbeneg ya Pebrero, sikatayo so abindisionan na say Archpriest na Papal Basilica na St. Paul Outside the Walls nen inpalapag ton say Metropolitan Cathedral na San Juan Evangelista ed Dagupan City so naitdan na pikakasakey ya spiritual affinity ed say abitlan basilica. Sayan mabonlok a ginawa na Roma so mamibirbir na say maseet ya ibobolaslas tan intatakken na pananisia tayon sakey a Catoliko. Sikatayo diad Lingayen-Dagupan so naitdan a nidumaduman pakabirbiran lapud walay dwaran simbaan tayon walay pikakasakey ya spiritual laffinity ed say papal basilica, say unaan lanti et say Shrine of Our Lady of Manaoag.
Dayew tan Pisasalamat! Panon tayon napisalamatan so Katawan ed say kaabigan tod sikatayo! Say Simbaan tayo so pinabolaslas na saray kimey na saray missionerio a sikara di Santo Domingo Henares, San Francisco Gil de Federich, Santo Domingo Ybanez de Erquicia, Beato Juan Martinez – sasanto na Simbaan ya nankimey a papari ed San Carlos, Lingayen tan Mangaldan. Dayew tan Pisasalamat ed di Maria Ina na Dios ya papagalangan ed Shrine na Manaoag lapud say panisinop tod sikatayo ed mantel to, say pangiwa-wanwan tod sikatayo tan say pangaawit tod sikatayo ed si Jesus ya Anak to.
Dayew tan Pisasalamat para saray missionerio a nanlapud Society of the Divine Word laut lad saray matoor tan masimoon ya formators ed Mary Help of Christians High School Seminary. Sikaray akauna lad sikatayon amin diad Abong na Ama. Ag ira mapabirbir tan sikaray amot, ingen ampan alingwanan ira na saray totoo, balet peteg ed sikatayo so mabayanin panaglinkur da so walad kanunutan na Dios.
Dayew tan pisasalamat ed Dios para si Papa Pio XI ya angiletneg na Diosis na Lingayen nen 1928. Dayew tan pisasalamat ed say Dios para si Obispo Cesar Maria Guerero, say unaan ya obispo tayo! Idayew tayo so Katawan para si Beato Juan XXIII nen pinagmaliw ton say Lingayen-Dagupan so sakey ya Metropolitan See tan ginawa ton say naandi lad bilay a si Arsobisbo Mariano Madriaga so unaan ya arsobispo tayo. Tan diad inpanlinkur da di andi-lad bilay a Arsobispo Federico Limon, SVD tan ontan met a di Arsobispo Emeritus Oscar V. Cruz, saray bokel so tinmobo, binmolaslas tan nanbunga a dakel ya ani.
Dayew tan pisasalamat ed say Katawan para saray papari na Lingayen-Dagupan, para saray naisaklang ya lalaki tan bibii, para saray lideres tayon laiko, para saray kalangweran tayo tan saray ogogaw – twan totoo na Dios, ulopan na disipulo nen Cristo ya atawag ya mabilay a mantasi unong ed say spiritu na ICTHUS, diad inspirasyon nen Maria, Inan Birhen na Manaoag.
Ed sayan solemnidad na Epipanya na Katawan tayo, tatawagen koy imano yo pinablik iran totoo na Dios ya say dayew tan pisasalamat tayo so pagmaliwen a pankakasakey para misyon. Say dayew tan pisasalamat tayo komun so mamabiskeg ed say pankakasakey tayo tan sayan pankakasakey so mantanguyor ed sikatayon ibiang so pananisia pian say mundo so walay pananisia la komun!
Agtayo pagmaliwen ya say dayew tan pisasalamat tayo et sakey labat a matalangatang ya silibrasion. Pagmaliwen tayon sayan sakey taon so twan taon ya epipanya, say pangipuyan ed kabalgan na Dios aliwan para say galang a dili tayo no ingen para say galang na Dios! Aliwan para sikami, Katawan, balet para say ngaran mo so gloria! Panon tayon nagamuran iyan balon epipanya para Lingayen-Dagupan? Unaan, nepeg ya magmaliw tayon mas maaralem ya managdasal a totoo tan say Eukaristia so walad kapegleyan tayo. Kumadwa, nepeg ya magmaliw tayon mabilay tan maaron comunidad diad kapegleyan na saray mairap bilay a say Salitay Dios so silew tayo. Tan diad sampot, nepeg ya magmaliw tayon comunidad ya ag makareen tan walay seseg ed misyon a kaibay apoy na Pentecostes, say sobol na seet tayo.
Dayew tan pisasalamat … pankakasakey tan misyon! Pagmaliwen tayo komun a sayan taon na golden jubilee et sakey taon ya epipanya.
Say matoor ed sikayo,
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS,
Arsobispo na Lingayen-Dagupan
Homily delivered by Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas during the installation of Bishop Renato P. Mayugba as Bishop of Laoag on December 11, 2012
We from the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan have mixed feelings today. We are happy yet sad. We are happy because one of our brothers will now take on higher and bigger responsibilities in the Church. We are happy and proud because one of our pious and zealous pastors in Pangasinan is now being sent as a blessing to the people of God in the Diocese of Laoag. People of God, we are bringing to you one of our precious treasures. In 1968 Laoag gave us a gift in the person of Bishop Francisco Raval Cruces, native of Laoag, appointed to be auxiliary bishop of Lingayen Dagupan. Today, we are asked to repay the Church in Ilocos Norte for that gift. It is a costly price to repay Laoag for the gift of Bishop Cruces. We are sad to let Bishop Rene go but if you assure us that you will take care of him, we will return to Pangasinan secure in the thought that our brother will be loved even more in Ilocandia. He is so easy to love. It is so easy to be his friend!
Bishop Rene comes to the Diocese of Laoag inspired by the words of the prophet Isaiah Linum fumigans non extinguet. The flickering flame I will not extinguish! A bruised reed he will not break…a smouldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice.”
MISSION OF MERCY
He comes to set Ilocos Norte aflame, aflame with love for God. He comes among you knowing that not all flames are the same; some are brighter and stronger than the others. The flickering flame he will not extinguish. He comes to search out the weak and save the lost. He comes to nurture the crippled and make them walk again along the path of holiness. He comes to touch blind hearts and make them love God again. He comes to heal hardened souls and make them compassionate and forgiving again. He comes as Jesus among you. In the words of Saint Catherine, he is the sweet odour of Christ among you, the sweet odour of Christ the merciful.
Indeed the first duty of the bishop is to be Christ in your midst. How must a bishop show the face of Christ to the flock of God? There is no better image of Christ that every bishop must look up to than the image of the Good Shepherd. The bishop must show the image of Jesus the Good Shepherd. As a shepherd of the flock, the bishop recognizes the cynicism and indifference among his people. He knows that there are sheep which have fallen out of the fold hurting and confused, misled and misunderstood, judged and suspected, ignored and left behind. There were members of the flock now members of other sects and groups. They look at the Church with disdain and disgust, with anger and with pain. There are so many of them whose flames are flickering, tossed by strong winds and unable to give light from their flames. The bishop must be a bringer of hope to such members of the flock. Society might have considered them black sheep. Others may call them unruly sheep. The Good Shepherd must protect their flickering flames and bring them the Gospel of hope. Linum fumigans non extinguet. The bishop brings the hope that does not disappoint as Saint Paul wrote to the Romans. Our hope is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
To the youth and the children in search for the wine of joy and meaning, the bishop comes like Mary begging Jesus to change our tasteless water into sweet wine. It is not the will of God that we go through life tasteless, colourless and without zest. He came that we may have life and have it to the full. As he promises to bring strength to those whose flames are flickering, he also must be a bringer of hope to those who find life bland and tasteless.
The message of hope that the bishop brings forth has a twin message—the message of penance. The bishop must proclaim with courage and faith that sin is destructive for society and for every person. As he saves the flickering flame from the tempest wind, he also asks prophetically why are these flames flickering? He must confront society with the prophetic question “Who are the tempests that snuff out the flames of the little ones?” Who is causing the little ones to be lost? The compassion for the weak must be accompanied by a prophetic denunciation of those wolves among God’s flock. The bishop must be a man of evangelical courage.
Blessed John Paul II speaking about the prophetic role of bishops said “A drastic moral change is needed… Some endemic evils, when they are too long ignored, can produce despair in entire populations. How can we keep silent when confronted by the enduring drama of hunger and extreme poverty, in an age where humanity, more than ever, has the capacity for a just sharing of resources? …the hopelessness of so many children and youth abandoned to life on the streets, the exploitation of women, pornography, intolerance and the unacceptable exploitation of religion for violent purposes, drug trafficking, illegal gambling and the resultant criminality!
The good bishop recognizes that it is not in the plan of God that flames flicker and die. The bishop must protect the flickering flame not just by keeping it secure but by fighting those who snuff it out. The hands that shelter the flames must be accompanied by hands that combat the tempest that threaten the flame. Courage! Bawal ang obispong duwag! Linum fumigans non extinguet.
HUMILITY IN WEAKNESS
Why must the bishop take care of the weak? Why must he be considerate with the smouldering wick? For one basic reason—he has known weakness in his life and he is what he is purely because of the mercy of God. No bishop ever approaches the ministry on his own merits and virtues. If it were so, his house of ministry would be built on sandy foundations. Episcopal ordination does not infuse the perfection of virtues on the bishop. He is a sinner among sinners. He is flickering flame among fellow flickering flames. He needs the grace of the sacraments; he needs the power of prayer; he needs the help of others. He can say with the Apostle Paul to the Corinthians: ”Our sole credit is from God who has made us qualified ministers of a new covenant” (2 Cor 3:5-6). Because he knows his weakness, the bishop must always be the first to seek the mercy of God. The bishop can only be a good confessor if he was first a good penitent.
Every bishop comes to his people not from the pedestal of self righteousness but from his knees, ready as it were like Jesus, to wash the feet of his friends. He comes not from an elevated episcopal cathedra, but from the ranks of servants and slaves with a towel around his waist, water and basin on his hands ready to wash the feet of the friends of Christ.
My dear people of God in the Diocese of Laoag, please give your new bishop a chance to love you. If you feel that your flame is flickering, do not hesitate to receive new light from Bishop Rene. If you are bored with the tasteless life that you are going through, let your new bishop bring you to the feast of Mary and Jesus in Cana and restore to you the sweet wine of joy. Invite him every now and then to eat dinner with you at home because it is lonely to eat dinner alone in the Bishop’s House. Pray for him and the priests of the Church so that all of them may always have a heart for the little ones, that all of them may be on fire with love for their vocation. Only with fire can we create more fire.
Clergy of Ilocos Norte, love your bishop. Love him as you love the Church. Love him as you love the Lord.
Bishop Rene, Godspeed! Fly high! We will miss you in Pangasinan! I know Ilocandia will be blessed through you!
Christmas is a feast of faith. Without faith, Christmas will only be a social festival. Christmas is a Gift wrapped in love to be received in faith. Without faith, Christmas gift giving is only a commercial gimmickry for profit and business gain. The merriment of Christmas must be a fruit of faith. Wishing “Merry Christmas!” without faith is no better than fools laughing madly without reason. Christmas can only be merry because heaven burst forth in love and revealed to us the name of God—Emmanuel, God with us!
Unfortunately, Christmas has been claimed by everybody as a long weekend holiday of joy without remembering Him who brought us that reason for joy.
Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season for festive lighting and amazing carnivals but people have forgotten how difficult it must have been for Mary and Joseph to find a room in the inn; the unfortunate couple continues to be rejected in our broken homes.
Unfortunately, Christmas has become a season for bargain sales and street markets even as the buyers and sellers seem to forget their immortal souls.
Unfortunately, Christmas has only become an adjective to describe parties and salary bonuses because we have forgotten that Christmas is an event of the past that must still continue to happen through us.
Unfortunately, Christmas carols have become romantic songs for loved ones we miss because people have forgotten the angels that announced his birth, the sweetest carolers of all times.
Unfortunately, Christmas caroling has become a yearly fund raising occasion because people have put a price tag into almost everything…and everyone.
Unfortunately, the simbang gabi is turning out to be just a Filipino Christmas tradition without understanding that it was first meant to be a thanksgiving novena for the gift of our Catholic faith that we now ridicule and ignore and consider obsolete.
But thanks be to God, that in spite of it all, Christmas is still the greatest feast of all because it celebrates the birth of Jesus, the greatest gift of all. We must regain the real merriment of Christmas and return to the real reason for the season. By faith all these will be possible. Without faith, this season will become just one of the pagan festivals. Christmas is God’s gift to us. Let us take it back from those who have spoiled it; ourselves included.
Emmanuel, God with us, increase our faith. Set our faith on fire again. Help us to live our faith with courage against all odds. Use us to spread the fire of faith all over our land. Lord, increase our faith! Emmanuel, strengthen our faith!
From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, December 24, 2012
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan
Free Pangasinan translation of the Christmas Message of Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas
Say Christmas so fiesta na pananisia. No anggapo so pananisia, say Christmas so sakey labat ya fiestan social. Say Christmas so Regalo ya abalkot na panangaro ya awaten ed pananisia. No anggapo so pananisia, say panangiter na regalo no Christmas so sakey labat ya commercial gimmickry pian makatubo tan para pangkamaungan na anapan labat. Say pangibano’y “Merry Christmas” ya anggapoy pananisia et aliling toy elek na saray ambagel ya anggapoy rason. Maliket so Christmas lapud say tawen so angibong na panangaro tan inpuyan tod sikatayo so ngaran na Dios — Emmanuel, say Dios so walad sikatayo!
Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan andokey ya maliket a bakasyon ya anggapoy pakanudnunotan ed say Dios ya angiter na rason ed sayan liket.
Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan rason pian walay makaligliwan silew tan dakerakel iran carnival, balet alingwanan la na totoo no panon so inpanirap di Maria tan Jose ya mananap na kuarton pondoan da; sikara so itultuloy ya bebenegan natan diad saray kaabongan ya mankokolkol.
Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan rason ya walay tawalan ed saray sasaliwen tan diad tindaan, ya anggad sikatayo ran managsaliw tan lumalako et nalilingwanan tayo la so maandon bilay na kakamarerwa tayo.
Makapaermen ya say Christmas so nagmaliw lan sakey labat ya salitan say kabaliksan to et parties tan bonus lapud alingwanan tayo la ya say Christmas et sakey ya agawa nen saman ya nepeg ya mansiansia anggad natan diad panamegley tayo.
Makapaermen ya saray kansion ed Christmas nagmaliw la ira labat ya romantic songs para saray inararod bilay ya pakaka-iliwan tayo lapud alingwanan tayo la iramay angel ya angibawag na inkianak na Katawan, a sikara so sankaabigan ya manag-caroling ed amin ya ando.
Makapaermen ya say panag-caroling no Christmas so nagmaliw lan tinaon-taon ya fund raising lapud initdan tayo na kantidad so amin tan anggan siopa.
Makapaermen ya say Simbang Gabi so magmamaliw ya sakey labat ya tradisyon na Filipino no Christmas ya anggapoy pakatalus ed say kabaliksan to, ya saya et novenan pisasalamat para say regalo na pananisia tayon Catoliko ya natan babalawen, ipipiregpireg tan bibirbiren ya anggapoy kakanaan.
Balet, misalamat tayo ed Dios, anggaman onya iraya natan, say Christmas ni so sankabalgan ya fiesta ed amin lapud sisilibraan to so inkianak nen Jesus, say sankamatalongaring ya regalo ed amin. Ipawil tayo so liket tan gayaga na Christmas tan ipawil tayo so twan rason ed sarayan panaon. Diad pananisia, nagawa irayan amin. No anggapo so pananisia, sayan panaon so magmaliw labat a fiesta na saray pagano. Say Christmas so regalo na Dios ed sikatayo. Ipawil tayo ed sikatayon dili ed saramay nanderal ed saya … kaiba tayo ed saya.
Emmanuel, say Dios so walad sikatayo. Panliuben tayo so pananisia tayo lamet. Mantulongan tayon ibilay so pananisia tayo ya walay sebeg anggan anto so onsumlang. Usar yo kami ya mangikayat na apoy na pananisia diad intiron bansa tayo. Katawan, pabaleg moy pananisia mi!
Diad Cathedral na San Juan Evangelista, 24 December 2012.
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Arsobispo na Lingayen-Dagupan
My dear people of God in the Church in Lingayen Dagupan:
Conscience attempted to speak but it has been stifled! The Reproductive Health Bill has been passed by the Senate and Congress through a majority vote. They might have won through the tyranny of numbers but it does not mean that they are right. It is only a matter of time and then we will see more violations of “Thou shall not kill” and “Thou shall not commit adultery” among our families, our youth and children. If the President will sign this into law, he will give us a moral time bomb wrapped as a gift to celebrate Christmas. This law will open more doors to abortion and more crimes against women.
Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan, let us intensify the moral spiritual education of our youth and children so that they can stand strong against the threats to their moral fibre. Let us use all the means within our reach to safeguard the health of expectant mothers in our communities. Let us make available the sacrament of matrimony to our poor couples so that they may be guided in the right path in living out their duties as husbands and wives and as Catholic parents. Let us disseminate through organized pre-wedding seminars the teachings of the Church on natural family planning at the same time warning our people about the hazardous effects of contraceptive pills on the health of women. Let us conduct our own sex education of our children insuring that sex is always understood as a gift of God. Sex must never be taught separate from God and isolated from marriage.
This is also a time for soul searching and prayers. This is a time for peacemaking. We might not see eye to eye but we can work hand in hand for the real progress that your people so richly deserve. It is a progress with God, in God and through God. Daang matuwid without God is a dead end street. Only with God can we see real progress of peoples.
From the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist, Dagupan City, December 18, 2012
+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS
Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan