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MESSAGE to the PEOPLE OF GOD: Communio as Gift and Mission

Post Synodal Message to the Faithful of the Archdiocese of Lingayen Dagupan

We were called together by the Lord and now he sends us forth!

We your brothers and sisters, members of the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan, came together in the name of the Lord around our Archbishop Socrates from the many different parishes, schools and communities of our archdiocese to study together, to pray together and to discern together the will of the Lord for us His Church.

We came from many different backgrounds with varied ages, occupations and vocations and yet we celebrated that which made us one—the call to be saints together, that calling that you and all of us received from the Lord on the day we were baptized. There were more than one hundred seventy reasons to be different but we had only one reason to unite us—Jesus Christ. Indeed our Lord gathered together our differences and gave us the blessing of pananabangan. Communio God’s gift is also our mission.

The Shadows

We celebrated the synod under the grieving shadow of the more than 13,000 countrymen who have been killed in the anti-drug campaign. Although we live up north, we were not detached from the terror and destruction that the ongoing war in Marawi has wrought upon our brothers and sisters in southern Philippines.

We allowed the uncorrected and widespread corruption in public service to disturb us and to challenge us in our deliberations. We were aware of the deep divide between the faith that our lips profess and the immorality that our lives tolerate. We did not ignore the discrepancy between the memorized dogmas in our minds and the scandalous example of our lives as members of the Church and citizens of the country. We were aware of the many forms in which the truth is being attacked by trolls, by fake news and the continuing erosion of courtesy and civility in the way we use social media. We were cognizant of the deep longing of our youth and children for meaning, a search that is not always answered with satisfaction by us their parents and pastors.

Indeed there were many shadows that hovered over our heads as the synod opened but the shadow of God’s presence was even stronger, more palpable and ever present.

Communio is our Key

At the conclusion of our Synod on Communio, we offer communio as the answer to all the doubts and questions that we face right now as citizens and as Christian believers. We began by looking at communio primarily as a gift and mission but we now end the Synod appreciating communio as the light that can dispel all the shadows. Communio is our gift, our mission and yes….our key. Communio if truly lived has the incredible power to remove all the shadows of our lives and make this world a better and more beautiful place where God’s light always shines.

Communio and the Killings

If we only allow the message of love in communio that binds the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit to rule the way we live, how can the killings continue? Love does not kill. Love is life giving. Love nurtures. The drug user is a brother and a sister. His dignity comes not from his good behavior but from the breath of the Spirit that the drug user received when he was created. When love is forgotten, violence prospers. When God’s face in every person is ignored, death becomes the only way to end criminality. The blood of those killed in the anti-drug campaign is the howling symptom that the spirit of communio is lacking if not absent. The sense of bayanihan or communio must be killed first before the brother or sister is killed. If communio is alive, the sacredness of life will always be safeguarded. We are our brother’s keepers (Gen.4:9).

The terror in Marawi invites us to stay in communio beyond geography and distance. The death toll in Marawi, the martial law in Mindanao, the displaced evacuees in Iligan—they all challenge us to pray for peace, to work for peace, to give peace. The communio that the synod adopted as the main agenda is not just a communio in Pangasinan. It is a communio that even goes beyond the borders of the Philippines and our planet. The whole universe is my brother, the entire creation is my mother. We are all one Body. No man is an island. None of us lives for oneself (Rom 7:14).Communio and Corruption

We offer the spirit of communio as the healing balm to cure the rampant culture of corruption that we all complain about. Many of us feel helpless about graft. Many have grown cynical if not numb. Corruption indeed thrives in hiddenness. The corrupt gets bolder thinking that no one sees. Lady Justice is blind and it only becomes wrong if you are caught. Communio as a spirituality will jolt those tempted to steal secretly that nothing is secret because God knows. If communio is lived, it will become the conscience to stand in the way of stealing public funds. In communio nothing is hidden; stealing hurts right away and sin is punished always.

Communio and Technology

All human inventions most especially technology must be at the service of communio for humanity. Social media must be put at the service of communio so that it can do great things. It must connect not divide. It must build not destroy. It must help us do great things not diminish our human values. We have given computers the ability to think like humans but we humans have started to act like computers—without ethics, without courtesy, without truth, without mercy, without decency, without love. Trolls will remain trolls but why do we allow ourselves humans to become trolls? Indeed at the sunset of this earthly life, we will be judged not according to the “likes” we received on social media but on the imprints of love we have left on one another. Paraphrasing Mother Teresa of Calcutta, God calls us not be to successful and popular but to be faithful and loving. To live for love and service is the fruit of living in communio.

The Eucharist is Communio

The Eucharist as the source and summit of Christian life is the source and summit of communio. God comes to us and we go to Him. In the Eucharist, God and humanity become a communio. In this communio, our youth and children can find the meaning they seek. So much still needs to be done if we wish to discover the hidden treasures of the Mass. The Mass as communio is the life of the entire people of the Church. In the words of Pope Francis, the Eucharist is an action for the people and of the people.

We dream to be a Church of the poor. There is a lot that we must let go in order to become better teachers of the Gospel. Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses… It is therefore primarily by her conduct and by her life that the Church will evangelize the world. (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41).

Communio challenges us to go beyond doing good things for the poor into living poor and being poor with the poor. The communio we profess for the poor would be plain lip service unless we live with the poor, eat the food of the poor and sleep with the poor. We are all poor in many and varied ways.

Communio demands from us a deeper commitment to Gospel of simplicity. We are called to self-effacing humility in service. Communio demands conversion and witnessing. The Gospel according to the poor is like a mine of infinite treasures and only the pure of heart can find it. It is not the Gospel dressed in gold that will convince the world about Christ but the Gospel of humility and simplicity. It is not the Gospel that threatens but the Gospel that invites that will inspire.

Here before the feet of Our Lady of Manaoag, the lady whose loving call we have heard, the voice that invites us to live in communio, we renew our commitment to be a Church in pananabangan. We invite you our brothers and sisters in the faith to embrace what we have seen, to follow what we have heard and to live what we here celebrate.

Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, take us into your heart where your Son always lives. With you, we want to live always in communio with Jesus.

We were called together by the Lord and now he sends us forth!

From the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag, September 9, 2017 at the conclusion of the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan, we the one hundred seventy members together with our Archbishop Socrates greet you in the communio of the Father the Son and the Holy Spirit.

Amen.

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PANGASINAN TRANSLATION

MENSAHE ed TOTOO’Y DIOS: COMMUNIO, INPANGARO TAN MISYON

Mensahe kasumpal na Sinodo para saray Totoo’y Dios na Lingayen-Dagupan

Sikami so tinawag na Katawan tan natan, ibabaki to kami!

Sikami ran agagi yon kabiangan na Kumadwan Sinodo na Lingayen-Dagupan, so nandaragup ed ngaran na Katawan a kaibay Arsobispo Socrates. Nanlapo kamid nanduroman parokya, eskwelaan tan ulopan na Arkidiosis tayo ya mankakasakey ya nanaral, nandasal tan kinabat so linawa na Katawan para sikatayo a Simbaan to.

Nanlapu kamid nanduroman kipapasen ed taon, panagbilay tan tawag balet sinilibraan mi so angiter na pankakasakey ed sikami — say tawag a magmaliw a sasanto, sayan tawag ya inawat tayon balang sinansakey a nanlapud Katawan nen sikatayo so abinyagan. Masulok a sanlasus tan pitomplon rason ya komon sikami so mankakapiga balet saksakey so rason no akin walay pankakasakey — si Jesus Cristo. Inpatotogyop na Katawan iray panduromaan mi tan inter Tod sikami so bendision na pananabangan. Say communio so inpangaro na Dios tan saya met so misyon tayo.

Saray Anino

Say silibrasyon na Sinodo so walad silong na anino’y kaermenan na masulok a labintalon libon kabaleyan tayon pinapatey lapud say kampanya laban ed droga. Anggaman sikatayo so manaayam diad Baybay (Norte), agkami nisian ed say takot tan deral a walad saray agagi tayon walad abalaten na Pilipinas lapud say bakal ed Marawi. Inabuloyan min panpagaan tan suboken kami ray kinmayat tan apaolyanan ya kurapsyon ed “public service” diad saray inpantotongtong mi. Bibirbiren mi’y aralem ya inpansian na pananisian ibabalikas mi tan say immoralidad ya papaolyan mi. Agmi met pinaolyanan ya imanoen so pidumaan na inpatlek iran “dogma” ed kanunutan tan saray iskandaloson alimbawa na bilay mi ran kabiangan na Simbaan. Abirbir mi met iray nanduroman pamaakaran no panon ya say katwaan ed dederalen na saray “trolls” na “fake news” tan say nababalang a panaggalang tan inkabaing ed say panagusar na “social media”. Amta mi so pirpirawat na saray ogogaw tan kalangweran ed pakatalus, say panag-tepet ya aliwan lanang ya nagnap ya nanaebatan na saray ataateng tan papari.

Twa, dakerakel iray aninon wala rad sikami mi nen say Sinodo so ginmapo balet say anino na kiwawala na Dios so mas mabiskeg, mas nalikas tan mas lawas wadia.

Say Communio so Tumbok

Diad sampot na Sinodo na Communio, iyaawat mi a say communio so ebat ed saray arapen iran panderewa tan tepet tayo natan iran ombaley tan mananisian Cristiano. Ginapoan min ninengneng so communio ya manunan sakey a inpangaro tan misyon,  balet natan ta asumpal la so Sinodo, walay panamabli mid communio a singa silew ya mangeekal na amin ya anino. Say communio so inpangaro tan misyon tayo. Tan sakey a tombok tayo. No twan ibilay tayo so communio, walay makapakelaw ya pakapanyari ton ekalen iray amin ya anino na bilay tayo tan pagmaliwen to yan mundo a mas maong tan mas marakep a pasen a mansinag lawas so liwawa na Dios.

Communio tan saray Pateyan

No abuloyan tayon say mensahe na panangaro unong ed communio na Ama tan say Anak tan say Ispiritu Santo so manoley no panon tayon manbilay, panon a sarayan pateyan so mansiansia ni? Ag mamapatey so aro. Mabonlok so aro. Mangiiter na bilay so aro. Sakey ya agi so”drug user”. Say dignidad to et aliwan manlalapud say inkamaong na kiwas to no ingen nanlapud say masanton ingas na Spirito ya naawat na sayan managusar na droga nen sikatoy pinalsa. No nalingwanan so aro, manoley so inkaatap. Say dala na saray pinapatey ed say kampanya laban ed droga so manongol ya tanda’y kakulangan odino ingen say inkaandi na ispirito na communio. Unaan ya pateyen ni so kabaliksan na communio sakbay ya pateyen iray agagi tayo. No mabilay so communio, say inkasagrado na bilay so lawas nailaban. Sikatayo’y managasikasod agagi tayo. (Gen 4,9).

Say takot ya walad Marawi so manatawag ed sikatayo ya ibilay so communio ed anggan inter tan anton kaarawi. Say karakel ya inaatey ed Marawi, say Martial Law ed Mindanao, saray niaarawid kaabongan dan agagi tayon walad Iligan — sikaraya so manusobok ed sikatayo ya mandasal para kareenan, mankimey para kareenan, mangiter na kareenan. Say communio ya tinongtong ed Sinodo et aliwan para say luyag tayon Pangasinan labat. Say communio anggad paway na bansay Pilipinas tan planeta tayo. Say sansinakoban so agik, san amin ya pinalsa so inak. Saksakey tayon Laman. Anggapo toon manbokbokor. Anggapo toon manbibibilay para sikato labat. (Rom 7,14).

Communio tan Korapsyon

Iyaawat mi so communio ya mamaabig ed say kultura na korapsyon ya paneermanan tayo. Dakel ed sikatayo so nanaekalay ilalo nipaakar ed korapsyon. Dakel la so ag mibabali’d korapsyon. Paamot so bilay na korapsyon. Say matakew so mas ombiskeg no amta ton anggapo’y makakanengneng tan manbabantay. Bulag so Katonongan tan singa maoges labat so korapsyon na walay naerel. Ed ispirito na communio, natenyeg komun iray natutukson mantakew lapud anggapo’y naiyamot lapud kabat ya amin na Dios. No ibilay so communio, magmaliw a konsiensia iya ed saray matatakew na kaban na baley. Diad communio, anggapoy akaamot; makakasakit ya tampol so panagtakew tan lawas nadusa so kasalanan.

Communio tan Teknolohiya

Walad panaglinkur ed communio so amin ya inventions na too laut la’y teknolohiya. Say social media so nepeg ya manlinkur ed communio pian mas dakel so nagawaan ton mararakep ya bengatla. Nepeg ya makapanpasakey aliwan makapanpasumlangan. Nepeg ya makapanapiger aliwan makaderal. Makatulong ed sikatayon manggaway bengatlan mangitanduro na dignidad na too, agto lamesen iya. Ginawa tayon saray computers so walay abilidad ya manunot ya singa too balet nagmaliw tayo lan totoo ya singa computers — anggapoy panuntonan ed kamaungan tan kaugsan, anggapoy kababaingan, anggapoy katwaan, anggapoy panangasi, anggapoy panangaro. Mansiansian trolls iray trolls. Akin balet et aabuloyan tayo’y dili tayon magmaliw ya trolls met? Diad pansironget na bilay tayod mundo, sikatayo so naokom, aliwan diad karakel na “likes” ya naawat tayod social media no ingen no panon tayon angaro ed kapara tayo. Inkuan nen Mother Teresa ed Calcutta: Tatawagen itayo na Dios aliwan pian sikatayo so magmaliw a maaliguas tan bantog, balet pian sikatayo so matoor tan maaro. Say panagbilay ed panangaro tan panaglinkur so bunga na panagbilay ed communio.

Eukaristia so Communio

Say Eukaristia ya sobol tan sankatageyan na bilay na Cristiano so sobol tan sankatageyan na communio. Ondadago’y Dios ed sikatayo tan sikatayo so onoonlad Sikato. Diad Eukaristia, say Dios tan too so nagmamaliw a communio. Diad sayan communio, naalmo na saray kalangweran tan anak tayo so makabaliksan a talus ya pirpirawat da. Dakerakel ni nepeg ya gawaen pian naalmo tayo’y kayamanan na Misa. Say Misa ya communio so bilay na amin a totoo ya Simbaan. Diad inbalikas nen Papa Francisco, say Eukaristia so kimey para totoo tan na totoo.

Pilalek tayon sikatayo so magmaliw a Simbaan para saray doruka. Dakerakel so itbanan tayo pian magmaliw tayon mas maong a managbangat na Ibanghilyo. Say too’d sarayan panaon so mas ondedengel ed saray mantatasi nen saray managbangat, tan no sikato so ondengel ed saray managbangat, lapu labat ta sikara mantatasi. (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41).

 

Susuboken itayo na communio ya aliwa labat ya  manggawa’y kamaungan ed saray mairap bilay no ingen manbilay a doruka tan sakey a doruka a kaiba ray doruka. Say ibabalikas tayon para saray mairap bilay so anggapoy kakanaan no agtayo manbilay a kaiba ray doruka, mangan na kakanen na saray doruka tan onogip a kaiba ray doruka. Sikatayo so doruka ed dakerakel tan nanduroman kipapasen tan pamaakaran.

 

Kekerewen na communio ed sikatayo a manbilay ed Ibanghilyo na inkayano. Tatawagen itayon manpaabeba ed panaglingkur. Kekerewen na communio so panangoman tan panagtasi. Say Ibanghilyo unong ed saray duroka so singa mina na agnasukat a kayamanan tan say malinis a puso labat so makalmo ed saya. Aliwan Ibanghilyo ya akawesa’y balitok so makatangguyor ed mundo nipaakar ed si Cirsto no ingen say Ibanghilyo na panagpaabeba tan inkayanon. Aliwan Ibanghilyon manataktakot balet Ibanghilyon manatawag tan managpabiskeg na ilalo.

 

Daid salian na Inan Birhen na Manaoag, say Inan maaron manatawag ya dingel mi,  say bosis ya manatawag ed sikami ya manbilay ed communio, papasimbaloen mi so toor min magmaliw a Simbaan ed Pananabangan. Kekerewen mid sikayo ran agagi mid pananisia ya lakapen so anengneng mi, tumboken so nadngel mi tan ibilay so sisilibraan mi natan.

 

O Inan Birhen na Santo Rosario na Manaoag, awit mo kamid pusom a diman say Anak mo so lawas manaayam. Pirawat min manbilay lawas ed communio a kaiba kayo Ina tan si Jesus ya Anak yo.

 

Sikami so saksakey a tinawag na Katawan tan natan ibabaki Da kami!

 

Diad Basilica na Inan Birhen na Santo Rosario na Manaoag, Septiembre 9, 2017, diad kaunoran na Kumadwan Sinodo na Lingayen-Dagupan, sikami ran sanlasus an pitomplon kabiangan na Sinodo a kaiba mi Arsobispo Socrates so mangibabanod sikayo ed communio na Ama, Anak tan say Ispirito Santo.

Amen.

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PILIPINO TRANSLATION

PAHATID SA BAYAN NG DIYOS: Communio: Kaloob at Misyon

Pahatid sa Pagtatapos ng Synodo sa mga Mananampalataya ng Arkidiyosesis ng Lingayen Dagupan

Tinawag at tinipon tayo ng Panginoon.  Ngayo’y isinusugo niya tayo.

Kaming inyong mga kapatid na kasapi ng Ikalawang Synodo ng Lingayen Dagupan ay nagtipon sa ngalan ng Panginoon sa piling ng ating Arsobipong si Socrates mula sa iba’t ibang parokya, paaralan at pamayanan ng ating arkidiyosesis upang sama-samang magnilay, manalangin at tuklasin ang kalooban ng Panginoon sa kanyang simbahan.

Bagmat nagmula kami sa iba’t ibang karanasan, antas, hanapbuhay at bokasyon, ipinagdiwang namin ang nagbubuklod sa amin – ang hamon na sama–samang maging banal.  Ito’y tinanggap natin mula sa Panginoon noong tayo’y binyagan.  Higit sa isang daan at pitumpung dahilan ang maging magkakaiba ngunit may isang tanging dahilan na nagbubuklod sa amin – si Hesukristo.  Tinipon kami ng Panginoon sa aming pagkakaiba at ipinakaloob ang biyaya ng pananabangan. Communio – ito’y kaloob ng Diyos at ating misyon.

Ang mga Anino

Ipinagdiwang natin ang synodo sa ilalim ng nagluluksang anino ng higit sa 13,000 mga kababayan nating pinaslang sa kampanya laban sa droga.  Bagamat tayo’y nasa Norte, hindi tayo manhid sa dulot na takot at mapanirang karahasan ng kasalukusang digmaan sa Marawi sa ating mga kapatid sa Mindanao.  Sa aming mga talakayan, hinayaan namin mabagabag at hamunin kami ng hindi maituwid at laganap na korupsyon sa pamahalaan.  Mulat kami sa matingkad na paghihiwalay ng pananampalatayang ipinapahayag ng ating mga labi at imoralidad na nakikita sa ating mga buhay.  Hindi namin isinantabi ang malawig na pagkakaiba ng mga isinaulong dogma at ng palalong halimbawa ng ating mga buhay bilang mga kasapi ng simbahan at mamamayan ng ating bayan.  Batid namin ang maraming paraan ng pagdungis sa katotohanan ng mga trolls, fake news at ang pagguho ng magalang at mapitagang  pamamaraan sa social media.   Mulat kami sa malalim na pagnanais ng mga bata at kabataan na makatuklas ng kahulugan na madalas na hindi natutugunan ng mga magulang at ng mga pastol ng simbahan.

Tunay ngang kay daming anino na lumukob sa amin sa pagbubukas ng synodo ngunit mas makapangyarihan at mas nararamdaman ang anino ng pananatili ng Diyos.

Communio ang susi

Sa pagtatapos ng synodo ng Communio, handog namin ang communio bilang tugon sa lahat ng pag-aalinlangan at tanong na hinaharap natin bilang mga mamamayan at mananampalatayang Kristiyano.  Nagsimula kaming ituring ang  communio bilang kaloob at misyon.  Ngayon nagtapos na ang Synodo, itinuturing namin ang communio bilang tanglaw na dadaig sa kadiliman ng mga anino. Ang communio ay kaloob at misyon at tunay nga na ating susi.

Kung tunay na isasabuhay ang communio, ito’y may matinding kapangyarihan na sugpuin ang lahat ng mga anino sa ating buhay. Mapagbabagong-anyo ng communio ang ating mundo na maging mas mabuti at magandang tahanan kung saan ang liwanag ng Diyos ay sisikat sa ating lahat.

Communio at ang mga Pagpaslang

Kung hahayaan lamang nating maging batayan ng ating pamumuhay ang communio na nagbubuklod sa pag-ibig ng Ama, Anak at Espiritu Santo, paano pang magkakapuwang ang mga pagpaslang?  Hindi pumapatay ang pag-ibig.  Nagbibigay-buhay ang pag-ibig. Kumakalinga tungo sa ikabubuti ng minamahal ang pag-ibig.  Ang mga taong nalulon sa droga ay mga kapatid natin.  Ang kanilang dignidad ay hindi batay sa kanilang matuwid na pamumuhay kundi mula sa Espiritung Banal na inihinga sa paglikha sa tao.  Kapag nalilimutan ang pag-ibig, naghahari ang karahasan.  Kapag ang mukha ng Diyos sa bawat tao ay pinagsasawalang bahala, kamatayan ang itinatakdang tanging tugon upang wakasan ang kasamaan.

Ang dugo ng mga napaslang sa kampanya laban sa droga ang nananaghoy na tanda na nananamlay o naglalaho na ang diwa ng communio. Unang pinapatay ang diwa ng  bayanihan o communio bago pa man paslangin ang isang kapatid.  Kung buhay ang diwa ng communio, ang banal na kahalagahan ng buhay ay tiyak na mapangangalagaan.  Tayo’y tagapag-ingat ng ating kapatid.

Inaanyayahan tayo ng terorismo sa Marawi na manatili sa communio nang higit sa limitasyong itinakda ng nasasakop ng lupa at dagat. Ang maraming namatay sa Marawi, ang martial law sa Mindanao, ang mga kababayan natin sa Iligan na nalayo sa kanilang kinagisanang tahanan – lahat ng ito ay humahamon sa ating na manalangin para sa kapayapaan, itaguyod ang kapayaan, at ipagkaloob ang kapayapaan.

Ang communio na itinakda ng synodo bilang pangunahing agenda ay hindi lang communio sa Pangasinan.  Ito ay communio na tumatawid sa nasasakop ng buong bansa at buong mundo.  Ang buong sansinukob ay aking kapatid.  Ang buong sangnilikha ay aking ina.  Tayo’y bahagi ng iisang katawan.  Walang sinuman ang nabubuhay para sa kanyang sarili lamang. (Rom 7:14)

Communio at Korupsyon

Handog natin ang diwa ng communio bilang langis na humihilom upang ituwid ang talamak na kultura ng korupsyon na idinadaing nating lahat.  Ramdam ng marami sa atin na tila wala nang pag-asa. Marami ang sumuko at namanhid na.  Nagtatagumpay ang korupsyon sa pagtatago nito.  Malakas ang loob ng kawatan dahil walang nakatingin at walang nakabantay.  Bulag ang Katarungan at tila nagiging mali lamang ang isang bagay kung ito’y nahuhuli at nabubunyag.  Yayanigin at uusigin ng diwa ng communio ang sinumang natutuksong magnakaw ng palihim sapagkat walang nalilihim sa Panginoon.  Kung isasabuhay ang communio, magiging konsensiya ito na hahadlang sa daan ng sinumang nais na magnakaw sa kaban ng bayan.  Sa communio, walang maililihim.  Makakasugat ang pagnanakaw at maparurusahan ang kasalanan.

Communio at Teknolohiya

Dapat na maging lingkod ng communio para sa sangkatauhan ang lahat ng nilkha ng tao lalo na ang teknolohiya.  Dapat ding maging lingkod ng communio ang social media.  Hindi ito dapat naghahati hati sa atin.  Ito’y dapat bumuo hindi sumira.  Dapat tayong tulungan nitong gumawa ng mga dakilang bagay at hindi yurakin ang mga pinahahalagahan natin.  Nilikha ang mga computers upang mapantayan ang kakayahang mag-isip ng tao.  Ngunit tayong mga tao ay tila nagmimistulang computer na rin – walang panuntunan ng kabutihan, walang paggalang, walang katotohanan, walang habag, walang katuwiran, walang pag-ibig.  Mananatiling trolls ang mga trolls ngunit bakit hinayaan nating maging trolls tayong mga tao?  Sa dapit-hapon ng ating mga buhay, ang magiging batayan ng paghuhukom ay hindi ang dami ng “likes” na tinanggap natin sa social media kundi sa dami ng bakas ng pag-ibig na iniwan natin sa bawat isa.  Sa diwa ng pangungusap ni Mother Teresa ng Calcutta, hindi tayo inaasahan ng Diyos na maging matagumpay at tanyag kundi maging tapat at mapagmahal.  Ang mamuhay sa pag-ibig at paglilingkod ay bunga ng pamumuhay sa communio.

Ang Eukaristiya ay Communio

Ang Eukaristiya na pinagmumulan at pinatutunguhan ng ating buhay Kristiyano ay siyang pinagmumulan at pinatutunguhan ng communio. Lumalapit sa atin ang Diyos at tayo’y dumudulog sa kanya.  Sa Eukaristiya, nagaganap ang communio ng Diyos at ng tao.  Sa communio na ito, natutuklasan ng mga bata at kabataan ang kahulugang hinahanap hanap nila.  Marami pang dapat gawin upang matuklasan natin ang yaman ng Eukaristiya.  Ang Misa ay communio sa buhay ng lahat ng kasapi ng simbahan.  Sa pangungusap ni Papa Francisco, ang Eukaristiya ay pagkilos para sa sambayanan at ng sambayanan.

Pinapangrap natin na maging simbahan ng mga dukha.  Marami tayong dapat ipagparaya upang maging mas mabuting tagapagpahyag tayo ng Mabuting Balita. “Nakikinig ang mga tao ng kasalukuyang panahon sa mga saksi, higit kaysa mga guro.  At kung makinig man sila sa mga guro, ito’y sapagkat ang mga guro ay mga saksi rin.  Maipapahayag sa mundo ang Mabuting Balita higit sa lahat sa pamamagitan ng  mabuting asal at paraan ng pamumuhay” (Evangelii Nuntiandi, 41).

Hinahamon tayo ng communio na hindi lamang magmalasakit sa mga dukha kundi mamuhay nang dukha at maging dukha kaisa ng mga kapwa dukha.  Ang communio na ipinapahayag natin para sa mga dukha ay mananatiling bukambibig lamang hanggat hindi tayo namumuhay kasama ang mga dukha, kumakain ng pagkakin ng mga dukha at nakikipamuhay kasama ang mga dukha.  Tayong lahat ay dukha sa marami at iba’t ibang pamamaraan.

 

 

Hinihiling ng communio ang mas malalim na pananinindigan sa Mabuting Balita katulad ng kapayakan.  Tinatawag tayo tungo sa paglilingkod na lumilimot at pumapanaw sa sarili.  Hamon ng communio ang pagpapatotoo.  Ang Mabuting Balita mula sa mga dukha ay tila mina ng yaman na tanging matatagpuan ng may dalisay na puso.  Hindi mahihimok ang mundo patungo kay Kristo ng Mabuting Balitang pinalamutian ng ginto kundi ng Mabuting Balita ng kapakumbabaan at kapayakan.  Hindi ang Mabuting Balita na nananakot kundi ang Mabuting Balita na nag-aanyaya ang magbibigay buhay at sigla.

 

Dito sa paanan ng Mahal na Birhen ng Manoag, ang Birheng mapagmahal na tumatawag, ang tinig na nag-aanyaya sa atin na mamuhay sa communio, pinaninibago namin ang aming paninindigan at pangako na maging Simbahan ng pananabangan. Inaanyayahan namin kayo mga kapatid sa pananampalataya na yakapin ang aming nakita, dinggin an gaming narinig at isabuhay ang amin ngayong ipinagdiriwang.

Mahal na Birhen ng Rosaryo ng Manaoag, angkinin mo kami sa inyong puso kung saan nananatili ang iyong Anak.  Kasama mo, nais naming mamuhay sa communio kaisa ni Hesus.

Tinawag at tinipon tayo ng Panginoon.  Ngayo’y isinusugo niya tayo.

Mula sa Basilica ng Mahal na Birhen ng Manaog, ika-9 ng Setyembre sa pagtatapos ng Ikalawang Synodo ng Lingayen Dagupan, kaming isang daan at pitumpung kasapi kasama ang aming Arsobispong si Socrates ay bumabati sa inyo sa diwa ng communio ng Ama, Anak at Espiritu Santo.

Amen.

 

 

 

WALKING IN THE LORD

Homily at the Opening Mass for the Second Synod of Lingayen Dagupan held at the Saint John the Evangelist Cathedral, Dagupan City last September 2, 2017

You are taking part in history today. Generations of Catholics in Pangasinan in the decades ahead will look back at what is unfolding today and hopefully give thanks for this Synod. May future generations of Catholics remember what we are doing right now with gratitude and be able to say with pride “We are Catholics from Pangasinan and we are proud of our forefathers. In their time, they gave their best to keep Pangasinan semper fidelis.” Pangasinan always faithful! Pangasinan tapat hanggang wakas.

We remember with pride Bishop Miguel Garcia, Bishop of Segovia, who convoked the Synod of Calasiao in 1773. We are standing on the shoulders of Archbishop Federico Limon, SVD who celebrated the first synod of Lingayen Dagupan in 1985. To them, we are grateful. For them we praise the Lord!

A synod is not a meeting. A synod is a journeying together. It is walking together on pilgrimage, together like the Israelites to the Land of Promise, marching together like saints to heaven. We take the same path together with a shared rhythm and a common heartbeat walang iwanan not our heartbeat but the heartbeat of the Lord.

Where do we start? Our starting point is not a place. Our starting point is a person. Our starting point is Christ, Christ who says to each one here “Come follow me”.  Gala, tumbok mo ak.

Our first duty, our only duty is to follow the Lord. We did not choose this synod. God chose us for this synod. It is not our wish. It is God’s will that we follow. We have heard the voice of the Virgin who calls in Manaoag “Come to me and let’s go to my Son”. The Virgin who calls is the Virgin who follows and with her we walk the path that Jesus walked on.

Come and stay with me. Come learn from me. Come and let me speak through you, let me act through you, let me be you.

When I signed and sent the summons to the members of the Synod, I signed those documents by the feet of the crucified Lord. I have heard the same call Gala tumbok mo ak. With you I am only a fellow disciple struggling to answer that call. We are called together to be Jesus for the world.

When we conducted the tedious surveys and dug deeply into the treasures of Church teachings, we were doing it because of the Lord. The Lord speaks to us through our Mother Church indeed, but he also speaks to us through the signs of the times. In the lights and shadows of life, in the stormy and sunny days, in the persecutions we endure and the triumphs we bask in—the Lord speaks. We must listen to Lord and to the world so that the Gospel can penetrate more hearts, touch more lives and build the Kingdom of God. Our mission is not to fill up our chapels and churches with active parishioners; our mission is to fill the dark world with the light of Christ. The challenge is not inside the Cathedral but in the streets and sidewalks, in our seas and rivers, in our factories and markets, in our stores and municipios.

Our journey of discipleship leads us always to the Upper Room where he continues to wash our feet and admonishes us “Gawa yo ya pakanudnotan ed siak”.

The synod is a journey of doing what Jesus has done. It is a call to serve. The members of the synod gather together not in power and pageantry but in humility and service. The work of the synod is a mission of washing one another’s feet, it is a mission of generous and courageous dying that the dead in the spirit may come alive again, that hearts that have become cold may be lit up again. Our standard is Christ. Our criterion is Christ. Our vision is Christ. Our task is Christ. Gawa yo ya pakanudnotan ed siak. We are at the service of one another.

If the synod is to be life giving for the Church and for society, we are called to be ready to die during the synod; to die to old beliefs, to kill the ghosts of our prejudices, to shut down our dusty mindsets. We are called to let go of customs and practices that have become security blankets rather stimuli for the Gospel. We dream not of status quo Church but an ever vibrant Church that is excited not afraid to plunge into the deep.

In dying with the Lord, we rise with the Lord and from the risen Lord, we hear the important call of the synod Laka yo, mambangat kayo!

After dying, we rise. After rising, we are sent. Go and teach!

The most important task of the synod is not to make laws but to teach. Our task is to make Gospel that has gathered dust with old memorized formulas become fresh and new again. At the end of the synod, the synodal proceedings will be turned over to me for my prayer and study. I will receive the synod documents not as a legislator but as a teacher ready to be taught by my flock. I am your teacher; I must listen to your teachings. Indeed, the first duty of the teacher is to be a pupil.

We must teach even if the government is hostile. We must teach even if the children are noisy. We must teach even if the trolls are unrelenting. We must teach even if our voices get hoarse. We must teach even if they threaten us. We must teach even if they kill us and if they kill us, our message will echo even more because the best way to teach is through martyrdom!

These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will drive out demons, they will speak new languages. They will pick up serpents with their hands, and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not harm them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”  Lakayo mambangat kayo!

Church in Lingayen Dagupan, I bid you “Come let us follow the Lord”.

Brothers and sisters in Lingayen Dagupan, I challenge you: Do not get tired of doing this in His memory!

Christians of Lingayen Dagupan Go forth and teach.

Arise! Do not be afraid.

ANG KAMPANA NG KONSENSIYA!

Panawagan sa Bayan ng Diyos sa Archdiocese ng Lingayen Dagupan

Ang gulo ng bayan!

Parami nang parami ang mga ulila sa magulang, sa asawa at sa anak.  Pakiusap na “Huwag po!”naririnig sa mga eskinita at tambakan.  Patayan sa magdamag. Panaghoy at hikbi sa madaling araw galing sa mga ulila. Ang multo ng mga pinatay ay humihingi ng awa. Ang isip ng mga buhay ay puno ng lungkot at takot “Baka ako na ang isusunod? Sino ang nakatitiyak.”

Ang gulo ng bayan!

Ang opisyal na pumatay ay may parangal. Ang pinatay ay sinisisi.  Hindi na  makapagpaliwanag ang mga bangkay sa bintang sa kanila “Nanlaban kasi”. Hindi na nila masabi “Nagmakaawa po ako hindi ako lumaban!” Sino ang magtatanggol sa kanila?

Kung may tatlumpu at dalawang patay daw araw-araw ay gaganda ang ating buhay…at ang mga kababayan ay tumatango sa pagsang-ayon. Pumapalakpak ang kababayan at sumisigaw nang may ngiti “Dapat lang!” habang binibilang ang bangkay sa dilim, habang bumabaybay sa kaliwa’t kanang lamay sa patay.

Pagpatay daw ang lunas sa lahat ng kasamaan. Pagpatay daw ang dapat para sa taong sinira ng droga. Ang bayang ayaw daw sa droga ay dapat na pumayag na patayin ang pusher. Kapag nanindigan para sa dukhang na tokhang, tiyak na maliligo ka sa mura at banta. Marami naman ang nagpapatakot!

Ito na ba ang bagong tama?

Bakit kakarampot na lamang ang kababayang naaawa sa mga ulila? Hindi na ba tayo marunong umiyak? Bakit hindi na tayo nasisindak sa tunog ng baril at agos ng dugo sa bangketa? Bakit walang nagagalit laban sa drogang ipinasok galing Tsina? Bakit ang mga mahihirap na lang lagi ang binabaril at kapag mayamang “malakas sa itaas” ay kailangan muna ng imbestigasyon at affidavit?

Ang gulo ng bayan! May maling nangyayari sa bayan!

May dapat iwasto sa bayan! May dapat pagsisihan ang bayan! Humingi tayo ng tawad sa Diyos.

Sabi ng Banal na Kasulatan “Kung ang aking bayan na tinatawag sa pamamagitan ng aking pangalan ay magpakumbaba at dumalangin, at hanapin ang aking mukha, at talikuran ang kanilang masamang mga lakad; akin ngang didinggin sa langit, at ipatatawad ko ang kanilang kasalanan, at pagagalingin ko ang kanilang lupain.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)

May pagkukulang tayo sa Diyos kaya may gulo at dugo. May dapat tayong gawing tama upang manumbalik ang paghahari ng Diyos sa ating bayan. Hindi likas sa atin ang matuwa sa patayan.

Nang dahil dito…

Simula ikadalampu at dalawa ng Agosto (Agosto 22) Pista ni Mariang Reyna ng Sanlibutan, ang lahat ng KAMPANA sa LAHAT NG SIMBAHAN SA LINGAYEN DAGUPAN ay IBABAGTING SIMULA ALAS OTSO NG GABI SA LOOB NG BUONG KINSE MINUTOS NANG TULOY TULOY. Gagawin natin ito hanggang ikadalawampu at pito ng Nobyembre (Nobyembre 27) pista ng Birhen Medalya Milagrosa.

Ang pagkampana tuwing alas otso sa loob ng kinse minutos ay alay na panalangin para sa mga pinatay. Matanggap nawa nila ang kapayapaang hindi nila naranasan noong sila ay nabubuhay pa.

Ang tunog ng kampana ay tinig ng Diyos na sana ay gumising sa konsensiyang manhid at bulag. Huwag kang papatay! Kasalanan yan! Labag sa batas yan! Yan ang sabi ng kampana!

Ang bagting ng kampana ay tawag ng pag gising sa bayang hindi na marunong makiramay sa ulila, nakalimutan ng makiramay at duwag na magalit sa kasamaan. Ang tunog ng kampana ay tawag na ihinto ang pagsang ayon sa patayan!

Ibalik natin ang pagiging tao. Ibalik natin ang dangal Pilipino. Ikampana ang dangal ng buhay! Ikampana ang karapatan ng mga pinapatay na mahihirap!

Mula Katedral ng San Juan Evangelista, Dagupan City, Agosto 20, 2017

 

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Arsobispo ng Lingayen Dagupan

 

Circular 2017-14: Eucharistic Celebrations for the Second Synod

August 14, 2017

Memorial of Saint Maximillian Kolbe

Circular 2017-14

RE: Eucharistic Celebrations for the Second Synod

My dear people of God:

You are invited to join the celebration of the Mass of the Holy Spirit on the occasion of the Opening of the Synod of Lingayen Dagupan to be held on Saturday September 2, 2017 at the Cathedral of Saint John the Evangelist at nine o’clock in the morning. The catechists, lay liturgical and social action ministers and our youth leaders must attend this Opening Mass.

All the members of the synod must be at the Mass to make their oath of office before assuming their ecclesiastical function. The Sacred Penitentiary will grant a plenary indulgence with Apostolic Blessings upon all who will attend the opening Mass.

The closing Mass will be held on September 9, Saturday, at the Minor Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary of Manaoag at three o’clock in the afternoon.  The medallions of participation at the synod will be bestowed at this Closing Mass as well as the usual plenary indulgence and Papal Benediction.

We are at the threshold of a new chapter in our pilgrimage as a people of God in Lingayen Dagupan. This a wonderful time to be Catholics!

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

Circular 2017-13: Homilies to Prepare for the Synod

July 25, 2017

Feast of Saint James the Apostle

Circular 2017-13

RE: Homilies to Prepare for the Synod

Reverend Fathers:

You will find enclosed with this letter the homilies to be delivered in all the Sunday Masses of August 2017 in order to prepare the people of God for the convocation of our Archdiocesan Synod fromSeptember 2 to9 next.

The homilies are available in English, Pilipino and Pangasinan for your consideration. I trust that thePrayer for the Synod continues to be prayed in all Masses by this time until September 9, the concluding day of the Synod.Thank you for your steadfast love for the Church and unstinting faith in the Lord who “makes all things new”.

Sincerely yours,

+SOCRATES B. VILLEGAS

Archbishop of Lingayen Dagupan

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