Priest tells flock: Make Jesus center of your home PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 22 January 2015 12:03

PAGADIAN CITY – Monsignor Foelan “Butch” Echavez, vicar-general of the Diocese of Pagadian City on Saturday appealed to the faithful to let Jesus Christ “indwell their hearts and make Him center of their homes.”

Speaking before thousands of devout Catholics at the concelebrated mass held at the wharf area here, Echavez urged them to help pray for peace in our country, as “people are now experiencing difficulties in life.”

“People are now faced with poverty and fear. They have no assurance of their future, as they always face unexpected dangers,” he added.

Echavez cited the latest shooting incident that took place in broad daylight in front of Southern Mindanao Colleges, along Jamisola Street and near St. Columban College (Elementary Department), killing two persons.

“In a situation where there is no assurance, Pope Francis called it ‘colonization of ideology’,” Echavez said.

Echavez was reminded of the message of Pope Francis in the latter’s meeting with families in the Philippines last Jan. 16 at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila where he issued a warning against “ideological colonization” of families after reflecting on the gospel story of St. Joseph, who was warned in a dream of dangers that threatened the newly born Jesus.

“God is calling people to recognize the dangers threatening our own families. There is an ideological colonization, thus we have to be careful with that as it tries to destroy the family,” Echavez quoted Pope Francis as saying.

“Despite the unfortunate events that happened in our family, we will not lose hope for the child Jesus inspires us to give our sincere faith to Him. We will allow the child Jesus to manage the affairs of our lives because he will teach us to do good things, guide and strengthen us to live good lives,” Echavez concluded. — FPG/GCC/PIA-Zamboanga del Sur