Palma: Rise from adversity

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Sunday, April 20, 2014

CEBU - Archbishop Jose Palma said the resurrection of Jesus Christ should serve as a lesson for Catholics to rise from dire situations.

“Ang pagsaulog sa pagkabanhaw ni Kristo pahinumdum natong tanan nga ang atong gisundan na Diyos kay diyos na madaugon; nga ang buot ipahinumdom nato nga ang kaayo mudaog sa kadautan (Celebrating the resurrection of Christ should remind us all that we follow a God who wins over adversity; it should also remind us that good will always triumph over evil),” Palma said.

In his Easter message during a mass held at the Cebu Metropolitan Cathedral Sunday dawn, Archbishop Palma said he hopes that the risen Christ would bring new hope and renewal in the midst of different challenges.


He added that the Church remains a pillar of strength for the Cebuanos, despite the problems that they face.

“Salamat Ginoong Hesukristo, imung banay, imung simbahan gihatagan gayod ug paglaum nga bisan pa man sa among kahuyang, nagtoo kami nga adunay grasya nga magpabilin kami nga imong mga instrument, magdala niining maayong balita sa among mga kaigsonan (Thank you, Lord Jesus Christ, for giving your church hope despite our weaknesses. We believe grace will continue to be with those who bring the Good News to our brothers and sisters),” Palma said.

(Photos by Nera Mariz Puyo)

The Catholic Church has not been spared from the calamities that struck the Visayas in late 2013. The belfry of the historic Basilica del Sto. Niño in Cebu and several centuries-old churches in Bohol Province suffered damage during the earthquake last October 15.

Typhoon Yolanda, which struck last Nov. 8, damaged around 70 religious structures in the Archdiocese of Palo, where Palma used to serve before his appointment in Cebu.

But the archbishop pointed out that the love of God and the resurrection of Jesus Christ should bring to every Christian the gifts of joy and hope, as well as the promise that believers can draw strength from Jesus in the mist of their difficulties.

As people celebrated Easter Sunday, Palma urged the faithful to remain faithful to their vows to reject wrongdoing and embrace God.

Before the mass on Sunday, a reenactment of the Passion of Jesus Christ and his resurrection or the “Sugat” was performed.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on April 21, 2014.

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