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PEACETALK: In the controversial pastoral situation of the Cotabaton Archdiocese, the shepherd must be like a child

Despite the "great emotional upheaval", former Jolo Bishop, now the Archbishop of Cotabato says, "My faith tells us that we must continue the hand of friendship"

(Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI Abp Set up Homily, Angelito R. Lampon, OMI Archbishop Cotabato, Immaculate Conception Cathedral January 30, 2019)

Your Ambassador Gabriele Giordano Caccia, Consultant of the Holy Father, Philippine Apostolic Nuncio; Your luxurious, Archbishop Romulo Valles, Davao Achbishop and Philippine Catholic Bishops Conference, your worship negotiations, brother bishops, sister, brother and fathers, our Lord of Love, our brothers and sisters in the Lord


Our New Shepherd, Archbishop Angelito Rendon Lampon, OMI, is installed in a situation that is very important for his pastoral leadership. He got here from the Jolo coach, masking the provinces of Tawi-Tawin and Sulu. A number of days in the past, devastating terrorism hit Sunday worshipers at Jolo Cathedral, where he so typically celebrated Mass, and virtually can feel the shepherd's pain in the depths of his coronary heart when his flock values ​​have been murdered or wounded. Jolo, the Apostolic Church of Many Islands, Crying for His Youngsters, Muslims, Christians, and Different Religions – this is the start line for the new Archbishop

Archbishop Angelito Rendon Lampon, OMI, on Wednesday afternoon, January 30, 2019 who has retired from the Cotabato Archbishop. Papal Nuncio, Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia (L), describes the set up in a strict security as a "Philippine event" besides in the Philippines, however "the entire Catholic Churcchin". MindaNews picture GREGORIO C. BUENO

And now he’s amongst us in the Archdiocese of Cotabat, whom the Holy Father calls our shepherd. His place of arrival is just not as totally different as his place of departure. Many bombs have exploded in the Archdiocese in recent times. We aren’t strangers to terrorism. The security of worry and insecurity is proved by strict safety throughout this celebration. I've never seen 20 years Cotabatin Archbishop that I’ve seen two APC (Armored Personnel Service, Simbas), that are parked outdoors the Archbishop's residence. I have by no means seen so many troopers and policemen guarding the primary road around the cathedral. Even our Pope Nuncio has to deliver six cops to lifeless garments. Here, indeed, the setting around worry and insecurity actually grabs the metropolis.

The shepherd graduated as a sacrifice

But Archbishop Lito does not know the violence. He succeeded Bp. Ben de Jesus, OMI, Jolo Apostolic altar twenty years ago. Bishop Ben was a much-loved Muslim and Christian, but he was nonetheless a martyr outdoors Jolo Cathedral. There isn’t a cause that Bp Lito chose the bishop's motto, Accipe oblationem meam – to receive my oblation, towards my supply, Lord. Indeed, the motto is accipe oblationem vitae meae. Reply, Lord, the sufferer of my life. As a Jolo Bishop, he and his flock endure deep distress from the homicide of two OMI missionaries in Jolo, Fr. Benjie Inocencio and Fr. Rey Roda, Cotabateño.

Appointment of the Holy Father, Archbishop of Cotabato is required, I am convinced, a holy readiness to get the full which means of accipe oblationem vitae meae. Accept, Lord, as the sufferer of my life.

Telling the story of Jesus in the Cotabato Archdiocese

To provide mild to our celebration at present, let's briefly talk about the first reading of this evening's statutes

. Chatting with individuals and elders, Peter is full of the Holy Spirit. He defines the healing of grief in the power of Jesus, crucified and risen from the lifeless. He proclaims Jesus as the Savior.

Cardinal Orlando B. Quevedo, OMI, delivers his newest homily to Archbishop Cotabaton on January 30, 2019, when Arcbhishop Angelito Lampon, OMI, is put in in Cotabato's new Arcbhishop. GREGORIO's picture c. BUENO

To proclaim the good news of the Savior of Jesus, to tell his story to the entire world, this was the activity of the apostles. This is also the activity of the apostles' successor. To this finish, the bishop must be crammed with the Spirit of God. Solely when he’s in touch with the Holy Spirit, solely when the Spirit lives in him, is he a prophet with courage, with out worry, in season, and out of doors the season. The bishop must be full of the Spirit and guiding the Spirit. No extra, no less.

In the midst of social, political, cultural and non secular tensions and temptations, his consideration must be in Jesus. He has full faith in Jesus. In Jesus, the place his heart must relaxation.

The second studying of John's first letter tells us what the bishop must be. " We are now the children of God," says John. These phrases resemble the phrases of Jesus himself: "Unless you become a little child, you cannot come into the kingdom of heaven." Thus, the bishop learns his id as a child:


    • Like a child who puts his complete life and leadership in the Father's arms
    • Like a child who is fearless in the Father's guard,
    • Like a child who dares the whole lot as a result of he is with the Father ,
    • Like a child who follows the Father on uncharted roads to tell the story of the Father's solely Son, Jesus, our Savior.

These are the values ​​that the Cotabato shepherd must stay. As a result of he lives and works in pressure and insecurity and in day by day relationships with Muslims and different faith peoples:

  • The shepherd must fulfill the Spirit of God.
  • He must be imaginative and courageous
  • He must try out the inexhaustible ways to communicate with other religions.
  • He must hope for people who search mild for the cultural darkness of mutual neutral and prejudice
  • . He must lead the flock and people who will not be his flock to peace and harmony.

The Gospel tonight summarizes the difficulty of Archbishop Lito and his ministry as a shepherd. The Gospel of John, Jesus says:

I am the good shepherd canine (who) put their lives for his or her flock … I know mine and mine know me … I’ve other sheep that don’t belong on this occasions. I must also lead, they usually hear my voice and there’s one flock, one shepherd.

How do these words hit the Archdiocese! Abp. Lito has one loft. However there are other sheep that don’t belong to him. We are reminded right here of the pluralistic spiritual variations between the Archbishop, Muslims, Snowmen and different religions. The shepherd must someway deliver them into the human household of God. That is an invite to be united and to be solidarity – and not to be divisive and opposing

It’s an invitation to unity in variety. The idea for this unity in variety is important values ​​

    • as a result of everyone belongs to God's human household,
    • because every of us, Muslims, Christians, Lumads, and peoples of other religions, is made into God's picture
  • Respect for human dignity for the life of man, so typically it’s utterly ignored and ignored even for the most insane reasons. The second is the doubt, and his life is shortly crushed on the bullet.
  • Respecting Every Different's Spiritual and Political Beliefs

It is rather unfortunate that our inside passions, false beliefs and opinions of others who can’t belong typically forestall the values ​​of peace and concord from being spiritual. Such values ​​are often confused during the history of a long conflict

The vision of the Cotabato shepherd, if I might recommend, is the dismantling of anger, the elimination of mutual events and prejudices, the rebuilding of trust, mutual journey for peace and harmony. In my opinion, the church communities of our Church and our home of our archbishop are the seed of such a pastoral vision

Now’s the time to say goodbye. I’ve been your shepherds over the final 20 years. I had two beloved archbishops, Archbishop Gerard Mongeau, OMI and Archbishop Philip Smith, OMI. I pray that the first-Cotabato Archbishop, I’ve managed to comply with the kindness, generosity and trustworthy service to the Lord, and to all the individuals of the archdiocese.

First of all, I might like to thank the clergymen, OMIs and DCCs, to whom I do know the actual OMI, Out More than In. You will have been my closest associate. You might have carried out and impressed me. Many thanks.

I secondly thank spiritual women and men, a secular institute. All of you belong to Mary's parishes – OMIs, FMS Brothers, OND, RVM, Siervas, RNDM, OPs that promote Woman's Rosary, CCV and ANDs

Without you, pricey clergymen, spiritual brothers and sisters, Missio Dei, God's Transmission Is Not Attainable

Finally, I thank Lay leaders and all Archbishop parishioners. When Pope Francis has reminded us, you aren’t solely the disciples of Christ, you’re additionally missionaries in your secular areas. You inform the Lord Jesus your trustworthy Christian life by means of silent but powerful eloquence.

I can't thank you all enough. You’ve crammed the cup with inspiration and joy to serve the Lord more. Thank you for the depth of my coronary heart. Daghang lightning, madamo gid nga flash.

I'll turn to you again, Archbishop Lito. Our beloved mom Maria is a constant companion and information to her beloved Son. You at the moment are starting a new, perhaps dangerous, pastoral entrepreneurial life that gives your personal life on a widespread journey to the kingdom of God.

To you, our new shepherd, our warmest congratulations and prayers and personal blessings. 19659002] Padayon, Archbishop of Lito, Padayon! Padayon kamong tanan!

God bless you all.

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