Lingayen- – –Most Reverend Socrates Villegas likened the present situation of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. to that of the sacrifice of St. Joseph who amidst confusion did not lose his faith in God.
In the second day of the traditional Simbang Gabi held December 17 at the Capitol Plaza here, the archbishop said in his homily that there are three Cs to ponder during trying times.
“Life continues despite of several confusions because after it consolation follows and afterwards commitment,” Arch. Villegas said as he noted that problems must not rob our appetite or our sleep but rather make us more vulnerable to God.
The archbishop also said that leaders must be aware that true happiness can be found in God.
“At the end of life we will not be judged by the DILG or Malacanang or the COMELEC,” he pointed out further stressing that it is not the votes, the publicity and the survey that matters but the genuine service that we give to the people and our faith in God that matters.
Archbishop Villegas disclosed that the present crisis that is happening will serve as a challenge to all leaders not to lose their faith and stay “united with God” for it is only Him who will judge everyone in the end.
It can be recalled that during the celebration of “Tabinan” last month, the archbishop sealed a covenant of commitment for the establishment of a partnership between the church and the local government units in promoting peace, pursue progress and protect the people’s welfare at all times.
Tabinan which is a social action or a program of cooperation designed to launch a church-LGU partnership, was part of the Jubilee of the Government celebration.
During the said event, Most Reverend Villegas offered a special prayer for Gov. Espino for him to become the best governor of Pangasinan even as the archbishop thanked the whole provincial officialdom for the nice collaboration. (PIO/Ruby R. Bernardino)