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Rebuilding the Culture of Life: Everybody’s Task

By: Bishop Medroso, D.D.
August 24, 2007 Cebu Midtown Hotel

. Introduction: A Focus on the Philippine Situation July 10. national attention. • • It often catches Growing number of street children. they often slip through our national conscience and common moral evaluation. • War is a tragedy to human life.I. even corruption are indications of subtle. Basilan – 14 members of the Philippine marines were beheaded allegedly members of the Abu Sayaf. Tipo-tipo. Since then more lives were lost due to the on-going conflict. Since these are subtle. 2007. yet equally tragic desecrations of human life. arouses outrage. drug abuse and addiction. purging and summary executions. poverty.

But the more sinister and disturbing fact of all is the practice of ABORTION in a country that boasts of its being a Christian and Catholic. Human life is at the same time temporal (for this world) and eternal (destined for heaven). i. Rebuilding the Culture of Life • Rebuilding the “Culture of Life” must follow a plan. • The aforementioned scenario points to the need to rebuild the culture of life in our society today. All the more disturbing is the insistent and untiring efforts of some legislators to legalize the act. • II. . personal and communal.

but also in communion with his brothers and sisters. But He also enjoins his disciples to work for food that lasts to eternal life. Jesus is the perfection (par excellence) of God‟s plan for human life. cures the sickness of the people. and takes care of their needs.ii. . He is always in communion with His Father (in prayer). Human life is destined to share in the life and glory of god. He feeds the hungry. preaches the message of the Kingdom of God. or to store treasure in heaven. iii.

iii. Paschal Mystery of Jesus is the model. overflowing grace and the gift of justice live and reign for man and woman (cf. . Jesus ministry and person are dedicated to restoring the fullness of life man. Through the obedience of Christ. Romans 5: 12 – 19). woman and the world.• Christ: the Corner Stone in the rebuilding of the culture of life i. ii. the sign and the hope of our earthly pilgrimage.

whereby Jesus‟ offering of self for the forgiveness of sins and sanctification of the world is celebrated and remembered. through the power of the Holy Spirit. in the history of the world. Charitable activities of the Church find their deepest expression and fuller meaning in the celebration of the Eucharist. ii.• Eucharist: The Memorial of Christ i. The Church‟s charitable activities and the faithful‟s genuine expressions of love for the neighbor all point to the continuing involvement of Jesus. .

The Eucharist is the memorial of Christ. . through it and in it.iii. our communion of the sacred species transforms us to become “One Body and One Spirit in Christ”. Just as the bread and wine are transformed to become the “Body and Blood” of Christ. We do not simply receive Christ in the Eucharist in a passive way. iv. we are led to participate into the dynamic life of the Blessed Trinity.

pp. a process of leading ultimately to the transformation of the entire world. 1 Corinthians 15: 28)” [Pope Benedict XVI. to the point where God will be all in all (cf. a sort of „nuclear fission‟. Sacramentum Caritatis # 11.• The Eucharist is the means towards Rebuilding the Culture of Life i. 23] . a change meant to set off the process which transforms reality. to use an image familiar to us today. “The substantial conversion of the bread and wine into his body and blood introduces within creation the principle of radical change. which penetrates the heart of all being.

the opponent. St. The apostles stress the need for vigilance and discernment. do not trust every spirit. And St. “Stay sober and alert. solid in your faith”. . John adds. resist him. Everybody’s Task 1. but put the spirits to the test to see if they belong to God”. “Beloved. the devil is prowling like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. III. Paul has this to say. To the Laity.ii. it‟s the same Spirit that we invoke today “to enkindle the hearts of the faithful with the fire of His love” so that all of us will participate in the task of rebuilding the culture of life. The Holy Spirit is the power behind the dynamic nature of the Eucharist.

2. Pedro Calungsod and Mother Ignacia del Espiritu who did not conform themselves to currents of the world. in stead showed the relevance of chastity and authentic Christian witnessing even to point of death. To the Youth. . Charitable activities should not only be “seasonal” and “occasional”. 3. The Ordained Ministers. Follow the examples of Blessed Lorenzo Ruiz. The Holy Father in “Deus Caritas Est” urges us to facilitate the institutionalization of the Church‟s charitable activities.

6. Be agents for dialogues and catalysts for change. Teen-age and Homosexual Marriages) Bills. 5.T. and a genuine cradle for life. power or popularity cloud your conscience and moral judgment.A. Christian Families. Abortion. . which many sectors consider as anti-family and anti-life. The Legislators. Please stop passing the so called.E.H (Divorce. Civil Groups.4. Euthanasia. Let the families be haven of peace. D. Let not money.

IV. . Final Words • The future of the culture of life is in our hands! May the Holy Family of Nazareth help us in our task.