Nov. 7, 2014, 5:57 p.m. – FAITH in the light of mercy and compassion is the key to a meaningful spiritual journey with Pope Francis.

In an inspirational talk during the spiritual gathering dubbed “A Nation of Mercy and Compassion” yesterday at Santisimo Rosario Parish Church, UST Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Jr., O.P. encouraged the laity to internalize the essence of mercy and compassion, the theme for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis.

“The Pope’s visit must disturb our hearts in order to make us think over the things we neglected, to take notice of things such as love of neighbor,” Dela Cruz said.

Dela Cruz said others might often be blinded by the rewards of the material world and lose faith, but mercy and compassion would lead them to the right path.

“When we are blinded, we feel lost, yet compassion finds a way to restore the sight that had been lost from us,” he said.

The one-day gathering of “prayer, music, fellowship and reflection,” organized by the UST Theological Society, is in preparation for the apostolic visit of Pope Francis on Jan. 15 to 19, 2015. Marie Danielle L. Macalino


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