Pabillo warns ‘abusive leaders’: ‘God does not take evil sitting down’

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MANILA Apostolic Administrator Bishop Broderick Pabillo warned that government officials who engage in extrajudicial killings and the perpetuation of political dynasties would soon be held accountable, for God is just and does not “take evil sitting down.”

Nawawala na ang kanilang pananaw sa sila ay katiwala lang [but] there will be an end to abusive leaders … who do not practice the stewardship that is theirs,” Pabillo said during the morning Mass in celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Santisimo Rosario Parish last Oct. 4.

(Officials forgot that they were only tasked to be stewards but there will be an end to abusive leaders … who do not practice the stewardship that is theirs.)

Pabillo urged government officials to dispense justice and kindness in serving the public.

“My dear people and leaders of our people, we are so much blessed as a country and as a nation, let us bear fruits that remain and not washed away in waves and sands of time. The fruits that remain are justice and goodness,” he said.

Fr. Dexter Austria, O.P., director of the UST Facilities Management Office, called on Catholics to emulate the Blessed Mother’s trust in God amid various challenges, in the afternoon Mass.

He said the Blessed Mother remained faithful to the Lord even to the point of death on the cross and even during the Resurrection.

“Even though we are in this pandemic and even though problems and challenges come in our way, we know that God stays with us. Mary is journeying with us as we pray the holy rosary every day,” Austria told during his homily.

Parish priest Fr. Paul Talavera, O.P., who gave the concluding message, said that even if this year’s celebration was different from the previous ones, it was “equally meaningful especially as we learned from our experiences from the pandemic.”

Due to Covid-19, the traditional procession was canceled. Devotees were also not allowed to join the motorcade and were advised to wait for the image to pass by their area instead and pray the rosary. Mariel Celine L. Serquiña

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