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Repentance, Faith, Healing, Forgiveness

Sometime in my past life, and probably yours too, I have encountered these words either separately, or combined in a sentence, but only once in a while. They didn’t have any special meaning for me. Until I joined the CFC-YFC Youth Camp a few years ago.

Since then, I have realized that these four words are interconnected and are hard to separate from each other.If we observe Lent properly, then during Easter, we should experience all these four words.

When we are faced with situations that go beyond our own strength, and the will to make things right seems out of our league, we receive an invitation for introspection, to know more about ourselves.


When we feel neglected, alone, pained, in mourning and are struggling, the reality of our situation and of our own weaknesses sets in. But then, we find our consolation in Luke 18: 38: “He called out, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’.”


Looking at the cross on Good Friday and the empty tomb on Easter, we realize that these are affirmations of His call to repentance, the essence of faith, the grace of healing and the sacrament of forgiveness.But we do not encounter the cross only on Good Friday. 

In our day-to-day life, we are constantly faced with “Good Fridays”. We struggle, we sin; we fall, we rise up. It can become a cycle as we continue to journey in this world in pursuit of holiness. And we cry out to the Lord, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!”


And that is the beauty of those four words up there. Because we have a God who loves and cares for us, a Father who eagerly awaits our homecoming, He makes repentance, faith, healing and forgiveness possible, every single time we struggle, fall and sin.

Fr. Letada, during the recent Mission Core Teaching Night, emphasized how God the Father has initiated man’s reconciliation with Him, through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. As we enter Eastertide, let us rejoice that the Lord, in His goodness, has made it possible for us to enter into His glory.


Borrowing the words of St. John Paul II, I say to you, “Do not abandon yourselves to despair. We are an Easter people and hallelujah is our song!” May we always look forward to the “Easters” after the “Good Fridays” of our lives. (Michael Ariola, The President's Chair)

Added on Thursday, April 5, 2018



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