Valles: heroism, sacrifices of frontliners spark hope

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 12 April) —  The president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said the heroism and sacrifices of the frontliners and other people who have poured help in the fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the country give a spark of hope in the midst of a global pandemic.

Newly-installed Archbishop of Davao Romulo Valles, D.D. interjects jokes in between his homily during his canonical installation on Tuesday, May 22 at the San Pedro Cathedral in Davao City. He was Archbishop of Zamboanga before being appointed Archbishop of Davao by Pope Benedict XVI. MindaNews Photo by Ruby Thursday More
Archbishop Romulo Valles, Archbishop of Davao and President of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines. MindaNews file photo by RUBY THURSDAY MORE

In his message for the Easter Sunday, CBCP President and Davao Archbishop Romulo G. Valles honored individuals who have the “courage to offer heroic service and sacrifice with the clear risk of losing their very own lives,” in saving and protecting the patients who have been infected with the highly contagious COVID-19, calling these “moving and heartwarming” gestures as “concrete manifestations of the Easter spirit.”

The prelate said he saw “clear sparks of the spirit of Easter in the hearts” of the people despite the extremely grim situation confronting the world.

He added that the Filipinos and other people in the world are “bigger than the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic” and that their lives are “more powerful than the menace of death that this pandemic brings.”

“Together, with hearts filled with goodness and love, filled with deep sense of service and sacrifice, I begin to see the hope of Easter in us, and this hope is stronger when we, together, have hearts like that of Jesus in his sacrifice in Calvary… Together, with hearts inspired by God’s grace, with hearts inspired by the love of the Blessed Virgin Mother, who stood at the foot of the cross in Calvary,” he said.

He said the spirit of Easter is very much alive upon seeing the “countless acts of sacrifice and service, acts of kindness and compassion.”

“This is a spirit which is born out of faith and conviction that Jesus has defeated death and has risen back to life – for all of us. It is a spirit that springs forth from both convictions, the conviction that the Lord truly and deeply loves us and the conviction that we are a people truly capable of loving and caring for each other in the worst of times,” Valles added. (Antonio L. Colina IV / MindaNews)