MANILA, Jan. 15, 2012—The Church urges the lay faithful to remember and pray for the victims of child labor, pornography, pedophile and out of school youth in today’s feast of the Sto. Niño.
More than just bringing images of Sto. Nino in procession, offering to it flowers and clothing it arbitrarily, people should also try to manifest their devotion to the Holy Child Jesus by giving attention to the children who are suffering from different realities of abuse, injustice and oppression.
Fr. Conegundo Garganta of the Episcopal Commission on Youth said Jesus’ life as a child reminds the faithful “of the powerlessness of a child and brings to mind the humility of God when he allowed himself to be at the care of man.”
Garganta said children who are physically challenged, working at an early age, being abused by adults and were deprived of their right to a decent life should be remembered by those who are fortunate not to have experienced what they did.
“We should not only remember them but also become aware of their conditions and do something about it,” he said.
Garganta also encouraged the Catholic faithful to commit to the defense of life by continuously opposing the Reproductive Health bill, which is a legislation still pending in Congress that seeks to appropriate billions of taxpayers’ money to supply abortifacients and contraceptive drugs and devices to the public.
“It will also be best to teach our devotees that reverence to Sto. Nino should be put into practice by showing respect and appreciation for life,” he added. (YouthPinoy)