The fourth day of the 4th World Apostolic Congress on Mercy (WACOM4) elevated talks of mercy to the next level with Most Rev. Jose Oliveros, D.D., Bishop of Malolos, urging everyone to show their mercy in action and not just in words.
“Showing mercy to others should be our response to God for what He has done for us, let us also show our faith in works,” he said in his Homily during the celebration of the Holy Eucharist held at the National Shrine and Parish of the Divine Mercy in Bulacan last January 19, 2017.
“Mercy is the fundamental law that dwells in the heart of every person who look sincerely into the eyes of his brothers and sisters,” he added, “Pope Francis has instilled in us that the name and nature of God is mercy and that Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s Mercy.”
Rev. Oliveros expressed his happiness and gratitude that the National Shrine and Parish of the Divine Mercy in the Diocese of Malolos has been chosen as one of the venues for WACOM4. He narrated that since its declaration as a national shrine 16 years ago, the holy place has become not only a pilgrimage site where people gather to invoke and ask for favors from the Lord of Mercy but also a place of conversion to our Catholic faith and of healing from different illnesses.
After citing incidents on this, he mentioned the Diocese of Malolos’ 15 Houses of Mercy that “were established even before the celebration of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy”. He said these were homes for orphans, the elderly, girls abused in their homes, indigenous people called Dumagats, mentally incapacitated, and a rehabilitation center for drugs dependents. He emphasized that the rehabilitation center was set up even before Mr. Rodrigo Duterte became the Philippine President.
“We asked you, especially our foreign delegates, to share your love and concern and be merciful to them as the Father is merciful and like Jesus as the merciful Son of God,” he said referring to the beneficiaries of the 15 Houses of Mercy.
Officiated by Most Rev. Martin Uzoukwu, Bishop of Minna, Nigeria, the Eucharistic celebration was a Votive Mass in honor of St. Faustina Kowalska, the nun who launched the worldwide devotion to the Divine Mercy.
The Holy Mass ended with the blessing of the home of the Divine Mercy and the 100-foot Statue of the Divine Mercy, the biggest in the world, led by Bishop Uzoukwu. (~Lulu Reclusado-Nario)