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Catholics all over the world remember the passion of Christ with yesterday’s observance of Palm Sunday or Domingo de Ramos.
While for many Holy Week means vacation to the beach, mountains, fiestas, and ferias, the head of the Archdiocese of Jaro called on the public to also take this long break as a perfect opportunity to reflect on the sufferings or crosses that we experience every day. This way, we can realize the true meaning of Holy Week, which is the passion and suffering of Jesus.
“As we enter into the days of Jesus’ intense experience of sadness, betrayal, pain, and suffering, we journey with him carrying our cross in imitation of him,” said Jaro Archbishop Jose Romeo Lazo in his Lenten message posted in the Archdiocese of Jaro’s Facebook Page.
“We acknowledge that suffering is part of our lives. We take up our cross daily, which means that we may not, in our suffering, pass on our bitterness to those around us,” Bishop Lazo said.
“We groan under the weight of our pain,” he said. But he urged the public to not whine in self-pity and bitterness. Instead, “we must wait for the resurrection to hope; it means living in a faith that believes that nothing is impossible to God.” (TDG News)