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Thursday, March 24, 2005

PRAY AND SACRIFICE FOR THE NATION

Senator Richard Gordon today called on the nation to unite and collectively pray for the country as we pause for reflections and worship this Lenten season.

“The Lenten season is the time to reflect on the love of the Lord to mankind and the sacrifices of Jesus to redeem our sins. Let us learn from these lessons of giving and make our own sacrifices for the love of our country,” Gordon said.

According to Gordon, who is also Chairman of the Philippine National Red Cross, though the Philippines was hit by typhoons and has been threatened by terrorist attacks, we have still been fortunately spared from major natural and man-made calamities which struck the world in the past year. He said this should be reason enough for us to celebrate and start giving ourselves to those who are more in need.

“Let us set aside our personal desires and really start thinking and acting for our fellowmen. Let us think of what we can give rather than what we can get. It is only when we get affected by what we do and what we give out that we truly make sacrifices,” said Gordon.

As devotees flock the churches and pilgrimage, Gordon asked the nation to include in their prayers those who were affected by the successive typhoons late last year, the families who were orphaned by the battles in Mindanao, and each Filipino who strive to survive with meek resources everyday. He also called for prayers for the recovery of the Pope.

“We are a strong nation. We may be lacking in resources but we can work together in attaining our goals. We have helped each other and have risen after the typhoons, we have worked together to curb terrorist threats, we have stood up for many economic and political issues. Let us include our fellowmen in our reflections and prayers. Ultimately, the world will once again recognize our strength and we will gain their respect,” said Gordon

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