A DOMINICAN priest has urged Catholics to take their faith seriously, saying this would allow them to overcome the challenges of sin.
“We do a lot of religious practices. But is our life consistent with our faith? Does our life really reflect our beliefs?” Santisimo Rosario Parish Rev. Fr. Paul Talavera, O.P. said in his homily during the mass for the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception last Friday, December 8.
“If we only take our faith seriously, we will be really afraid to commit sin,” he added.
Talavera admitted that living according to one’s faith and teachings of the Church is “challenging” but that is the call for all who are baptized.
Catholics believe in the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which states that Mary, the mother of Jesus, was conceived without original sin. The privilege was given to Mary in preparation for her role in human salvation as ‘Theotokos’ or God bearer.
Talavera urged devotees “not to be ashamed to ask questions,” just like Mary did when the angel told her that she would bear God’s son.
He noted that the Immaculate Conception is “very close” to Filipinos not only because the Blessed Virgin Mary is the principal patroness of the Philippines, but also because of a handful of places connected to her title.
The mass was held at the Santísimo Rosario Parish and was livestreamed through its official Facebook page. F – S.L. Macaraeg and K.R. Nogoy