“We do not own the earth. We are only stewards.” – Bishop Vergara

Pasig City – “We do not own the earth. We are only stewards. We are care takers,” Bishop Mylo Hubert Vergara told some 350 participants of the Integrity and Care for God’s Creation assembly held Saturday (August 8) at the Aula Minor Auditorium, PCC in this city.

In his homily during the Eucharistic celebration, Bishop Vergara urged the attendees from different parishes of the Diocese of Pasig including the Sto. Nino de Taguig Parish to remember three words – Conversion, Compassion and Communion – if they are to become effective stewards of earth.

“First is conversion. Pope Francis in a way wants us to undergo a conversion experience in our mind, in our heart and in our will. He wants us to have a paradigm shift. The social teaching of the church is challenging us to an ecological conversion,” he said.

“Second is compassion. We now have the problem of climate change, even globalization and catastrophes. These are happening because we do not have compassion and we are not sensitive to the environment we live in,” the Bishop said.

He said the third word is communion. “This is from the root word “common” .A group of common people living in the same place or community. As a community, we can go through that process of conversion, compassion and communion if we work together to take care of our Mother Earth.”

Bishop Vergara lamented the people’s abuse and misuse of our environment and natural resources and the apathy or lack of care to nature’s ecological balance.

“Pardon me for the word – bastardized. Binastos natin ang kalikasan. Iyong pagtapon ng basura kaliwa‘t kanan, illegal logging at dynamite fishing, Kagagawan nating lahat iyan,” he emphasized.

The bishop challenged the participants to help in raising the awareness and knowledge of communities, schools and parishes on the issue.

“I expect that all of the learning in this seminar will be cascaded to your parishes and schools,” he added.

The assembly was organized by the Education Commission of the Diocese of Pasig headed by Rev. Fr. Orly Cantillon.###

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