LIPA CITY, July 11, 2014 .- At his address today to the representatives of Lipa Diocese Catholic Schools Association, Archbishop Arguelles noted that “We are instruments of Catholic apostolate. That is why we must review what we are doing. Are we producing good Catholics among our students? Or are we just making money out of the desire of the parents to have Catholic education?
Archbishop Arguelles invited the LIDICSA member schools to a musical play about the life of Bishop Versoza entitled Ang Pasyon ni Obispo Alfredo Versoza ng Vigan at Lipa. He said, “I encourage you to watch this musical which will be shown in Lipa in the Cultural and Youth Center on July 26 and 26 which will have two showings a day, 2:00 in the afternoon and 7:00 in the evening.”
He urged them, “Please do not miss that. Please do not hesitate to tell that to the children. Many of the students in our schools supposedly belonging to the LIDICSA (Lipa Diocese Catholic Schools Association) do not know that we have saintly bishops in person of Bishop Obviar and Bishop Versoza. Many of them do not know that Our Lady Mary Mediatrix is identified with Lipa. The mystery of the mediation of Mary is not purely Lipa but we are blessed that here they talk so much about it. Everywhere in the world that refer to Lipa even if they do not know much about the Philippines they know about Lipa.
The Archbishop lamented that “Many of our students do not even know what the Blessed Mother asked of us. How many of you Catholic schools have time for rosary with the children. I know some do sometimes not every day. So that the children will know even without understanding it who the Blessed Mother is and why she asks us to pray with her the story of Jesus’ life that she lived and we must also live.”
“May i also extend invitation for you, and I do not say all the time, to be part of our Marian days of prayer. Many peoples have realized outside Batangas that we are really blessed and preserved from many calamities. Why? It is because of the special concern of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Why? It is because of our special devotion to her in our prayer. Please get involved in the initiatives of the local Church as far as the environment is concerned. We are known all over the Philippines that we are ecological community. The government cooperates with us even with difficulty because some of them agreed to the destruction of our nature in exchange of money.
Archbishop Argulles concluded by posting a challenge to the member schools by saying, “asking the help of our holy bishops, let us really make sure that our Catholic schools are identified as Catholic. Our Catholic schools are non-profit and non-stock schools. Let us maintain our schools supposed reputation as a major agent of evangelization. So, Catholic schools should know what the Catholic Church is talking about called New Evangelization. You should know that. I hope you do! Thank you.”
(thanks to Sem. Jamester Atwood Arandia)