La reliquia del corazón del Padre Pío de Pietrelcina visita Filipinas

Por primera vez, el corazón “incorruptible” de un santo célebre visitará Filipinas este mes, empezando mañana.

El relicario con el corazón de Padre Pío (foto: P. Joselín Gonda).

Padre Joselín Gonda, rector del Santuario Nacional y Parroquia de San Pío de Pietrelcina en Santo Tomás, Batangas dijo que la reliquia de San Pío de Pietrelcina, o más conocido entre los filipinos como Padre Pío, estará en el país por al menos 20 días, del 5 al 26 de octubre.

Inicialmente, dijo que la visita estaba programada para 10 días a principios de septiembre para coincidir con el centenario de la aparición de los estigmas ampliamente venerados del Padre Pío.

Sin embargo, el plan no se concretó porque coincidirá con la asamblea de obispos italianos en San Giovanni Rotondo, en el sur de Italia, donde se encuentra el santuario que alberga los restos y reliquias del santo.

<<Pero estamos bendecidos de tener esta reliquia de San Padre Pío durante 20 días en lugar de 10,>> dijo P. Gonda en una publicación de Facebook.

El sacerdote dijo que también están coordinando con la Comisión de Clero de la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de Filipinas (Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines) en la planificación de las actividades.

Según P. Gonda, la visita pastoral se vuelve más significativa a medida que la Iglesia local celebra el Año del Clero y la Vida Consagrada. <<Padre Pío fue elegido como modelo para todos los sacerdotes y religiosos,>> dijo.

Nacido en Pietrelcina en Italia, el Padre Pío llegó al monasterio de los capuchinos en San Giovanni Rotondo en 1916 e hizo su hogar allí por 52 años hasta su muerte en marzo de 1968. Además de ser devoto a Dios, era conocido por su cuidado de los enfermos y su poder de curar y profetizar. Fue canonizado por el Papa Juan Pablo II en 2002.

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El horario completo de la visita. Imagen: Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, S.V.D.

Haga clic aquí para saber más sobre la vida y el legado el Padre Pío.

Esta publicación es mi edición traducida del artículo de Roy Lagarde que apareció por primera vez en CBCPNEWS.

 

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Ultranationalism: what does it really mean?

It has been observed that the term ultranationalism has become a pejorative description for nationalists who display an extreme fervor to or advocacy of the interests of their country. Those who claim to be “citizens of the world” are the ones who are quick to calumny nationalists, often accusing them of being this so-called ultranationalism.

But what, really, does ultranationalism connote? Legendary nationalist Claro M. Recto had this to say:

It is evident that our brand of nationalism is different from that of our accusers. We have no desire and we have never attempted to deny the national self-interest of other peoples in their own countries. We merely want to defend our own, in our own territory. We are nationalists but we can live in harmony with other nationalists, because all nationalisms can work out a plan for coexistence which will not detract from the sovereignty of any one nation. Those who are bent on carrying their nationalisms beyond their national frontiers in order to overrun other nationalisms have ceased to be true nationalists and have become ultra-nationalists, which is another word for imperialists. Ultra is a Latin word which means beyond in space, as in the terms plus ultra and non plus ultra. An ultra-nationalist, therefore, is one who wants to be first not only in his own country, but also in other countries to which he is a foreigner; that is, an imperialist.

We would rather take the meaning of ultranationalism from a master of words and an expert in etymology (many critics in literature regard him as our Filipino version of Miguel de Cervantes) than from those with shallow understanding of the true import of nationalism. Nevertheless, we have to admit that there really are nationalists who do show an extreme kind of nationalism to the point that they have disregarded or neglected the interests of other countries. But such people are a minority and do not really represent the lofty ideals of nationalism. The kind of nationalism they adhere to can be classified as bigoted or chauvinistic. But it doesn’t really matter. What matters the most is placing ultranationalism in its proper etimological perspective, that ultranationalism is imperialism after all. Period.

And speaking of bigotry or chauvinism, there are actually no “ultranationalists” (to borrow from anti-nationalists’ twisted definition of the term) in Filipinas. What we have are regionalists who claim that their province or region or town/city or ethnicity is better than the rest. Take this photo, for instance:

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Photo taken at the border of Tagaytay, Cavite and Nasugbú, Batangas last 13 September 2011.

“Welcome to the Province of the Brave”, says this welcome arch, signifying that travelers are about to enter the Province of Batangas. Aside from the “warm welcome”, what does the message really want to imply? That Batangas is the only province of the brave? And what does that say of the other provinces? You see, there are many ways to promote provincial or regional pride without overdoing it or putting others down. Regionalism is not only anti-nationalist but anti-Filipino as well. We have to remember (and treasure) that the concept of the Filipino is what united our once divided and warring ethnolinguistic groups.

Other than the parochial message, this arch is a total waste of tax payer’s money. As if the arch behind it is not enough (they could’ve just added the name Batangas with that of Nasugbú).

Originally published in FILIPINO eSCRIBBLES.