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Prioritize the “kingdom of God,” not your own kingdom, bishop reminds priests

CEBU CITY, November 6, 2018 – The bishop of Borongan reminded the 370 priests who are attending a region-wide retreat to always learn to prioritize their values.

In his homily at the second day of the gathering, Bishop Crispin Varquez urged everyone to always prioritize the “kingdom of God.”

According to the bishop, priests who have distorted values may sacrifice God’s kingdom by building their own kingdom.

“Our top priority is the kingdom of God. We must not make excuses. We must learn to sacrifice ourselves for this highest value,” he said.

Varquez said this would only be possible if priests would have a deep and close encounter with Jesus especially through meditation.

The bishop said nothing is more important than meditation in the life of priests.

“This is the way we can easily overcome the countless difficulties we have to face day after day, which, after all, are part of our work: in meditation we find the strength to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in other men,” he added quoting saint Charles Borromeo.

To end the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, this retreat is conducted by the metropolitan province of Palo with its suffragan dioceses: Borongan, Calbayog, Catarman and Naval from November 5 to November 9, 2018. (EsteNews)

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