By Leslie Ann Aquino
Priests and religious renewed their vows on the day the incorrupt heart relic of Saint Padre Pio visited the University of Santo Tomas in Manila, Monday.
The renewal of vows was led by Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David who presided the special Mass for the visit of the relic at the Pontifical University.
During the renewal of vows, David also asked those present to pray for bishops, priests so that they may be faithful to their vow and be a good shepherd to the flock like Jesus.
“Pray for your priests and consecrated persons that the Lord may pour out His gifts on them and keep them faithful,” he said.
“Pray also for your bishops that they may be faithful to the Apostolic Office entrusted to us…in your midst we maybe made day by day a living perfect image of Christ a good shepherd, teacher and servant of all,” added David.
And since the visit of the relic coincided with the Church’s observance of the Year of the Clergy and Consecrated Persons, the Caloocan prelate asked priests to draw inspiration from Padre Pio.
“Let us ask that he will become our inspiration in our priestly life, and as consecrated persons so that our love for Christ will be fervent in our hearts and we remain faithful to that love,” said David.
He said priests should also pray to the saint to protect them from temptation.
Most of all, David said priests should ask Padre Pio to enliven the faith of those who have turned cold especially in view of the upcoming 500th annivesary of the arrival of Christianity here in 2021.
“Let us ask prayers from Padre Pio and through his prayer the faith of Filipinos that turned cold will be enlivened,” he said.
David recalled that Padre Pio also became instrumental in enlivening the faith of those in Europe.
The relic of the saint will leave UST on Tuesday as it will be transferred to the Manila Cathedral in Intramuros, Manila.