By Leslie Aquino
Some penitents subject themselves to extreme forms of sacrifice such as flagellation and crucifixion during Holy Week to atone for their sins.
But Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said it is not the sacrifices that we make that save but love.
“Hindi po pagpapakasakit ang nagliligtas. Ang nagliligtas ay pag-ibig na handang magpakasakit (The one that saves is love that is willing to suffer. Suffering alone will not save)” he said Friday at the Manila Cathedral.
“Yung iba naghahagupit. Akala nung iba basta masaktan ligtas na sila. Hindi po yun ang nagliligtas, pag ibig ang nagliligtas laban sa kasamaan (Others think if they hurt themselves they will be saved already. Its not like that. It is love that will save us from sin)” added Tagle.
“Nagdurusa ka nga wala naman pag-ibig. Nagdurusa ka nga, reklamo ka naman ng reklamo (You suffer yet it is bereft of love. You suffer yet you keep complaining),” he said.
Earlier, an official of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) said one need not resort to such means as going to confession and reforming oneself would already suffice.
“If you want to be forgiven then be sorry for your sins. Make a good confession and reform your life,” Father Jerome Secillano, executive secretary of the CBCP Public Affairs Committee, said in an interview.
The CBCP official is hoping that those who make such “vows” would eventually realize that it is not necessary.
“Often the root of that is a misconception that’s why it is repeatedly being done because they already believed in it…you actually don’t need to make such vow in order to be saved because God already did that for us,” said Secillano.
The crucifixion of penitents on Good Friday became a tourist attraction in San Fernando, Pampanga.