Archbishop Charles Brown, papal nuncio to the Philippines, reminded young Filipinos to make prayer a habit.
Speaking to a group of young people from the Diocese of Virac on August 28, the archbishop said prayer is important because it is essential to getting in touch with God.
“When we do this thing, the line of communication between us and God becomes much clearer,” Archbishop Brown said during a talk at the cathedral in Virac.
He said most people realize that prayer is essential, but they often struggle to make it a priority because of the demands of daily life and “a lot of interference.”
“We don’t hear Him so well so it’s important to pray. It’s important to have a habit of prayer,” said the archbishop.
“It doesn’t really matter what your habit of prayer is as long as you have a habit,” he said.
“So whatever it is, make sure you have a habit of prayer and keep to it… even if it’s difficult, keep to it,” he said.
The papal nuncio also acknowledged the challenges young people face. He reminded them that “God will not abandon us.”
“When something happens in your life that is difficult or painful, and that happens to all of us at different times, don’t think that God has abandoned you,” he said.
The papal nuncio was in Virac for the blessing and dedication of the newly-renovated cathedral on August 27.
The following day, he also led the blessing and turnover of housing units constructed for the poor in the town of San Andres in the province of Catanduanes.
The “Resilient Shelter for the Vulnerable Project” was constructed through the initiatives of Caritas Philippines and Caritas in Virac.
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