Most Filipino Catholics perform their religious obligations during the Holy Week, says a survey done by Church-run Radio Veritas 846.
Result of the Veritas Truth Survey from February 22 until April 1 this year found that 58 percent of the respondents said they did not find it difficult to perform their penitential obligations during Lent and the Holy Week.
When asked, “What penitential obligation during the time of Lent and the Holy Week do you have the most difficulty in fulfilling?” 58 percent, or more than half of the respondents, said that they do not have any difficulty in fulfilling their penitential obligations.
Fasting was most difficult for 26 percent while 10 percent said almsgiving was difficult, and three percent said both abstinence and prayer.
“Lent and Semana Santa as a season of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving is a period of preparation to celebrate the Lord’s Resurrection at Easter,” said Father Anton CT Pascual, president of Radio Veritas 846.
“During Lent, we seek the Lord in prayer, we serve by giving alms, and we practice self-control through fasting and abstinence,” he added.
The priest said all are called “not only to abstain from luxuries during Lent, but to a true inner conversion of heart as we seek to follow Christ’s will more faithfully.”
He said it is “encouraging to see these survey results, which shows that most Filipino Catholics remain steadfast in their penitential obligations during this blessed season.””