Archbp. Soc: Consolation without sorrow is ‘cheap grace’

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Urbiztondo, PANGASINAN – Sorrow and consolation can’t be separated as they are two sides of the same coin.

This was the content of the homily delivered by Archbishop Socrates Villegas during the mass he officiated at the Augustinian Recollect parish of Our Lady of the Visitation in Pasibi East in Urbiztondo, Pangasinan last Sept. 4, 2018.

“Consolation comes to us amidst sorrows,” the archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan said. “It doesn’t mean relief from our pains but God’s presence in the midst of our sufferings.”

The archbishop was the main presider of the mass celebrating the Solemnity of the Our Lady of Consolation, patroness of the Order. Also present and concelebrating were the members of the Provincial Curia led by the Prior Provincial Fr. Dionisio Selma, OAR.

Meditating on the gospel passage where Jesus, hanging on the cross, entrusted Mary to his disciple John, Archbp. Villegas said that he firmly believed that before John brought Mary to his home, Mary allowed him to enter her heart.

“And what did John see inside Mary’s heart?” the archbishop asked. “John saw, according to our Tradition, seven daggers piercing Mary’s heart, and at the height of that was Calvary. That was to be John’s home.”

What this meant, the archbishop said, is that “Mary’s consolation comes to us with sorrow and through sorrow.” He added that Mary is able to console others because she shared in the sorrows of her Son.

The archbishop also reminded everyone that the Church of Christ is not offering “cheap grace”, a phrase he borrowed from Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Protestant theologian, which means “consolation without sorrow.”

“Our times call for consolation, but don’t ask for cheap consolation,” Archbp. Villegas said. “Because when we ask to be consoled, Mary would ask us: ‘Are you willing to share my sorrows and in the sorrows of my Son?’”

A hundred and twenty (120) years after they left their mission areas in Pangasinan, the Augustinian Recollects are finally back, thanks to the invitation of Archbp. Villegas, to administer the parish in Pasibi East.

The Augustinian Recollect missionaries were one of the very first missionaries in Pangasinan, arriving in the area as early as 1609 and erecting mission territories which survived until today.

After the mass, the archbishop also blessed the newly readjusted parish rectory which now has a private chapel dedicated to the Our Lady of Consolation and could now accommodate three religious.

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Bro. Ioannes Arong

Bro. Ioannes Arong

Postulant/Correspondent of the Order of Augustinian Recollects in the Province of St. Ezekiel Moreno

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