Holy Week 2011: Do charitable works says bishop

Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop Socrates Villegas has called on the faithful to spend the Holy Week steeped in loving others and doing charitable works to the needy and underprivileged, the CBCP news website posted.

Bishop Socrates VillegasThe prelate reminded the faithful that prayers or penance alone will not make the Holy week holy.

Those pious practices are without meaning if not founded on love, because it is “love that makes this season holy,” he reportedly said, adding that “prayers can be inspiring and penances can be admirable but only love can redeem.”

“Only love saves. Love alone sanctifies us,” Villegas stressed.

The prelate encouraged the faithful to do acts of charity as an alternative way of spending the Holy Week meaningfully.

“As we keep our pious practices like the stations of the cross, confessions, visita iglesia and penitensiya, let us also consider making acts of charity to the poor as the way to share in the spirit of the Lenten season,” he reportedly said.