Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Senate shelves reproductive health bill

The Philippine Senate temporarily shelved the Reproductive bill in the light of more pressing concerns like the National Budget for 2012. I find it significant that this happened on the Feast of the Maternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. What a wonderful tribute to the mystery of Motherhood! Prayers, especially the Rosary, are really answered. When the Bishops of the Philippines had Senator Tito Sotto as their guest, they talked about the status of the RH bill in the Senate. When asked by the bishops about what they could do for to help oppose the passage of a reproductive health bill, Senator Sotto said, "Prayers are really a big help." Thereupon, Bishop Nereo Odchimar, President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines, wrote to all Parish Priests to ask the faithful to offer their Rosaries during the month of October for the intention of the opposition to the passage of the RH bill.

Now that the bill is temporarily shelved, we should further intensify our Rosary campaign. We should not relent! Like wise soldiers, we should take advantage of the "truce" to store up our armaments to ensure advantage over the enemy when war breaks out. Let us say more Rosaries, increase the treasury of merits, and brace ourselves for fierce spiritual battle come January. After all, our enemies are not just human beings but powers and principalities in high places.

Blessed be the Great Mother of God, Mary most holy!

Senate shelves reproductive health bill

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