Bishop Joel Baylon of Legazpi has told the victims of recent typhoons that claimed lives and destroyed properties not to give up.
In a message, he urged survivors to face the devastation “with new hope and a firm resolve to rise from the ruins and build again.” (Read: Pope Sends Prayers for Typhoon Victims in the Philippines)
Bishop Baylon said that while it’s hard to explain why such disasters happened, it is best to not lose faith in God.
Not New to Disasters
People of Albay province have known disasters all their lives, Bishop Baylon said. From volcanic eruptions of the Mayon Volcano to super typhoons that cause heavy flooding and landslides, the province has been facing disasters year after year. (Read: 3 Easy Steps to Restore Flooded Furniture and Appliances)
“And so here we are again, survivors of yet another disaster, called to do what we have always done in the past: filled with faith and trust in a God who does not abandon us, to rise, rebuild and move on,” Bishop Baylon said.
In recent weeks, typhoons have caused massive destruction and loss of lives in Albay and other Luzon provinces. Countless are displaced and many are still suffering losses brought by strong winds and heavy rains.
Particularly in Catanduanes in the Bicol region, many are still struggling to get back on their feet and are still waiting for donations and relief.
To this, the bishop has asked the people “to reach out to each other” and work “hand in hand” towards recovery. (Read: Yes, Donor Fatigue is Real — Here’s How to Overcome It)
“Let our cities, towns, barangays, parishes, neighborhoods, and especially our families once again be communities of caring and sharing, of mutual trust and living faith,” he said.