Balanga, 25 January 2011
To: Our dearest university presidents, college deans, school director principals and teachers
Re: Recitation of Prayer for Bataan
Prayer is our lifeline to God. Prayer is also our connection with our people. When we pray, we pray with the Church and for the Church. Our prayer establishes our relationship with God. Prayer shows how and where we stand before God. Prayer is like a canvass on which we paint the rich colors of our faith in God, our love, and hope in Him. With our prayer, we enter into deep union with God and we in solidarity with the Church.
In our daily struggles and sacrifices, prayer is our consolation. In our daily experiences of manual or office works, prayer is our comfort. In our daily lives of services or even disappointments, prayer is our strength. Prayer allows us to experience the joys in life, the healing power of God’s love, and the warm embrace of His compassion.
As our earthly life is journey to our true home-Heaven, there are trials and tribulations. As our life is a pilgrimage, our road could be sometimes rough or rugged. We could be tested, tried and troubled. There could be problems or we experienced pain. But with our trusting prayer to God, He will surely make our journey stable and secured. With our constant prayer with one another, God will make plans and projects successful. Through prayer to God and for one another, God will surely bring us safely and soundly home. Jesus assures us, ìtherefore, I will you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it shall be done to youî (Mark 11,24). And Jesus implores us, ìstay awake and prayî (Matthew 26,41).
With this reality may I humbly suggest and request that at least once a week during your flag ceremony to recite this Prayer for Bataan and make it a significant part in our daily activities.
Almighty God, our merciful Father in Heaven
You are our help and our hope.
You are our life and our love.
We turn to you and trust you.
You have blessed us and have given us the best.
We humbly pray:
Bless Bataan, our beloved province.
Bless our lands, seas and rivers.
Bless our priests, our religious and our people.
Bless our families, and our government officials.
Bless our workers, our police force and students.
Make us a blessing to them.
Guide us to give our best.
And so with your grace we may bear bountiful harvest to Bataan. Amen.
Please accept my profound gratitude and appreciation for your collaboration.
Hoping for your affirmative attention and gracious cooperation, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
+Ruperto Cruz Santos
Bishop of Balanga
Msgr. Victor Ocampo