- Daet Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon reminded Filipinos to hold on their faith as the COVID-19 pandemic continues
- He said that if we are careful with what we eat, we should also be mindful of what we keep in our hearts
- The reminder came after a report showed that there was an increase in the number of mental health problems among Filipinos due to the prolonged lockdown
The Filipino faithful were reminded to continue believing in God as the COVID-19 pandemic continues.
Daet Bishop Rex Andrew Alarcon, chairman of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Commission on Youth urged Filipinos to keep the faith and trust in God. He reminded the public to pray and never falter in trusting God.
“Keep the faith. Trust in God. Today’s times make us realize our limitations. It makes us realize that we cannot really survive alone. There are huge and many challenges that we need to face together. Let us trust in God, who gives us the capacity to face adversities so that even in difficult times, we can make a difference,” Alarcon said over Church-run Radio Veritas.
The reminder came after a report showed that there was an increase in the number of mental health problems among Filipinos due to the prolonged lockdown.
The prelate said that while we are careful of what we mind, we should also be mindful of what we allow to keep in our hearts. He said keeping positive thoughts and our faith will help us get through these difficult times.
“Aside from the food that we eat, the things that we wear, we should also be mindful of what we keep in our minds and hearts. What do we keep in our mind? Anger, envy, worries. We should have more positive thoughts and nurture a healthy disposition, a healthy realism that while we have hope and faith, we are also realistic that the situation will not change overnight,” Alarcon added.
According to the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH), they receive an average of 300 to 400 calls every month since the pandemic started from individuals suffering from various mental health problems.