Hours after the 2016 National and Local Elections, a priest calls on the faithful to spend the post-election moments in silent prayer amidst all the clamoring in local communities and even in social media.
“[We need] silence. Let us reflect on the partial and unofficial results and be vigilant as these votes are being counted,” urged Fr. Cristopher Rivera, parochial vicar of San Pascual Baylon Parish in Obando, Bulacan.
Rivera said the previous months were already spent in an uproar of campaigning, and therefore silence is imperative now the election is coming to an end.
Also, the priest also encouraged the volunteers of the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting (PPCRV), the electoral arm of the Church, to do the same.
“Let us go back during the campaign of the Church to vote wisely and use our conscience,” said Rivera. “Now is the time for us to reflect on everything we did. Let us ponder if this appeal of ours to the voters to vote wisely has turned into reality.”
“Did we experience a truly clean election [and] a people voting morally?” he added.
Aside from praying in silence, Rivera also asked the faithful to assess this year’s election in general and discover what must be done to make the succeeding elections a better one. (Luke Godoy)