Statement of Commitment

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S T A T E M E N T  O F  C O M M I T M E N T

“No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.”

These words by poet John Donne perhaps speak to us these days, after what happened with the government’s campaign against drugs and after all the killings. The tolling of the De Profundis bell, this ancient tradition on calling all faithful to pray for the dead, has been called for by our bishops. The bells call us not to forget the dead. And thus, we will not forget.

We, seminarians of San José Seminary, will not forget the merciless and senseless deaths brought about by this drug campaign. We will not forget the blatant disregard for the dignity of life, and the violation of human rights. We will not forget the violence and the lack of due process. We will not forget the evil that has come upon us.

On this day of remembering our beloved departed, we will remember the victims of this massacre. We will remember their families, and those who have been affected by this war, especially the poor.

“Ang tunog ng kampana ay tinig ng Diyos na sana ay gumising sa konsensiyang manhid at bulag. Huwag kang papatay! Kasalanan ‘yan! Labag sa batas ‘yan! ‘Yan ang sabi ng kampana!” (Archbishop Socrates Villegas)

The bells call us to remember, and call us to action – a clarion call to solidarity, with the families of those who have died, with a people who seek justice and peace. “The acceptance by human society for murderous famines, without efforts to remedy them, is a scandalous injustice and a grave offense (CCC 2269).” And we will act.

This day on, we will remember our identity – a people under one nation, a community built on zeal for freedom, justice and equity, and a family under one common goal, the good of all.

“We cannot allow the destruction of lives to become normal. We cannot govern the nation by killing. We cannot foster a humane and decent Filipino culture by killing.” (Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle)

We, seminarians of San José Seminary, commit ourselves to upholding the teachings of the Church on the sanctity of life, the dignity of the human person, forgiveness, justice, and true peace. We commit to share, with people we encounter in our apostolates, the values and rights that we uphold.

We commit ourselves to promoting the Church’s programs for rehabilitation of the victims of drugs, and the Church’s support of those affected by these killings.

“As we denounce as inhuman and un-Christian an act willfully intended and planned to inflict harm or death on a human person, we call on those who harm or kill others to listen to their conscience, the voice of God that summons us to do good and avoid evil.” (Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle)

We commit ourselves to promoting unity by not limiting others to their parties and “colors,” and by being vigilant against posts on social media that insinuate misunderstanding.

Finally, we commit ourselves to pray. We pray for all the victims of these killings. We pray for the grace of enlightenment, compassion, justice, and peace, for all. We pray for our Church, and government leaders that all may truly work for social justice and the common good. And most of all, we pray that our good and gracious God may continue to bless our beloved country, the Philippines.

The bells toll, not for anyone else, but for us.



2 November 2017
Commemoration of all the Faithful Departed

San Jose Seminary – Statement of Commitment (PDF version)

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