CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity chairman and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo reminded Catholics to seek divine guidance and the goodness of God instead.
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Rely on God’s providence, not lucky charms — bishops
Evelyn Macairan (The Philippine Star) - December 30, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — To welcome the year 2020, do not rely on lucky charms and quirky beliefs to bring prosperity, officials of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) yesterday enjoined the faithful.

CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity (ECL) chairman and Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo reminded Catholics to seek divine guidance and the goodness of God instead.

For CBCP-Public Affairs Committee (PAC) executive secretary Fr. Jerome Secillano, it would be better if people make a different kind of preparation for the incoming year – one that involves improving their own capabilities and strengths.

“Luck is not a sure thing. It’s chance. What we need to do is prepare ourselves well, work hard and do the right things. With or without lucky charms, we hope that there will be good consequences along the way,” he added.

Aside from working hard, Secillano pointed out that given the many factors beyond human control, the faithful should also always remember to ask for God’s continued blessings.

Over the years, many Filipinos observe different traditions and beliefs in welcoming the New Year such as preparing 12 different round fruits for prosperity; eating sticky food to help keep the family bond strong; and eating noodles for long life.

People would also be seen wearing polka dots to symbolize money and fortune, while jumping on New Year’s Eve would help them grow taller.

They also light up firecrackers to drive away bad spirits and open the doors and windows of their homes to let in good fortune and positive vibes.

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