With the conclusion of the Synod on the Family last year, family has been one of the hot topics of late. Hence, the Philippine edition of the book of Fr. Francis Moloney, SDB “A Body Broken for a Broken People” originally published in 1990 has received a warm welcome in the Philippines, the largest Christian nation not just in the EAO region, but also in the whole of the Asian continent as well.
After Fr. Moloney’s successful speaking stint in the recently-concluded Theological Symposium of the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (EIC, he addressed the members of the Salesian Family of the FIS Province. The affair was held in the aspirantate chapel, jam-packed with the students of Theology who are in Cebu for the EIC, sisters of other congregations in Don Bosco Formation Center, and ordinary people who heard about the notice of Fr. Moloney’s talk.
Before he proceeded in discussing about the book, he expressed his joy in being in Cebu for the first time. The enthusiasm of the Filipinos in deepening their faith has never failed to impress him.
One of the many takeaways from his talk is this line, “Eucharist is not for the good people, but it is where a loving God welcomes everyone especially the sinner,” which may represent the core message of his book.
Right after his talk, there was no gap in between since the audience peppered him with questions. The open forum was moderated by Fr. Randy Figuracion, SDB, FIS Social Communication Delegate. There was the book signing right after this. The members of the Salesian family headed to the refectory for an agape lunch.
Photos courtesy of Mr. Jan Odivilas