Sen. Bongbong: Let us remind ourselves that we are in the presence of the Lord.
Lord, we come before your presence to praise and glorify Your Most Holy Name.
With great yearning and urgency, we join your humble servant, Pope Francis, in his supplications: "I ask God to give us more politicians capable of sincere and effective dialogue aimed at healing the deepest roots–and not simply the appearances–of the evils in our world. Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good.
Conflict cannot be ignored or concealed. It has to be faced. But if we remain trapped in conflict, we lose our perspective, our horizons shrink, and reality itself begins to fall apart. In the midst of conflict, we lose our sense of the profound unity of reality.
When conflict arises, some people simply look at it and go their way as if nothing had happened; they wash their hands of it and get on with their lives. Others embrace it in such a way that they become its prisoners; they lose their bearings, project onto institutions their own confusion and dissatisfaction, and thus make unity impossible.
But there is also a third way, and it is the best way to deal with conflict. It is the willingness to face conflict head on, to resolve it and to make it a link in the chain of a new process. 'Blessed are the peacemakers!' (Matthew 5:9)."
Today, Lord, please touch our hearts that we may see You in others; touch our minds that we may work for the welfare of our brethren; and most especially, touch our souls that we may share their pain and alleviate their torment through our loving concern and action towards the upliftment of their lives.
It is only through this sacrifice that we can truly claim to be Your children, working for Your mission here on earth.
Senate President Drilon: Thank you, Senator Marcos.