MANILA – Food strengthens the body but souls, according to religious groups, need nourishment, too.
A community in San Mateo, Rizal has included Bibles in its pantry initiative, earning praises from a Catholic priest.
Retired Sorsogon Bishop Arturo Bastes said organizers of such initiatives help in uplifting spiritual being.
“Very good! Yes, this community pantry is doing a very commendable act of charity, for man does not live on bread alone but by the Word of God. And the Bible is the Word of God,” he said in a Facebook post on Monday.
“Praise the Lord for this unique community which distributes both food for the body and for the soul! Alleluia!” added the former head of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Episcopal Commission on Biblical Apostolate.
Calookan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David said they have also been giving out Bibles in his diocese.
“We have been doing it, too, in partnership with Philippine Bible Society,” he said in another Facebook post.
The Eastern Police District (EPD) in Pasig is likewise distributing Bibles in its EPD PaMaMariSan (Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan cities) pantry. (PNA)