Balanga, 10 July 2010
My dearest priests, religious and people of Bataan:
“I thank my God for you every time I think of you...” (Philippians 1,3)
Everything went well. Everyone was happy. The July 08 liturgical reception and installation was harmonious and holy celebration. God is truly gracious. He guides us. And He made everything possible and successful. With the thanksgiving and trust of our Blessed Mother whom we lovingly invoked as Our Lady of Pillars I repeat with faith her words “my heart praises the Lord; and my soul is glad because of God my Savior...” (Luke 1,46).
I have witnessed your sacrifices. I have been recipient of your selfless services. I am touched by your caring welcome and loving acceptance. With appreciative spirit I am very grateful to all of you.
Now is my time to return to you the favour. I will walk with you. I will work for you. It is now my call to do what you have shown and did to me. Let me sow. Let me serve. And let me love you.
With my profound gratitude and paternal blessings, I remain
Sincerely yours in Christ Jesus,
+Ruperto Cruz Santos
Bishop of Balanga