Fr. James Reuter, S.J.: Pray for Philippine economic recovery and moral reformation


by Father James Reuter, S.J.

Our republic has become one of the weakest nations, steadily left behind by its more progressive neighbors. Forty years ago, we were only second to Japan in economic stature, and way ahead of Singapore , Hong Kong , Malaysia , and Thailand . Today, at our present growth rate, it will take us 30 years to get to where Thailand is. Our national debt is estimated to be at US$200B (compared to US$28B when Marcos fled).
We will be competing, not against Thailand or even Vietnam , but against Bangladesh.
We will be the most corrupt nation in Asia , if not in the world (we’re already ranked 11th most corrupt nation by Transparency International) …

The signs are clear. Our nation is headed towards an irreversible path of economic decline and moral decadence. It is not for lack of effort. We’ve seen many men and women of integrity in and out of government, NGOs, church groups & people’s organization devote themselves to the task of nation-building, often times against insurmountable odds. Not even people’s revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made a dent in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step forward, but three steps backward.

We need a force far greater than our collective efforts, as a people, can ever hope to muster. It is time to move the battle to the spiritual realm… It’s time to gather GOD’s people to pray for the economic recovery and moral reformation of our nation.

Is prayer really the answer?

Before you dismiss this as just another rambling, I’d like you to consider some lessons we can glean from history.

England ‘s ascendancy to world power was preceded by the Reformation, a spiritual revival fueled by intense prayers.

The early American settlers built the foundation that would make it the most powerful nation today — a strong faith in GOD and a disciplined prayer life. Throughout its history, and especially at its major turning points, waves of revival and prayer movement swept across the land.

In recent times, we see Korea as a nation experiencing revival and in the process producing the largest Christian church in the world today, led by Rev. Paul Yongi Cho. No wonder it has emerged as a strong nation when other economies around it are faltering.

Even from a purely secular viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. For here, there is genuine humbling & seeking of GOD through prayer, moral reformation necessarily follows. And this, in turn, will lead to general prosperity. YES, we believe prayer can make a difference. It’s our only hope.

Today, we launch this email brigade, to inform Filipinos from all over the world to pray, as a people, for the economic recovery and moral reformation of our nation. We do not ask for much. We only ask of you to fwd this email to your close friends and relatives.

This is the kind of resolve and unity which can make a big difference. Of course, if you feel strongly, as I do, about the power of prayer, you can be more involved by starting a prayer group or prayer center.

We have tried people power twice before; in both cases, it fell short. Maybe it’s time to try prayer power. GOD never fails. Is there hope? YES! We can rely on God’s promise, but we have to do our part. If we humble ourselves and pray as a people, GOD will hear and heal our land. By GOD’s grace, we may still see a chance of a better future for our country.

‘If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land… (2 Chronicles 7:14).

If you care for your children and grandchildren, let’s not abandon the Philippines.
PLEASE, pass this on.

About Quirino M. Sugon Jr
Theoretical Physicist in Manila Observatory

3 Responses to Fr. James Reuter, S.J.: Pray for Philippine economic recovery and moral reformation

  1. Wants to be Anonymous says:

    Hi, has this been verified to have originated from Father Reuter himself (or at least sent on his behalf with his blessing?)

    Just wondering…

  2. Ben says:

    It is good Fr. Reuter quoted 2Chronicles 7:14…a call to PRAY.
    Sadly though when a religious person( Filipino ) prays….most likely he/she would have in mind
    to Pray the Rosary.
    There Is so much TRUTH to discover and revealed in 2Chron. 7:14 so basic that faithful parishioners
    should be made aware of by no other than the leaders of the church ,being accountable to God:

    1.Prayer is talking to God ( God of the Bible)

    2.”seeking His Face”——-that all attributes exclusive to God , be given and accorded to Him and HIm alone. Basically that He is holy..He is omnipresent,omnipotent,omniscient among other things.
    For example.. people all over the globe praying all at the same time can be heard by an omnipotent/omniscient/and omnipresent God. No human or mortal can have these attributes….unless
    he/she is elevated to diety by ordinances/traditions of men. SEEKING HIS FACE is NOT SEEKING OTHER’S FACE…….this is basic emphasized in 2Chron.7:14

    3.”then I will hear from Heaven”……..that He hears (answers) HIS PEOPLE’S cries. Yet the practice of praying to mortals have been uttered through the centuries , beseeching to hear the person’s prayer… have not been corrected as 2Chron commands. UNLESS..the mortals have been elevated to diety..may God forbid.

    Is it too late ,too much infrastructure to change to expose the errors that mislead sincere people when
    they do “pray” the Hail, Holy Queen for example.
    Can we not pray as Mary prayed humbling her heart to she did in Luke 1 :46-55…otherwise known as the Magnificat or the Canticle of Mary. Is this too difficult for all the priests/church leaders to correct.

    Yes we care for our children and coming generation…….but first things first….let us take heed of what
    God commands HIS PEOPLE to do in 2Chronicles 7:14. If parents ,especially church leaders , CARE, then let us tell the truth. Truth sets people free. 2nd Chron. orders turning from wicked ways…what wicked ways? Is it just corruption and many other visible crimes? How about suppressing God’s truth or keeping
    quiet to errors that are better kept as is. Could these be the ways(wicked ways) that God is asking us to
    turn away from? Or is there nothing wrong with our prayers.

    Could it be that He is not pleased with the prayers of HIS PEOPLE.
    The Apostle Paul in Ephesians 2:8-10 reminds us what qualifies us to be called HIS PEOPLE.

  3. Quirino M. Sugon Jr says:


    Let me summarize your point in one sentence: it is wrong to pray to creatures (e.g. Mary and the saints) because prayer is only for God alone.

    There are many forms of prayer: Adoration/Praise, Contrition, Thanksgiving, Supplication. The prayer of Adoration is only for God. The other forms of prayer can be made to other men. God asks us to pray to Him but he allows other men to intercede in our behalf. What does the Scripture say? This is what Apostle James said:

    Is anyone among you sick? He should summon the presbyters of the church, and they should pray over him and anoint (him) with oil in the name of the Lord, and the prayer of faith will save the sick person, and the Lord will raise him up. If he has committed any sins, he will be forgiven. 7 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The fervent prayer of a righteous person is very powerful. Elijah was a human being like us; yet he prayed earnestly that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain upon the land.
    Then he prayed again, and the sky gave rain and the earth produced its fruit. (James 5:14-18)

    In fact, the gravity of the sins of peoples is measured by the inability of the saints to intercede in their behalf:

    “Son of man, when a land sins against me by breaking faith, I stretch out my hand against it and break its staff of bread, I let famine loose upon it and cut off from it both man and beast; 3 and even if these three men were in it, Noah, Daniel, and Job, they could save only themselves by their virtue, says the Lord GOD.” (Ez 14:13-14)

    Why do you dislike to pray the rosary? In the rosary we pray the “Our Father” which was taught by Christ:

    “This is how you are to pray: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, 7 your will be done, on earth as in heaven. 8 Give us today our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, 9 as we forgive our debtors; and do not subject us to the final test, 10 but deliver us from the evil one. ” (Mt 6:9-13)

    We also pray the “Hail Mary”, the first half of which was spoken by the Angel Gabriel and St. Elizabeth:

    “Hail, favored one! The Lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). ” Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord 14 should come to me?” (Lk 1:42-43)

    Compare this with the text of the “Hail Mary”:

    “Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou amongst women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.”

    In the rosary, we also meditate the 20 episodes or Mysteries in the Life of Jesus and Mary, all of which are in the Bible: Annunciation, Visitation, Birth of Christ, Presentation in the Temple, Losing and Finding of Jesus in the Temple, Baptism of Christ, Marriage at Cana, Proclamation of the Kingdom of God, Transfiguration, Institution of the Holy Eucharist (Mass), Agony in the Garden of Olives, Sourging at the Pillar, Crowning of Thorns, Carrying of the Cross to Calvary, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Ascension, Descent of the Holy Spirit, Assumption of Mary into Heaven, Crowning of Mary as Queen of Heaven and Earth.

    If you want to seek the Face of Christ, meditate on His Passion, Death, and Resurrection by praying the rosary. Or better yet, go to mass and receive Christ Himself–Body, Blood, Soul, Divity–in the Holy Communion.

    The Catholic teachings on prayer are based on the Bible. Do not be misled by the human traditions of your pastors. Read the whole Bible instead of reading only one verse. That will take about 7 months. But if you go to mass everyday and listen to the Readings–First Reading (Old Testament), Psalm, Second Reading (New Testament), and Gospel–after three years, you would have heard most of what is written in the Bible than any Protestant who faithfully attends daily Fellowships for three years.

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