SAN FERNANDO CITY, La Union -- They may be busy with their election duties and with their day-to-day police work, but the spiritual food is never taken for granted especially this Lent.

Last Friday, Police Regional Office 1 (PRO1) Director Constante Azares Jr. and the key personnel at the regional headquarters joined the spiritual retreat held at Concorde building inside the PRO1 camp.

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PRO Chaplain Ronilo Datu served as the facilitator of the activity.

“The spiritual retreat aims to instill oneness and spiritual cleansing of PRO1 personnel, especially as they gear up for their busy schedule during Semana Santa and the forthcoming elections,” the PRO1 director stated.

“The activity was organized to instill to the minds of our policemen need to remember the sufferings of our Creator and time to heal our hearts,” he said.

Fr. Datu emphasized the importance of the cleansing of sins and following God’s example.

“We must maintain an attitude of humility, just like Christ did amid the insults thrown at Him. We should accept it when someone extends the hand of reconciliation,” the Chaplain stressed as he discussed the virtues of repentance and forgiveness.

He also reiterated the biblical story about the prodigal son which illustrates the different attitudes of individuals.

The prelate pointed out how the two brothers in the parable made their own decisions. The moral lessons from the story were analyzed for the participants to fully understand and internalize.

“Encouragement is also required in order to win the hearts and souls of individuals. Be humble and accept your faults,” Fr. Datu said.

The retreat was followed by a Holy Mass at the PRO1 Chapel with Bishop Artemio Rillera of the Diocese of San Fernando City as main celebrant. (LCMY/Sunnex)