BALANGA CITY: Bishop Ruperto Santos of the diocese of Balanga on Sunday cautioned overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) against carrying bullets to serve as amulets.
“Bullets will never be lucky charms or amulets because anything that intends to harm or inflict injury will never be a source of blessing or safety,” the Bataan bishop said.
Santos was reacting to reports that security personnel at international airports in the country confiscate bullets inside the luggage of some OFWs, who reasoned out that the live ammunition are their good-luck charms.
“Our dearest OFWs, remember always this biblical verse that with God, nothing is impossible. Our God is powerful, almighty and benevolent,” the prelate said.
He asked them to trust God, not amulets or anting-anting.
“Do not rely on luck or chances but believe in God’s goodness and providence. Do not accept magical objects but turn to God and believe in His graces and saving powers for He is our safety, our security,” Santos said.
“Only God saves, not amulets,” he added.
Santos is chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Migrants and Itinerant People of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines.