Cardinal Tagle calls faithful to deeper encounter with others

Cardinal Tagle calls faithful to deeper encounter with others
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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle leads the Eastern Vigil Mass at the Manila Cathedral April 20. ROY LAGARDE

By Roy Lagarde

April 20, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle led Manila’s Catholics into Easter on Saturday night, urging them at the vigil to foster a culture of encounter with other people.

He said people’s encounter with God is marked by faith and by taking care of those who are in need.

“We are called as Christians to encounter others and walk with them humbly, without judgement or pretensions of having the answer to all their problems,” Tagle said.

“It is through these encounters that our hearts are opened and presented with a new horizon and a renewed energy to move forward,” he said.

The culture of encounter, he said, must characterize the people of faith, enabling them to see other and their situation “with deep understanding, compassion and solidarity”.

“It is through these encounters of love and caring that persons, families and communities are transformed from prisoners of despair into bearers of hope,” he said.

The cardinal also invited the faithful “to seize the power of love unleashed by the risen Christ this Easter”.

And with the love that people have received, he urged them to “spread seeds of hope across our country” amid killings, poverty, unemployment, addictions, indignities, hate speech, false accusations, killings, corruption and human trafficking.

“Love is not just a word, it’s a lifestyle of seeing, encountering and understanding other people,” Tagle added.

“It is the lifestyle of Jesus, crucified and risen. It is the lifestyle of being with and living for others in the belief that light will always overcome darkness,” he also said.