Cardinal Tagle: Stop complaining, do something
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle delivers his homily during Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at the Manila Cathedral, December 8, 2017. CBCPNews
Just like Mary at the Annunciation, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila called on Catholics to use their “blessings and graces” in mission and for the good of the nation.
Speaking during Mass on the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception at the Manila Cathedral on Friday, he said all people have “gifts” that could be used to address the challenges the country is facing.
“Let us not just complain about how noisy the world is. Go out and replace the noise with harmony and music,” Tagle said in his impromptu homily.
Even talents of singing and cooking are blessings not just for ourselves but also for mission by sharing it with others, especially the poor and the needy, in many ways.
“Who among you here has gift, good appetite to eat?” Tagle asked, drawing laughter from the crowd. “Let the appetite for food also be an appetite for truth, justice, decency, for peace, for respectful life.”
“Mary was gifted by God not for self-promotion, not for self-edification, but for a mission to collaborate in God’s healing, saving design for the world. And He equips us with many gifts so that the world may be healed, so that salvation may be experienced,” he added.
More than 2,000 people attended the Mass concelebrated by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, the Apostolic Nuncio to the Philippines.
The cardinal said the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is an opportunity for persons to affirm their faith.
“If evil is in our mind, if evil is stronger than God, we won’t be able to transform the world. We need to believe that God is stronger. Let us behold Mary. In her, God has triumphed. His love, his grace will prevail,” he said. CBCPNews