Cardinal Tagle to seminarians: Be vigilant, beware of temptations

Cardinal Tagle to seminarians: Be vigilant, beware of temptations

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila delivers the homily during Mass for the 60th anniversary of the St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami, Florida, March 24. PHOTO FROM SJVCS FACEBOOK PAGE

By Roy Lagarde

March 28, 2019

Manila, Philippines

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila visited the U.S. over the weekend and warned Florida seminarians about temptations “that makes you messianic”.

Speaking at a Mass to mark the 60th anniversary of St. John Vianney College Seminary in Miami on March 24, he urged the seminarians “not to bite into what the world offers”.

He said that because of the thought that they are called by God to serve, the temptation is always there “to pretend that we can pronounce everything”.

“No, you do not! We don’t know everything,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“At this early stage of your formation, please be vigilant. Do not allow the temptations to take the better of you, to claim you,” he said.

Prior to the liturgical celebration, the head of Caritas Internationalis was also the guest speaker at the seminary’s Annual Fides et Ratio Conference on Saturday.

Present during the Mass were the seminary formators and staff, parents of the seminarians, and a number of Filipinos working and residing in Miami.

Directing his attention to the Filipino community, the cardinal reminded of their “mission” as “witnesses” of Christ.

“We should witness to the world wherever we are, don’t be ashamed to tell the world how good God is,” he said.

Cardinal Tagle also appealed to the Filipino families to instil in the minds of their children and grandkids the possibility of priestly and religious life vocation.

From Miami, the cardinal left for Austria on Monday for a meeting of international Caritas representatives and the ongoing Humanitarian Congress.