Society needs good hands, says Cardinal Tagle

Society needs good hands, says Cardinal Tagle
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Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila celebrates Mass during the “Walk for Life” held at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Feb. 16, 2019. ROY LAGARDE

By Roy Lagarde

February 16, 2019

Manila, Philippines

To have a better society as the “womb of life”, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila said that what the country needs is good hands.

This was the cardinal’s take on the state of affairs in the country as he warned against those with “greedy hands” in the upcoming midterm elections.

The church leader was speaking during Mass at this year’s “Walk for Life” at the Quezon City Memorial Circle on Saturday.

“The election is coming. I hope that this walk for life will be a walk to have in our society a womb where people, the community, the leaders would all share,” Tagle said in his homily.

“I hope that our society becomes a womb that gives life because the hands are generous, not greedy,” he said.

Reflecting on the day’s Gospel of multiplication of the loaves and fishes, he said that Jesus showed the logic of giving.

This action of proximity and charity, he said requires a hand with generous commitment of solidarity for other people.

Cardinal Tagle said that a small amount of bread, if it passed through good hands, will multiply.

On the other hand, he said that even a 7,000 loaves of bread, if handled by greedy people, will not be enough for four persons, accentuating the Gospel story about Jesus multiplying 7 loaves of bread for 4 thousand people.

“So it’s the hands that kill,” Tagle said. “And it is a disservice not only to the society but to creation.

“Creation that generously, that takes care of us, is not able to do its mission because of the hands,” he added.

Although no crowd estimate was given to the media by police authorities, the cardinal noted the presence of many young people at the event.

Simultaneous walk for life were also held in the cities of Dagupan, Tarlac, Cebu, Ormoc and Cagayan de Oro. Lay groups also gathered in the towns of Palo and Palompon, in Leyte.