Monday, 19 November 2018 10:27

World Day of the Poor highlights self-acceptance of becoming poor in spirit


Speaking in front of the poor families gathered during Mass to celebrate the Second World Day of the Poor at Santisimo Parish – UST on Nov. 17, Cardinal Tagle told the faithful the only way to listen to the cry of the poor is to accept among themselves that they are also poor in spirit.

“Lahat po tayo ngayon dito, lahat po tayo ay dukha, lahat tayo walang maipagmamalaki,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“Walang dapat nagmamalaki at nagpapanggap na siya’y mayaman, na siya’y may kakayahan. Pag nakinig ka masasabi mo magkapatid nga tayo. At tayo’y unang magkapatid sa ating iisang sitwasyon. Pareho tayong dukha. Ang makatutugon sa dukha ay yung tumanggap na siya rin ay dukha. Ang taong nagpapanggap na siya’y mayaman at malakas hindi yan tutulong sa dukha, mambubusabos yan sa dukkha,” he added.

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Reflecting on the theme of the celebration, “This poor man cried and the Lord heard him” (Psalm 34:6), Cardinal Tagle stressed the importance of listening and why many people are afraid to hear the sufferings of others especially the poor.

“Sa pakikinig po hinuhubad natin ang ating sarili. Sa pakikinig na ating kinakatakutan hindi lamang maantig tayo at makokonsensiya sa pinagdaraanan ng iba na maaaring tayo rin ay may papel. Pero ang isang kinatatakot natin ay pag nakinig tayo sa iba matutuklasan natin ang ating sarili. Ang mga bagay na itinatanggi natin sa sarili natin, lahat ng ating pagbabalat kayo kapag nakinig ka babagsak yan. Natatakot tayong makinig dahil  baka bumulaga sa atin ang tunay nating pagkatao at guguho ang lahat ng ating pagbabalat kayo kaya ayaw nating makinig,” he said.

On the other hand, Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo told the Archdiocesan Office of Communications that more than the help and assistance the church provides the poor, listening to them through personal encounter will help regain their importance in the society.

“Ang hina-highlight niya yung encounter sa mga mahihirap, na makinig sa kanila at makiisa sa kanila and so hindi lang ang simbahan tumutulong ay dapat din makiisa sila sa mahihirap. Kaya yung ngayong ang hina-highlight yung encounter sa kanila lalung lalo na yung matuturo ng simbahan na making sa mga mahihirap yan din ang nagpapataas sa dignidad ng mahihirap na binibigyan sila ng halaga,” Bishop Pabillo said.

Like Cardinal Tagle, Bishop Pabillo hoped that the message of the Second World Day of the Poor will continue to be celebrated today and every day of the year.

“Kaya nga ang…una, ang mga parokya sana gawin din ang ginawa dito at pagkatapos ipagpatuloy sana tayong makipag-encounter sa mga mahihirap, ang daming mahihirap na mga tao. Dapat kausapin natin sila, pahalagahan natin sila, making tayo sa kanila, ipaalam natin sa kanila na tayo’y may malasakit,” Bishop Pabillo said.

“Kaya yung action will come later on o it’s only being done. Marami na tayong mga action na mga feeding, mga scholarship, ipagpapatuloy yun pero mas lalong ma-encounter natin sila mas titindi siguro yung mga gawain at mas magiging bahagi na ng magkakapatid,” he added.

In Vatican City, the Holy Father Pope Francis led the Mass for the Second World Day of the Poor at the St. Peter’s Basilica on November 18. 

According to Vatican News, on Nov. 16, Pope Francis paid a surprise visit to the First Aid Station in St. Peter’s Square. The walk-in clinic is open more than 14 hours a day, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. This initiative by the Holy Father is supported by the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization (PCPNE) aims to offer medical attention to those most in need.

The World Day of the Poor is celebrated every 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time and was established by the Holy Father Pope Francis in his Apostolic Letter, Misericordia et Misera that was issued on November 20, 2016, to celebrate the Extraordinary Year of Mercy. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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