Wednesday, 12 December 2018 09:07

False Gods be Warned

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle on Monday, December 10, 2018, warned the faithful on worshipping false Gods.

In a Mass to celebrate the Solemn Dedication of the Altar of The Manila Cathedral, Cardinal Tagle enumerated the different kinds of false gods people worship. He was referring to money, power, and ambition. 

Photo by Maricar Santos

During his homily, the archbishop of Manila stressed that these kinds of gods people look up to will only allow selfishness to reign in their hearts and the clarity of the work of the Holy Spirit and God’s love, mercy, and compassion will be obscured.

“Yung diyos-diyosang ambisyong makalamang sa kapawa, ang dami ring nakapila dyan, maghahandog ng kaaya-ayang alay. Kaya lang po may kaibahan ang pera, ang kapangyarihan, ang ambisyon hindi kayang magmahal…Ang pera, mamahalin kaba ng pera? Hindi!  Gagawin kang corrupt ng pera. Hindi kamamahalin ng pera. Ang pera hindi ka mamahalin sa bandanghuli gagawin kang bankrupt ng pera,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“Ang kapangyarihan mahal ka ba niyan? Ang kayabangan mahal ka ba niyan? Hindi. Binubulag ka, hindi ka mahal nyan. Ginagawa kang manhid,” he said.

“Mahal ba tayo ng ambisyon?Nilalason tayo ng ambisyon di tayo mahal niyan. Hindi niyan hinahanap ang kabutihan natin,” he added.

Having said the dangers of worshipping these gods, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to fill their hearts with love so that they can also give love like Christ who is the living temple. 

After Cardinal Tagle delivered his homily, the rite for the dedication of the altar started with the recitation of the Litany of Saints. Afterward, Cardinal Tagle poured the Holy Oil around the altar symbolizing the presence of the Holy Spirit. The smoke of the incense accompanied the faithful’s prayer of thanksgiving to the Lord. A candle was also lighted signifying that Christ is the light of the world.

The altars of the eight side chapels of the Manila Cathedral were venerated by the present successors of the eight bishops who consecrated the chapels in 1958. These are: St. Peter Chapel - Cardinal Julio R. Rosales (Cebu); Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel - Bishop Alfredo Ma. A. Obviar (Lucena); Blessed Souls Chapel - William Brasseur, CICM (Mountain Province); St. Jude Chapel - Archbishop Mariano A. Madriaga (Lingayen-Dagupan); Sta. Potenciana Chapel -Archbishop Emilio H. Cinense (San Fernando); St. Pius X Chapel- Archbishop Teofilo B. Camomot (Cagayan de Oro); St. Joseph Chapel - Archbishop Luis del Rosario, SJ (Zamboanga); and Christ the King Chapel - Archbishop Juan C. Sison (Nueva Segovia).

Two Filipino prelates who are on their way to sainthood were present during the consecration rites in 1958 – Archbishop Teofilo Camomot and Bishop Alfredo Ma. Obviar who consecrated the altars of the Pius X Chapel and the Our Lady of the Pillar Chapel respectively.

On December 8, 2018, His Eminence Thomas Aquinas Manyo Cardinal Maeda, Archbishop of Osaka and Envoy of His Holiness Pope Francis led the celebration of the Holy Eucharist for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the culmination of the 60th anniversary of the Manila Cathedral postwar. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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