Wednesday, 20 February 2019 09:25

Cardinal Tagle leads Walk for Life 2019

A Eucharistic celebration led by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle was held to highlight the third Walk for Life at the Quezon Memorial Circle in Quezon City, on February 16, 2019, from 4 to 8 in the morning.

Photo Credit: CBCPNews

Delivering his homily in front of thousands of people gathered for the event, Cardinal Tagle commended the active participation of the youth in this activity.

“Let this be part of your growing-up years and memory. Sana maipasa niyo ito sa inyong mga anak at mga apo na taon-taon hintayin itong Walk for Life, kasi mga kabataan, darating din ang panahon na tatanda tayo at hayaan natin na ipamana sa susunod na henerasyon itong pagpapahalaga sa buhay,” Cardinal Tagle said.

In solidarity to uphold the dignity of life, Cardinal Tagle affirmed the dignity of a woman. A mother’s womb according to him is where life started and nurtured.

 “The womb, ang sinapupunan ng Ina, dyan nararanasan ang pagsisimula ng tao at buhay ang pag-ibig at pagkalinga kaya bahagi ng ating Walk for Life, standing for Life, celebrating life ay ang pagtanggap sa dangal ng babae,” Cardinal Tagle said.

“There cannot be any walk for life that doesn’t at the same time affirm the dignity, humanity of every woman chosen by God to be the human expression of God’s tender compassion and love, the love that gives life,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle also stated that after a child was born, he enters into a new womb called family including other different kinds of womb such as neighbors, schools, parishes, and communities.These wounds according to him should continue to nourish a person especially his spiritual life. 

“Today let our families and other communities that play the role of families to commit themselves to be the nurturing spaces of life and especially the life faith, life of decency, life of values. Kasama yan sa pinangangalagaan, dinidiligan at ipinapasanabuhay,” Cardinal said.

Another point that the Archbishop of Manila stresses is the womb called a wider society that has “a heart that beats with empathy.”

“A society that is a womb that is alert to the hungers, the thirst, the misery of peoples and not just from the external observance of some rules and obligations but from the heart, really moved with compassion,” Cardinal Tagle said.

At the end of his homily, Cardinal Tagle encouraged the faithful to build a womb where families and society work together to nourish its people with the intervention of the Blessed Mother.

“Sana po katulad ng Mahal na Ina, the model of the church, ang ating simbahan, ang ating sambayan ang Kristiyano may really be also a womb of tenderness and love where life is celebrated, life is shared and life becomes a gift not only of God to us but our gift to society and to humanity,” Cardinal Tagle said.

The Walk for Life 2019 was organized by the CBCP-Episcopal Commission on the Laity chaired by Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo who also called on the youth to participate actively in the society especially this Year of the Youth.

The event was also celebrated simultaneously in Tarlac, Dagupan, Cebu, Ormoc, and Cagayan de Oro City and in towns of Palo and Palompon, both in Leyte province. (Jheng Prado / RCAM-AOC)


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