Cardinal Tagle calls for “active non-violent” culture

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to strengthen and promote active non-violent culture despite the series of killings in the country due to the government’s war against drug and the plan to re-implement death penalty as he joined “Walk for Life” last Saturday, February 18 at the Quirino Grandstand in Luneta, Manila.

 

 “Kaya po ang isang mahalagang aspeto ng lakbay-buhay, lakad-buhay, ay ang pagpapalakas at pagpapalaganap ng kultura ng hindi marahas na pagkilos, o ang tinatawag nating active non-violence,” he said.

 

“Ang non-violence, hindi ibig sabihin, passive. Active. Subalit naniniwala tayo, hindi mapupuksa ang karahasan ng kapwa karahasan,” he continued.

 

The Manila Archbishop pointed out that “kapag ang tugon sa karahasan ay karahasan din, nadoble ang karahasan. Hindi dapat dinodoble o pinalalaganap ang karahasan. Ito ay tinutumbasan ng non-violence.”

 

Cardinal Tagle also expressed his sadness towards the proliferation of the culture of violence and how the  people gradually loses the virtue of humility that God has taught us.

 

“Nakalulungkot pong makita, minsan nakakaiyak, na parang natural na lamang, parang ordinaryo at natural na lamang, ang marahas na salita, marahas na tingin – naku, katatalas ng tingin! – marahas na ugali, marahas na kilos. Brasuhan at sindakan na lamang ang kalakaran. Unahan lang naman 'yan sa sindakan,” Cardinal Tagle said.

 

At the end of his message, the cardinal stressed that “Ang pagpatay at karahasan, nagsisimula sa pusong puno ng galit at poot.”

 

He reminded the faithful to walk for life each day with a clean and humble heart. He as well put emphasis that we cannot find peace and strength in violence but with God.

 

“Lumakad tayong mapagpakumbaba, hindi mayabang, hindi galit, hindi nagmamataas. Lumakad tayong nagpapakumbaba dahil ang kasama natin ay ang Diyos ng Buhay,” he said.

 

“Sa Diyos na mahabagin, mapagpakumbaba, at mapagmahal, mayroong lakas, hindi dahas,” he added.

 

The Walk for Life was organized by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines Episcopal Commission on the Laity through its lay arm Sangguaniang Layko ng Pilipinas. The Walk for Life is a Prayer Rally that aims to express the public’s opposition against death penalty and all other threats to the sanctity and sacredness of all forms of life.

 

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