Monday, 18 November 2019 05:32

Cardinal Tagle to Catholic schools – Form Good citizens and Christians


Delivering his homily during Mass for the 60th Anniversary of the Manila Ecclesiastical Province Schools System Association (MAPSA), Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on all the catholic schools to recognize their strength and learn from their weaknesses.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle celebrates Mass for the 60th Anniversary of MAPSA.
Photo by Jheng M. Prado

Catholic schools in the archdiocese of Manila are called to be in communion with its mission to educate young people.

“In the church the term is communion. Sana sa pamamagitan ng MAPSA, tayong lahat ay magkatulung-tulong, mabuklod sa iisang misyon. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagtatapakan. Hindi tayo ang dapat nagsisiraan. Kung ano ang mahina sa isa, tulungan natin mapalakas. At kung ano ang malakas sa isa, huwag kainggitan. Pasalamatan at baka may matututunan tayo,”Cardinal Tagle said.

Cardinal Tagle who is also the President of MAPSA, said that education plays a significant role in the mission of the Church. He added that in the Bible, Christ is called “Rabbi” or teacher whose mission is to guide, mold and teach the people of God.

“Kung tutuusin, pwede nating sabihin na lahat ng ginagawa sa Simbahan ang pangangaral, ang Bible study, ang sakramento, ang social action, lahat yan ay pamamaraan ng pagtuturo, paghuhubog. Nagkataon lang na, the educational ministry became more formal. But it is not only through the school that the Church teaches, educates and forms. All aspects of the Church’s mission is educational, formative. Kaya nasa dugo ng Simbahan ang edukasyon,” he said.

Reflecting on Vatican II, Cardinal Tagle stressed that aside from the role of the schools to educate, they are also task to form the students to become good citizens and Christians.

“According to Vatican II, the schools of the Church are supposed to form men and women through the development of their intellectual capacities, the development of their values, the development of their missionary engagement that the educational institutions form good citizens of society and also good Christians,” he said.

At the end of his homily, Cardinal Tagle said, “Sana po sa pagsisimula ng 60th anniversary ng MAPSA, sa naging mga pagbabago, sa pagdaloy ng panahon, sana lalong umigting at patuloy tayong maghanap ng naaangkop na pamamaraan ng pagsasama-sama, pagtutulungan.

The 60th Anniversary of MAPSA was held at The Manila Cathedral, on November 15, 2019. It was attended by representatives from the different MAPSA schools. MAPSA celebrates “60 years of deepening the life of faith in children and young people, of becoming centers of excellence of learning, and creating that environment in our schools where justice and development are emphasized and realized.” (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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