Wednesday, 25 December 2019 14:01

Cardinal Tagle Urges Faithful to Reclaim Christmas

Jesus is born to save lives. This is the message of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for the season of Christmas. He reminded the faithful that the true meaning of Christmas is saving lives, as contrary to the pervading culture of destruction to humanity, families, and society spreading in our society.

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle during the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral, on December 24, 2019.
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The Cardinal expressed how it is very disheartening that some people find amusement in causing pain and destruction to their fellow mankind. 

Moreover, it is awfully disturbing that many young people are developing mental condition that causes them to hurt, or worse, kill themselves.

Cardinal Tagle prays that with the birth of the Redeemer, Jesus Christ, the true meaning and spirit of Christmas be restored. With His birth is the hope that love, mercy and compassion be proclaimed that more lives may be saved. (Radio Veritas / Archdiocesan Office of Communications)


Here is the whole Christmas Message of Cardinal Tagle:

My dear friends,

“A Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord,” the angel said to the shepherds keeping the night watch over their flock (Luke 2:8-14). In Jesus, the Infant Savior, the people shall be called “the redeemed of the Lord”  and no longer forsaken (Isaiah 62:11-12). 

The mystery of Christmas is contrary to the drive, the desire and the impulse to destroy people, lives, families, societies and creation. Christmas reveals a God who comes to save, not to destroy. We are saddened and shocked to see how some people find pleasure and “success” in having shattered other people’s lives. We are even more disturbed to see young people already bent on harming themselves and ending their lives. We are bothered because Christmas is about God’s will to save, not to ruin. So let us reclaim Christmas! 

Celebrating the true spirit of Christmas means joining Jesus in fulfilling God’s plan of love, mercy and compassion that saves. This Christmas and beyond, let Filipinos be bearers of salvation, not of damnation. The glory of God radiates through people of good will! 

A blessed Christmas to you and your loved ones! 

+Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle


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