Tagle asks faithful not to condemn others

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle appealed to the faithful not to demean people like drug addicts that are willing to change their lives and make a brand new start.

 

“Huwag tayong mangmamaliit ng tao. Huwag taong magsasabi, "Ang taong ito, wala na itong silbi." Huwag tayong susuko at magsasabi, "Ang taong ito, wala nang pag-asa. Puwede na itong patapon." Hindi po. Baka tayo ay magulantang. Ang tao na minamaliit at kulang na lang ay itapon, pupulutin 'yan ng Diyos! At balang araw, ang itinapon mo, baka 'yan ang lalapitan mo. Kailangan mo pala,” he said.

 

He stressed that often times God uplifts the spirit of those people that we think are useless to the society. He reminded the faithful to be respectful towards others that regard themselves as worthless and to treat them the same way God treats us because more often than not they become the source of strength and inspiration of other people.

 

“Kaya iiwasan ang pangmamaliit ng kapwa. Iiwasan ang pagsasabi, "Wala kang silbi. Puwede ka nang mawala. Mas gaganda ang mundo 'pag wala ka." Huwag na huwag po. Hindi natin alam kung ano ang gagawin ng Diyos. Ang itinatapon ng tao, pinahahalagahan ng Diyos. At baka, baka sa kamay ng Diyos, may milagrong mangyayari,” he said.

 

“Ang Diyos, pinahahalagahan ka. At sa takdang panahon, makikita mo kung paano ka iaangat ng Diyos. At sana, huwag tayong maging bahagi ng pagbagsak ng ibang tao. Sana maging bahagi tayo sa kilos ng Diyos, na ang kapwa ay pahalagahan at iangat,” he added.

 

Cardinal Tagle delivered this in his homily for the vicariate launching of Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay Program of the Restorative Justice of Caritas Manila on Friday, March 17 at the St. John the Baptist Parish in Pinaglabanan, San Juan City.

 

Sanlakbay para sa Pagbabagong Buhay is a drug rehabilitation and restorative program of the Catholic Church that aims to reach out to drug surrenderers and their families by providing them values formation, counseling, sports and cultural and livelihood programs toward healing, rehabilitation and restoration.

 

Also in his homily, the Archbishop of Manila emphasized the role of Sanlakbay to the life of the drug dependents who want to change for good after being immersed to prohibited drugs. He encouraged the faithful to take part in this journey and to accompany those people who have the desire to change and make their lives meaningful.

 

“Ang tawag sa ating programa, Sanlakbay. Isang paglalakbay. Ang pagpapanibagong-buhay ay 'di nakukuha sa isang iglap. Kailangan ng pagtitiyaga. Isa itong journey. Bawat hakbang, sana umuwi pa sa mas malayong mararating. Pero sana, sama-sama naglalakbay. Mahirap maglakbay tungo sa bagong buhay kung ikaw ay nag-iisa. Kailangan natin ng kasama, kapatid, kamanlalakbay,” he said.

 

During this Lenten season, Tagle also asked his flock to be mindful of the variety of killings that are happening to the country thus, he reminded them the importance and dignity of human life.

 

“Una, huwag ibebenta ang tao. Mas mahalaga ang tao sa kahit na anong kikitain. Ang pagpapalit sa tao para sa kikitain ay isang uri na ng pagpatay. Ikalawa, huwag mamaliitin ang kahit na sinong tao. Ang taong minamaliit, baka 'yan ang itatampok ng Diyos. At ikatlo, sa bawat tao na ibig magbagong-buhay, kailangan magtulung-tulong ang buong sambayanan,” he said.







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