Children’s transmission of the faith starts from their families, says Cardinal Tagle

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, Archbishop Emeritus of Manila, presided over the Ninth Novena Mass in honor of the Sto. Niño at the Santo Niño de Pandacan Parish last January 13, 2024.

In his homily, Cardinal Tagle pointed out how Jesus was obedient to Father’s will to him. Also, he consistently embedded within Himself that he will remain a child of God through the likeness of a child.

“Sa edad, dumaan si Hesus sa mga ganyan pero siya ay nanatiling sanggol. Dumaan ang edad niya. Bakit? Sapagkat hindi niya itnatwa ang pagiging anak ng Diyos. Ang pagiging anak ng Diyos ang puso ng pananatiling sanggol. Ganyan si Hesus. Kailanman hindi niya binura ang kanyang Diyos Ama,” he said.

The Cardinal reflected that it is the responsibility of the families, including grandparents and godparents alike, to inherit to their children a fervent and unwavering devotion to Jesus and the faith.

“Pakiusap ko po sa inyo, lagi niyong dalhin ang mga bata kay Hesus. Kung minsan pag nagpaplano tayo ng family outing o anong magpapaligaya sa mga bata, kung ano-ano naiisip natin kung saan natin sila dadalhin. Hindi naman masama ‘yon pero sana kasama, dalhin lagi kay Hesus. At tayo mismo ipakita natin sa mga bata, tayo ay laging pupunta kay Hesus,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle appealed to the faithful to become witnesses of Christ’s love and reveal to the children of the generation to renew our spirit.

“Tayo mismo ipakita natin sa mga bata, tayo ay laging pupunta kay Hesus. Pero hindi sapat na pumunta tayo kay Hesus. Sana magbigay tayo ng pagsaksi na pag lumapit tayo kay Hesus, nababago tayo. Na talagang kumandong tayo kay Hesus para mahawa ng kanyang pagkabata,” he said.

Referring to the rebuilding of Sto. Niño de Pandacan Church, the Archbishop Emeritus of Manila is hopeful that the Church’s fullness of life may be achieved as the faithful lean as God’s children.

“Sana mas tumatatag, mas lumalaganap, mas nagiging buhay ang Simbahang buhay na bato. Hindi dahil sa ating galing, kundi lagi tayong lumalapit kay Hesus. Ang panulukang bato at ang sanggol na anak ng Diyos,” Cardinal Tagle said. (By Hazel Boquiren | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC | Photo Gallery – Buling Buling | Last day Novena Mass | Fiesta Mass)

 

 

 

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