Forgiveness is what makes Family Beautiful

In his Mass to celebrate the feast of the Holy Family, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula told the faithful that Christmas is a time where members of the families reunite to celebrate the birth of Christ.

“Ang panahon ng kapaskuhan ay panahon ng family reunions. Panahon ng pagtitipon ng mga magkakamag-anak. Wala talagang mas sasaya pang makita ang pamilyang buo, kumpleto, nagkukuwentuhan, sama sama sa hapag kainan,” Cardinal Advincula said in his homily for the feast of the Holy Family at the San Jose de Trozo Parish on December 26, 2021.

The Cardinal also stressed in his reflection the importance of family even after the Christmas season ends.

“Mahalaga ang pamilya. Kahit ang Diyos nang pinili niyang magkatawang tao, pinili niya maging bahagi ng isang pamilya. Pinili niyang manahan sa sinapupunan ng ina sa siyam na buwan upang maging bahagi ng isang pamilya,” he said.

“Umuuwi tayo sa pamilya kapag nasasaktan tayo, nagugutom, naguguluhan sa mga pangyayari sa buhay. Tahanan, pamilya ang ating uwian,” he added.

In his homily, the Archbishop of Manila encouraged the faithful to remember in prayers those families who are unhappy because they are away from each other especially those who have lost their loved ones because of the pandemic and will celebrate Christmas without them.

“Sa maraming pamilyang Pilipino, malungkot ang Pasko dahil sa malayo sa isa’t isa. Pinaglayo ng pangingibang bansa, pinaglayo ng kalamidad, pinaghiwalay ng trahedya,” Cardinal Advincula said.

“May mga pamilya na humahanap ng dahilan upang maging maligaya ang kanilang Pasko. Alalahanin natin sila. Ito siguro ang kanilang unang Pasko na wala si nanay, tatay, kapatid, anak, asawa dahil sa COVID,” he added.

Before the Cardinal ended his homily, he stressed that the mark of having a good family is not because there is no conflict, but because there is forgiveness in their hearts.

“Ang tanda ng isang magandang pamilya ay hindi dahil walang samaan ng loob o mga pag-aaway, kundi dahil mayroong pagpapatawad,” Cardinal Advincula emphasized. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

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