Monday, 05 October 2020 10:42

Let us Review our Priorities during this Pandemic--Cardinal Tagle


“My dear brothers and sisters, during this moment of crisis, this pandemic, when resources are scarce, when some people have even lost jobs, we are being asked to review our lifestyle, our priorities.”

These were the words for reflection that His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Vatican’s Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples had laid down to the faithful during his Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral last October 4, 2020, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi.

The Mass that the former Archbishop of Manila presided was his first after eight months since he left the Archdiocese for Rome. The mass was also the concluding day of the Season of Creation that was celebrated from September 1 to October 4, 2020.

Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the evangelization of Peoples delivers his homily during the online Sunday Mass at the Manila Cathedral last Oct. 4. | Screenshot from Manila Cathedral

In his homily, he asked the faithful to heed the call of Pope Francis to stop the “throw away culture” especially during this time of pandemic when many people are having hard time providing for their families' needs.

“Pope Francis always reminds us to stop the culture of throwing away, wasting. Let us appreciate what we have and if what we have is more than what we need, share with others. The gift that we have received should be given as a gift and not be wasted,” said the Cardinal.

He then encouraged the faithful to be grateful for the love of God manifested through his gift of creation.

“Let us be grateful, open our eyes to how God loves us especially through other people, through creation. And every act of love is a gift that must be appreciated, nurtured, valued and not to be wasted,” he said.

Cardinal Tagle is in the country for a short visit to his family in Imus, Cavite but then was tested positive with COVID-19 upon his arrival in September 2020. He was placed in isolation for almost two weeks. Last September 23, he was again swab tested and the result was already negative. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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