Manila Cardinal urges faithful to listen as part of “walking for life”

Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to engage more in listening as he emphasized the message of synodality and the importance of journeying together in addressing issues concerning faith, and family.

In his homily before the participants of the ‘2024 Walk for Life’ event at the University of Santo Tomas on February 17, Cardinal Advincula pointed out that every Christian should explore “new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times.”

“We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home?” he stressed.

“Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission,” he added.

Citing the words of the late St. Pope Paul VI, the Archbishop of Manila reminded everyone that families and the youth of today need teachers of the truth, who will lead them to right path and right choices.

“Families today, including, and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life,” Cardinal Advincula said.

Organized by the Council of Laity of the Philippines, Walk for Life was spearheaded by the Episcopal Commission of the Laity of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (2017) in 2017, in response to the attempted reimposition of death penalty, and various injustices during the previous administration. (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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