“Tanggapin natin ang ating misyon na maging katiwala ng pananampalataya. At ngayon pong Season of Creation, yan po ang ating papel, maging mabuting katiwala ng kalikasan na regalo ng Diyos. Maging mabuting katiwala ng bawat isa bilang magkakapatid at lalo’t higit maging mabuting katiwala ng pananampalataya na ipinamana sa atin ng ating mga ninuno sa pananampalataya.”
This was the message delivered by His Eminence Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle, Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples during his mass at the Diocesan Shrine and Parish of Our Lady of the Pillar in Imus, Cavite.
As the Catholic Church celebrates the Season of Creation this year with the theme, “A Home for All? Renewing the Oikos of God”, the Cardinal explained that the celebration is a call to each individual to take part in the responsibility of being a good trustee of the natural resources created by God.
The said celebration is not only a project but also an invitation to revert and to contemplate with the teachings of Jesus in taking care of the environment.
Cardinal Tagle also reminded the faithful to show concern and love to others especially the needy.
Aside from the celebration, the Prefect said that the coronavirus pandemic is God’s way to inform that nature and one’s life are interconnected.
“Kaya sana maging pang-gising sa atin ito. At bilang mga kristiyano… hindi lamang ito project, ito ay espiritwalidad. Kasama ito sa pananampalataya… sa ating pananagutan sa lumikha… sa pagsunod kay Hesus… sa ihip ng Espiritu-Santo,” said the Cardinal.
Diocese of Imus was the first diocese to launch the Season of Creation in 2009 led by then Bishop-Elect of Imus, Cardinal Tagle.
Since then, it provoked other Dioceses and Archdioceses in the country to celebrate the Season of Creation in recognition of the natural resources given by God to His people.
The Season of Creation is celebrated during the whole month of September until October 4, Feast of St. Francis of Assisi. In the Philippines, the celebration was extended until October 10, to commemorate the Indigenous People’s Sunday. (Fatima Llanza/RCAM-AOC | Photo File of RCAM-AOC)