The Santo Nino is Magnet of Love  

The Santo Nino, the oldest Catholic icon and is known for his miracles is called “Batobalani sa Gugma” or Magnet of love.

 

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula said this in his homily during Mass to celebrate the feast of Santo Nino at the Santo Nino de Pandacan Parish on January 16, 2022, at 9 in the morning.

 

“Sa ating pagninilay ngayon, humiram tayo ng isang simbolo mula sa Cebu. Sa kanilang buong pusong pag-awit ng Gozos, habang kumakaway ng papuri, dasal at pasasalamat kay Senyor Santo Nino, tinutukoy nila siyang batobalani sa Gugma, o ng pagmamahal o magnet of love,” said Cardinal Advincula.

 

“At hindi ba totoo na ang mga bata ang sentro ng atensiyon, saya, pag-ibig at ng mga ugnayan sa loob ng isang tahanan, na iba ang hatak at akit sa atin ng munting Nino,” he added.

 

The Archbishop of Manila said that as the country celebrates the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Christianity in the country, the Lord through the presence of the Santo Nino has never left us in all our struggles and battles in life.

 

“Nagpapasalamat tayo sa Diyos sa pagdiriwang natin ngayong Linggo ng kapistahan ng Santo Nino o Banal na Sanggol,” said Cardinal Advincula.

 

“Ito ay pagkilala sa ating matimyas na debosyon kay Nino Hesus, na halos kasing tanda ng Kristiyanismo sa ating bansa,” he said.

 

“Sa nagdaang limang daang taon, kasa-kasama ng Pilipino ang Santo Nino, at hanggang ngayon, lalo na ngayon, hindi niya tayo iniiwan,” he added.

 

At the end of his homily, Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to continue to grow as a person and become a magnet of faith like the child, Jesus, to other people and the Church as well.

 

“Hayaan natin siyang maging batobalani ng pagmamahal sa pagitan natin at ng Ama, sa isa’t isa lalo na sa kapwa nating maliliit at higit na nangangailangan. Hilingin natin na tayo rin ay lumago sa pagiging kalugud lugod sa Diyos at sa kapwa,” he said.

 

The feast of Santo Nino is held every year on the third Sunday in January and is considered one of the biggest Catholic celebrations in the country. The devotion to the Santo Nino centers on the image of the child Jesus and is also the celebration of Christianity in the Philippines. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Maricar Santos/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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