Monday, 03 December 2018 02:29

Cardinal Tagle urges youth to become missionaries of Christ


Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has called on the young people of the Archdiocese of Manila to become missionaries of Christ whose qualities manifest the strength that Christ possesses.

“Humanap ka ng lakas kay Hesus at hindi ka mambubusabos ng kapwa. Ang mga nambubusabos ng kapwa sa salita, sa isip at gawa, yan ang pinaka-insecure na mga tao sa mundo. Nagpapanggap lang yan,” Cardinal Tagle said during his homily at the launching of the Year of the Youth on December 2.

“Pero ang tao na malakas kay Hesus, you can be calm. You can be humbly confident. You don’t need to brag. Bakit?  Kasi kapit ka sa tunay na malakas, si Hesus,” he added.

Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao/RCAM-AOC

Cardinal Tagle stressed that as young missionaries participating in the mission of Christ, they will be blessed, empowered and will be sent to make a better world.

He also challenged the thousands of young people who attended the launching to see Christ in every activity and to establish a deeper relationship with him.  He also pointed out that the year-long celebration will be a failure if Christ is not the center of the occasion.

The launching of the Year of the Youth coincided with the first Sunday of Advent and is part of the preparation of the five hundred years of Christianity in the country in 2021.

Aside from the launch that happened at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Minor Seminary, parishes in the Archdiocese of Manila and other dioceses in the country also conducted activities to mark the opening of the Year of the Youth.

In the Diocese of Balanga, Papal Nuncio to the Philippines Archbishop Gabriele Giordano Caccia led thousands of young pilgrims to the historic Mt. Samat in Bataan where he celebrated Mass. The pilgrimage is an annual event of the Central Luzon Dioceses that started in 2004.

According to CBCP News, Archbishop Caccia joined the pilgrims as they walked seven kilometers from the foot of Mt. Samat to the World War II Monument and White Cross built in memory of the soldiers who fought and lost their lives in the Battle of the Bataan.

The event also highlighted the opening of the Year of the Youth that coincided with the 9th Central Luzon Youth Pilgrimage which was hosted by the Diocese of Balanga from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2.

Balanga Bishop Ruperto Santos encouraged the youth of Bataan to join and be one with the church.

Wendell Ventura, a seminarian and youth of the Diocese of Balanga who was inspired by the homily of Bishop Santos, shared a message to his fellow youth in Bataan and to the whole world. 

“Patuloy nating panatilihin ang alab ng pananampalataya. Ang alab nating mga kabataan ang nagbibigay ng liwanag sa simbahan. Ibahagi natin ang alab na ito sa pamamagitan ng ating pagmamahal, pag-asa, at pananampalataya. Mga kapwa kabataan, pinahahalagahan tayo ng simbahan, gayundin naman, ating pahalagahan ang simbahan. Ibahagi ang ating alab. Makiisa tayo sa taong ito, ang ating taon,” Ventura said. (Jheng Manalang Prado/RCAM-AOC)

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