Friday, 08 November 2019 08:44

Eternal life on earth when Christ is in our hearts - Cardinal Tagle

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle remembered in prayers the deceased clergy, religious men and women and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. It was held at the Chapel of Arzobispado de Manila on November 8, 2019, Friday, at 8 a.m.

“We thank God for bringing us together, and we thank God for this beautiful practice, a beautiful tradition in our Archdiocese [where we] dedicate one morning of Eucharistic to remember our Bishops, Priests, I don’t know if we have deacons, and religious men and women,” he said.

“Of course we do not forget our beloved lay people, our many co-workers in different ministries and apostolates who have also offered their lives in ministry and also to the Lord in eternal life,” he added.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle
Photo by Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)
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In his homily, Cardinal Tagle reflected on the “eternal life” we experience on earth, that is, allowing Christ to live in or hearts. He also thanked the priests and religious who in one way or the other have become instruments of the grace of God. 

“And we thank God for our departed bishops, priests, religious men and women who have had such an experience and who in their ministry have led other people to experience Jesus in their lives, to experience the meaning of eternal life in this world,” he said.

“And I’m sure there are many, there are many. Even the most broken priests, even the most temperamental sister could somehow be an instrument of God in conveying eternal life, Jesus in us. And we don’t claim any credit. It is pure gift,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle also remembered during the Mass all those who are wounded and those who suffered criticisms and misunderstanding.

“Our brothers and sisters who we remember have been wounded not only in their human lives but in their ministry. I’m sure many of them have received so many criticisms. They’ve undergone many misunderstanding even from within,” he said.

On October 30, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Manila (RCAM) personnel prayed for all the departed clergy of the Archdiocese of Manila at the crypt of the Manila Cathedral and at the La Loma Catholic Cemetery as part of the annual commemoration of the departed clergy, religious, and lay people of the Archdiocese of Manila. (Jheng M. Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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