ROME, Italy, Oct. 26, 2012 – The recent appointment of Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle may seem like another cause for pride for the Philippines, but for Tagle himself, the new position, if anything, humbles him.
In an exclusive interview yesterday morning, Tagle shared, “When God comes to your life and offers not only a gift or a grace, but also a mission, you feel how small you are.”
He also explained, despite an overwhelming sense of responsibility, he believes it is a personal call to faith and trust in God.
“You feel ang laki-laki ng dumadating sa ‘yo (something big has overtaken you), but you cannot deny that it is the Lord that comes and God knows where you are,” he added.
Tagle also mentioned how his new role will lead him to emulate the Virgin Mary.
“Like Mary, I will always be open and ready to respond,” he said.
Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and CBCP President Archbishop Jose Palma personally congratulated the new Cardinal-designate Archbishop Tagle during a dinner at the Pontificio Collegio Filippino.
The Archbishop of Manila was in Rome for the Synod for the New Evangelization and Transmission of the Faith when the appointment was made. [Nirva’ana Ella Delacruz with reports from Kritzia Santos]