SEOUL, S. Korea, May 28, 2016— Saying that the core of Christianity is found in love, a Philippine-born papal nuncio said the natural expression of Christian faith is found in acts of charity and service to others.
Archbishop Osvaldo Padilla, the Apostolic Nuncio to Korea, on Friday said that true Christian love is “love in action” especially when people concretely help answer the needs of others in matters physical, emotional, or spiritual.
“Christian love has to be put into practice,” said Padilla during his homily at Mass for the 12th Love in Action School (LAS) at the Church-run Kkottongnae social welfare institute in Eumseong, Choongbuk province.
In other words, according to him, “we have to give ourselves for others in love in action” in a “selfish world” that insists on the progress and need of one’s comfort.
“This is the purpose of the Year of Mercy – God has been merciful to us – for this reason, we have to be merciful to others, because God has pardoned us,” Padilla added.
LAS invites people from all over the world and provides them with education and experience of charity through volunteer works for the poor in order to spread Kkottongnae spirituality on love in action.
Kkottongnae, which runs Love in Action School, is a home where the sick, destitute and handicapped are rendered Christian care.
This year’s five-day event started on Tuesday with a Mass presided over by Korean Archbishop Paul Tschang In-Nam, Apostolic Nuncio to Thailand.
“Here you will learn how the sick are treated ‘in love’ , how the homeless are made welcome, how the people who are marginalized find a true home of love,” Padilla told the participants.
Among the concelebrants of the Mass include Fr. John Oh Woon-jin, Founder of the Kkottongnae Institutes.
“We now have a visible and eloquent witness of God’s love. The spirit of Kkottongnae is a continuing School of Love,” Padilla also said. (R. Lagarde/CBCPNews)