MANILA, July 16, 2016— Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila called on the faithful to have the courage to say no to hatred.
Christians, he said, are called to imitate the mercy of God who acted to rescue people, to save the, to restore them to righteousness instead of sowing revenge.
“If we crave to mete out punishment, God too has the crave to save us” Tagle said. “All God want is to save us even those who contradict Him.”
“God cannot endure seeing its nation suffers, its people suffering. God does not want punishment, but salvation.” he said.
The cardinal made the statement July 15 while celebrating Mass for the Philippine Conference on New Evangelization (PCNE) at the UST Quadricentennial Pavilion in Manila.
The cardinal also noted the growing culture of selfishness which makes it hard today for a person to give oneself generously to another.
The challenges hitting much of the country, he said, is the result of self-centeredness which eventually causes “the wrong policies and structures in the society.”
“The individualism that alienates other people. No more brothers and sisters. No more neighbours. I don’t care,” he said. (Glenn Figuracion/CBCPNews)