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Life of mission is best birthday gift to Mary – Tagle

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Following the blessing of the carillon tower, Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle proceeds to the National Shrine to preside over the mass on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. (Photo: Raymond A. Sebastián)

PARAÑAQUE City, Sept. 8, 2015 – Bouquets of roses lovingly offered are fine, but more than perishable material objects, a Catholic prelate has insisted that a life completely attuned to Christ is still the best birthday gift Christians can give to their mother, Mary.

Life in, with Christ

“Let us ask ourselves: Do we lead lives connected to Jesus? Here is the best birthday gift we can offer Mary: a life linked to Christ,” shared Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle in his homily for the Feast of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin on Tuesday, Sept. 8, at the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help in Baclaran, Parañaque City.

Tagle went on to remind the faithful that God created Mary not only to become the mother of the Son Incarnate, but also to be the mother of all, stressing how her whole being was totally consecrated to this unique mission.

Evangelization mission

While he admitted no one can ever hope to equal or surpass what the Blessed Virgin had achieved, the prelate called on all Christians to do everything they can to give justice to their mission as children of God: that of bringing Christ to others.

“Part of our mission is to make Christ known in all parts of the world, to share Him with others,” he said.

Marian mystery

Moreover, Tagle pointed out that the mystery of Mary is eternally connected to the mystery of Christ and that of the Church.

“Take Mary out of this equation and we no longer have a complete picture,” he noted, recalling that Mary’s life was a life of mission.

According to the prelate, a person who has mission and who responds to this mission is living up to his dignity, has self-respect, and knows his worth.

Imitating Mary

“What kind of people have life? Those who have mission have life! People without mission merely exist, but do not really live,” he explained.

“On this feast of her nativity, let us strive to be like Mary whose responsiveness to God and faithfulness to the mission she has been entrusted Christians should consider imitating,” he said. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)


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