MANILA, August 23, 2014 — On loan only from God, but not ours. This is how Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle reminded the faithful about the true ownership of nature and its resources.
Tagle called on the faithful to revisit its role as “mere stewards” of God’s creation.
“We have to be reminded that we are mere stewards of creation. God created [it] and He is the rightful owner of everything,” Tagle said in a mass held at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish.
“We are trusted by the Lord to take care and nurture His creation in accordance to His thoughts and plans. Because of this, we have to discern and scrutinize His will over His creation,” he added during the launch of the Season of Creation environmental campaign organized by the Archdiocese of Manila.
Tagle expressed hopes that the “green” campaign of the archdiocese will raise public awareness on the vital part stewardship plays in spirituality and discipleship.
This 2014, the Season of Creation will be participated in by different parishes and schools within the Manila archdiocese and its suffragan dioceses, emphasizing the importance of the environment through various liturgical, catechetical, and religious initiatives.
Among the proposed activities for the campaign are the inclusion of creation spirituality in liturgies, multi-media activities, and environmental symposia, among others.
This month-long ecological campaign, which serves as the archdiocese’s response to the call made by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’s (CBCP) on environmental protection 11 years ago, aims to recognize and praise the Lord as the God of Creation. (Jennifer M. Orillaza/CBCP News)