MANILA, April 21, 2014 – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle on Sunday exhorted the Filipino faithful to initiate a “fresh start” in pursuing peace, noting that Easter signals the beginning of a new life.
“With true peace coming from the Risen Christ we can all start a new life. We call on Jesus to breathe the Holy Spirit on the Filipino people,” Tagle said.
Earthquakes, conflicts, typhoons
The cardinal urged the public to start anew “so that we may experience a fresh start in our quest for peace,” specifically mentioning the Bangsamoro autonomous region, and communities ravaged by earthquakes, typhoons, and armed conflicts.
“Peace is a gift of the Risen Jesus to frail, weak and sinful disciples. Peace is an offer of mercy and reconciliation to those who have been unfaithful. It expresses the hope that the sinner may become whole again. It is a plea to start again,” Tagle said in his Easter message.
The fight against “corruption, unscrupulousness, human trafficking, new forms of slavery, abuse of children and women, dehumanizing destitution, and the wastage of creation” must be continued to attain genuine peace in the country, he noted.
Calling Easter a “missionary event” which transforms “timid and fearful disciples into bold and determined missioners,” Tagle called on the Catholic faithful “to heed the Risen Lord who sends us to bring His word, peace and hope to all strata of human life and society.”
In accomplishing this mission, the prelate said the lay faithful must fulfill their religious duty of proclaiming the Gospel to others.
“Praying for Jesus’ peace, we should also be ready to be sent on mission, the way Jesus was sent by the Father…If peace and new life are elusive in our time, it is partly because we do not fulfill our mission,” Tagle said. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)