PHILADELPHIA, PA, Sept. 29, 2015 – Manila Archbishop Luís Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle has expressed assurance that family is still the best people to be around whenever one feels “wounded.”
“Even when homes are hurt by wounds, it is also the home that is the privileged place for comforting and healing [of] wounded hearts. The wounds may come from the family, but it is also the family that becomes the source of comfort and healing,” he said.
Speaking to thousands of delegates to the recent World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia where he gave the keynote, the Filipino prelate admitted that the wounds affecting the family are “many, immense, and deep.”
“All people are wounded. I guess no one here in this assembly could claim that ‘I have never been wounded.’ All of us have been wounded and continue to experience wounds in our hearts,” he said.
According to the prelate, regardless of their nature, personal wounds always affect the family as well as a person’s relationships with others.
While all wounds do hurt, Tagle pointed out few things hurt more than seeing one’s family suffer.
He noted that when somebody inflicts a wound on a loved one, it is as if he is the one wounded.
But the cardinal lamented that the most hurtful of all wounds are those inflicted by one’s own family members.
“The sacredness of the family is wounded by that. When brothers and sisters fight over money, when relatives fight over a piece of property and say we are fighting for a principle. What type of principle is that, when a piece of land is more important than your brother or sister? But the world calls that principle,” he explained.
Tagle went on to enumerate the most common wounds of today’s families as follows:
- Financial constraints
- Lack of access to basic human needs
- Lack of access to education
- Economic and political policies not supportive of families
- “Failed” relationships
- Social, cultural, religious exclusion / Discrimination
- Human trafficking
- Child abuse
- Domestic violence
- Abuse of women
- New forms of human slavery
- Ethnic conflicts
- Climatic calamities
- Forced migration
- Displacement of peoples
- Wounds to human persons and families
Considering these, the prelate urged wounded families to always keep faith in Jesus, whom he called the “Wounded One” whose preaching of the Kingdom of God included the ministry of healing, and in the Church, His Body that is made up of wounded men and women yet called to share in the redemptive mission of her Lord and head. (Raymond A. Sebastián / CBCP News)