MANILA, September 18, 2014 — Gifts and talents are blessings meant to be shared with others.
This was the message relayed by Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle as he encouraged the faithful at the Manila Archdiocesan General Pastoral Assembly (MAGPAS) held at the Malate Catholic School last September 6 to share their God-given gifts with others.
Talents for others
“Do not hide the gifts that you have. Use it in your ministry,” he said.
According to Tagle, charisms are special powers given by the Holy Spirit as “graces” to God’s children.
“We are all given something to help us in our ministry,” he said.
However, Tagle reminded the laity not to brag about the charisms they possess, noting that gifts from the Divine must be used to help others and not to enrich oneself.
“Gifts are used to serve others; you serve according to your charism. I urge everyone not to waste the talents they possess,” he said.
The cardinal said if people used their gifts to serve others, it would be easy to address the concerns of society with everyone carrying out his mission “in accordance to [his] talents.”.
“So we have to be generous. Do not hesitate to share what you can do. If you have the gift, use it for your ministry and service,” he added.
Mission leads to communion
Tagle also called on the faithful to live in “communion for mission,” serving others not to gain something in return, but to unite the community towards selflessness.
“Communion leads to mission. It does not limit us from reaching others. Rather, it opens us more to the needs of our troubled brothers and sisters,” Tagle added.
He explained that being in communion with others counters selfishness since it urges the faithful to be more sensitive to the plight of others.
“Communion opens our ears to the call of the world. It opens our hands so we may help others. Communion is not selfish for it transcends oneself,” he said in Filipino
The cardinal also noted the correlation between communion and mission in the life of the faithful.
“The Church is a communion in and for mission. The motivation behind every communion is to do mission, while mission leads to further communion and wider union,” Tagle said. (Jennifer M. Orillaza)