Remember typhoon victims on Christmas – Cardinal Tagle
MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged Filipinos to remember people suffering from calamities, including typhoon victims in the Philippines, as the country celebrates Christmas on Monday, December 25.
In his homily in the Christmas Eve Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, December 24, Tagle said "brothers and sisters who are suffering must be in our minds and in our hearts" for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ to be complete.
"If we forget our poor and suffering brothers and sisters all over the world, and in our case in the Philippines, those suffering due to the typhoons in Mindanao and Visayas, Christmas will not be complete," he said.
The death toll from Severe Tropical Storm Vinta (Tembin) – which later intensified into a typhoon – has reached 200. Massive floods and landslides struck Mindanao, with Lanao del Norte among the hardest hit. (READ: Pope Francis prays for Vinta's victims in Mindanao)
Joy and goodwill
Tagle highlighted the importance of joy and goodwill – one manifested through God who gave His Son despite people's shortcomings. (READ: Admit your weaknesses, Cardinal Tagle says)
"Si Hesus ang larawan ng kagandahang loob, at kung saan may kagandahang loob, merong kaligayahan. At kapag merong baluktot at masamang loob, sira ang kaligayahan," he said.
(Jesus is the manifestation of goodwill. If there is goodwill, there is joy. If there is malice, joy will be destroyed.)
Christmas, added Tagle, is not the only season to show goodness to other people. Filipinos should always be kind to one another to further the teachings of God and to "experience peace and joy."
But the cardinal cautioned against "false joy" and the recklessness of thrills, pointing out that there is a world of difference between joy and thrill. (READ: Cardinal Tagle slams 'false gods' creating 'false worlds')
"We need that culture, the joy of sharing rather than the thrill of accumulating, the joy of saving persons and lives rather than the thrill of destroying, crushing human lives," he said.
"The joy of forgiving and reconciling rather than the thrill of taking revenge, of embracing and accepting rather than the thrill of isolating and cutting them off. This is the joy a person of goodwill experiences and spreads." (READ: Cardinal Tagle: 'We cannot govern the nation by killing') – Rappler.com