Sacrifice leads to happiness, fulfilment: Cardinal Rosales
The Cardinal urged the faithful to always believe that Christ accompanies them in every step of the way as they choose to face and carry their burdens in life.
Sacrifice and self-renewal are needed to take up one’s cross to deal with sufferings and challenges brought by day-to-day living, former Manila Archbishop, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales, said during a recollection held at the San Carlos Seminary in Katolikong Pinoy last week.
“The failure to follow the path set forth by Christ is the primary reason why Filipinos remain confounded by the same societal issues and concerns every now and then,” Rosales said.
“The reason why we do not progress as a nation is because we do not follow the rules given by Jesus. We have never really progressed because we have not fully treaded the path Jesus showed us,” he said.
“I hope our leaders would lead us toward a vision that will make us a better country. And I am also hoping that the media would do the same by focusing on the good news instead of the opposite because that is evangelization — there is good news even after your sins and my sins put together,” Rosales said.
“The cross does not end in sacrifice and death. Rather, it leads us to a renewed lifestyle, to a renewed way of life,” Rosales said. He urged the faithful to be stronger in facing the odds that might come their way aspeople are bound to face hardships for taking up their cross.
He also chided individuals who live in abundance, adding that wealth and riches are meant to be shared to those who are needy. “Know that God is giving this to you because He trusts that you will share it with others,” Rosales said.
He also urged the faithful to always believe that Christ accompanies them in every step of the way as they choose to face and carry their burdens in life.
“We do not progress because we are stuck remembering mistakes and putting the blame to someone,” he said. “Don’t look at the past. Does Christ want us to be always reminded of our sinful beginnings?”
“Let it fall, let it die, let it rot. You have to suffer and endure for if there is no pain, there is also no gain. Life is not only defined by the meaning of sacrifice, but of its importance as well,” Rosales noted.
With the church celebrating the Feast of St. Matthew (tax collector) on the same day, Rosales stressed that sinners must not feel inferior for Christ is always willing to forgive those who are seeking repentance from their mistakes.
Source: CBCP News