Youth keeps Church alive: Cardinal Tagle

He called on the faithful to “be always on guard” and to hand down the faith to the next generation of young believers.

July 23 2014, 2:37 PM
Youth keeps Church alive: Cardinal Tagle

Cardinal Luís Antonio Tagle of Manila called on the faithful to pass on the faith to the next generation of young believers during a holy mass at the Nuestra Señora de la Soledad de Camba (Our Lady of Solitude of Camba) Church in Binondo on July 20, its fifth anniversary as parish.

The Manila Archbishop confessed that earlier he used to get distracted and annoyed by children screaming, fighting, and running around during masses; but now children inside churches are a welcome sight, and their noises have since become music to his ears.

 “[Because] they assure me somehow that the Church in the country has a bright future ahead of it,” the cardinal said.

He called on the faithful to “be always on guard” and to hand down the faith to the next generation of young believers.

Surveying the church’s interior, Cardinal Tagle noted, “Your cramped place of worship can barely accommodate all of you here. But that is good news. It means that your parish is pulsating with life.”

He said that in some dioceses in Europe, only foreign tourists spend time inside basilicas and cathedrals, however grandiose and impressive they may be, because, he regrets, the local faithful have lost interest in them except as revenue-generating “museums”.

Cardinal Tagle shared, “When I was celebrating mass in Italy for some reason I didn’t feel at ease, only to find out that there were no youthful members in my audience, only the elderly.”

This, he stressed, must not happen in the Philippines.

He explained that Christian communities become what they are, not of their own accord, but only by the grace of God. He’s the One who called us and gathered us together, he explained.

Cardinal Tagle told those present, “While the Lord provides for everything the community needs, it remains incumbent on you to do your share in giving back to the Him the generosity He lavishes on you by being responsible and active members of this young parish.”

According to him, the fact that the parish has made it to its fifth year is proof enough of God’s faithfulness.

“Give Him thanks. Look constantly back to the past so that you could give meaning to your ever-changing present. That way, you can look confidently forward to a hundred, a thousand more anniversaries,” he reminded the parishioners.

Source: CBCP News

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