Manila, Card. Tagle: 'Stop complaining, act!'

Everyone has been given "gifts" to meet the challenges facing the nation. More than 2,000 people attend mass in the Cathedral of Manila for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. "Let's look at Mary. In her, God has triumphed. His love, His grace will prevail "

Manila (AsiaNews / CbcpNews) - " Let us not just complain about how noisy the world is. Go out and replace the noise with harmony and music", said Card. Luis Antonio Tagle, archbishop of Manila, inviting Catholics to use their "blessings and graces" in the mission and for the good of the country, like Mary in the Annunciation. During the homily given on the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception in the cathedral of Manila, he said that all people received "gifts" that could be used to meet the challenges facing the nation.

Even the talents in singing and cooking are blessings, not only for ourselves but also for mission, to be shared with others, especially the poor and the needy. "Who among you here has gift, good appetite to eat?” Card. Tagle asked, drawing laughter from the crowd. “Let the appetite for food also be an appetite for truth, justice, decency, for peace, for respectful life”. " Mary was gifted by God not for self-promotion, not for self-edification, but for a mission to collaborate in God’s healing, saving design for the world. And He equips us with many gifts so that the world may be healed, so that salvation may be experienced,” he added".

More than 2 thousand people took part in the mass concelebrated by Archbishop Gabriele Caccia, apostolic nuncio to the Philippines. Card. Tagle recalled that the solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is an opportunity to affirm one's faith. " If evil is in our mind, if evil is stronger than God, we won’t be able to transform the world. We need to believe that God is stronger. Let us behold Mary. In her, God has triumphed. His love, his grace will prevail".