02/05/2014, 00.00
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Card Tagle: following the Gospel, laity protagonists of the "sanctification" of the world

Changing the system from within, being bearers of integrity and honesty, to participate in the salvific mission of the Church. These are the tasks entrusted to the laity by the Archbishop of Manila , who recalls the teachings of the Second Vatican Council. He urges greater commitment in the active life of the country and in the institutions, even where "corruption and fraud" reign.

Manila ( AsiaNews / CBCP ) - The laity must bring the examples and teachings of the Gospel in everyday life of the nation, in order to actively participate in the " sanctification " of the world . This was stated in recent days by Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle , at the first General Assembly of the Archdiocese of Manila ministry ( Magpas ) in 2014, the cardinal has strongly emphasized the distinctive feature of the laity, which allows them to transform the world "from within" . Their mission, he adds, is seeking the Kingdom of God by engaging "in temporal affairs and ordering them according to the plan of God, not by distancing or escaping from them." The reference is to the teachings of the Second Vatican Council, which stressed the strong call to conversion and the work of the laity in the various sectors in which they operate in everyday life: politics, economy, science, technology , and communications.

Changing the system, being the bearers of a culture of integrity and honesty, to participate in the salvific mission of the Church. These are, according to the Cardinal of Manila, the tasks entrusted to the laity due to their privileged position as the first witnesses in the world and in society. The prelate calls on the faithful "instead of avoiding being engaged in corrupt-ridden institutions for fear of being negatively influenced" to "involve themselves more deeply and lead to goodness individuals who have been eaten by the system. Quoting Vatican II he said that laity "must enter from within to clean it. That is how a laity should be," he said. "Instead of being afraid that you will be influenced by the bad system, be the one to influence it to goodness".

The Archbishop of Manila invited lay people to renew the society, culture , politics and the economy. The laity, he warned, can "transform the Filipino culture , into a culture of integrity and honesty ," a culture that is dominated by the "common good" and not mere selfishness. They should not give into temptation, but maintain a strong faith to relying on the strength "that comes not from ourselves but from Christ."

Finally , Cardinal Tagle said that " the lay apostolate is active participation in the salvific mission of the Church" and that's why the faithful must engage with renewed vigor in the affairs of the state. The role of the laity is becoming increasingly important, also to compensate for the lack of priests and religious, the prelate noted that there is one priest for every 30 thousand people, this reiterates the call to an ever more active participation. "We have to put aside the idea that they are less important because they do not consecrated", concluded the archbishop of Manila , according to whom " every baptized person is one with Christ [...] and incardinated in the life of the Church ."

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