Our presence to loved ones is best Christmas gift – Cardinal Tagle



Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle. AP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines – Just as the presence of Jesus Christ is God’s gift to all mankind, our presence to loved ones is the best gift this Christmas, Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said in his homily during the Christmas Eve Mass.

“The most beautiful gift from God on the first Christmas was his only son Jesus Christ. [And through him God’s] presence will always be with us and will never be separated from us,” Tagle told church-goers Monday night at the San Fernando De Dilao Parish in Paco, Manila.

“The most beautiful gift this Christmas is your presence to your loved ones. Just like the way God became present [among us], I hope that we can also be a loving presence to each other,” he said.

Tagle said that people will always seek the presence of others and not absence. He used as an example the many Filipinos who leave their family to work abroad. The spouse will naturally feel sad and lonely without their loved one, he said.

“One of the things we most fear is to be alone,” Tagle said. “What the heart of a person wants is presence and not absence.”

He said that even teenagers, who often dress themselves in the same way as their friends, want to feel like they belong to their group so they would not be left alone.

Tagle gave this piece of advice to husbands for the holidays: “when your wife tells you ‘what is your gift for me this Christmas? Don’t tell me you forgot again!’ answer them with ‘I am here,’” which drew laughs from the people.

Celebrating Christmas with loved ones is the best gift a person could give, Tagle reminded the people. “Because the presence of the lord is God’s gift to all mankind,” he said.

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  • sacrebleau

    The Cardinal’s kind words are very much welcome. There is more to Christmas than just material things.

    • PowerToThePeople11

      Shut up  f a g g o t!

      Examine your filthy lifestyle first, before you preach to us about Christmas.

      Who the h3ll do you think you are?

      • sacrebleau

         Lol, only someone intelligent could insult me, that’s not you ;-) Go play with your Lego.

      • Filpino

        wow kampon lang ni satanas ang galit sa sinabi ni cardinal. I never thought na active pala sila kahit christmas.

  • Filpino

    MErry Christmas to All!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rolando.nacpil Rolando Nacpil

    Tama si cardinal,Gift of Christmas,LOVE

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • https://me.yahoo.com/a/hbRkpPw1oYTBJamz.EH7acMZBBVoIlWXriA-#e4348 Felix

    maganda ang mensahe ng butihing cardinal.
    ang pasko ay hindi pang material na regalo.
    sa mga mahal ng mga ofws, nandyan din sila malapit sainyo sa puso at isipan.
    kapayapaan, kaligtasan, kalusugan at kasaganaan para sa lahat. 

  • dorothyanne88

    agreeable, may this yuletide season bring joy and harmony to mankind

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/CFZ2Q7RFJ6PWRYMM3NJ7JB4KSE Dynamic

    We are all sons and daughters of God who created us in his own image and Jesus is among us.Aloneness means ALL ONENESS WITH GOD.It is so unfair if Jesus alone is the only son of God.If you have the power to communicate with him He’ll tell you.

  • Jomex

    “The most beautiful gift this Christmas is your presence to your loved ones.” – Cardinal Chito

    This is the most trite, fatuous and and trivial message a religious leader just made. It panders to the common people. It only shows you that you don’t need a cardinal to tell you what you already know. Keep the merry (Santa), dump the myth (Jesus)! Happy Holidays everyone!

  • akimaxx

    Cardinal Tagle, toying with the word ‘PRESENCE’? 

    ‘Dear children (true Christians), let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.This then is how we know that we belong to the truth, and how we set our hearts at rest (being alone) in His presence, whenever our hearts condemn us. For God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything.’ 1 John 4;18.  Celebrate Christmas and each day of the year, maintain obedience and fear of God.

    My commentary is not anti-social, with God’s presence within our hearts, love to others will naturally be the fruit.

  • justyouraveragechinoy

    Merry Christmas to all especially to the haters whose “so called preachers” know only how to bash the Catholic Church.  

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


    • PowerToThePeople11

      Bro, bakit galit na galit ka kay Carnival Tagle?

      • http://profile.yahoo.com/VS5EYSP4FPOTVQCJZ24NRE6Z2M Edgardo Mendoza


  • tonyoks

    to tagle and the cbcp cabal:

    its about time you should revisit the plethora of dogmas you have been trying to shove in to each and every filipinos throat  for 400 years now.

    the god/christ dogma  you have been propagating to give the aura of mysticism that makes our educated and uneducated  folks catching their breath believing they are real, really are not selling anymore…

    plus your decadent and perverted lifetsyle makes us sick….   

    sorry to sour up your “bountiful noche buenas” sa mga palasyo nyo…

    we all know all , that  you up there are always “happy” during this season of PLENTY???!

    “Because the presence of the lord is God’s gift to all mankind,” he said.

    and the presence of the OFWs in other countries enslaving  themselves is our gift to our  families….in the philippines….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/NV25ZPWMBDYFXEYR3AWQ43ZS5E Hein S

    Tagle, bring out your P24,000,000,000.00 in BPI and SanMig shares to help the Poor.

    Open up your Hectares and Hecatares of land  to the Squatters.

    We do not need your LIP SERVICE.

  • tonyoks

    Religion is about greed to take power over another person. Man made, man used and man abused. I believe in god in my own perspective but religions are so twisted.So many different religions how would you believe who is right. You dont need to go to church or read a bible to know god is with you. We know whats wrong from right. People that go to church and worship are a joke, but if it makes you feel proud,feel good and you like giving away money good for you.

  • GlenMJacob

    Now this is a refreshing start from the Cardinal. Please pass on to the Bishops and Priest as well rather than meddling in state affairs.

  • disqusted0fu

    speaking of presence, where has the president been these past few days?! his presence hasnt been felt. but come to think of it, his presence as a president hasnt been felt for almost 3 years now, at least positively and productively that is.

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