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Go on journey of faith with Jesus, Tagle urges Catholics

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle. INQUIRER FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—As hordes of Filipinos prepare to hit the beach this Holy Week, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Tagle urged Catholics to go “on a journey of faith with Jesus” and learn more about newly elected Pope Francis.

Tagle urged his flock to spare some time to deepen their faith as Christendom begins its most solemn periods with Palm Sunday celebrations on Sunday.

“We hope that this … Holy Week may really be a journey of faith with Jesus. It is not easy to walk with Jesus who will die on the Cross. It’s really faith that will enable us to journey with Jesus who will suffer out of love for us,” Tagle said.

“(By) journeying with Jesus, hopefully we can journey with one another especially those who are suffering and bring them love too so that we could also experience the resurrection or new life,” he added.

Tagle urged the clergy and religious to use Holy Week services to get to know Pope Francis and the significance of his election.

Holy Week services could also be a time to reflect on the election of the new pope and “what it means for our faith,” Tagle said.

He said the faithful should not only learn more about Pope Francis but also about the papacy and its importance in the Church.

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  • Noel

    If you want to go on faith with Jesus, then follow and obey His teachings. Are you obeying them? Or your teachings are based on man-made doctrines and human traditions of pagan origins not the words of God written in the Holy Scriptures?

    • xrisp

      No offense meant brother but a “journey of faith with Jesus” encompasses everything you said. Let’s all pray for each other, for world peace, and for conversion of sinners including ourselves and our entire household. May love, peace, joy and mercy ever reign in our hearts thus giving glory to the Holy Name of our Lord Jesus Christ..

      • Noel

        Thanks. But journey with Jesus also means carrying His Cross. As I said, following Jesus is obeying God’s commandments. If God teaches not to worship idols and graven images, then obey it. Disobeying His command is not a journey with Christ.

      • xrisp

        Hope you’ll not find this as intrusion into your belief but let me just express that sacred statues and images are venerated not worshipped which is one forbidden in the Bible. Even God told Moses to make images! In the following:
        (1.) NUMBERS…”And the Lord said to him(Moses): Make a brazen serpent, and set it up for a sign: whoever being struck shall look on it, shall live.” …. Why didn’t God just say: “For those who are bitten by a serpent, look straight to heaven and be healed.” and
        (2.) EXODUS…God spoke to Moses…”Thou shalt make also two cherubims on beaten gold, on the two sides of the oracle.” …Would we think it was just for decoration that the images of the 2 cherubims were ordered put? But no, the angels’ images REPRESENT the celestial warriors of God performing their sacred duties to God in this case protecting/guarding the mercy Seat.
        When you make a molten calf and make it as your God (and praying to it as your God) replacing the Triune God, then that’s idolatry. When we love this world so much and not care for the things of God, then it’s idolatry. When we love ourselves so much and not care for our brothers, then that’s idolatry.
        The statue of a saint REPRESENTS a martyr, a holy person, an extraordinary person who was able to live in the strictest sense of holiness. When we look at their statue, we only venerate them and not make them as our God. And again, when we venerate or give due respect to a statue of HOLY people, we also give respect to God by honoring HIS MASTERPIECES of HIS GRACE on earth.

      • Noel

        Many Catholics believe that they do not worship the images of the so-called saints, which are found in their chapels and homes. However, what Catholics perform before these images are indubitably acts of worship. In predominantly Catholic countries such as the Philippines, Catholic devotees stage processions, light candles, and other flowers in honor of these images. They carry them on their
        shoulders, kiss them, and bow down and pray before them. In
        observance of the Catholic teaching as taught in the Catholic
        catechism:

        “Ought we to worship holy images?

        “We should have, particularly in our churches, images of Our Lord, as also of the Blessed Virgin and the saints, and we should pay them due honor and veneration….

        “Is the worship of the saints confined
        to their persons?

        “No;
        it extends also to their relics and images.” (Catechism of
        Christian Doctrine, p. 87, emphasis ours) )

        Note that Catholic authorities require Catholics not just to render “due honor” and “veneration” to images but also to “worship” them. JamesGibbons, a Catholic Cardinal, confirms this further, thus:
        “…the act which is called the worship of an image is really the worship of Christ Himself, through and in the presence of the image and by occasion of it;…” (The Faith of Our Fathers, pp. 164-165, emphasis ours)

        But the Holy Scriptures, on the other hand, has these pronouncements regarding image-worship:

        “What profit is the image, that its maker should carve it, The molded image, a teacher of lies, That the maker of its mold should trust in it, To make mute idols? Woe to him who says to wood, ‘Awake!’ To silent stone, ‘Arise! It shall teach!’ Behold, it is overlaid with gold and silver, Yet in it there is no breath at all.” (Hab. 2:18-19, New King James Version)

        “And changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things. Therefore God also gave them up to uncleanness, in the lusts of their hearts, to dishonor their bodies among themselves, who exchanged the truth of God for the lie, and worshipped and served the creature rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever. Amen.” (Rom. 1:23-25, Ibid.)

        It is for this reason that we are against the Catholic teaching and practice of worshiping images. By quoting verses of the Bible to show that such a practice is a violation of God’s commandment, we also expound the right manner of worshiping God as taught by our Lord Jesus Christ.

        “Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John 4:23-24, New International Version)

        Worshiping God in spirit is by worshiping His name, and worshiping God in truth is by obeying—not going against—His will (Matt. 6:9-10).

    • http://twitter.com/Joeriz2150 Joeriz

      Jesus reduces the various commandments that can be found in the scriptures. First is Love God above all and second is Love each other as I love you. Obedience to these two commandments is the only way to go on faIth Jesus..

      • Noel

        God did not reduce His teachings. Rather, the church (Catholic Church) changed His many teachings. Examples were Celibacy Law that was first an option then made into law. God never forbids men to marry. Another is baptism by immersion in water. The church changed this to sprinkling of water for convenience. There’s no infant baptism because one must repent, has faith, hears the Gospel and be baptized. An infant cannot do this. God teaches that Christ is the Only Mediator between God and men. But the church teaches that people must pray to Mama Mary and invented saints.

      • xrisp

        Oh brother Noel, how I wish I could share and answer all your misunderstanding of Catholic faith and doctrines but guess this is not the proper forum. I guess you have made a comparisson of your religion’s beliefs with the Catholic beliefs without a thorough examination of what the Catholic faith is all about. All I could say is you’re missing a lot brother! You could find various Catholic books having uniformity of teachings on Catholic beliefs.

      • Noel

        Thanks. I was raised as Catholic, educated as Catholic and even was a Cursilista if you know what it is. It was upon examining the Catholic doctrines that I decided to leave the church. Now, I just simply call myself a Christian.

      • xrisp

        Sorry to hear that brother. But it’s the other way around for me. When I studied the Catholicc faith, I found the depth in its teachings. Anyway, difference in religion should not make brethrens to be repulsive of each other. Welcoming, respecting, helping, and loving our brothers and sisters regardless of one’s religion are some true marks of being a Christian. We may be far from being virtuous but God’s grace is always enough to make us better persons only if we only approach Him with humility. God bless us all.

      • Noel

        In discussing the truth about the teachings of other religions, our modest objective is to correct the erroneous doctrines which will cause man not to inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal. 5:20-21, New King James Version) To attain such a noble aim, there are some instances
        when we cannot avoid comparing the beliefs espoused by different
        religions with the tenets of the Bible, being the sole basis of the
        true faith. In doing so, we only use the Bible according to its
        intended function: “…. you have known the Holy Scriptures, which
        are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in
        Christ Jesus, All scriptures is given by inspiration of God,
        and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for
        instruction in righteousness, that the man of God maybe complete,
        thoroughly equipped for every good work” (II Tim. 3:15-17, ibid.).

        Notice that aside from being profitable for doctrine and instruction,
        the Holy Scriptures is also useful for “reproof” and “correction”. The Church of Christ therefore believes that examining other religious beliefs in the light of biblical precepts eventually leads to understanding and enlightenment on the part of the people concerned.

      • xrisp

        Well brother everyone knows that the Bible contains the TRUTH from God. However, there would be a big dilemma when the tens of thousands of religious sects now lay their own “sets of beliefs” on the table and let one evaluate for himself which is to be believed! What shall we think therefore for one should ask himself so that one to be truly guided in his journey in the Christian faith? How do we think one should approach the situation? Thanks brother for exchanging views with you. Good day!

      • xrisp

        Sorry again brother but let me just add another thing: Have we noticed something very significant in ACTS 15 when there was an argument in Antioch among Paul, Barnabas and the believers of Jewish origin about following the law on circumcision? Proclaimed apostle by Christ as he was, Paul did not settle the matter on his own at the very moment but rather they (Paul, Barnabas and other believers) went to Jerusalem to consult with the elders of the nascent Church where St Peter addressed them.

        Notice the manner of resolving the conflict which clarifies the communal aspect of the Church. The “elders” in charge of the mother-Church in Jerusalem meet with the apostles who are the supreme authority in the Church .

        Yes brother, there should be a rightful manner to resolve conflicts (or confusion in matters of faith) in the Church and that is by consulting the elders so that the TRUTH as taught by Christ to the apostles and handed down to the Church Fathers shall not be distorted.

        Just imagine now how a religious sect is established by self-proclaimed religious leaders. They sprouted everywhere without restraint but look at the Catholic Church, despite the enormous trials it faces, it is still One, Holy, Universal and Apostolic. It also has the guarantee to stand until the end of time. You, me and everyone – members of this Church.

  • geminimind

    Faith alone with-out works is nothing,journey of faith with Jesus is incomplete with out praying,decreing,meditating,fasting etc.

  • johnvforeighner

    Yeah do what the church does,…. follow the money

    • http://twitter.com/Joeriz2150 Joeriz

      Change can possibly come Though I am a catholic, I believe that your “follow the money” remarks partially bear some truth.

      • johnvforeighner

        Yeah, and the Bishops travel in Pajero’s while the people walk.

      • bugoybanggers

        How about your PASTOR?

      • johnvforeighner

        I gave up on religion and their leaders when I seen how corrupt they are. Its always asking for money, but I never see them spend it, especially when there is a natural disaster here. I never seen a priest go hungry, but many of their parishioners do.

      • bugoybanggers

        then what? Same with the west or in europe. before catholicism, then come protestanism, not contented they go to secularism.. lot of bible bearing PASTORS particularly in America. Then when they start to bash each other comes SCIENTOLOGY then afterwards ATHEISM. Okay better advocate ATHEISM now! Go maybe you can find a lot of disillusioned believers here in this forum.

    • bugoybanggers

      Any RELIGION relay on Money.. without money, Religion will not grow! Do you understand, you are bashing the Catholics but LOOK also other RELIGION. Are trying to show or want to destroy Catholicism for your Pastor belief.

  • just_anotherperson

    “Many people perceive Christianity as something institutional — rather than as an encounter with Christ — which explains why they don’t see it as a source of joy.”

    -Pope Benedict XVI, May 2004

  • bugoybanggers

    Okay then if you people believe that you where PERCEIVE by that religion then advocate ATHEISM. No need to discuss or do excuses about the bible. Straight to the point.. you hate religion thus go to ATHEISM. Transfering to other Religion making you a clown, I don’t know why most people be so stupid about destroying the Religion of others so they can get or drag them to their belief.. yeah again MONEY.

  • Sargo

    The church is focused on the masses. Why not take on the leaders since they ultimately have the power to steer the masses and the entire nation? What can “god-fearing” regular people do when their leaders steal their money and rob them of opportunities to advance and have prosperous lives? If the church really cared, they would attack the corruption of government which is by far the number one ill of the country. Instead of asking people to “do this, do that.” The teaching is to basically accept the status quo and allow the legalized criminals in government to keep doing their thing.

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