Manila archbishop: Let spirit of welcoming, caring, praying be our resolution
MANILA, Philippines — Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged Filipinos to make the spirit of “welcoming, caring, and praying” be their resolution as the country welcomes the new year 2022.
In his New Year message, Advincula said that welcoming the New Year also coincides with the celebration of the World Day of Prayer for Peace.
“We continue to be in solidarity with those who continue to suffer due to the pandemic and those severely affected by typhoon Odette, along with the victims of violence and armed conflicts in Myanmar and all over the world. We beg the Lord for the grace of peace,” he said.
He also said that Jesus Christ “offers us this true peace that the world cannot give” and “invites us to be instruments of such peace.”
The archbishop also urged Filipinos to turn to Mother Mary to be their “model peace-builder as she teaches us three spiritual virtues: welcoming, caring and praying.”
“Salamat sa mga taong hindi napapagod magmalasakit, dumamay at tumulong sa mga nasalanta ng bagyo, sa mga dukha at sa mga may sakit ngayong pandemya,” he said.
(Thank you to all the people who do not tire of caring and helping people who are affected by the typhoon, helping poor people, and those who are sick during this pandemic.)
“Salamat sa mga nagsasakripisyon para sa ikabubuti ng lahat. Salamat sa mga tahimik na kumakayod para sa ikauunlad ng bayan at ng kanilang pamilya. Thanks be to God for people who help build a culture of care. They are signs of peace for this world,” he added.
(Thank you to all of the people who are sacrificing for the good of all. Thank you to all the people who are quietly toiling for the betterment of the nation and their families.)
He continued by saying that prayer is the “most fundamental act of peace-building” as peace “can only come from God.”
“Kahit anong pagpupunyagi natin, kapag wala ang Diyos sa mga pagsisikap natin para sa kapayapaan, hahantong lamang iyon sa bulaang kaginhawaan at kawalang-katarungan, sa panandaliang katiwasayan para sa iilang tao lamang,” he said.
(Whatever our successes are, if there is no God in our endeavors for peace, we will only have a make-believe comfort, lack of justice and a temporary peace for the the few.)
“Kailangan natin ang Diyos upang magkaroon ng tunay na kapayapaan at kabutihan para sa lahat. We need God to offer us the peace that this world cannot give,” the archbishop said.
(We need a God to have a true sense of peace and good for all.)
— CBCPNews (@cbcpnews) January 1, 2022
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