“Whatever we do to the environment will eventually come back to us”, said Card. Tagle during mass to mark the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept 1.
During homily Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila stressed that human being is inseparable with the environment. He said the world is facing a lot of environmental concerns which could have been averted if only people were aware of the consequences of their actions to the environment. “We should be wise by being caring, by being responsible because in the end we would be destroyed by the very destructive culture that we have propagated,” the Cardinal said.
Around 2,000 people gathered at the Luneta Park to highlight initiatives that respond to the challenges of ecological crisis. The gathering was a celebration of a global prayer movement for the care of environment initiated by Pope Francis.
The event also starts the archdiocese’s month-long observance of the Season of Creation until October 4, the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of ecology. The yearly activity will be marked by a series of activities promoting environmental causes in parishes and communities.
Amid the “misuse of creation,” the cardinal stressed that all Christians are called to “holiness”, especially in caring for all beings. “I think part of our mission today and in the coming years is to include more consciously the caring of creation as part of holiness,” he said.
To further drive his point, the president of Caritas Internationalis also said that stewardship of creation also means caring for our fellow man. And this concern for other people requires “a lot of discipline”, especially against the “lust”” not only in relationships but also in the way people abuse the environment. “To care is to be concerned for someone or for something,” he said. “But part of caring is to assume responsibility for the other.”
Cardinal Tagle, however, lamented how the culture of caring is being threatened by so many idols of “false gods and false creators of false world… that is packaged beautifully that you don’t even realize it’s a lie”. “That is the culture that we want. We want a culture of true caring, of true responsibility for the creation of true God,” he said.
The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines also asked everyone to make conscious efforts in protecting the environment which is also linked to alleviating the sufferings of the poor.
“Let us take care of the earth not only because it would benefit our environment but also us. What we do to our environment, we do to our least brothers and sisters, and to God,” said Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP president. “Let us protect God’s creation, and His creation will likewise protect us,” he added. (CBCPNews)