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Cardinal Tagle calls for ‘review of lifestyle’ at end of Season of Creation

Cardinal Tagle said the coronavirus pandemic is an opportune time for people to reexamine their lifestyle

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, called on the faithful to review their lifestyle and to make changes.

In a homily during Mass at the Manila Cathedral on Sunday, October 4, the former prelate of the Archdiocese of Manila said “we may be wasting too much” resources.

He said the coronavirus pandemic is an opportune time for people to reexamine their lifestyle.

“During these moments of crises, when resources are scarce, when some people have even lost jobs, we are being asked to review our lifestyle, our priorities,” said the cardinal.

“Let us appreciate what we have and if we have is more than what we need, share with others. The gift that we have received should be given as a gift and should not be wasted,” he said.

The Catholic Church marked the end of the month-long observance of the Season of Creation, which carried the theme “Jubilee for the Earth,” on Sunday, feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron of ecology.

Cardinal Tagle’s celebration of the Holy Mass was his first public appearance since returning to Manila for a vacation on September 10 when he tested positive for COVID-19.

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Echoing Pope Francis’ call to stop the “throwaway culture,” the cardinal, who is also president of Caritas Internationalis, reminded the faithful that “what we throw will go back to us.”

“Let us heed the call of the Season of Creation. Let us be grateful, open our eyes to how God loves us especially through other people, through creation,” he added.

“I hope that we will never say again ‘what a waste’ because we will all learn to value God’s presence and love,” the cardinal said.

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