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Change without violence

  • Written by Lee Ann P. Ducusin
  • Published in Nation
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THE head of Manila’s Roman Catholic Church has called for societal change that rejects violence.

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said peaceful efforts for the transformation of society must be made as essential demands of faith and the Gospel.

“Let us show the so-called revolution of love… not the revolution through weapons and violence but a revolution for change caused by love,” he said.

The prelate made the statement on Friday in his homily during a thanksgiving Mass for the recent canonization of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at the Manila Cathedral.

He said many people today are banking on the power of money, influence, and violence, forgetting “faith” as a source of social change.

Tagle said that to live the faith people must perform works of mercy.
    
He emphasized that faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help others, especially the poor.
      
“Let us not dismiss our faith. Let’s take Jesus and His love seriously,” the cardinal said.
   
“Love has the force for change. That’s what Jesus and the saints have been doing,” he added.
 
Tagle also called on the faithful to imitate Mother Teresa who made faith and works of mercy the guide of her life.
    
“Look at this power of faith,” he said.