MANILA, Philippines – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle yesterday said that the heart of the country should be clean by ridding it of corruption and discrimination.
In his homily during the Mass in celebration of the National Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the San Fernando de Dilao Parish, Tagle reminded the Catholic faithful to clean their hearts and the “heart of the country.”
“Clean the heart of the country from corruption. Corruption has no place in the heart of the country, which is anchored on the clean heart of Mary. There is no room for discrimination in the heart of a country that came from the heart of Mary, which is filled with memory of Jesus Christ,” Tagle said.
He explained that the heart of the country should not be numb, aggressive or pretentious. It should not step on others or destroy the heart of others.
“The heart of Mary is clean not because it has nothing in it. It is clean because it is filled to (the) brim with Jesus… May our hearts not be filled with heartaches,” he added.
The Manila archbishop also said that when God consecrates His people, He will demand a response. There might be those who, when claimed by God, would tell the Lord that they prefer to be claimed by money, ambition, power or self gratification.
Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) secretary general Monsignor Joselito Asis also read a message from Pope Francis.
“On this important occasion praying that the most pure heart of the Blessed Mother may inspire Filipinos to devote themselves through her son Jesus, her divine son, he hopes that devotions to Mary Immaculate Heart…may inspire an ever faithful appreciation and attention to human life from conception through natural death,” read the letter addressed to CBCP president Jose Palma and signed by Vatican Secretary Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone.
Palma said that with the election of Pope Francis to the papacy, the CBCP expects that his election will boost their fight against anti-family and anti-life measures in Congress, especially since the Pontiff is known for teaching clearly the doctrines of the Church.
“I heard he (Pope Francis) is strong against contraception, against divorce, against all these issues. On the other hand, he is also strong when it comes to social concerns,” Palma added.