MANILA – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle admitted that he felt suffocated and was not pleased by the international media’s portrayal of him as a front-runner in the run-up to the election of a new Pope.
“Parang gusto kong magdasal na lumindol nawa, bumuka ang lupa at lamunin tayong lahat para mawala na lang tayo. Dapat humble ka. Parang nasasakal na ako. Parang naiinis na ako,” he said.
Tagle later realized it was part of God's design when he was approached by a Filipina domestic helper.
“Nagpapasalamat po ako sa inyo nakilala ng mundo ang Pilipino at noong kayo po ay laging binabanggit sa dyaryo at sa tv, ang mga amo namin naging mabait sa amin. It’s a story that I will always narrate, not for myself, but for our poor brothers and sisters,” he added.
Cardinal Tagle celebrated the baccalaureate mass for graduates of the Ateneo de Manila University, his first Mass since returning home from the recently concluded conclave in the Vatican.
His commencement speech after the mass was full of tales from the Vatican. The cardinal impishly waved his hand at his audience to open his address and asked them to clap loudly for the newly installed Pope Francis so he could hear it all the way in the Vatican.
Earlier in his speech, he urged the graduates to find a purpose in life.
“Kayong mga graduates, kapag kayo ay tinanong ko at ano ang pakay mo sa buhay at ang sagot mo, 'gusto kong umasenso', patay! 'Gusto kong maging sikat', patay! 'Gusto kong yumaman', patay! Sayang ang ginastos ng inyong mga magulang. If your purpose is clear and it is not directed to self promotion and self propagation, then you can really be an asset to society and to the world,” he said.
The cardinal said the true purpose is to praise God, which, in turn leads to serving others, especially the poor and downtrodden.
He also urged the youth to help in promoting a culture of depth in society.
“Sana po sa mga magtatapos, makatulong po kayo sa pagpapalaganap ng isang kultura--kultura ng kalaliman, 'culture of depth.' Nakakalungkot po na parang ang dali-daling sakyan at tanggapin ang lumalaganap na kultura ng kababawan,” the cardinal said.
Cardinal Tagle also told the young graduates that they will always face dilemmas in life, and, in times like these, he told them to look for stories of valor, nobility, and courage, which usually can be found among the poor.