Cardinal Tagle tells Catholics: ‘Spread joy beyond holiday season’


Posted at Dec 24 2017 07:37 PM

MANILA—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle urged Catholics to spread joy beyond the holiday season.

In his Christmas message, Tagle said he wishes that Filipino Catholics would “develop and spread a culture of Christian joy beyond Christmas.” 

He urged Filipinos to let go of “false joys or thrills that excite us temporarily” and instead find joy in:

  • saving peoples’ lives, rather than the shrill of destroying them;
  • haring possessions, rather than the thrill of accumulating them;
  • denying oneself, rather than the thrill of getting ahead of others;
  • forgiving, rather than the thrill of retaliating;
  • accepting people, rather than the thrill of isolating them.

“Let us nurture a culture of joy, not a culture of anger, bitterness and violence. We need good will that produces acts of kindness and goodness,” Tagle said.