N. J. Viehland
MANILA – Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle in his New Year Message for 2013 highlighted the importance of peace in working for a better future for the world.
Cardinal Tagle stressed that peace is the gift of God who created all things and willed that all creatures live in harmony with one another. The cardinal, however, reminded the faithful that building peace and harmony is a mission that all are called to contribute to by working for the interest of the common good.
Following is the full text of Cardinal Tagle’s message emailed to journalists by Manila Archdiocese’s office of communication:
NEW YEAR MESSAGE 2013
We thank the God of history for leading us to 2013. It may not be known by many that the beginning of a new civil year is also the celebration of the World Day of Peace. The New Year is an appropriate time to reawaken our desire for a better future, for new beginnings, and for a world that could afford us the achievement of our dreams. But all this could be fulfilled only in peace and through peace.
For us Christians, peace is primarily God’s gift. God created everything in love and willed that diverse creatures live in harmony with one another. When sin disrupted the concord enjoyed by human beings with God, with each other and with creation, God relentlessly pursued His design for universal peace, culminating in the birth of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. “He is our peace, he who…broke down the dividing wall of enmity through his flesh” (Eph. 2:14). Through the Holy Spirit, we are constantly recreated in Christ’s peace.
We thank God for opening for us the door to peace. But we have the responsibility to enter that door. God’s is the gift, ours is the mission of building peace. I share the dream of all Filipinos for peace and harmony in all aspects of our lives. We know, however, that peace can only be promoted by peacemakers, by people whose minds, consciences, attitudes and styles of life are devoid of self-interest. Peacemakers seek the common good. Peacemakers spread honesty, respect and friendship. I repeat the invitation of Pope Benedict XVI, “to say no to revenge, to recognize injustices, to accept apologies without looking for them, and finally to forgive.”
Let us all pray for the peace that only God can give. And let us live as true peacemakers. Then 2013 will be a peaceful year.
+ LUIS ANTONIO G. CARDINAL TAGLE
Archbishop of Manila