By Leslie Ann Aquino
Saying no peace will come without prayer, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle has asked Filipino families to bring back praying.
His Eminence even urged mothers to teach their children to pray.
“Mothers teach your children to pray…teach them as well as your partners to pray so there will be peace,” Tagle said in a Mass on the eve of New Year at the Manila Cathedral.
Those with cellular phones were also encouraged by the cardinal to download more prayer applications on their phones so they can pray wherever they may be.
“Instead of reading other stuff, pray. While traveling listen to sacred music, pray,” said Tagle.
In times when one does not understand what’s going on in their lives, the cardinal said pray like Mary, the mother of Jesus.
“Like Mary, keep these things in your heart and wait patiently for the peace of God. No peace will come without prayer,” Tagle said.
But prayer, he said must be accompanied by acts of caring, concern as these eventually become acts of justice.
Cardinal Tagle added: Without caring and justice there will be no peace.
“Let us learn to care for one another. Let us learn how to care for society. Let us learn how to care for creation. Without caring we will be sowing seeds of violence,” he said.
January 1 is World Day of Peace.