By Leslie Ann G. Aquino
In a predominantly Catholic country like the Philippines, it is not uncommon to see a church filled with worshippers especially on a Sunday.
But that may just be out of habit, and not driven by a true devotion to the faith, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle said.
“We Filipinos are known for our devotion to the Eucharist. It’s saddening that in other parts of the world only a few go to Mass. Some parishes are already closing because nobody attends the Eucharist (Mass),” he said in a Mass at Sta. Cruz Church in Manila Sunday.
“It’s heartwarming that here in the Philippines, especially on a Sunday, when we are celebrating a feast, we have many Masses, and all are full. It’s even standing room,” the cardinal said.
But he also took note that it has become a habit for some devotees to offer Mass for different occasions such as birthdays, weddings, and funerals.
Tagle said there are also those who make it a point to attend Mass before taking the board exams or filing their certificates of candidacy.
“Even the pencil (to be used in the exam) they bring to Mass… Those running for an elective post, their party, attend Mass before going to the Comelec. The other party will also do the same thing. Everybody wants Mass,” he said.