By Christina Hermoso
Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle called on the faithful to remain steadfast in their faith as “the path to Christ is not easy.”
“If you love Christ, many people will hate you. The path to Christ is not easy especially at this time when God has many competitors,” His Eminence said in a Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) News post. Tagle presided over a holy mass at the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian in Quiapo, Manila for the installation of Fr. Edgar
Tubio as the new rector of the basilica last July 16, Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
“Sometimes, those who pretend to be god look attractive to others and gain more followers than Christ,” the prelate said as he reminded the faithful to be prepared to be attacked but not to retaliate.
“We don’t need to get into fights and it’s not our purpose to get into that, but prepare to be attacked because we are for Christ. In following Christ, there are many crosses that you will carry while following a ‘fake god’ erases the cross and promises false path,” Tagle added.
The cardinal stressed that the followers of a fake god are “blinded by deceptive promises.” He called on the parishioners to pray for their priests and to inspire them to be better servants of God.
“Inspire your parish priest to become a better priest because just like you, we are also enticed by the false god,” Tagle said.
The venerated image of Our Lady of Mount Carmel was re-enthroned at the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian during celebrations last May to mark the 400th anniversary of its arrival in the country from Mexico in 1618.