On his birthday, Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila expressed gratitude "for the gift of 60 years." (Photo by Angie de Silva)
Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila spoke against hypocrisy as he celebrated his 60th birthday in Manila Cathedral on June 21.
The Manila prelate reminded people to avoid "play acting" when praying, fasting, or giving alms.
"Lives are ruined by such play acting. Communities are ruined, families are ruined, nations are ruined by hypocrisy," said Cardinal Tagle in his homily.
On the eve of the prelate's birthday, church workers in Manila Archdiocese donated blood for sick people who cannot afford to buy blood.
"I think the best gift is to help save or extend somebody's life that's why we have this blood donation drive," said Father Sanny de Claro, director of Human Resource Development of the archdiocese.
"We want to show to the cardinal that we treasure life," said the priest. "It's really the poor who will benefit from this," he added.
Cardinal Tagle, however, warned that "doing external things" to draw attention to oneself is hypocrisy.
In his speech, after the eucharistic celebration, the prelate expressed gratitude "for the gift of 60 years" and the "commitment to love God and others."
"God is my joy in every circumstance of my life knowing that he works all things out always for the good of all," said Cardinal Tagle who was named archbishop of Manila in 2011 and made a cardinal the following year.