Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle urged the people to reexamine their lifestyle and find out if they might be “wasting too much.”
In a statement on Sunday, Tagle said the coronavirus pandemic is an opportune time for people to think things over.
The former Manila archbishop who is now based in the Vatican as prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, said it is high time to mend wrongful ways because “we may be wasting too much.”
“During these moments of crises, when resources are scarce, when some people have even lost jobs, we are being asked to review our lifestyle, our priorities,” he said.
Tagle celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral last Sunday, the feast of St. Francis of Assisi, the patron of ecology.
The event also coincided with the closing of the Season of Creation, a month-long period themed “Jubilee for the Earth.”
“Let us heed the call of the Season of Creation. Let us be grateful, open our eyes to how God loves us especially through other people, through creation,” the cardinal said.
“I hope that we will never say again ‘what a waste’ because we will all learn to value God’s presence and love,” he said.
It was Tagle’s first public appearance since returning to Manila for a vacation on Sept. 10 when he tested positive for Covid-19.
He remained asymptomatic the whole time in quarantine and was declared negative of the virus on Sept. 23.
Tagle, who is also the president of Caritas Internationalis, reminded the faithful that “what we throw will go back to us.”
The Manila Cathedral will bless cremated remains after every mass on Sundays starting October 4.
The government has closed all cemeteries and columbaria from Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 as a precaution against the spread of coronavirus.
Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the Manila’s parishes to make churches more accessible to the faithful when they pray for their dead.
The Blessed Souls Chapel inside the cathedral is open to the public until November 9.
Mass intentions for the souls of the departed can be offered in front of the marble relief of Mary, Refuge of Sinners.
The cathedral said the Rite of Blessing of Cremated Remains will be offered until Nov. 8.
“The family may bring the urn and a picture of their beloved dead, and we will celebrate a worthy liturgical blessing for them,” Pabillo said.
Aside from this, the faithful can also light votive candles for their beloved dead in front of the replica of Michaelangelo’s Pietá.
The Manila Cathedral is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.