Feast of Immaculate Conception: Filipinos urged to share blessings, give without expecting anything in return

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 8) — Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged the public to share gifts and blessings with one another, as he joined the Catholic faithful in commemorating the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary on Thursday.

During his homily at the Manila Cathedral, Advincula highlighted how God’s graces all “come with a mission.”

“How often is it that when we receive God’s graces, we tend to keep it to ourselves? Madalas kapag may natatanggap tayo, mas pinipili nating sarilinin at ipagdamot sa kapwa [Often when we receive, we choose to not share them with others],” Advincula said.

“We are all gifted to give, and blessed to bless,” he added. “The graces that fill our lives are meant to also fill the lives of others. Otherwise, they cease to be gifts.”

Advincula, however, also pointed out that graces don’t always come in the form of gifts, stressing how God’s presence is enough.

The sentiment was echoed by President Bongbong Marcos, who likewise called on Filipinos to be generous and “give without expecting anything in return.”

“Like Mary, may we also strive to resign from our individualistic tendencies,” the chief executive said in his message.

“In the end, what we can bring into our everlasting home are those we cherish deep in our hearts, not the possessions we can only hold in our hands.”