Cardinal Tagle with young adults performing an action song at the Young Adults Mission of Mercy Event.

Young people who attended the Young Adults Mission of Mercy Event organised by Caritas Singapore Young Adults Committee said they felt empowered to be instruments of God’s mercy to others.

“I feel empowered and enriched,” said Ms Samantha Chang, 26. “The sharings of Cardinal Tagle, especially his experiences with the refugees has really made me reflect on the part I can play.”

Ms Alesia Gian, 24, said she had a clearer idea of how to use her gifts to help others, especially the poor and suffering.

About 180 people attended the event, held on Aug 14 at Agape Village. It was an extension of the Social Mission Conference 2016 held the previous day.

Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle was the main speaker at the event for young adults aged between 18 and 35.

“How have you encountered God’s mercy in your own personal lives?” was the question Cardinal Tagle posed to the young participants.

He urged them to also reflect on how they could respond to the suffering of others.

“Jesus shared the woundedness of others by being wounded Himself,” the cardinal said.

He told participants that they had to learn to “depend on others in order to grow.”

“The culture being promoted today is to be independent – don’t let anyone slow you down.”

However he invited the young adults to look from another perspective: “I grow because I am involved in the life of others, the wounds of others.”

After his talk, participants were given clay to mould into something that represented how they experienced mercy in their lives.
Participants moulded clay (seen here on white paper) into something that represented how they experienced mercy in their lives.
During the second session of the day, the young adults had the opportunity to ask Cardinal Tagle some questions.

One participant asked: “How do I show love and mercy to my family members even as they continue to hurt me?”

Cardinal Tagle said it was an important question to ask and responded: “Love is not based on merit.”

“It is an act of mercy to love someone who irritates or annoys you. Everyone needs love the same way everyone needs mercy.”

Another participant asked about interpersonal relationships.

“Respect others the way you want to be respected,” the cardinal replied.

Cardinal Tagle was also asked about relating to people with mental disabilities.

“Allow them to show the love they are capable of showing by treating them with respect. Also, be careful not to stereotype
them,” he said.

After the session, Cardinal Tagle celebrated Mass for those gathered. n

By Jared Ng
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