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The march compels us to “renew our Christian faith” and to recall our “evangelical mission,” Margie Miranda, a Couples for Christ evangelization coordinator in Quezon City, explained to EWTN News.
It also encouraged the “values of Christian life,” she added – to be “edified in Christ” as a family.
The theme of the celebration was “Witness to the World,” and it drew some 8,000 participants from across the Philippines and the world.
Cardinal Luis A. Tagle, archbishop of Manila, told those gathered that while the world subscribes to many varied “dichotomies,” the Church adheres to “humble unity in Christ.”
The cardinal preached a sermon on witnessing to one's faith, pointing out that first, Christians must come to know God. Only then can we embrace the cross and move beyond “comfort love” – seeking to be pampered by Christ.
Having done that, Christians can finally “reach out to people” and become “united in Jesus Christ,” said Cardinal Tagle.
Union with Christ, he advised, comes through “prayer, (Eucharistic) Adoration, and participation in the Sacraments.”
Couples for Christ was started in 1981 in Manila when a local community decided to gather couples in small groups at homes to bring them into a living relationship with Christ and a renewal in the Holy Spirit.
Rihino and Olive Buyo, who have been part of Couples for Christ since 2005, told EWTN News they feel “blessed” by the experience, and that it has “matured our faith” and strengthened their family.
The association now has over 1 million members spread across 125 countries. The apostolate is present in 36 U.S. states.
Couples for Christ has expanded to include branches for each part of family relations, including kids, singles, and youths.
Luchie Vigafria, a member of the movement, told EWTN News that Couples for Christ is “an agent of evangelization and pastoral formation for Christian life” and said, “I feel glad my whole family is being involved” in the apostolate.