Wednesday, April 16, 2014

"Father Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit." (Luke 23:46)

Even Jesus died – after proclaiming He was the Son of God, He was the Redeemer of mankind, He was the Savior of the world. Even Jesus died – after preaching about God and man, about heaven and earth, about life and death. Even Jesus died – after caring for the needy, giving sight to the blind, giving hope to the hopeless. Even Jesus died – after having converted people to God, making disciples from among His follower and establishing the Church which to date more than 2000 years old.

Christ accepted His Death after but some thirty three years of living on earth. As He came from the Father, to the Father He returns. As He was sent by the Father, to the Father He should go back. He eventually passed away – entrusting and commending His spirit to the Father Himself. But Christ left only after proclaiming infallible teachings. Christ left only after doing His Mission. Christ left only after redeeming humankind – after teaching the singular, the profound, and precious prayer: “Our Father.”

And you, he, she, and me? With life comes death. When something begins, it eventually ends. Whatever has its start, it must stop somehow, some time. And as far as the man is concerned, it is not really news when he comes to his death. What would be truly news is when does not die at all. And what is important is not only the evil he has done but also the good things he failed to do, not only the many wrong things he did but also the innumerable right things he left undone.

And so it is that some questions are in order:

You – you who have a big power to do good, what are you doing with it? Do good but for yourself and for those close to you? You – you who have much wealth at hand, what are you doing with it? Help but yourself and those helping you keep money? You – you who have a big authority to be of service and help to others, what are you doing with it? Help yourself and protect your own interests?

In whose hands will you commend yourself when death calls you? Can the best and famous doctors keep you alive ever? Can your formidable power, enormous wealth, and unbounded authority save you? Would it be of help for you to remember that empty-handed you came into the world, and empty-handed you will leave it behind? Would it be of help for you keep in mind that it is not news when someone dies? What would be news is when someone does not die at all?

Into whose hands then shall you commend your spirit?

Monday, April 14, 2014

"My God, My God, Why Have You Forsaken Me?" (Matthew 27:47)

For having preached the infallible truths about God and man, for having converted people to leave the life of vice and to instead live the life of virtue, for having comforted the afflicted, fed the hungry, cured the sick ... there was Christ scourged, crown with thorns, nailed to the Cross. No wonder then that His very "Fourth Word" was some kind of complaint mixed with wondering. He felt abandoned and thus asked the question, "Why?" After following Your Will, after fulfilling the task You gave me, after doing what I had to, why have You abandoned Me?

Just thinking aloud in all sincerity and candor -- with the least intention of offending much less insulting anybody but simply bringing the "Fourth Word" of Christ to ground reality, the People of the Philippines can and may readily ask some questions, too -- addressed to the Government, to the present administration in particular. And just as no answer was given to the question of Christ, much less will the Filipinos receive any answer from the powerful individuals lording over them -- for the past four years at least. Some of their more perplexing and disturbing questions are the following:

Question: Why is it that we have barely food to eat, old clothes to wear, shanties to live it while you wallow in abundance, live luxuriously, have palatial homes, ride luxurious vehicles? Why?

Question: Why is it that we pay all kinds of taxes from birth to death, pay even for the use of public utilities and yet do not even feel the reality of public welfare supposed to be rendered by public servants. Why?

Question: Why is it that there are more and more crimes against lives and properties, more and more criminals uncaught and unpunished notwithstanding all kinds of law enforcers paid by public taxes. Why?

Question: Why is it that once caught and brought face the law, the bigger personalities involved, the more favors and privileges they have, the bigger and better accommodations they have and enjoy? Why?

Question: Why is it that a big number of those we elected into public offices -- previously proclaiming their integrity and repeatedly promising their honesty -- are in fact big practitioners of graft and corruption? Why?

Why

Friday, April 11, 2014

Killings Unlimited

It is bad enough when soldiers kill civilians. It is not really proper to celebrate when policemen kill criminals. It is disgusting when individuals are victims of summary executions. It is lamentable when neighbors kill neighbors. And it is most appalling when parents kill their own children who are not even born yet, who are precisely altogether dependent on and expecting their mothers and fathers to love and care for them, to protect, and to support them until they can on their own.

It is bad enough when fathers rape their own daughters. It is even worse if mothers kill their own unborn child. While it is intrinsically evil to kill anyone, it is very much worse when a mother – with the consent if not the prodding of the father – kills her child still in her womb. Even the unborn has an inalienable right to life and all rights thereto appended. Truth to tell, it is something abnormal when a female animal kills its own unborn kind. What is it then when a mother kills her very own unborn child.

So it is that even the Fundamental Law of the land expressly and officially provides – as nothing less than a State Policy: The State … “shall equally protect the life of the mother and the life of the unborn.” This constitutional provision is so clear and simple that eve school children somehow already understand it. Yet, strange but true, there are a good number of legislators – the MalacaƱang occupant included – inclusive of some jurists and professionals who do not. Such a pretended ignorance becomes even more nauseating when killing the born is done by supposedly Doctors of Medicine whose main agenda is primarily to save life.

To those who are ignorant of what it is really going on or pretend to know better than what Natural Law, functional reason and/or sound ethics provide, the socio-moral battle these days is no longer about contraception that prevents conception through anti-natalist practices, use of contraceptives of all kinds of forms – vasectomy and tubal ligation included. The bone of contention these times is already about legalization of abortion. Never mind the Constitution, this can be changed. Never mind about the murder of the unborn, this is but population control. Never mind morality or immorality, whereas it is the time of amorality – the ultimate meaning of which is what I like is good and what I do not like is bad. Plain and simple!

To those promoting and/or subscribing to abortion, they are lucky their parents did not abort them when they were not yet born. Otherwise, they would not be around to say, to do anything. And thus alive and grown up, would that they do not murder their own children precisely by aborting them. Men and women, who are pro-abortion, are very dangerous and even mortal enemies of their unborn children. They are no better than those who killed Christ! Heaven forgive them!

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

PRAYERS, PRAYERS & MORE PRAYERS

With the formal signing of the Comprehensive Agreement on the Bangsamoro (CAB) - which is an official attempt at peace in Mindanao - prayers, prayers and more prayers are needed. And rightly so, it is an open secret that there are three major armies at war in that region of the Country - not to mention the Armed Forces of the Philippines: The MNLF, the MILF, and the BIFF, the CAP only covers but one of them. What will the other two other armies do? Just look, clap their hands and stay still?

Hence, a good number of questions come to mind - the answers to which do not seem easy. There is the Bangsamoro. Ridiculous it may be, is it not but right and proper that there is also a Bangsapinas? There is a Bangsamoro. Will the MNLF and the BIFF be eventually counted there in? There is the Bangsamoro. Does this ultimately mean peace in Mindanao? There is the Bangsamoro. Who then has claim to Sabbah? These and many more - both serious and ridiculous - questions come to my mind with the emergence of the Bangsamoro phenomenon.

It is claimed and proclaimed, affirmed and confirmed that the fundamental cause, the underlying reason for the CAB is peace - social order, fraternal unity, and harmonious community. And all these are the big blessings of humanity whereas the opposites thereof are the social disorder, neighborhood disharmony, and possible war even. Let it be clearly said though and well remembered that peace is a fruit of justice. This is a standing truth based on simple logic and wherefore drawn from human history. In the absence of justice, there can be no peace.

And justice, though readily invoked and easily proposed, is a much more complex reality than what it seems. Reason: There is no justice if people do not give to one another what is their respective due in accord with their individual rights. There is no justice if people do not give to their leaders what is here to due in terms of taxes. And there is no justice if these leaders do not provide to the people their public welfare, their common good. And there is no reign of peace without the actuality of justice; neither can there be socio-economic development without peace.

The truth is that even outside the newly formed CAB, there has been no justice and peace in the country for so long a time. These are the times when there are crimes committed, come day or night. These are the days when there are customarily killings - assassinations, murders, summary execution - in Luzon and the Visayas. And this is not to mention the still militant existence of CCP/NPA/NDF in the country. And this is neither making mention of the now Phil-China non-peaceful relationship.

Hence: PRAYERS, PRAYERS and MORE PRAYERS are urgently needed!

Monday, April 07, 2014

Quotable Quotes

The personal constitution -- mental framework, volitional designs, and emotional state -- of a speaker readily revealed by his speeches. And thus it is that the constitutive totality of a person is well revealed by what he says and does not say. This is simply states the reality of the maxim that a shark is caught by its big mouth. The same is true for man. This is but stating a conclusive fact -- without the least intention of offending, much less disgracing anyone. The truth may be denied and/or disregarded as something preposterous, ridiculous, and therefore unwelcome. But the truth remains, taking into account that truth knows no party.

The most illustrious personage in the country holding the highest office in the land and exercising the most powerful position in the Philippines, understandably speaks often in the assumption that he has so many ideas to convey, so many things to say to so many people on so many occasions. And it is his prerogative to do so not only based on the freedom of speech but also premised on his national standing -- plus even international relevance -- as the President of this Republic. Among the "quotable quotes" he clearly and openly made are the following -- said in this or that occasion.

A. "Ignore hopeless people."
This is a preposterous statement, considering that hopeless people are the ones who precisely need more attention and care.

B. "Bahala na ang diyos sa inyo, busy ako."
This is practically a blasphemy, invoking the name of god to belittle and insult people who are precisely dear to him.

C. "I am heir to the wisdom of great men and women who came before me."
This is not worth commenting on, considering it is a vain claim that has elements of presumption incarnate.

D. "They know I rarely lose my patience but I hope they would not try to find out how far I would go."
This is the feeling of omnipotence, the proclamation of pride with disregard to what is improper and unjust.

E. "I will not let peace be snatched from my people again."
This is an aspiration and consequent declaration for the desired reception of the "Noble Peace Prize."