Happy Easter Greetings
April 24, 2011 by staff
Easter is the Resurrection. Easter is a statement about. Easter is all about rebirth. For Christians, Easter is the highest point in the saga of Jesus Christ – the latest manifestation of the divinity of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It was Easter Day, when Christ completed the cycle of redemption.
Considering how our country and our people have been suffering the agony of decades, even seen by some as sinks deeper into despair – all Filipinos who could use a moment of Easter. Easter a time for us was when he launched the People Power Revolution of 1986. The whole world stopped for us Filipinos to welcome the lesson of active nonviolence. We are inspired by the world, but we could not take advantage of our own inspiration.
Today, we need a People Power Easter time – not to overthrow a ruler, but to bring our country into the Promised Land. We need a revival of nationalism and patriotism filipino nationalism that goes beyond just feel every time Manny Pacquiao fight and win, or when a filipino artist or artist wins global recognition.
It’s easy to feel nationalistic, when a Filipino man has achieved a feat that earned him worldwide recognition and applause. It’s human nature to want to take the sun on a fellow Filipinos proud moment of glory. However difficult, what our country needs most is the nationalism that arises when the situation is, when the chips are down, when the human spirit is all set to give up and when it is easier to leave our country for the opportunities revenues better than other economies can offer.
Our country needs a time of Passover, where the wealthy of our society will eventually see the light and bring them to help the poor help themselves. The economy of communion of the Focolare Movement teaches that only the poor can help themselves, but not only – not alone. ?
Rich people are mistaken when they think that their high-walled closed subdivisions, with details of their security, can ensure their safety. If the situation of poverty in our country results in a social explosion, you can expect the very contracted security personnel to be among those who posed a threat to their property and lives. The rich people of this country can feel safe when they finally close the wealth gap that is created for information, education and opportunity gaps.
Less than five percent of Filipinos own more than 80 percent of our national wealth. That five per cent, our elite, living with a social time bomb strapped around his waist. All we know is poverty that is pushing the increase in property crime. Poverty is leading to the desperate to resort to illegal means to survive. It is also poverty that is causing an increase in incidents of suicide because prolonged misery sans any ray of hope can lead a person to end it.
We delude ourselves if we think that attracting more investors, creating more jobs and so on will solve our problem of poverty. First, our social imbalance is the biggest disincentive for investors. It is time for our rich people realize they suffer from extreme poverty because very few have much, while many have too little. The first major step toward the right solution is when we decided to first open the heart. After opening the heart to the plight of the least of our brethren, it is easier to open our wallets to them.
We also need a moment of Easter among our public officials and others in positions of power and authority – especially those who have lost their sense of shame after losing consciousness. Crude and insensitive were not born to shame. It is natural that we feel shame after committing a sinful act. However, the customary charges of shameful acts to relieve our consciences until they lose our sense of shame.
We should pray that our religious leaders would undergo a time of Passover. Too often, they have ceased to be distracted from his true mission through participation in contentious matters small and irrelevant. How many of our religious leaders these days is acting again as the persecutors of the Inquisition – a shameful chapter in the history of the Catholic Church?
Take the case of the proposed Reproductive Health Act to the Catholic Church is fiercely opposed. They do not realize that many parishioners who have heard the menacing threats of priests and bishops at the Mass are losing respect for their religious leaders. Educated Catholics know that everyone has the right to free choice based on what our conscience tells us. What right do these priests and bishops have to dictate the range of our choices?
The religious leader’s job is to teach the flock to think – morally and ethically. Have no right to tell the crowd what to think and not think. If they do, they are violating a right given by God to each person – the right to choose and follow their conscience.
Let’s work together to give our beloved country the long-sought time for Easter. It begins with an enlightened citizenry, people who know their true history and are aware of their rights and obligations to his country and fellow Filipinos. It is almost impossible to unite a nation ignorant. Try to form a human chain in a field of great black room.
Lighting when sharing is most useful to those in need who donated goods or money. Given the capital, but without the knowledge of how to use and grow not rescue a poor person out of poverty. Even with very little capital, poor enlightened person is equipped for growth and improvement. We Filipinos have undergone long Calvary. We owe it to our posterity and ourselves for our experience of countries the time of Passover.
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