By REV. LUNA DINGAYAN www.nordis.net “Listen, then, if you have ears!” — Matthew 13:9 Rice and Rural Life I would like to …
Social responsibility is part of a Christian way of life. Our genuine involvement in social issues and concerns should be motivated by faith and not by ideology, although sometimes there is a very thin line between faith and ideology. Faith is sometimes used as an ideology. Besides, ideology is oftentimes given a very bad name.
BAGUIO CITY— A bishop called on clergymen to follow Christ’s example of praying for sinners especially those who ridicule the church and blaspheme God last Monday the start of a week-long retreat of the Northern Luzon clergy here in the city.
In my own personal visits to the churches, I was a little bit surprised to realize that among the issues raised by some sectors in the church concerning our Seminary was the claim that we are not teaching holiness.
“My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but that you protect them
from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me
into the world, I have sent them into the world.” — John.17,15-19
As a Christian, I can forgive President Rodrigo Duterte for calling my God “torpe”. I can also forgive the Philippine Catholics for not abruptly rising against the president for the insult on their faith. Moreover, I will not fault Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle for saying “Be fools for Christ. God is the Savior. We do not need to save God. It is God who will save us.”
Now, in what way would the coming of the Holy Spirit empower us? First and foremost, the coming of the Holy Spirit upon us would make us experience unity. This does not mean we would suddenly all think alike or do everything the same way. Rather, it means that we would love one another and accept these differences rather than letting them divide us.
We live today in a world of alienation and fragmentation. Globalization promises a global village wherein people all over the world will live together in unity and harmony. With all the advancement in science and technology, people all over the world can now easily communicate with one another and can efficiently move from one place to another. With the lifting of government restrictions, people all over the world can now effectively exchange with one another their goods and services, their culture, knowledge and technology.
I would like to say at the outset that the basic aim of education in general, and theological education in particular, is not just to accumulate knowledge and information, but to make human beings more human. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for humanization, for enhancing what is truly human in us and among us. A truly educated person is a humane person.
The Third Sunday of June is celebrated in our country as Father’s Day. Other countries, however, celebrate Father’s Day on different dates, which would remind us that remembering our fathers should not be once a year only, but rather throughout the whole year, every moment of our lives.
In 1987 I was a very new convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints also commonly known as the Mormon Church. Knowing I am a Filipino, an office mate, a Polish lady, who used to be a Mormon confronted me, asking why I joined the Church when I am Filipino and Blacks were banned from the temple and other blessings of the Church. I was surprised because, being new, I did not know about a policy in 1952 that such banning on Blacks was imposed by the Church Leadership. My office mate did not also know and apparently had a falling out with the Church earlier than June 1, 1978 when that policy was lifted and Blacks all over the world were given all the rights and privileges that are due to every member of the Church regardless of any color – priesthood, temple ordinances and blessings, and others – “for all are Children of God and all are like into God.”
By REV. LUNA DINGAYAN www.nordis.net “I have seen the afflictions of people. I have heard their cries, and therefore, I have come …