The gift of life!
DATELINE: Los Angeles, California
Life is the greatest gift on earth. Life is a blessing nobody can deny. Life can be in any form—the life of a person, the life of Mother Nature, the life of a marriage.
March is my birthday month. I sincerely thank the Lord for the life he has given me. I thank Him for the blessing of family and friends. For what I am, I owe it to Him. For what I have been, I owe it to my parents. With a grateful heart, I thank the Lord for my loving parents Gloria and Benito (may they rest in peace) who worked hard to raise me and my siblings to be strong and firm in our faith, to finish our studies and become all professional. I thank the Lord for my siblings for their love and care. I thank the Lord for my friends who are always around when I need them most. I thank the Lord for all the people who touched and continue to touch my life for they inspire me to go on with life. I thank the Lord for all His many blessings. Obeying God’s will for what I have been, is my offer of thanksgiving to Him. I will continue my advocacy of sharing my time, talent and treasure in the service to the Universal Church. “Nasa Diyos ang Awa, Nasa Tao ang Gawa”.
Let me share what I read in one of the websites about Life being a gift.
“Life is a gift, so today: Before you think of saying an unkind word, think of someone who can’t speak. Before you complain about the taste of your food, think of someone who has nothing to eat. Before you complain about your husband or wife, think of someone who’s crying out to God for a companion. Before you complain about your life, think of someone who went early to heaven. Before you complain about your children, think of someone who desires children but is barren. Before you argue about your dirty house that someone didn’t clean or sweep, think of the people who are living in the streets. Before whining about the distance you drive, think of someone who walks the same distance with his feet. And when you are tired and complain about your job, think of the unemployed, the disabled and those who wished they had your job. And before you think of pointing the finger or condemning another, remember that not one of us is without sin and will answer to one Maker. And when depressing thoughts seem to get you down, try to put a smile on your face and thank God you’re alive and still around. Life is a gift, enjoy it, celebrate it, and fulfill it.”
Another life that we should be thankful is the Mother Nature. This year, Earth Hour is observed at 8:30pm, local time, on March 24 instead of the last Saturday of March as traditionally done since it falls on Holy Saturday. Let us be part of the historic “lights-out display” by turning off all non-essential lights at 8:30pm. and continue our fight against climate change. United, all of us can establish and achieve a future “where people and nature thrive.” The famous and popular landmarks worldwide went dark during Earth Hour which includes the Eiffel Tower, Sydney Opera House, Big Ben, Empire State Building, Pyramids of Egypt, CN Tower of Canada, Rizal Park of the Philippines. Big business establishments, government offices, school campuses, Churches and individuals in their respective houses observed the Earth Hour.
So disappointing is the withdrawal by the United States from the Paris Agreement—the world’s first truly global plan to address climate change. To think that the United States is one of the world’s top leaders. Why do small nations like the Philippines worked harder to ease climate change and not big countries? Ordinary people want “to change climate change.” It is good that despite its government’s decision, the leaders of business communities, organizations, college campuses and individuals across America are committed to care for the environment. “Let us care for Mother Nature, Let us care for our Children’s Future!”
In his Encyclical, Laudato Si, Pope Francis said “Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God’s plan, inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment. God always forgives; human beings sometimes forgive; but when nature is mistreated, she never forgives.”
Unfortunately, House Bill No. 6027, or the so-called Divorce Bill, was passed on second reading by the House of Representatives, despite the provision of the Constitution that “marriage, as an inviolable social institution, is the foundation of the family and shall be protected by the State”. (Sec. 3, Art. XV); that “the State shall strengthen the family’s solidarity and actively promote its total development. The State shall defend the right of families.” (Sec. 1, Art. XV). The Bill weakens marriage as an inviolable social institution and as the foundation of the family. The Bill downgraded marriage as an ordinary contract wherein the spouses will be freely allowed to establish such critical areas as support, parental authority, custody, living arrangements for the common children by their mere agreement. The Bill also allows the government to interfere in the parenting of children by assuming the role of parents. The CBCP stated that “Like Catholics in most other countries where divorce is legal, we wish to assert that nothing, not even a divorce law can make us give up our faith in the indissolubility of marriage as a lifetime covenant between a man and woman who have freely said yes to the call to love and commit themselves to God and to each other, through thick and thin.”
Happy Sacerdotal Anniversary to Fr. Adrian Magnait, the Priest Director of the Council of the Laity of the Diocese of Kalookan and parish priest of St. Gabriel the Archangel Parish, Fr. Boyet Pedroso, parish priest of Mary Help of Christian and Fr. Jerome Cruz, Vicar General of the Diocese of Kalookan and Rector of San Roque Cathedral Parish.