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Filipino sainthood during Aquino presidencies


LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… I desire to do your will, my God; your law is within my heart…” (Psalms 40:8, the Holy Bible).

FILIPINO SAINTHOOD DURING AQUINO PRESIDENCIES: I don’t know if you noticed but, could it have been merely coincidental that the Philippines got its two Roman Catholic saints during the presidencies of the two President Aquinos? Well, San Lorenzo Ruiz de Manila was canonized in 1987, during the time of President Cory Aquino.

Now, San Pedro Calungsod got canonized the other day, during the time of President Benigno Aquino III, Cory’s son. I was just wondering, what is God telling us with these spiritual events? And, as I asked earlier, was this just a coincidence? Why were the very first two Filipino saints canonized when Aquinos are the sitting presidents of the country? Why not during the time of the other presidents?

I believe that there is a message in all these, especially for the present President Aquino (PNoy). I believe that God is saying, there is a special place for Filipinos in the propagation of the Christian faith, and that, there is a special place for the Aquinos in this spiritual endeavor. I guess that the President should try to decipher what this “special place for the Aquinos in the propagation of the Christian faith” means.

“DIRECT COMMAND” FOR PNOY: Many may say this is not important, considering the “more serious” concerns of the presidency in running this country. But, with due respect, I am convinced that the canonization of two Filipinos as saints of the Roman Catholic Church in 1987 and 2012 under two Aquino presidencies could only mean a “direct command” from God, especially for PNoy, something that should not be treated lightly, or set aside peremptorily.

Now, let’s see: what could have been this “direct command” to PNoy? It would appear to me as a command to do something so Filipinos could be fully utilized in spreading the Good News about Jesus Christ, and to bring back not only our people to God, but of the rest of the world as well (considering that some 20 million or so overseas Filipino workers, or OFWs, are now out there globetrotting, mingling with other peoples).

How is PNoy going to do this? In more ways than one, to use a journalistic cliché, of course. For one, his “straight path” of governance, which is a take-off from the Bible’s righteous leadership, could be pursued with more vigor and more sincerity. For another, he could order the establishment of prayer meetings and Bible or Koran studies, as the case maybe, in all government offices before the start of any official transaction, during breaks, and even after office hours.

PRESIDENTIAL WILL FOR RIGHTEOUS CHANGE: The fact is that, this kind of a prayerful attitude is now a widely-accepted practice among all courts in the Philippines, where before any court session or any trial is conducted, the presiding judge, the lawyers, and all the litigants stand in unison and recite a “centennial prayer” that then Chief Justice Hilario Davide Jr. required to be recited. Reciting that prayer somehow makes everyone more trusting in the justice system, because there is a realization that God is watching.

If the courts are now doing it, why can’t the other agencies of government do the same thing? Many will perhaps say that the prayer is actually useless because reports of judicial corruption persists, but then, nothing changes in an instant, and even God took all of six days to complete creation.

The point is that, with his vast popularity and continuing huge support from the people across the country, President Aquino can really do something, so he must hear God’s call for him to bring back the Philippines and the Filipinos to a deeper faith and truthful obedience to God, which, as shown by the examples of San Lorenzo Ruiz and San Pedro Calungsod, are entirely possible and achievable. All that is needed here is presidential will!

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