Luab: Rekindle our values

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By Evelyn R. Luab

Light Sunday

Saturday, January 25, 2014

THE past disasters taught us a very important lesson. "With faith we can be prepared for what Life dishes out.’’

Faith is really a strong personal relationship with God. The poor often are able to hit the nail on the head when they say: "Salig man mi sa Ginoo.

Waa may imposible sa Ginoo. Dili man mi gyud pasagdan sa Ginoo!’’


Such simplicity and trust in God works wonders. Because of such faith, this glutton called Fear cannot rear its ugly head to scare us into cowering individuals.

Faith in our neighbor is always seen when big disasters strike. We all saw how young and old, rich or poor rose to work during the relief operations after the earthquake and typhoon Yolanda. However, allow me to share an incident that occurred at the crossroads near those big billboards very near Ayala.

The traffic light turned red as we were going home to Talamban. Beside me was an Elf vehicle (Toyota or Izusu) with four rugged laborers who, I suppose, were also being taken home to lunch by their employer. As the maja blanca vendor passed between our two vehicles, one man got P10 from the side of his paint-splattered shorts and bought a slice of this pudding. What caught my attention was that he offered this tiny slice to his three companions before he took a bite.

True, we have meandered far away from the values our forefathers have instilled in the generation of the senior citizens today.

Nothing, however, should stop us, senior citizens, from helping to rekindle those values. We do have grandchildren to inspire. I am listing what Rappler's compilation of Pope Francis’ 10 most memorable quotes in the form of New Year’s resolutions.

1. Don’t gossip.

2. Finish your meals.

3. Make time for others.

4. Choose the more humble purchase.

5. Meet the poor in flesh.

6. Stop judging others.

7. Befriend those who disagree.

8. Make commitments such as marriage.

9. Make it a habit to ask the Lord.

10. Be happy.

I’m sure many of us have this list already but any number in this list is worth explaining to our grandchildren. For the adults, I guess we just have to teach by example.

Those of us who have experienced hunger in our younger days will never take the bare necessities of life for granted. Food, water, shelter, clothing, shoes, etc. are unreachable items for many of our brothers.

When nightfall comes, one only has to notice the increasing number of “carton people” or people who use open cardboard boxes as mats on the pavements of our [sidewalks]. Their main worry is where the next meal will be coming from. What about us?

Oh, we worry “long range’’: Will we still have money to leave the children when we are gone? What about sickness? Will we get debilitating diseases? Will we be able to afford hospital care? We really are not in control of our lives. One proof I had only recently was the accident that happened to my car.

We were parked very safely near St. Patrick’s Square. I was in the car. A loud wham echoed on the left side of my car’s bumper. A motorcycle-riding man, who seemed drunk (according to the fruit vendor), hit my car [even] when the road was devoid of other cars.

It happened so fast. He didn’t stop but sped away. Who would think that an accident would occur when we were properly parked?

Let us, however, not lose hope. We still can change things. We can be aware that Life’s joys and pleasures do not come freely. We have to be prepared to face Life as she comes and to remember that earth is not heaven. Heaven on earth may come in moments but a worry-free world, a painless world, can only be found when we are called Home. In the meantime, let us rekindle our values and remember to make this a better earth.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 26, 2014.


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