Spiritual arrogance

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Friday, January 10, 2014

I WOULD rather write about the Sto. Niño and Cebu than the Sto. Nino de Cebu. After decades of celebrating the Fiesta Señor and the Sinulog, we Cebuanos should ask what all of these have made of us. What have we become?

There is no question that there is truly pride in being a Cebuano and of Cebu being the home of what may arguably be the country’s most historic icon. It is sad to note however that, when unchecked, our ownership of the image breeds spiritual pride.

How often do we hear of the statement “wala ta na-igo sa bagyo kay pinangga ni Sto.
Niño ang Cebu” or “pinangga gyud ta ni Sto. Niño kay didto niya gilabay ang bagyo sa pikas isla”?


Others would prefer to call this religiosity or deep spirituality. Actually it should be called spiritual pride or arrogance.

The problem that I see with this kind of mentality is that we do not admit that such is wrong.

Religiosity is always at the brink of being dangerously used for personal agenda.

Local piety oftentimes feeds or breeds regionalism. When this happens, religion divides instead of unites.

Another problem is the fact that spirituality has been gradually swallowed by commercialization.

How many politicians visit Cebu every year during Sinulog and how many barangays have used the same as a machinery to strengthen patronage politics?

People in business, the tourism industry, etc. join the Pit Senyor bandwagon every year. Out of devotion or something else?

This brings us back to the question, what has Cebu become with its repeated celebration of the Sto. Niño’s fiesta? Or should we better ask what has Cebu done to the Sto. Niño?

Have we as a people become better persons in the field of politics and economics or do we capitalize on the image of the Holy Child and thus end up still being “childish” in our ways?--Rhoderick John S. Abellanosa, SHS-Ateneo de Cebu

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 10, 2014.


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