“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” -Epicurus, BC 341-270
IT WAS after the opening Misa de Gallo, when I saw that little girl, who was walking alone across the rough road of one of the summits of Sierra Madre. She was wearing a small stained white blouse, a navy blue skirt, and a threadbare pair of slippers. Although she was only seven then, she already taught me one of the most inspiring lessons that I will treasure forever.
SOME 2,000 years after Jesus Christ’s birth, do you still know why Filipinos celebrate Advent, decorate their homes, sing Christmas carols, go to midnight Mass, eat noche buena, and, when the clock strikes 12 on Christmas eve, greet each other “Merry Christmas”?
Or amid the hype and fanfare, have you forgotten the real meaning of Christmas?
In the Philippines, celebrating Christmas starts way ahead of other countries. Enter the so-called “Ber” months and Christmas lights, lanterns, and other Christmas decor start to sprout everywhere.
Then Christmas-themed advertisements start to fill the media and commercial establishments. One toothpaste commercial in the past even had the traditional Midnight Mass as a setting for girl-watching.
Could things get any worse for Christmas?
San Raymundo ng Peñafort: Faculty of Civil Law
Ipinanganak siya noong 1175 sa Villafranca de Benadis, España. Naging propesor siya ng Canon Law noong 1195 at makaraan ang labinlimang taon, iniwan niya ang España upang tumulak patungong Bologna para magtapos ng kurso sa Canon Law. Naging tagapangulo siya ng Canon Law sa unibersidad sa loob ng tatlong taon. Nakapaglathala siya ng treatise sa ecclesiastical legislation na matatagpuan pa rin sa silid-aklatan ng Vatican hanggang ngayon.
NAGING bahagi na ng buhay ng mga Pilipino ang sumangguni sa kani-kanilang mga patron sa oras ng pangangailangan o ng pagninilay.