Archive for February 5th, 2010
As announced in the obituary of Wednesday?s Philippine Inquirer, a memorial Mass for Fr. Braun will be celebrated at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, 6 February in the Oratory of St. Ignatius, Loyola House of Studies, Loyola Heights, Q.C. Fr. Provincial will preside.
Fr. Braun taught and was Minister at Ateneos in Davao [1952-1955, 1962-1963) and Tuguegarao [1955-1962]. Health problems forced a three-year stay at Canisius High School in Buffalo, New York. He then returned to Manila and was assigned to Xavier House [1966-68] as Asst. Director of the PJAA, Acting Province Treasurer and Province
Secretary. Though Fr. Gerry physically left the Philippines in 1968, he remained a member of and continued to serve the PHI Province with great dedication for more than three decades at the Philippine desk of the Jesuit Seminary and Mission Bureau in New York. May he rest in the Lord’s peace!
William M. Abbott, S.J. [Socius, PHI]
THE ONLY HOPE FOR THE PHILIPPINES
by Father James Reuter, S.J.
Our republic has become one of the weakest nations, steadily left behind by its more progressive neighbors. Forty years ago, we were only second to Japan in economic stature, and way ahead of Singapore , Hong Kong , Malaysia , and Thailand . Today, at our present growth rate, it will take us 30 years to get to where Thailand is. Our national debt is estimated to be at US$200B (compared to US$28B when Marcos fled).
We will be competing, not against Thailand or even Vietnam , but against Bangladesh.
We will be the most corrupt nation in Asia , if not in the world (we’re already ranked 11th most corrupt nation by Transparency International) …
The signs are clear. Our nation is headed towards an irreversible path of economic decline and moral decadence. It is not for lack of effort. We’ve seen many men and women of integrity in and out of government, NGOs, church groups & people’s organization devote themselves to the task of nation-building, often times against insurmountable odds. Not even people’s revolutions, bloodless as they may be, have made a dent in reversing this trend. At best, we have moved one step forward, but three steps backward.
We need a force far greater than our collective efforts, as a people, can ever hope to muster. It is time to move the battle to the spiritual realm… It’s time to gather GOD’s people to pray for the economic recovery and moral reformation of our nation.
Is prayer really the answer?
Before you dismiss this as just another rambling, I’d like you to consider some lessons we can glean from history.
England ‘s ascendancy to world power was preceded by the Reformation, a spiritual revival fueled by intense prayers.
The early American settlers built the foundation that would make it the most powerful nation today — a strong faith in GOD and a disciplined prayer life. Throughout its history, and especially at its major turning points, waves of revival and prayer movement swept across the land.
In recent times, we see Korea as a nation experiencing revival and in the process producing the largest Christian church in the world today, led by Rev. Paul Yongi Cho. No wonder it has emerged as a strong nation when other economies around it are faltering.
Even from a purely secular viewpoint, it makes a lot of sense. For here, there is genuine humbling & seeking of GOD through prayer, moral reformation necessarily follows. And this, in turn, will lead to general prosperity. YES, we believe prayer can make a difference. It’s our only hope.
Today, we launch this email brigade, to inform Filipinos from all over the world to pray, as a people, for the economic recovery and moral reformation of our nation. We do not ask for much. We only ask of you to fwd this email to your close friends and relatives.
This is the kind of resolve and unity which can make a big difference. Of course, if you feel strongly, as I do, about the power of prayer, you can be more involved by starting a prayer group or prayer center.
We have tried people power twice before; in both cases, it fell short. Maybe it’s time to try prayer power. GOD never fails. Is there hope? YES! We can rely on God’s promise, but we have to do our part. If we humble ourselves and pray as a people, GOD will hear and heal our land. By GOD’s grace, we may still see a chance of a better future for our country.
‘If My people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sins, and will heal their land… (2 Chronicles 7:14).
If you care for your children and grandchildren, let’s not abandon the Philippines.
PLEASE, pass this on.