System President's New Year Message
My dear Lasallians,
In the Book of Revelations
we read: “Then I saw heaven and a new earth. The former heaven
and the former earth had passed away, and the sea was no more.
I also saw the holy city, a new Jerusalem, coming down out
of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Behold, God’s
dwelling is with the human race. He will dwell with them and
they will be his people and God himself will always be with
them [as their God]. He will wipe every tear from their eyes,
and there shall be no more death or mourning, wailing or pain,
[for] the old order has passed away.”
The one who sat on the throne
said, “Behold, I will make all things new.” Then he said,
“Write these words down, for they are trustworthy and true.”
(Rev. 21: 1-5)
As we begin the third millennium
and the 21st century, my fervent prayer is for Jesus to truly
live in our hearts and ignite the flame of genuine conversion.
I pray that each Lasallian will receive the grace of repentance,
healing, and reconciliation.
We need repentance, for all
of us have contributed to the national crisis through our
indifference, greed, and moral compromise. We have turned
a deaf ear or a blind eye to the injustice and poverty around
us, quite content to remain in our comfort zones and ivory
towers. Consequently, we should not be surprised to find graft
and corruption permeating our society. The sins of which the
President is accused are mere reflections of our sins, and
we must share in guilt. Thus, the need to repent.
I pray that the bitter wounds
spawned by the impeachment trial may soon heal. The verdict
must be credible and acceptable to the nation. Let us pray
that the honorable senators render impartial justice.
For a poor country like ours,
reconciliation and unity are indispensable if we are to survive
in a globally competitive economy. I pray that God inspire
and touch the hearts of our leaders to restore love, peace,
and prosperity to our ravaged land.
A mystic once said, “The gloom
of the world is but a shadow; behind it, yet within reach
is joy, hidden in the angels’ wings. There is beauty and goodness
all around us, if we could but see, and to see we have only
to look. I beseech you, look.”
The greatest gift that Our
Founder gave us is the Spirit of Faith. Let us look at our
world with the eyes of faith. Then we will never be overcome
by the evil in us and around us, but we can overcome evil
with good. As Christ himself told us: “In the world you will
have distress, but have confidence, I have overcome the world.”
May the New Year be a truly
happy and prosperous one for you, your loved ones, and our
With deep fraternal affection
and prayers, I remain
brother and friend,
ROLANDO DIZON, FSC