traffic and pollution along Taft Avenue are grim symbols and
reminders of the encircling gloom that befalls our country
and the world. For many of us anger has turned to cynicism
and indifference; despair is not far behind.
But then we catch ourselves and ask, “Aren’t we supposed to
be Christians? And isn’t Christmas a season of hope?” Yes,
we try to fight our depression by searching for answers and
trying desperately to find a reason to keep striving for a
better world, despite the terrible odds!
my own search I have come across a stimulating, nay, shocking
book, Neale Walsch’s Conversations with God. In part some
may find it heretical, but it offers some hope-full reflections.
God speaks to the author, and I quote:*“Love
is the ultimate reality. It is the only. The all. The feeling
of love is your experience of God. In highest Truth, love
is all there is, all there was, and all there ever will be.
When you move into the absolute, you move into love.
is the other end of love. It is the primal polarity. In creating
the realm of the relative, I first created the opposite of
My Self. Now, in the realm in which you live on the physical
plane, there are only two places of being: fear and love.
Thoughts rooted in fear will produce one kind of manifestation
on the physical plane. Thoughts rooted in love will produce
Masters who have walked the planet are those who have discovered
the secret of the relative world-and refused to acknowledge
its reality. In short, Masters are those who have chosen only
love. In every instance. In every moment. In every circumstance.
Even as they were being killed, they loved their murderers.
Even as they were being persecuted, they loved their oppressors.
This is very difficult for you to understand, much less emulate.
Nevertheless, it is what every Master has ever done. It doesn’t
matter what the philosophy, it doesn’t matter the tradition,
it doesn’t matter what the religion--it is what every Master
This example and this lesson has been laid out so clearly
for you. Time and time again, over and over has it been shown
to you. Through all the ages and in every place. Through all
your lifetimes and in every moment. The universe has used
every contrivance to place this Truth before you. In song
and story, in poetry and dance, in words and in motion-in
pictures of motion, which you call motion pictures, and in
collections of words, which you call books.
From the highest mountain it has been shouted, in the lowest
place its whisper has been heard. Through the corridors of
all human experience has this Truth been echoed: Love is the
answer. Yet you have not listened.
come you to this book, asking God again what God has told
you countless times in countless ways. Yet I will tell you
again-here-in the context of this book.
you listen now? Will you truly hear?”
Perhaps when we can all learn to really love one another,
our world will change for the better. But what do I mean by
love? I am thinking of a love that is willing to sacrifice
one’s personal interests for the common good. I am thinking
of a love that reaches out to the poor in a compassionate
effort to affirm their dignity and improve their quality of
life. I am thinking of a love that empowers every Filipino
to live by the credo of “bayan muna bago ang sarili.” In a
word, I am thinking of the love that Christ had for each one
of us – a sacrificing love for everyone, especially the poor
and the weak.
Time is running out. Love is our only hope. I pray you will
hear, listen and act before it’s too late.
your Christmas be filled with love and the New Year usher
a fresh breath of hope.
friend and brother,
ROLY DIZON, FSC
President, De La Salle University System