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17 DEC 2001. VOLUME 33. NUMBER 28. 4 PAGES 

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A Christmas Message

The 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!

In 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.

Fear 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 another.

The 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 has done.

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.

Now 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.

Will 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.

May your Christmas be filled with love and the New Year usher a fresh breath of hope.

Your friend and brother,

President, De La Salle University System


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