‘Beautiful eyes!’ | Opinion of the applicant

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One of the first things that Filipino families teach their children from an early age is to close and open their hands (“close open, close open”), and to smile and show their “beautiful eyes!”

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In today’s Gospel (Lk 12:32-48), Jesus teaches us the value of openness to God and to the Kingdom of God. The lesson is that the more open we are, the more peace and happiness we will have. —————-

Jesus teaches us not to follow the way of the world, but to take “the way less traveled”. It is a difficult path, but it leads to a meaningful life and to eternal life. Below are some pointers on how we can be truly and fully open so that we can walk through this world with “beautiful eyes.”

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INCLUSIVE AWARENESS. Be aware not only of yourself. We do not walk the path of life alone. There is a God to guide us, so we must take the time to listen to him. Remember, there is a God, and you are not Him! Also remember that there is a big world out there and there are other people in that world. Let go of self-centeredness and selfishness. –

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HUMBLE UNDERSTANDING. Proverbs 3:5 reminds us to “lean not to your own understanding”. With knowledge we understand, but with humility we become more understanding. May we become people who want and try to be more understanding. Abandon pride of any form.

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HONEST ACCEPTANCE. We accept that we are servants. We have a Master to whom we are responsible at the end of our life, which can happen at any time. Honesty is the key to helping us accept who we are, with all our flaws and weaknesses, and who we can be. With humility comes acceptance, and with acceptance comes clearance (clear answers!). Let go of dishonesty, denial and rationalizations.

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LOVE DECISION AND ACTION. This “road less traveled” should lead us to decisions and actions that begin with love, continue with love, and end with love. It’s not an easy road, but without an inclusive conscience, humble understanding, honest acceptance, and loving decisions and actions, we end up becoming self-centered, proud, dishonest, and selfish servants who think and act like masters.

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The Father has entrusted to us the treasures of the Kingdom. While many of us don’t have earthly treasures, let’s not forget that we have enduring treasures to share as we journey through this world. Treasures of the heart and the heart, this is what the world needs most today.

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Reminder to those who have many worldly treasures: “sell your goods and give alms”, and go in search of “an inexhaustible treasure in the sky which no thief can reach nor moth can destroy” . And let’s all be ready and prepared, “for at an hour that you do not expect, the Son of man will come”.

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Last August 4 was the feast of priests, the feast of Saint Jean-Marie Vianney, patron saint of priests. We thank God for the gift of the priesthood and we thank those who are gifts to our priesthood.

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Prof. Emeterio “Emy” de la Paz, SVD, returned to his master at the age of 90. He obediently took on many missions as a priest, but what was truly uplifting was his work as chaplain of Our Lady’s Hospital in Lourdes, Santa Mesa, Manila, and also St. Luke’s Hospital, Quezon. City. He was on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and he did so diligently and faithfully. Rest now, Father Emy, for you “have fought the good fight, finished the race, and kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:7).

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A moment with the Lord: Lord, help us to take the path of openness, honesty, humility and love. Amen.

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