Battles and rewards

Our life is a peculiar battle and we are the warriors. This battle is sometimes precarious and distressing. So we, the warriors need to be precautious.

Our life enrolled us in a military academe for fourteen to sixteen years starting from elementary to college. Our diploma serves as our gear and pistol for a vast battle field. We face different combats. After which, we will raise our flags if we won the encounter, I mean here is if we got the job. If this job is giving us more than what we want or just by simply giving us our daily needs, surely the feeling of ecstasy will eventually be in our hands. Yes, if we have a job, we can earn riches, we can buy all the possessions we want, we can have a luxurious home and we can receive all the rewards we want. Knowing all the great sentiments a work could give us, have we ever tried to think that everything may need to pause for a while?

We, teachers of Padre Annibale Integrated School (PAIS) are so lucky because we are the chosen warriors. We are able to have a job in line with our profession and get paid. As chosen warriors, we secure the rightful knowledge for our learners; give our best to educate them. On the other hand, we, the chosen warriors combat against stress in controlling misdemeanors, nervous tension and pressure for the given deadlines, temper for those learners who go beyond their rights, learners who still suck their thumbs and a whole lot more. These are just normal in the life of a teacher.

It is true that teaching is the noblest profession yet it is also the most challenging one. For a typical teacher, summer time does not mean that her responsibility in the battle field of the four corners of her classroom will stop for a moment. A teacher’s life will still be a teacher’s life no matter what happens. Summer time is his or her time to pose for another snap shot of his or her battle field. He or she still needs to see to it that everything is in their proper order or gratifying for his or her part. It is a time to plan for every page of her upcoming combats.

PAIS faculty and staff outing

PAIS faculty and staff outing

“All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.” I always have the fortitude to smile every time I remember this idiom. It means that without weekend away in work, a person would let his body become exhausted not just physically, but mentally, emotionally, socially and most importantly, spiritually. For this matter, the PAIS faculty and staff took a break on 31 May 2013 at the Dragon Fruit Farm and Resort, Sarrat, Ilocos Norte in the Philippines. It was not just about going for a dip in the very seducing swimming pool under the very hot sunshine and feeding our tummies with those appetizing foods, but it was about looking for the real essence of the said activity.

See? It is true that “rest and be thankful”, a quotation by William Wordsworth. Physically, we were able to take a rest. We gave our body a time to relax. We gave our minds a moment to be at peace. We were emotionally fed because we realized that we do not need to pass obligations to one another because we are a family, we need to work as one. We got to have a chance to bond with each other. Most importantly, we saw how great God is for showing us the value of being one, that it is not just about having a rest from everything that every faculty and staff face, but also knowing that “I” is not just “I” and “You” is not just “You”, that everybody should not forget that there is also a word “We” in the English language.

If everybody got a job, it is good. If everybody is being paid well in that job, much better. But if everybody learns a lot in that job, it is the best honour and reward that everybody will receive because would make everyone a victor of this life’s battle field.

Dianne Ashley G Deus
Philippines

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Beatitudes: rules to sanctity

In the world today, many perhaps forget the unfeigned quintessence of our spirit.  Power and possessions reign in the hearts of every person who longs for nothing but to live a life lacking for nothing, be it on material bits and pieces of which people seem to have the utmost need.   What is now the value of a person in his/her life?

Jesus, sermon on the mount

Jesus: Sermon on the Mount

The Beatitudes that Jesus taught then now simply becomes a plan of a route – helpful instructions for our ascent to God. They are skewed as virtues in so much as a believer of Christ can achieve. “They guide.  They point.  They teach” declared one of the writers I encountered in one of my readings.  What simple yet eloquent and insightful words to describe the beatitudes! They guide. They point. They teach.” Three links of passionate adjectives that express what the Beatitudes are:

  • Guide – they give each soul the preeminent avenue into a direction of blissfulness, contentment and a spirit that sees beyond what the world can momentarily proffer.
  • Point – they give an underlying essential idea conveyed to all that long to be in the kingdom.
  • Teach – they give a grounding goal.  They do not only impart simple instructions to us but spiritual directives that each one of us must eruditely learn about in the simplicity of our soul and in the uniqueness of our being.

The Beatitudes disclose the value of Christ and unto what He truly cares. And if these values are adhered to by many religiously they give one a state of peace and happiness and one can enjoy the inherent right to dwell in the Kingdom of God when the journey on this earth is over.

Principles of Christian teachings that lead to self-awakening, and any experiences here on earth are all refiners, purifiers of one’s soul. The Beatitudes hand over a pristine series of Christian paradigms that simply give an emphasis on humility and love. They point out that when one knows how to humble one’s spirit and learn the real language of fraternal love he/she may attain the happiness that his/her soul longs for. They endorse the essence of Christ’s teachings about mercy, compassion and even on spirituality. What matters most is that everyone may learn to value the uniqueness of each another, respecting each one’s limitations and pave the way to be people with a dignity of life in the spirit of equality. There shall be a lived-through spirit of hope that renders a positive outlook in life, ultimate joy that springs from the heart of each person. In  hope and joy – the profound silhouette of happiness – abides Jesus, no matter what the consequences are.

It is henceforth a reminder that we are simply nothing and in our nothingness we cling to what is not worldly but of heaven.  All of these are the simple teachings of Jesus.  In his sermon on the mount, He gives us the Beatitudes that we might see beyond what our human nature craves for namely the inner values, the real treasure, the things for eternity. These are contradictory to what the world highly regards.

So that there will be a candid, unpretentious makeover of one’s inner person, all of these must be lived in the truest sense, taken not just as a choice, but rather with sincere and heartfelt sentiments in wanting to be drawn closer to God.  These golden rules guarantee a salvific life and do not just insinuate a ‘way of life’ but clear-cut tenets that Jesus wants us to follow and to have a life that is simply blessed. We are in the world and the challenge of living all of these is upon us. God respects whatever choices we make and yet this does not require anything but faith.   It takes a resolute discipline to observe a rule or teachings.

The Beatitudes need but a fecund heart. Our model is Jesus Christ himself leading all of us onto the road of sanctity.

Sr M Glenda D Galanido, fdz

Image source: www.turnbacktogod.com
See also: Special Beatitudes

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