Christ saved us; let’s save ourselves

By Fr. Bel R. San Luis, SVD
ONCE the great Catholic English writer G.K. Chesterton was playing a little quiz game with some friends.  He asked, “If you were shipwrecked and alone on a deserted island, what one book, above all others, would you wish to have with you?”
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One of the friends immediately said, “The Bible,” and gave a pious reason for his selection.
Another said, “A volume of Shakespeare, and gave his personal reason.”
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Chesterton said, “Well, if I were allowed just one book on that deserted island, I would choose a manual of instruction on boat building.”
Chesterton didn’t intend to belittle the power of the Bible but he chose the most practical means.
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Easter is a feast of our redemption brought about by Christ’s sufferings, death, and resurrection. But remember: He already saved us more than 2000 years ago. What’s needed is our personal response. We should now do our part in saving ourselves.
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In the story, G.K.Chesterton tells us to be resourceful and practical in confronting our problems, whether economic, social, political or spiritual.
As the oft-quoted saying goes, “God helps those who help themselves.”
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There’s a pious lady who had a tumor on her breast. She kept it to herself, praying that God in his compassion would remove the benign mass. But the cancerous tissue kept growing and she still insisted that God would miraculously heal her. When she finally went to an oncologist, the cancer had spread to other organs of her body.
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She didn’t realize that the doctor was an instrument of God. The doctor works hand in hand with God. That’s why there’s a joke that says: “God heals; the doctor collects the fee.” (Sometimes, however,  the fee is too high that the poor patient gets sick again!).
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Then there are those who indulge in smoking and excessive drinking, knowing that these are dangerous to their health. In smoking it’s been proven by medical experts that it causes lung cancer. With drinking, it causes various ailments like liver cirrhosis and peptic ulcer. When these people get seriously sick, they lament and complain, “Why did you allow it Lord? Why me?”
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On the national level, we as a nation should help save our country from the morass of poverty. Public officials, for instance, should shun corrupt practices like plundering the government coffers so that the funds could be used for much-needed social services. Many of our public hospitals and schools in far-flung places are in the state of penitential Calvary due to lack of funds.
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The Greek philosopher Plato once said: “Poverty consists not in the decrease of man’s possessions, but in the increase of one’s greed.”
Yes, Christ saved us. He is still helping us but He doesn’t work miracles at will to solve our own problems. We should save ourselves now.
Do your best; God will do the rest.
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INDIGENT SICK. The penitential Lenten season is over but not the spirit of charity. Here’s an opportunity to continue that spirit. Help some indigent sick like Dante Cabansag,  who is undergoing hemodialysis, a cancer patient, Stage 3; also M. Maranga, J. Lopez, Rosanna Cayunda sick of pulmonary complications.
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GOD BLESS — the following latest donors:  AGNES ABARQUEZ, GERRY “MR. FREEZE” SANTOS, ANA SANTOS,  DAHLIA-GIL TOLEDO.,
Others who wish to help may e-mail me at: [email protected]
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ST. JUDE.  Today, join our novena to St. Jude, Saint of the Impossible, at the Divine Word Shrine, Christ the King Seminary, on E. Rodriguez Boulevard, Quezon City, after the 6 p.m. Mass.
A healing prayer and anointing of the sick will follow.

 
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