Archive for March, 2009

Reflection on ‘Love’

March 25, 2009

I continue with the Reflection series of Fr. Arboleda.  This time, a reflection on ‘Love’.  We hear several cliches such as “Love conquers all”, “Love is blind” and so on.  This time, Fr. Arboleda equates ‘love’ with ‘goodness’.  To truly love something or someone is for the goodness in us to share with the goodness of another.  Love would strive in us not to hurt the one we love.  Perhaps we could only say ‘I love you’ when our own ‘goodness’ is willing to overlook the external beauty and see only the internal goodness of the one we love.


The Bible says that man has been created in God’s image and likeness.  What in man corresponds most to God’s being is his capacity to love.  And we resemble God most by the manner we love.

Love, unfortunately, has become one of the most misunderstood and confused words in any language.  Some want it to mean nothing more than the attraction between the sexes.  Others want it to mean mo more than desire and its satisfaction.  And when others speak of it, it seems that love and sex are synonymous.  It’s all so sad because love understood as any of these is hardly love.  It is confused: the wrapper is taken for the content.

Love is really like life.  It is so vast in its meaning, so varied in its expressions and so rich in its manifestations that one has to be fully alive in order to understand love fully.  As someone wrote: The best definition of love is a loving person.

If love is that capacity which makes us resemble God most, then we have to affirm as well that the measure by which we can test our loving is God Himself.

God created everything not because he had to, but because, in His boundless love, He so willed that even His creature, man, should have a share in His Godhood, not by force but by free response of love.  Man is free precisely because freedom is the necessary condition for loving.

Jesus became God’s Word of love to all men.  He came to heal the brokenhearted, to free the prisoners, to restore the sick to health, to forgive all sins.

St. Paul beautifully points out to us that Jesus expressed the greatest manifestation of God’s love: Though He was in the form of God, He emptied Himself and took the form of a slave… obediently accepting even death, death on the cross.  Jesus lowered Himselft to the lowest known state so that He could raise us to God.  In His love of His Father and of us, He sent the Spirit to dwell among us, to enliven us and to be the love that binds us together in one family of God.

The measure of love, then, is not what our hearts dictate or what our desires lead us to.  Love is very much greater than what I now can feel.  It is much more than the urges I feel within.  Love is, above all, the goodness that is within me that I must share with the goodness of other persons in communion that is stronger than death.

 In this sense, love includes the goodness of a man seeking the goodness of a woman, the goodness of a parent toward his or her child, the goodness of a friend seeking the goodness of another.  Love never dies because goodness never dies.



Walk for Life

March 25, 2009



Members of Paranaque delegation. Members of Padre Pedro M. Dandan Assembly of the fourth degree ACN 0991 pose for a picture before we started walking.


Posing with the State Ceremonials Director, SK Paulino Oblea

Posing with the State Ceremonials Director, SK Paulino Oblea

In response to the call of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) for all Catholics to unite and show our stand on the infamous bill in Philippine Congress, the Reproductive Health Bill 5043, the Knights of Columbus in the Philippines held a tri-State (Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao Territorial Jurisdictions) Simultaneous “Walk for Life”.  Tambo Council No. 6167 together with other councils in Padre Pedro M. Dandan Assembly of the fourth degree (ACN 0991) and disctricts (P23, 24, 25 and 26) have sent delegates to form the Diocese of Paranaque congregation of the said event held on 21 March 2009. 


 The event started with a Holy Mass, presided by Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco D.D., Bishop of the Diocese of Cubao and State Chaplain of Luzon Terrotorial Jurisdiction, at the san Agustin Church in Intramuros, Manila followed by the “Walk for Life” march towards Liwasang Bonicafio where a short program was held.

 In the program, the guest speakers were Mayor Alfredo Lim of the City of Manila, Dra Acosta (a former senior officer of the Department of Health), Luzon Deputy Alonso Tan, a read message from Supreme Knight Carl Anderson, Monsignor Pedro Quitorio and Most Rev. Honesto Ongtioco.

We choose life and We defend life.

We choose life and We defend life.