Friday, September 23, 2011

Blessed are the politicians...

I read this from the website dedicated to the late Cardinal Francis Van Thuan.  It is worth sharing - as a prayer for our politicians, as well as a hope for renewed politics and social life.  Hopeful reading.


8 "beatitudes for politicians"

Cardinal Francois-Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, who is president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, proposed the moral guidelines on May 3, 2002 at a conference in the northern Italian city of Padua.
Echoing the eight beatitudes preached by Christ in his Sermon on the Mount, Cardinal Thuan said politicians needed a similar set of rules that leave room for the faith in their profession.
  • Blessed the politician who well understands his role in the world.
  • Blessed the politician who personally exemplifies credibility.
  • Blessed the politician who works for the common good and not for his own interests.
  • Blessed the politician who is true to himself, his faith and his electoral promises.
  • Blessed the politician who works for unity and makes Jesus the fulcrum of its defence.
  • Blessed the politician who works for radical change, refusing to call good that which is evil and using the Gospel as a guide.
  • Blessed the politician who listens to the people before, during and after the elections, and who listens to God in prayers.
  • Blessed the politician who has no fear of the truth or the mass media, because at the time of judgment he will answer only to God, not the media.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011


I was typing a quotation for a section in my paper when I mistyped what I read. The coordination of my eyes, my mind and my fingers was not too well, I thought. I typed "possibilities" instead of "responsibilities". In almost a split second, I thought of just deleting the word and retyping the correct one. I looked at the word "possibilities", and I saw I just had to type "res" before "p" and change the first "s" into an "n" and that does it!

Then it came to me - every possibility is a responsibility.

Res (genitive, rei) in Latin is "a substantive thing", "a concrete thing". To make possibilities a reality, concrete and substantive, I take responsibility.