ROTARY CLUB GET “SUPER EXCELLENT” RATING: Dr. Arthur V. Platon, the recently-retired surgeon of Jose Reyes Memorial Medical Center who found a new way of rendering public service as the Visionary President of the Rotary Club of Intramuros for Rotary Year 2009-2010, now has more reason to be happy giving Rotary’s “service above self” to the poor.
Last Thursday, November 19, 2009, on the occasion of the mandatory but once-a-year “Governor’s Visit” of the club led by District 3810 Gov. Connie Beltran, Platon’s presidency of the 28-year old club got a rating of “super excellent”, in view of its concrete and impact-generating projects for the poor and the youth.
Gov. Beltran said she was impressed by: one, water projects for different barangays in Sta. Cruz, Laguna; two, distribution of books and educational materials and school supplies for school children most affected by the recent typhoons that devastated the Philippines.
Three, livelihood projects and medical-dental-prosthetics mission among 25,000 residents of Tondo, Manila; and fourth, public imaging programs that highlight Rotary’s services worldwide.
Platon, who has a unique but at times “difficult” brand of leadership and presidency, couldn’t help but be teary-eyed by the accolade publicly given by Gov. Beltran, considering that many thought he could not be at par with the position.
GOD’S GUIDANCE IN TIMES OF WEALTH AND PROSPERITY, AND IN TIMES OF ADVERSITY: Here is the third part of an article posted in the Internet egroup “RY0607” by Mario Lopez about Rick Warren’s newest insights, after being successful with his “Purpose Driver Life” and finding out his wife, Kay, has cancer:
“It also brought a lot of notoriety that I had never had to deal with before. I don't think God gives you money or notoriety for your own ego or for you to live a life of ease. So I began to ask God what He wanted me to do with this money, notoriety and influence.
“He gave me two different passages that helped me decide what to do, II Corinthians 9 and Psalm 72. First, in spite of all the money coming in, we would not change our lifestyle one bit. We made no major purchases.
“Second, about midway through last year, I stopped taking a salary from the church. Third, we set up foundations to fund an initiative we call The Peace Plan to plant churches, equip leaders, assist the poor, care for the sick, and educate the next generation.
“Fourth, I added up all that the church had paid me in the 24 years since I started the church, and I gave it all back. It was liberating to be able to serve God for free….”
More of this will come next issue. Watch out for it, folks!
DEVANADERA BATS FOR AN IMPROVED COMPENSATION PACKAGE FOR DOJ PROSECUTORS, LAWYERS: Justice Secretary Agnes Devanera is seeking the immediate passage by Congress of a proposed law that would streamline and make more attractive the “compensation package” for prosecutors and public attorneys of the Department of Justice.
In an interview Friday, November 20, 2009, over BATAS INTERNET RADIO, Devanadera said the work at the Department is actually hampered by the perennial lack of prosecutors and public attorneys, so she is urging lawmakers to expedite the enacment of the proposed law.
“We are trying to improve the compensation package so we can entice more lawyers to join government service,” Devanadera told me at the program “Batas Radio Reports”
Right now, the secretary said, there is a lack of about 500 or so prosecutors, and a lack of a similar number of public lawyers for the Public Attorney’s Office. She said this needs to be remedied so that, she said quoting a former president of the country, “those who have less in life should have more in law.”
CRUCIFIXION AND DEATH OF JESUS: The final mystery in the “Sorrowful Mysteries” of the Holy Rosary of Roman Catholic Christians is the “Crucifixion and Death of Jesus.”
As this statement suggests, it is an account of how Jesus died through
In Matthew, it can be found in its Chapter 27, verses 33 to 61. In Mark, it is written in its Chapter 15, verses 22 to 47, while in Luke, this story is told in its Chapter 23, verses 32 to 56. In John, it is narrated in its Chapter 19, verses 18 to 42.
Despite its obvious defeatist stance because it portrays the death of Jesus, the “Crucifixion and Death of Jesus” actually represents a glorious victory for the Son of God and for all those who believe in Him.
For this “death” is no death all. It is a victorious fulfillment of what Jesus had been saying all along, that He was going to die in the hands of sinners, so that the Scriptures will be fulfilled.
Then, this death was a necessary process, as it were, so that sins could be forgiven, and its actual happening, in the full view of witnesses, confirms God’s forgiveness of everyone who believes in Jesus and for those who repent and turn from their wicked ways.
The death of Jesus, therefore, signals a “defeat”, yes, but it is a defeat of sin and wickedness, and the triumph of God’s great love for man.
It is a “death” that made possible the grant of eternal life for everyone who believed that Jesus is their Lord and Savior.
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