On the 8th of November, I, together with all the children attended an exciting celebration at the St. Jude Academy. The theme of the celebration, which was attended by the parents, teachers, students and administration of the school, was entitled “Sulyap ng Kahirapan” or “Glimpse of Poverty”. It is a theme that is relevant to our times most especially in the Philippines.
I would like to thank Ms. Minda Mar and Ms. Beth Panganiban and all the generous sisters of the Academy.
Matthew 5:1-13 is the most fitting description of today’s times. “Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven”. Because of the Academy’s efforts for the poor and for taking care of the education of the children that is under my care, I have hopes for the success of the institution. It is rare that we find noble institutions that go out of their comfort zone and reach out across the streets and neighborhood. May you prosper in your work and God’s hand be with you… “yours is the Kingdom of Heaven”. As Jesus said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do it for me”.
Just as what has been shown during the evening program and celebration at the St. Jude Academy, the Philippines has gone through stages of conflict and revolution to do something with the plight of the people. I have been through many of those times from the martial rule to the new people’s revolution.
We cannot totally solve poverty in one night, but we can do something to reduce the pain of the poor and afflicted. We can uplift people from their poverty by providing them opportunities to grow. I believe that education is one of the great foundations for the eradication of poverty. More than revolution, education is a sustainable effort in the outright reduction of poverty and could make a change in this country. Education is probably the only fight that we can all participate in with the utmost benefit to every Filipino.
Sister Salud S. Guerrero … email@example.com