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I am writing this during a three day convention at Caleruega in Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas. I am in a gathering of philosophers: members of the Philosophical Association of the Philippines (PAP). There are about 50 who came for this event (professors and students)—only a few compared to the conventions of the past years.
I myself am not at home in considering myself a philosopher, or the Greek “philosophos” (etymologically meaning “lover of wisdom”) albeit this term is already the “humbled” form of the more flamboyant “sophos”, which means “wise person”. The feeling of smallness comes to me in meetings like this when I mingle with the likes of Prof. Rolando Gripaldo and Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (whose books I use in the philosophy courses that I teach), and the philosopher-playwright Jovy Miroy. It suffices then that I am happy to have this opportunity to be with lovers of wisdom.
It is likewise this very day that I got elected to the PAP Board of Directors. To this moment I have not fully comprehended what this would mean, but one thing is certain: that all the more should I be more and more in love with wisdom. It is through a habit of looking into the meaning of things great and small, of searching for the truth that this would come to pass. Therefore, as such, we are all called to be lovers of wisdom.
(April 12, 2007; Caleruega, Batulao, Nasugbu, Batangas)
This is the day of La lumière. Our weekly newsletter comes out every Thursday and even as you come out of your annual spiritual retreat, while at the same time I am making mine, it is worthwhile to look at the reason behind the special character of this day of the week, Thursday.
Every Thursday, in praying the rosary, we meditate upon the mysteries of light, and thus, the name la lumière. These mysteries culminate in the institution of the Eucharist by our Lord: Holy Thursday. This Lord’s Supper the institution of which we celebrate today, begins the Easter Triduum which leads to our celebration of Easter, the commemoration of the Lord’s resurrection. Thursday thus becomes the light that leads us into the threshold of the summit of our Christian life: celebrating Life—Jesus rising again to life.
Let the ponderings that we make these days of the Triduum and throughout the Easter Season make us even more thankful of the gift of Thursday: the gift of Christ’s love and service, the gift of his presence—so vivid in the last supper! A blessed Easter Season to each one of you!