We observe here in the Philippines a good number of Catholics. It was in the 16th century that the first Catholic missionaries from Spain came over to bring the Catholic Faith to our land. Ever since, by God’s grace, majority of Filipinos have been practicing the Catholic Faith devotedly, though it’s true there is an air of freedom of religions, since we are a democratic society. But such freedom is part of our mature conscientiousness of being respectful of others’ rights in the quest for truth and freedom. This fact presupposes our being true to ourselves in honestly searching for the truth.
Naturally our quest for the truth should not be a popularity contest of numbers in population but rather an objective perception or understanding of the truth. That’s what the Lord wanted to tell us in the statement—“the truth shall set you free” (Jn. 8:32). Naturally, truth brings us success, but error or lies lead us to failure and disappointments. Perhaps you might ask why I chose the present title of this write-up. You can read the reason in Mt. 16:15-20, why we listen to the Church, especially through its authoritative sources, the Pope and the Bishops and their associates or pastors, in their official capacity or acts. Jesus told His disciples: “Anyone who listens to you listens to me; anyone who rejects you rejects me, and those who reject me reject the one who sent me” (Lk. 10:15). We have to respect as well all lawfully constituted authority. Honesty and truth will stand the test of time and history since the hand of God is ever there to guide man’s destiny through the years.