It’s part of the experience of life that we also can undergo the loss of a dear one, a close relative or friend. We have to face the fact that this life on earth, as we can observe, is only temporary and passing. Our maturity must consist in learning to face reality as it is, really. And we know that from observing the world around us. All around us, things and people undergo or are subjected to the ravages of time. It’s useless to expect our mortal bodies to last perpetually. Maturity consists in being able to accept and face reality as it is. For example, that human existence is temporary as regards his or her bodily element, though, of course, the human soul is built for an eternal existence. Yet as our faith teaches, we have to face that even if our bodily element has limited existence, our spiritual nature (or soul) is made to last unlimitedly. This is not just based on faith beliefs but on the very observable normal aspirations of
who longs for life without end. Just observe yourself, your own normal
longings for a life without end. That is also what Our Lord Jesus
Christ promises us, if we keep His commandments: eternal life and
happiness in the Kingdom of Heaven. Of course, God’s justice is also
there to punish those who dare to violate God’s precepts to love and
respect one another in true justice and love.
“Yes, God loved
the world so much that He gave His only Son, so that everyone who
believes in Him may not be lost but may have eternal life” (Jn. 3:16).
“Eternal life is this: to know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ
whom you have sent” (Jn. 17:3).
Monday, June 9, 2014
Mortal men that we are, we know that we have only a limited time on this earth, a span of life that God has allotted to each of us. For that we have only to be grateful to God, for all the kind and beautiful people He has allowed to criss-cross into our lives, to keep us company and guide us.
Let us glorify the great God who has filled our lives with the wonders of His creation, His love and His protection, and resolve to trust in this loving God who really cares for us and the affairs of our world. Without a loving and faithful God, how can we expect to enjoy peace and harmony in our lives. As the Holy Bible says: “For those who love God all things work together unto good” (Rom. 8:28).
In spite of everything or whatever situation, God can still make good results come out of any situation, if our hearts are firm to do His will in all ways possible.
You look at the title’s concept, it actually refers to that famous phrase “a government of the people, for the people and by the people.” You don’t have to complicate it. It just simply presupposes listening to and consulting the people that a government is intending to rule or govern. Not an autocratic but a democratic government. Hence you check the origin of the word, the initial part demo is derived from the Greek demos which means people. The second part of the word refers to the kind of activity which is more or less general or common in conceptual meaning.
The meaning is that a democracy takes into consideration the mind or the will of the people, while aristocracy tends to give unlimited power to one person. Present trends are democratic, as the more popular forms, and are also consultative of the people’s opinion.