Saturday, March 24, 2007

Truth hurts the un-true!

Our Parish BEC Coordinator told me, "Father, samay sakey ya kabiangan tayod BEC et agto la kuno. Mananap lay sananey a simbaan." He spoke almost in a whisper as he informed me that one of the members of the BEC was now looking for a new"church". She wanted out of the Church.

"Akin ey?" I asked. "Why?"

He explained, "Her son is running as a Councilman with the known Jueteng Lord of the town. She is hurting."


"She claimed that the church and even the priest (meaning 'me') is campaigning against the Jueteng Lord, and she does not want that. The chances of her son winning in the coming elections might diminish." He further told me.

I took a deep breath. We have been conducting Voters' Education as part of the Christian Formation Program of the parish since the end of January. I am personally going around and bringing the program of the parish "WALANG HIHINGI! WALANG TATANGGAP!" even to the farthest barrios.

"Father", our Coordinator said, "the truth really hurts. What we have been telling the people is the truth. Since she cannot accept the truth, and she has compromised her principles with one who is un-true, then she cannot but be hurt."

I nodded.

"She does not want to face the truth. Since she does not want to accept the challenge of the truth for her to remain true, the only way for her is run away from the truth," he continued.

How sad!