Aug. 18, 2005, 6:51 a.m.

Division

Division is universal, contrary to what Christ wished for all humanity, and it seems prevalent, perhaps very tangible here in the Philippines. But a lot of it emanates from our own sinfulness, and our tendency to sin (concupiscence). As I think further, a large part comes from sabotage, sabotage of truth, which comes in many forms. It seems some people have nothing to do in life, no identifiable job; all they do is create a poisoned environment just to attain their own selfish goals. And you know what? This is nothing new.

As I was reading the Acts of the Apostles chapter 14 (please read it for the context), I encounter also groups of characters that promote division among the community. While in Iconium, verse 2 mentioned "the unbelieving Jews stirred up the Gentiles & poisoned their minds against the brethren." Verse 4 shows the people of the city were divided; some sided with the Jews, and some with the apostles. The best way to fight poison is not taking it! Don't just believe things. Life is very short and there's not enough time to fight each other.

Later I read The Rule of Benedict: Insights For The Ages by Sr. Joan Chittister, OSB, and I'll quote her for the conclusion to this blog: "We need to stop putting on airs and separating ourselves out and pretending to be what we are not. Fraud is an easy thing. The honesty of humility, the humility of honesty are precious and rare."

The church universal is presently celebrating the 20th World Youth Day in Cologne, Germany, and may that event be fruitful and become a beacon of genuine unity in this troubled world.