Catholic Vote becomes Catholic Voice. Elevate Family, Elevate Life!


MANILA: The May 2013 elections are over. Now we have even more work to do. The Catholic Vote must now reinvent itself into the Catholic Voice. The Voice of the People, the Voice of Good.

Let us learn from the past. The Catholic Vote was/is a revolution; the Catholic Voice will continue to be that revolution. Now then, we have revolutionary lessons to learn.

As a revolution, People Power 1986 succeeded in driving absolute power from the seat of power, but it had no Vision and no Mission, only the Goal of scaring the ruler out of his wits. People Power failed when it failed to look beyond a battle won.

Cory Aquino did not turn out to be the savior we thought she was. Her presidency, and the presidencies of her successors, simply struggled on the weight of the burdens of centuries, without a corporate plan. Ferdinand Marcos had that corporate plan, and he was brilliant.

He had the Vision—“This nation shall be great again!” (As an Ilocano, I was proud.) And he undertook to execute that Mission to make that Vision come true. He had a photographic memory, but he forgot the people. That is why ultimately he failed.

To bring this country to higher grounds, what we need is a dissimilar rallying cry, based not on human morality but on higher morality. Indeed, the White Vote almost had it; here
I state it just a little differently:

Elevate Family, Elevate Life!

That is the Vision the Catholic Voice will shout at new rallies and demonstrations – and in new social media.

For the Mission, it’s tempting to just list “Catholic Values,” but when I surf the Internet, there are variations on the list, which means that these are not doctrine but dependent on who is making the list.

There is another tempting list with which to carry out the Mission, the “Paradoxical Commandments of Leadership” by Kent Keith (Quote Investigator, May 18, 2012, The first four of those powerful commandments are (variation attributed to Mother Teresa):

People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered. Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish ulterior motives. Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you win some unfaithful friends and some genuine enemies. Succeed anyway.

If you are honest and sincere, people may deceive you. Be honest and sincere anyway.
But I rather think that there is a deeper, wider, and indeed fuller expression of that Mission and, already, it is in the New Testament: Romans 12! Here I quote from the New Revised Standard Version (Catholic Edition):

I appeal to you therefore, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.

For by the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think of yourself more highly than you ought to think, but to think with sober judgment, each according to the measure of faith that God has assigned. For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another. We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us: prophecy, in proportion to faith; ministry, in ministering; the teacher, in teaching; the exhorter, in exhortation; the giver, in generosity; the leader, in diligence; the compassionate, in cheerfulness.

Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer.

Contribute to the needs of the saints; extend hospitality to strangers.

Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse them. Rejoice with those who rejoice, weep with those who weep. Live in harmony with one another; do not be haughty, but associate with the lowly; do not claim to be wiser than you are. Do not repay anyone evil for evil, but take thought for what is noble in the sight of all. If it is possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave room for the wrath of God; for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” No, “if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap burning coals on their heads.” Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.


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