For what does it profit a man . . .

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Ej Lopez

Ej Lopez

If there is one occasion in the entire Christian world where people unite for the cause of faith, it is the Lenten Season. Business, commercial and financial objectives, whether professional in nature or otherwise, take a backseat. Most of us seek spiritual nourishment at this time of the year and pay more attention to our spiritual balance sheet. So let me share these reflections with you.

Regardless of religious affiliations and denominations, each one of us who believes adheres to the same principle, that there is one supernatural and omnipotent being that stirs our life towards achieving a certain degree of righteousness that is worthy of appreciation by our Divine Creator.

But sad to say, our society’s recognition of one’s success is misconstrued. To many, life’s victory is borne out by the fact that the degree of wealth accrued gauges the amount of success you had in life. This, however, does not prejudice the manner on how the wealth was amassed, as long as wealth was collected and recognized by society. It, however, does not preclude the fact that most who have reached that apex of success in life achieved it with outmost impartiality and that is because it is precisely how one should do it.

As one of the famous songs narrate, “Because we are living in a material world and I am a material girl” . . . rightly or wrongly, that is how our world is defined. If we go by how ,our life evolves, its aims and objectives primarily center on amassing wealth, and this seems to be second to none. For whatever it’s worth, commercialism is what defines our earthly existence. Spiritual or religious worship comes next to wealth or material objectives instead of the other way around.


Sometimes a man’s failure in building his house of gold and golden calf leads him to decide to put his principles and religious rules aside.

The upholding of the constitutionality of the Reproductive Health Law (RH Law) by the Supreme Court is a case in point where spiritual values take a backseat to advance the commercial ideology. Although, circumstances necessitated the approval of the law, the flagrant display of support by the majority reflects both their personal and selfish objectives, and how commercialism has eaten up our system. Raising a family should be a responsibility performed at its best. It is a personal goal that should fit the system of both your spiritual and material standards. Raising a family should not be done to merely adhere to your personal and physical aggrandizement in total disregard of your capability to provide a good future your children.

In utter disregard of this personal responsibility, society becomes a victim of possible menace created by miscalculation or irresponsible parenthood. The RH Law is meant to legalize what was supposed to be previously illegal and immoral. With the imminent full application of the law, traditional values which were previously immoral, now moral and legitimate.

The Supreme Court’s upholding of the RH Law is a triumph of the Economic Implementers. The toning down of certain provisions meant to discriminate against the natural methods were deleted, abrogated or recommended for review. Sections perceived to be “violative” of existing religious norms were “appreciated” in deference to the Filipino’s religious ideology. The SC approval of the law nevertheless brings to the fore the change of paradigm to either a triumph of commercialism or society’s tolerance of an individual’s distorted value of what responsible parenthood should be.

Season of Lent

For all that has transpired in the previous year, 2013 until the first quarter of this year, 2014, let us try to examine ourselves if we have done something good or offended other people. We can do so many other things to repent, for what we have done is not exacted to our neighbors but to our Creator. For after all as what God has said, “Whatever you do to the least of my brethren, you do unto me.”

“My Family and I join you all in the solemn observance of the Holy Week.”

Local inflation

Although the general perception of inflation is confined to price increases, its economic implications have far-more reaching consequences than mere higher prices. It could create other distortions like a decrease in purchasing power, which is a direct effect of more expensive commodities. Such repercussions may involve a depreciation of the Philippine peso against other currencies bringing the price of export products to a manageable level, which is favorable to our export market.

The slowing down of inflation rates from 4.1 percent in February to 3.9 percent in March should be a good indication of price stability. In any eventualitiy, however, the current inflation rate is a good enough indication of economic activity in our country with prices coming within reach of the poor consumer.

For comments e-mail: doc.ejlopez@gmail.com with cc to: opinion@manilatimes.net.

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