Let’s take off from Pope Francis New Year address.
Departing from his prepared remarks, Pope Francis explained how moved he was by a letter he recently received from a man touched by personal tragedy. The man asked him why so many terrible things are happening in today’s world: “What has happened to the hearts of men?” the man wrote. The Pope repeated the question, asking the faithful: “What has happened in the hearts of men, in the heart of humanity? It is time to stop! It is time to stop!”
National Catholic Register writes: Yesterday evening, at vespers and the singing of the Church’s great hymn of gratitude in faith, the Te Deum, the Pope made a point of explaining that the Christian vision of time is linear, not cyclical. The passing year is therefore a “step on the way toward a reality that is to be completed, another step toward the goal that lies ahead of us.” It’s a place of hope and happiness, he added, “because we will meet God, the reason of our hope and source of our joy.”
The Holy Father invited the faithful to examine their consciences: “Have we used [the past year]mostly for ourselves, for our own interests or did we know to spend it for others, too? How much time did we set aside for being with God, in prayer, in silence, in adoration?” he asked.
He concluded by inviting everyone to look toward the new year of 2014 grateful for what we have received, repentant for our failings, and resolute to work with God’s grace to better our lives, our communities and ourselves.
This started me asking questions of myself.
Also, yesterday, my son and I went to Dr. Ernesto Uy, cardiologist at the Cardinal Santos Hospital. He said that he will not just treat my son’s hypertension based on blood pressure reading (because they are just numbers), but will treat him from Adam and Eve, from zero, which is basically change of lifestyle, not just taking pills everyday for the rest of his life. He started to interview my son about his life history and style, what brought about the spike in his blood pressure and, therefore, how to treat it without my son being dependent on Dr. Uy.
And that made me even more eager to start 2014 with questions.
So I am starting my quest for answers and what to do starting this 2014:
• What is important to me about . . .?
• What do I want to achieve?
• What exactly will I see and hear when I get there?
• What do I get out of doing what I am doing now?
• How do I measure my success?
• Where is my present?
• Where is my future?
• What resources do I need to achieve my goal?
• What resources do I already have?
• Where will I find the resources I need?
• How far is this goal under my control?
• What will I be doing to achieve this goal?
From Emmanuel Hio Jr., Before speaking, we THINK if it is: true? Helpful? Inspiring? Necessary? Kind?
Our good old Rotary four-way test with a little tweak: Is it the truth? Is it fair to all concerned? Will it build goodwill and better friendship? Will it be beneficial to human kind?
I have a thousand and one more questions, but I will limit myself to these questions to guide my actions this 2014.