ni Dating Health Secretary at Senador Juan M. Flavier
Pumanaw ang dating Health Secretary at Senador Juan Martin Flavier noong Oktubre 30, 2014 sa gulang na 79. Si Senador Flavier ang isa sa mga pinakamatapat at pinagpipitaganan na naging opisyal ng ating bayan kaya’t napakaraming nalungkot sa kanyang pagpanaw.
Sa kanyang panunungkulan, marami siyang mga programa na isinulong katulad ng ‘Doctors to the Barrios’, ‘AIDS Awareness’, ‘AntiSmoking’ at pagbabakuna sa buong kapuluan para hindi lumaganap ang sakit !ala na sa kanayunan.
Bago pa man si Sen. Flavier mahirang na opisyal ng ating pamahalaan, kilala na siya ng marami sa kanyang katapatan at mga aral na kanyang itinuturo sa ating kababayan sa pamamagitan ng kanyang mga talumpati, na merong kahalong mga parabula o ‘parables’ katulad ng mga parables ng ating Panginoong Hesukristo. Ang mga ‘parables’ niyang ito ay pinagsama-sama niya at ginawa niyang munting aklat na kapupulutan natin ng mga magagandang aral o ‘moral lesson’.
Bilang pagsaludo po natin sa isang matapat na lingkodbayan, malaya po naming inilathala ang tatlo (3) niyang ‘parables’ na merong daladalang aral na akmang-akma sa kasalukuyang nangyayari sa ating bayan.
THE PARABLE OF THE CREATION (Part II)
God created the world including man and woman. People had been assigned to their respective lands. What remained was the allocation of scarce natural resources.
God was methodical and purposive. His voice boomed with authority. “Sugar for Cuba, and some sugar for the Philippines. Gold for Ghana, and some gold for the Philippines.Coconuts for Sri Lanka, and some coconuts for the Philippines.Sunshine for Hawaii and some sunshine for the Philippines.Oil for Saudi Arabia and some oil for the Philippines.Rice for Thailand and some rice for the Philippines. Bananas for Nicaragua and some bananas for the Philippines.” At this point the grumbling became loud and recriminatory.
“But, God,” complained one country respectfully, “it seems unfair that the Philippines gets some of what all the others are given.” God was unperturbed and even showed the beginnings of a smile. His voice remained firm and booming. “Don’t feel bad,” He announced, “I am also giving them the Spaniards, the Japanese and the Americans.”
The allocation of natural resources under the dominion of mankind had been completed. God was pleased with the results.
The people of the world were equally gratified at the bounty of God’s blessings. All the resources needed were in place: plants on land and fishes in the sea, birds in the air, and the proper climate spread over the globe.
Man’s spokesman stood up and addressed God: “In the name of the people all over the world, we thank you most sincerely. You have provided for our needs now and for the long future. We pray for guidance that we may be good stewards of these treasures.”
God nodded His head knowingly.
A second speaker rose and declared: “God, we truly thank you for all your blessings. But while you are at it, could you please give each country a good government? This way we can be ruled with justice, equity and decency.”
God was composed and did not look surprised. In fact, he looked as if He had expected the special request.
Then he spoke. “Resources I can give you. But a good government? Ah, that you have to evolve yourself. A good government is not a gift from God. It is an achievement of the people.”
ANG MAGANDA AT MATAPAT NA PAMAHALAAN AY HINDI MAIBIBIGAY NG DIYOS SA ATIN. TAYONG MGA MAMAMAYAN ANG KAILANGAN KUMILOS PARA MAIGUPO ANG KATIWALIAN AT MAKAMIT NATIN ANG MAHUSAY NA MAMAMALAKAD SA BAYAN NG MULANAY.
THE PARABLE OF THE LETTER TO GOD
During the last typhoon, Lencho lost his entire rice crop because of a severe flood. The whole barrio was affected so he had no one to turn to for help.
In sheer desperation, Lencho wrote a letter
The typhoon devastated my whole crop. We have nothing left. I have seven children. Please, God, send me one hundred pesos to tide us over.
He actually placed the letter in an envelope, stuck a stamp on it, and mailed it to “God in Heaven.”
The letter reached the post office but it could not be delivered. However, the postmen had the time of their life laughing at the oddity of a man actually writing to God. Some people said God was dead, but here was a farmer writing to God out of sheer faith. The postmen decided to show the odd letter to their postmaster.
“Do you want to laugh today, sir?” the postmen asked their boss.
“Why, yes,” answered the postmaster eagerly.
And so the letter was handed to the postmaster who read the letter to God. But he did not laugh. Instead he reread the letter in all seriousness and then faced the postmen.
“We talk of social action,” he said. “We all speak of the brotherhood of all men. Yet here is a man in dire need and you think it is funny? Shouldn’t we pool our resources instead and Lencho?”
The postmen were embarrassed by the truth of the postmaster’s remarks. So the group decided to pass the hat around and raised money among themselves to assist Lencho. But they were few and money was to come by, so all the post office personnel could raise was eighty pesos. Nevertheless, that was better than doing nothing.
They also decided to play the game with Lencho, so they placed the money in an envelope, put a stamp complete with stampmark, and wrote on the upper left-hand corner: “From God in Heaven.”
A postman personally handcarried the letter with the money to Lencho in the barrio, who was ecstatic with joy. “I knew God would answer my plea,” he exclaimed. “God did not forget to send the money!”
Lencho quickly counted the paper bills and found only eighty pesos, instead of the one hundred he had asked for. So he wrote another letter.