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Speech @ SPVA Flag Ceremony
Yesterday, a friend, Kenji, came to me and asked, “what are your core values?”
I answered, “integrity, authenticity, family, faith/religion, wisdom/learning, and influence.”
That time, his mind was cluttered, therefore he further inquired, “how do you know these are your values?”
My simple reply was, “values are the things important to us.”
My dear friends, what are the things important to you? There are your values. Values are the ball-bearings of our actions. Our decisions are grounded in our values and belief systems. To put it simply, the choices we take and the decisions we make are propelled by our values.
As an example, if my value is honesty, I will never cheat in the exams because my values say, cheating is dishonest. If I value my family, I will never do anything to disobey and disrespect my parents – because after all, they are important to me.
So I say, we do what we do because it is propelled by our values.
Kenji’s inquiry didn’t stop there. He wanted to know how he can form his own value system.
There’s the rub. Students and friends, I have a good news – that is, values can be learned. Here, I want to show the connection between habits, values, and virtues.
Habits are formed through repetition of a similar act. Then these habits that are formed through the repetition of a similar act would reveal a deeper meaning aside from the act itself. That deeper meaning is what we call values. When one no longer sees the act itself but the reason and purpose behind its performance, then one has already placed a value on the specific act.
So, again, I ask you, “what are important to you?” Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.” Therefore today, I direct you to a contemplation – to an examination of your values.
Is discipline your value? Then you must be behaving in the class. Is honesty your value? Then you must be honest in the exams. Is obedience your value? Then you must obey your teachers and parents alike.
And finally, is the Eucharist, or the Mass, valuable to you?
If so, there must be a multitude of SPVA Students flocking in the church every Sunday knowing that it is not only an obligation as Catholics to celebrate the Mass but rather an understanding that it is a deeper encounter with the Lord Jesus Himself.
My wish for you all is that you make the Eucharist and all heavenly things a value in your life.
Thank you and have a wonderful day!
It’s just amazing how God works in ways we don’t expect. I was talking to a friend over the phone last night. Before our almost two hours of conversation ended, it’s just so fantastic how the topic drew about religion and stuffs. I usually talk about religion and spirituality, with the special exception with friends of different religion I’m in. I just don’t intend having arguments because of our difference in faith. But last night was unlike any other. Having mutual respect for each other’s opinions and regarding each other’s beliefs as honorable, despite us having to defend (thus explain) each other’s faith, everything turned out well.
At the top of it all, we realized that being a “Christian” transcends any religion. Our deep relation with the Lord, emanating with our love of neighbor, is what truly matters.
Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam!