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Friday, 12 December 2008 08:19

A dvent was chosen as a synonym for Christmas because it is the season that Christians treat as a renaissance period because they observe the birth anniversary of Jesus Christ, their savior and redeemer. Yes, Christians believe that Christ was sent down to Earth to become a mortal, so as to save sinners from eternal damnation. Christmas is, therefore, the rebirth of humanity; it is a new beginning for those who have fallen by the wayside and out of the Christian churches’ grace. And Christmas comes a week before the arrival of New Year.


This website often features the religious writings of Francis Fernandez in the “Sunday Sermon” section. He wrote: “When Christmas arrives, Our Lord should find us with everything in order and our soul fit to receive Him, just as He ought to find us in our final encounter with Him . . . Man’s whole existence is a constant preparing to see God, who draws ever closer. We have an appointment. But in Advent the Church helps us with this solemn consideration in mind to ask in a special way: ‘Lord, make me know your ways. Lord, teach me your paths. Make me walk in your truth, and teach me: for you are God my Savior . . .’” (Responsorial Psalm, Cycle C. Ps 24). To read Mr. Fernandez’s article in its entirety, please click on this hyperlink: Advent: In Expectation of Our Lord


This writer tried to start a process of redemption for my perceived foes in the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA). On Dec. 31, 2005, I sent an e-mail to the then NaFFAA’s newly-elected national chairperson with copies to NaFFAA regional officers. The e-mail was about my New-Year’s message of peace and appeasement. I said in it that G. K. Chesterton wrote that “the object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul.” Readers may like to browse again the article, as found in this hyperlink, What the New Year Is All About . . . Is 2008 “Almageddon Time”?


I said in the article that if they would accept my message of conciliation, I would send Mr. Chesterton’s message in its entirety: “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective. Unless a man starts on the strange assumption that he has never existed before, it is quite certain that he will never exist afterwards. Unless a man be born again, he shall by no means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.”


Yesterday, this writer – using the sobriquet “Lolo Bobby” – sent a letter to a cofounder of the NaFFAA, who has been serving as the federation’s spokesman in our online “family feud,” ops, debate. I said in the letter that I understood his heartaches and pain. I said further: “Because of our exposés about your and some of your fellow national executive officers’ (NEOs') corruption, you lost your re-election bid as a member of the Board of Trustees of a community college. Now you are only a bored ex-president of that college. Likewise, you do not have any more clients for your once-lucrative practice as an immigration attorney. The public got scared when we posted online that you are one of the modern-day Makapilis in the NaFFAA, who had been reporting adversaries who are perceived to be illegal aliens in the United States, so that they could be deported. We reported also that you lost a malpractice suit and forced to declare bankruptcy because you did not carry any liability insurance as a law practitioner.

God and the Court of Public Opinion are very forgiving. If one confesses his/her sins, makes amends and does restitution, his/her sins will be forgiven (although one may serve some time for criminal acts). 

We urge you again to repent, as the end of the NaFFAA corrupt world is coming to an end. While it is really sad to note that you have admitted to be also a sadist in your latest posting, there may be still time to work for your redemption. Both God and the Court of Public Opinion are very forgiving. If you confess your sins, make amends and do restitution, your sins will be forgiven (although you may serve some time for your criminal acts). But then if you ask for forgiveness, you can sleep soundly at night and in the morning, you will not be ashamed to look into the eyes of your son, wife and other people. There is no more need to take lots of sleeping pills, as we have heard. Then, as I have advised you before, be prepared to turn into a state witness and sing like a canary during the coming criminal hearings against the NaFFAA NEOs. Then perhaps you will be sentenced only to probation.


Peace be with you, my child of an adversary. After all, I practice Ronald Reagan's dictum: ‘Never turn an adversary into an enemy.’ I am not your enemy but your conscience is.”


Even if the said NaFFAA NEOs continue to disregard our concern for them “to be born again,” perhaps we can just continue praying for them. God works often in mysterious ways. # # #

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