Challenge to proclaim and to live the vision of Jesus – the “Kingdom Values” as it is exercised in the Roman Catholic tradition.
In our Jubilee year 2006 , CEAP presented var ious ways to un derstand it’s “Catholic” c haracter. A self - survey made by Assumpt ion Antipolo known a s the HCIYS self - survey for Catholic BED Schools. “ How Catholic Is Your School?”
“ If I preach the gospel, this is no reason for me to boast, for an obligation has been imposed on me and woe to me if I do not preach it!”
(1 Corinthians 9.16)
“ By reason of its identity, the Catholic school is a place of ecclesial experience, which is molded in the Christian community.
However, it should not be forgotten that the school fulfills its vocation to be a genuine experience of church only if it takes its stand within the organic pastoral work of the Christian community.” (CSTTM, 12)
2. Many affluent Filipinos have a cultural fixation towards elitism in education. Because high standards of education require high financial support, Catholic schools may find it impossible to express the Christian love of preference for the poor.
Challenge to be a missionary association. We need to look at the countries next to us.
LOOK AT THE MISSIONARY OBLIGATION PLACED ON US BY JOHN PAUL THE GREAT. ASIA’ S FERTILE MISSIONARY SOIL.
“ The Philippine nation is deserving of particular honor since from the beginning of its Christianization… all through centuries, its people have remained true to the Christian Faith…
(they) have successfully blended and have shaped… a clear national identity that is unmistakenly Filipino and truly Christian…”
This achievement unparalleled in history “creates an obligation and confers upon the nation a specific mission…
not only to preserve its Christian heritage but to bear witness to the values of its Christian culture before the whole world.” (John Paul II, Address to the President and the Nation, February 17 – 22, 1981)
Challenging the Church in the Philippines in his address to the bishops, he said,
“ at the same time you will hear other nations, especially your neighbors in Asia, calling to you: ‘Come over and help us.’” (John Paul II, Address to the Bishops, ibid)
“ Jesus came to Nazareth where he had grown up… he stood up to read… he unrolled the scroll and found the passage where it was written:
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim liberty to captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, and to proclaim a year acceptable to the Lord.” (Luke 4.16 -19)
Prophecy is the nurturing, nourishing and promotion of a consciousness and perception alternative to the consciousness and perception of the dominant culture around us.
This alternative consciousness serves to dismantle the dominant consciousness and serves to energize persons and communities by its promise of another time and situation toward which the community of faith may move. (ibid.)
Challenge to engage in social transformation. This is the bottom line – this may mean a discernment that leads us to “disturbing options”.
Cardinal Rosales of Manila in his meeting with the CEAP NCR school heads spoke these words: “ More than just condemning wrong doing, is there something that could be done in terms of creating a system or climate to make cheating and fraud both difficult and unrewarding?
Is it possible for CEAP to look beyond today and team up with the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) to prepare a PI, a People’s Initiative banning family dynasties? Family and related-group interests are some of the roots to national corruption”.
PCP II calls us to “critical solidarity”? What is our stance in political life when values are simply violated and our students are asking us to make educative these events?
We need to connect with socially transformative movements that are faith-impelled. What are the criteria of our involvement as a Catholic organization?
These are the BUSINA, the EHEM Movement and the HEART network, the KAYA NATIN ITO Movement. We need to prepare for the 2010 elections with our network of NAMFREL and PPCRV.
Things we need to focus on are: first time voters registration, audit of the automation of elections, voters’ education and cleansing of the voters’ list with COMELEC.
“ We are called to be political but not partisan. We are called to be principled but not ideological. We are called to be clear but also civil. We are called to be engaged but not used” (USCCB – USCC) This is engaged citizenship – we are good Christians, we are good citizens.
Catholic Education is for the Integral Development of the Person
“ The Catholic school sets out to be a school for the human person and of human persons. The person of each individual human being, in his or her material and spiritual needs, is at the heart of Christ’s teaching:
What is integral development? It is for excellence – it is holiness. We are in the business of “making saints” out of our students. The school is the place of excellence – academically, morally and spiritually.
if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me. Then the God of peace will be with you.” (Philippians 4.8-9)
Challenge to promote standards of excellence in the work of instruction, research and extension. Accreditation and ISO certification are ways to guarantee quality in our ranks.
Certified IMPLICATION 2
Work ing closely with DEP ED , CHED and TESDA and other age ncies is needed to ensure that we deliv er excellence in instr uction. What is our connection now w ith A TEACHER ?
“ MAKING QUALITY HIGHER EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE IN THE PHILIPPINES: SOMEONE HAS TO PAY.” What is our legislative agenda in favor of private education? A case to be considered is the paper written by Fr. Joel Tabora, SJ
The covenanted communities and trans-parochial communities as well as parish-based family and youth groups should make the association more conscious and committed in protecting the family from “anti life threats”.
Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP “ But I think organizations do not retire. If they fail to flourish, they simply die. And how does an organization die?
In two ways: first, by being abandoned by those who have vowed to nurture it; and second, by what I may call, institutional sclerosis. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
The first possibility is far-fetched because we all love CEAP, and will never abandon it. But the possibility of institutional sclerosis demands greater vigilance from us. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
Organizations that have experienced stability for many years contain the seed of their relative decline and extinction. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP The greater the stability of an organization, the greater is the tendency of its component parts to harden and expand,
squeezing out any space for swift change and dynamic innovation. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP Mutual paralysis thus sets in, and institutional arteries become clogged with bureaucratic routines,
and with many good intentions and spectacular plans that seldom translate to reality. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
The best antidote to institutional sclerosis is dynamic and competent leadership, a critical but cooperative membership, and periodic self-evaluation. Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
I suppose we have all three, so we need not fear that CEAP will disappear in the near future.” Fr. Rolando dela Rosa, OP
Dynamic and competent leadership, a critical but cooperative membership and periodic self-evaluation
The cause is noble, the excitement contagious, the prospects promising.