A prayer

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    TODAY THE 15th president of the Republic of the Philippines takes his oath of office.

    Today too, in a show of solidarity, all elected officials in Pampanga – Representatives Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the immediate past president, Carmelo Lazatin, Aurelio Gonzales Jr., and Anna York P. Bondoc-Sagum, Gov. Lilia G. Pineda and Vice Gov. Joseller Guiao, members of the sangguniang panlalawigan, mayors and vice-mayors, down to the members of the sangguniang bayan, will have their mass oath-taking at the Bren Z. Guiao Convention Center.

    As they embark on their mission of service to their constituencies, let us dedicate this simple prayer for them. 

    Father of all mankind,

    We ask you to look down upon our people, and fill our hearts with your spirit, that we may have the grace and the wisdom to look into ourselves, and in so doing, see our weaknesses and our strengths.

    So many of us have lived in corruption, greed and violence, forgetting that this nation – or any other nation – cannot survive and grow and prosper unless we learn to live as brothers, surviving not for selfish ends but for the common good.

    Give us strength to rebuild our lives, leaving forever our selfish, corrupt and derelict ways.

    Make us see what we are and what we could be, open our eyes, our minds and our hearts to the things that need to be done, and the things we can do to make this rich and beautiful land a joy and comfort to all our people.

    We have set for ourselves great and never-ending tasks; stand by us in our labors, and teach us not to weary nor to lose faith, neither to seek reward beyond what is just, but rather to see in our work the full measure of our own reward, and to see in it, the full expression of ourselves.

    When the day’s toil is ended, teach us to look to the morrow’s labor as part of our continuing sacrifice; bring us not to the temptation of luxury, ease or privilege, nor to the blandishments of power or comfort that corrupt; but make us a sturdy race, self-reliant, cheerful and upright.

    Teach those who lead to act with firmness but with humility, with humility but with wisdom, with wisdom but with justice, with justice but with compassion, and teach those who follow the true duties of being men and being members of a community of men.

    Cleanse us of our anger, our bitterness, and our recriminations of the past, spare us the doubts and anxieties of the present; and purify us for our sacrifice so that we may raise a people who will be their own strength today, and their own warranty against the future.

    Amen.

    The author of the prayer? Ferdinand Edralin Marcos, 10th president of the Philippines, deposed in the People Power Revolution of February 1986.

    May he rest in peace.

     Amen.

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