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A veritable fanatic of the Internet. His avocation is teaching while his main vocation is practicing the much maligned law profession. Currently teaching Constitutional Law at the FEU Institute of Law and a guest lecturer at the De La Salle University teaching "Freedom and Regulation in Cyberspace" in the Graduate Program of the Department of Communication. He is married to his beautiful Ateneo law school classmate and is blessed with a daughter and a son.

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

A Joyful Wait

When I was still in law school, a close female friend who happened to be a born again Christian approached me and worried about her future. One of the things that gloomily concerned her was that she had no boyfriend.

Now, this may seem trivial but anecdotally, it takes a long time for a female lawyer to get married because men are so intimidated by the professional degree they hold. Add to that was the fact that she was in her late twenties. So, as a fellow law student, I knew where she was coming from and it was no laughing matter.

After listening to her, I advised her that her expectation of a boyfriend should not be conducted in a gloomy and forlorn manner. As a born again Christian, she should wait joyfully as a Christian should. Apparently, the advice changed her disposition. She is now happily married and her husband is not even scared of her credentials.

We are now in the season of Advent. Awaiting for the coming of the Savior. But around us, we read the tragic devastating aftermath of the typhoon, the death of the King, the crippling debt of our country, the dire straits of our economy, and the rising pump prices. Amidst all these, is there still a room at the inn for our Savior?

The answer is a no-brainer. Of course. And in the words in the Liturgy of the Eucharist, we "await in joyful hope" for the coming of our Savior. If that is so, let us look past the negatives and carry on an attitude of joyous optimism, of expectant faith, of the supreme confidence that everything will work for the good to those who love God.

The bad news will always be there. After all, we live in an imperfect world. Bad news can either make or break us. As Christians, we are called to overcome the bad with good deeds. We are called to live in the light in order to blot out the darkness of evil. In the same spirit therefore, let the coming of the Christ herald the godspell that awaits all of us. Let the spirit of glad tidings spread to those who are socially deprived, to those who are psychologically inflicted, to the physically disabled and most of all, to those who are near to us. That with the glad tidings will usher in a new spirit of peace and good will to all. Let us resolve to treat each other with charity.
These call to arms may sound good but will remain an empty platitude unless full measure is thrown to make it come to fruition.

And even as we await for the coming of Christmas, let us wait joyfully and expectantly, let us do the good works in blissful haste and let us eagerly pray for the ushering of the Kindgom. That all may be blessed and be blessed with good cheer!

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