Detachment: Key to happiness, inner peace and contentment

WE read with great interest the Lenten message of Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates Villegas sent to priests and others as their guideline for preparing their homilies during Lenten Masses.

In Christianity, the Lent is a time of penance, prayer, preparation for or recollection for baptism, and preparation for celebration of Easter Sunday.

Forty days of Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, the 40th weekday before Easter.

In his message to priests, Archbishop Villegas advised them to keep their desires simple and their needs few in order to be happy and contended.

If we follow the line of reasoning of the good bishop, one of the brightest leaders of the Catholic Church today, beggars would be the happiest people on earth because their only desire is something to eat and small space in public park where they can sleep at night. But the beggars, as we all know, are unhappy and discontented.

To our mind therefore contentment and happiness and even inner peace do not depend on the amount of desires and needs you keep but on the degree of attachment you give to it. The key to happiness therefore is detachment to our desires and needs no matter how small or big they are.

IN FAIRNESS TO PRESIDENT AQUINO, there are many good things happening in our country today that we chose to ignore. Take note of these:

Most banks were making money because of a prolonged period of recording interest rates that boosted trading gains. At the same time, earnings from lending businesses were robust, given that the domestic economy had grown 7.3 percent last year, the fastest pace in 34 years.

The government posted a budget surplus of P13.4 billion in January as revenues jumped 47 percent, Finance Secretary Cesar Purisima said.

The January fiscal position reversed a deficit of P37.1 billion posted in the same month  of 2010 because of much improved collection and the P24 billion remittances of the government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to the national treasury.

Exports up 12 percent in January from the same month last year.  The National Statistics Office said in January 2011, exports reached $4 billion from the $3.579 billion seen in the same moth the previous year.

Customs nets P20.2 billion in January, second highest monthly record in bureau’s history. The performance augurs well for the bureau, which is tasked to collect P320 billion this year.

Government woes local business bigwigs – notably taipans – to invest in various public-private partnership (PPP) projects.  Cornelio Reyes de Guzman

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