Holy trinity

The Cabinet should learn from the Holy Trinity

Jesus said to his disciples: “… when he comes, the Spirit of truth, he will guide you into all truth. things that come. He will glorify me, because he will take of what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine; therefore I told you that he will take of what is mine. which is mine and will announce it to you.”

– The Gospel of Saint John, 16:13-15

BEFORE the main topic on the June 12 Trinity Sunday Mass readings, a very revealing note on America’s desire to station missile forces in the country. When this writer asked a senior Filipino diplomat about such a strategy mentioned by a leading Washington think tank in his open letter last year to incoming US President Joseph Biden, the envoy questioned the plan.

This undated photo shows an image of the Holy Trinity at Saint-Michel Church in France. IMAGE BY DAVID MARK VIA PIXABAY

Unfortunately and worryingly, it is true: the United States wants to put projectiles in the country. Intermediate-range missiles, to be exact, according to a new study released last week by RAND Corp., a leading research institution funded by the US military.

“Ground-Based Intermediate-Range Missiles in the Indo-Pacific: Assessing the Position of US Allies” by Jeffrey Hornung with support from the US Air Force “analyzes the likelihood of US allies in the Indo-Pacific region – Australia, Japan, the Philippines, the Republic of Korea and Thailand – which host conventionally armed US GBIRMs,” the projectiles named in the title.

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The paper concludes that “among the five U.S. allies, the likely receptivity to hosting such systems is very low as long as current domestic political conditions and regional security trends continue” (www.rand. org/t/RRA393-3).

That was the situation when the report was originally submitted to the US Air Force in October 2020. Nearly two years later, however, a new leader takes office on June 30 in the Philippines, and America will likely see if GBIRMs may be more acceptable now. .

Notably also, among the five allies mentioned, the Philippines has the greatest need for economic and military support. Uncle Sam’s inducements to accept his GBIRMs would have more influence here than in Australia, Japan, South Korea or Thailand.

On this Philippine Independence Day, June 12, 2022, may our nation remember to never again fall under the sway of powerful countries who seek to use our land for their plans and purposes to endanger our people.

Not ego, but alter ego

With regard to the main subject, the key lesson for Cabinet members and other Presidential appointees is found in the words of our Lord in the Gospel reading of the Mass quoted above for the Solemnity of the Holy Trinity, Christianity’s greatest mystery about the nature of God himself. .

In Trinitarian Christianity, God has three persons, all partaking of his divinity, but distinct from each other: God the Father, who begets God the Son, and their love for one another is God the Holy Spirit.

Without going into an in-depth explanation of the doctrine, we can underline a primordial aspect of the Trinity, in particular in relation to the world: the Son and the Spirit bring the truth, the love and the will of the Father to creation.

The Son Jesus Christ showed the Father, preached his truth and did his will on earth. And after the Son ascended into heaven, the Spirit was sent into the world to continue to communicate divine truth and to guide the Church for the salvation of the world.

In the words of our Lord, the Spirit “shall not speak of himself, but shall speak what he hears, and declare unto you things to come. He shall glorify me, for he shall take of mine and you declare it.”

And what does Christ have? The Father, for as Jesus clarified, “I am in the Father, and the Father is in me…The Father and I are one” (John 14:11, 10:30).

So what is all of this supposed to teach the Cabinet and other officials appointed by the President?

In one sentence, alter ego.

Just as the Son and the Spirit impart truth and do the will of the Father, the officials appointed by the President must wield authority and power as alter egos. So, no egos, only alter egos.

The reason is constitutional: only the president has received the mandate from the electorate to govern the nation as head of state. By appointing managers, he delegates this duly constituted authority to subordinates who must reflect his views and implement his instructions and initiatives.

Of course, they are expected to come up with their own ideas on how to actualize the general directions of the Chief Executive, just as the Son and the Spirit imparted truths and acted in their own ways.

But like the second and third persons of the Trinity, cabinet secretaries and other officials must heed and carry forward what comes from the top. Managers should also brief the President and regularly seek his guidance on how they are implementing his directives and policies.

And if officials can no longer follow the elected leader, they must let the appointing power know and resign, since they can no longer perform their duties under the Constitution.

What if the president acts against the national interest or gives illegal orders? If this happens then it violates the Constitution and should be both disobeyed and challenged in court and in the public square.

But apart from these illegal acts, the Head of State exercises his elective mandate, and his representatives must speak and act like his alter ego.

As the nation marks another year of sovereignty with a new administration soon to take office, may the light and grace of the Trinity shine upon our future leaders so that they may guide our country through the immense challenges of our time. for the advancement of God’s peace, truth, justice, compassion and will in and for our dear Philippines.