WE worry about all kinds of security. And it’s all
understandable. We need them for some peace of mind. We want to have
security from physical harm, security in our job so that we can have
steady source of income, security in some unavoidable conditions like
old age, sickness, etc.
We cannot overemphasize the effort we exert to attain as
much security as possible. And it’s good that we already some
significant structures to provide all these kinds of security.
But we have to remember that the most fundamental and
indispensable security we can and should have is that of maximizing as
much as we can our faith, hope and charity in God and in others. This
is the kind of security that underwrites all the others. Whatever
happens, it’s in our faith, hope and charity that will bring us afloat
to our final and definitive destination.
As St. Paul would put it, “I have learned, in whatever
state I am, to be content. I know how to be abased, and I know how to
abound. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of
facing plenty and hunger, abundance and want. I can do all things in
him who strengthens me.” (Phil 4,11-13)
Of course, this fundamental spiritual and supernatural
sense of security should never be made to undermine all the effort we
need to attain the necessary security in the temporal and worldly
We have to guard ourselves from lapsing into some kind of
superstitious and fideist attitude that precisely relies exclusively
on one’s so-called faith without the corresponding human effort to put
that faith into practice. We qualify the word, faith, with
“so-called,” because a faith treated that way is no faith at all.
This anomaly can happen just as much as that of the other
extreme, when we would just rely solely on our human powers without
any recourse to faith, hope and charity. Yes, it’s true that we should
try our best to be self-reliant, but our self-reliance should not come
at the expense of our absolute dependence on God.
We need both. The perfect balance is when we can truly say
that we depend on God 100% and also depend on ourselves 100%. It’s not
a 50%-50% proposition, nor any combination that divides the 100%
Thus, both our spiritual and supernatural life, on one
hand, and our natural life of work and human ingenuity, on the other,
should be at their best state. Everything has to be done to achieve
In the school where I work, this is the thrust I am
pushing with the help of all the other teachers and mentors. The
students have to be trained to be both spiritual and practical. And so
far, my experience has been that the students have a deep stock of
potentials in both the spiritual and the practical.
If dealt with properly, the students correspond well to
the challenges not only in the school but most especially all the
challenges in life in general. They possess a deep sense of security
that is above the ups and downs of earthly life. No matter what
happens, they can afford to be at peace and to be certain of where
they are going.