It is important to have a right pair of lenses for people who have bad eyesight like me. I used to settle for an “okay” set of lenses, but as time passed, I begin to feel the discomfort. That is the time when I realized that I shouldn’t be settling for anything less than the right one.
I thought that the only right lenses that matters are that of my eyeglasses but today, I attended a retreat in St. Mary’s Church and was enlightened on what other “right lenses” that I and even some of us are lacking, right lenses to see good things.
Our retreat master was Reverend Father Carlo Magno Marcelo, a multi-awarded priest composer. Two of his popular compositions are “The Jubilee Song” and “Only Selfless Love”. One of the most memorable messages that Father Carlo shared with us tonight is Pope Francis’ request for us, especially the media, to always use the “right lenses”.
According to Father Carlo, the Pope is calling unto us not to glamorize the evil by focusing on bad news and instead, we must spread the good ones. Although the Pope to wants us to recognize that there are bad things that are happening, but for him, it is more important to focus on the solution rather than the problem itself.
This calling of the Pope is very timely especially in the Philippines, my homeland. To be honest, I no longer want to watch the news or even read about it in social media platforms because all you can see are depressing news EVERYWHERE. It is already upsetting to hear, watch or read the bad news but what’s even more cringe-worthy is realizing that fake news is rampant not just in the Philippines but in most of the countries especially those who have access to social media.
Although it is common for us to dwell on sad things, I think that the Pope is right to ask for us to start changing our ways. As Pope Francis said, let us always use the “right lenses”. It would be really hard to change the things that we are used to doing but I am convinced that this is the right time that we change the way we look into things. This is the time to magnify the good rather than the bad. It would be really impossible to achieve such mindset overnight or even in the next few years, but if we start within ourselves today, it could make a difference.
For a start, I think everyone should stop arguing with each other and start respecting everyone’s point of view. Instead of bashing each other in the social media, why can’t we just ignore the things that irritate us. Rather than sharing sad news, why don’t we start celebrating the hundreds (or even thousands) other happy news that would inspire us to be better and will make us a reason to be more hopeful for a better tomorrow.
Just like finding the right lenses for our eyes, we must also strive hard to achieve finding the right tool for our psychological and spiritual life. Let us all nurture our mind and spirits with God’s teachings and wisdom. Once we all achieve psychological and spiritual wellness, I believe that this world will be a better place to live.