ONE SHOULD see the beauty of a person through his/her good deeds and not just his/her physical appearance.
This was the message of UST Rector Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy O.P. to the Thomasian community during the Eucharistic celebration held Monday for the feast day of St. Dominic de Guzman.
“It is understandable then that the messenger has to climb mountains and cross seas and rivers to deliver the good news because from the long and arduous travel, the feet of the messenger has been blistered and swollen,” Dagohoy said.
“And to those who had the chance of welcoming the messenger were enslaved with a huge joy saying, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the news to us.’ Kaya ‘wag niyo kaming susukatin sa itsura ng aming mga mukha [kung hindi] sa itsura ng aming mga paa,” he added.
Following the word of God will lead to the truth and the “beautiful,” the rector said.
“Ang salitang maganda (word of God) ay tapat, dapat, at karapatdapat,” Dagohoy said. “Tapat sapagkat ito ay totoo: walang kulang, walang bawas, [at] walang dagdag. Dapat sapagkat ito ay ukol at marapat. Karapat dapat dahil ito ay iba at natatangi.”
Dagohoy reminded the faithful to reflect on the life of St. Dominic de Guzman, founder of the Order of Preachers, and to spread the good news despite hard circumstances faced in life.
The Eucharistic celebration was held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church on the eve of the feast of St. Dominic de Guzman celebrated on Aug. 8.
St. Dominic de Guzman founded the Order of Preachers to advocate morality and ban heresy in 1215. F ANGELIQUE ANNE F. TORRES