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Thomasians warned against ‘fake’ happiness

By NILLICENT BAUTISTA

Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O. P. delivers the second Welcome mass to juniors and sophomores on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022. Photo by GAEBRIELE GUTIERREZ/THE FLAME

A UNIVERSITY official called on Thomasians to be careful of those who spread ‘fake’ treasure and happiness and to stand by the truth that leads to God.

In his homily for the second mass of the Homecoming Walk on Tuesday, August 23, Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo T. Tiong, O. P. urged juniors and sophomores not to be “misled by the world.”

“Let us be careful of those who attract attention to this and that. Saying that, that is the way of happiness. That’s the treasure, this is the treasure,” Tiong said during the mass, which was held at the UST Quadricentennial Pavillion.

“Let us not be misled by the world. This world preaches about fake treasure. This gives happiness, fake happiness,” he added.

Tiong told Thomasians to stick to the truth as it would lead them to the kingdom of God.

The Dominican priest also expressed hope that all junior and senior Thomasians would continuously be in search of the “true treasure” while in UST.

“It is Jesus who refers to himself as ‘the Way, the Truth, and the Life.’ [He is] the only treasure, the greatest treasure, and we would not find any other treasure that would give, that would satisfy our longing,” Tiong said.

“We hope, our dear students, that in your stay in the University you would always be in search of the treasure. And that in your hearts, as you live your student life here, may that fire of faith, hope, and love lead you to seek the truth, the real truth,’ he added.

The Homecoming Walk was held as an alternative to the traditional Freshmen Walk, which was held virtually in the last two years due to pandemic restrictions.

The second batch of the Homecoming Walk covered students from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, College of Nursing, College of Science, College of Tourism and Management, Institute of Physical Education and Athletics, and College of Information and Computing Sciences. F

 

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