Artlets encouraged to speak the truth ‘no matter what happens’

AB Regent Rev. Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P. leads the opening mass for this year’s AB Week celebration on April 24 at the Santisimo Rosario Parish Church. Photo by Rainiel Angelyn Figueroa/THE FLAME

FACULTY OF Arts and Letters (AB) Regent Rev. Fr. George Phe Mang, O.P. called on Artlets to be a “voice of truth” and to stand for their convictions even if they face opposition for doing so.

During his homily for the opening mass of the AB Week on Monday, April 24, Phe Mang cited the life of St. Stephen, the first Christian martyr who engaged in dialogues and spoke with wisdom and knowledge even if some people did not agree with him.

Stephen, whose story can be found in the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible, was stoned to death for proclaiming his faith in Jesus.

“The responsorial Psalm fittingly speaks about the conviction of the true believer who remained tuned to the will of the God even while other individuals plot against the true believers,” Phe Mang said.

He urged Artlets to be kind and to “speak the truth no matter what happens.”

“With that, like Stephen, we will become the true witness of the truth who is God,” the AB Regent said.

Phe Mang said it is in the faculty’s nature to “go above and beyond in amplifying the voice of their fellow Thomasians and other communities.”

“Artlets may be the loudest but most inclusive community in which all voices, big and small, are acknowledged, listened to, and celebrated, helping to bridge individuals while building profound connections within the community, within the University as well,” he added.

The mass, which marked the start of the annual AB week, was held at the Santisimo Rosario Parish in collaboration with the Arts and Letters unit of the Pax Romana. F – Aubrey Shane Lim and Zoe Airabelle Aguinaldo

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