Friday, February 15, 2013


“Late ka na naman?!”

We all had our fair share of these words from our boss. After all, who has never been late in coming to work or to an engagement? You might laugh it off, but being late is a serious problem companies and even the government is trying to curb. In the United Kingdom alone, a study showed that the British economy loses at least £9 billion annually because of tardiness. Imagine how the same problem could affect our own economy.

We all have our reasons for being tardy; from the conventional such as sleeping late at night or getting stuck in daily traffic jams, to the complex or somewhat silly such as chronic insomnia or a multitude of rituals while getting ready for work. But regardless of the reasons, tardiness is not a habit we should develop nor tolerate. Because if we did, we just might experience these six emotional stages chronically tardy people usually go through.


SHAME. We all felt this initially—the embarrassment of logging in beyond your schedule and seeing numerous sets of fiery eyes looking at you. You want to vanish at that very moment. You just hope your boss or your office crush isn’t one of those fiery sets of eyes.

JUSTIFICATION. “Okay lang yan! Wala naman si boss,” a co-worker might say the second time you become late. Somehow, it emboldens you to be late some more as long as the boss is not around. For teachers, “Wala naman akong first class” is a classic way of justifying tardiness. “Wala pa namang teacher eh,” is a common justification students use. You might even argue that you have the right to be late if the boss does it too. It’s basically about dismissing the gravity of your tardiness.

EXCUSE. When being tardy has progressed for consecutive days, this comes in. On your way to work, you think of the perfect story to tell your boss: something legit and any professional would buy. “Na-flat yung gulong ng sinasakyan kong van eh.” You might also think of implicating friends or co-workers in your charade, like having them call you and pose as a relative to explain a false circumstance that made you late.

BLAMING. Soon, tardiness becomes habitual; by now, there isn’t a week wherein you don’t have a late time-in in your daily time record. You begin to curse the fates; you point your middle finger on the government and their seemingly endless string of road works. You want to mutilate the van driver for stopping by the gas station on the last minute. You want to pound your alarm clock with a hammer for not ringing on the right time. You want to slash your wrists for being a deep sleeper, a nocturnal Facebooker, and a habitually late worker.

INDIFFERENCE. With so many violations incurred and numerous amounts of deducted from your pay, you wouldn't care any longer. You've been late from Monday to Thursday, so why be early on Friday? So what if you boss catches you? So what if you get another memo? So what if they fire me? All you care about is to get out of this shit hole you got yourself into, hoping for a clean slate.

DESPAIR. Finally, when the ax falls down on your head, you realize the gravity of your mistakes and plead for second chances. But there won’t be anymore; you've had your second, third, innumerable chances days even months before but you never willingly made an effort to change your ways. So when the HR hands you your last pay (you’re lucky if you have) and tells you to pack up your things, there’s nothing else you can do but abide. And the same set of eyes that were looking at you on the first day you arrived late are looking at you again, this time looking with disgust, if not with pity.

While workplaces can definitely adjust in order to provide some recourse to tardiness (such as allowing staggered work schedules), it will still be a problem if such adjustments were abused. If there’s an opportunity for one to get away with it, then people will definitely try to get away with it.

We can avoid getting caught up to these six degrees of tardiness. No one has to be infected with this chronic workplace disease if only we are aware of the value of our work and workplace. Having a sense of urgency (that is, the sense of necessity in doing a certain task or responsibility at a given time) and the will to act with such sense are keys to beating this malignant ailment. After all, it’s not just our jobs and lives that is at stake here, but also the jobs and lives of others we serve with.

So, are you still going to be late? TSS
“I have noticed that the people who are late are often so much jollier than the people who have to wait for them.” ~ E. V. Lucas (English Writer, 1868-1938)

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Monday, February 11, 2013


Benedict XVI: Soon to be ex-Pontiff. (
At a time when the Catholic Church is divided over various controversies such as corruption in the Vatican, sex abuse by priests, and their waning influence in the modern world, another shocker from the Vatican took us by surprise today—Pope Benedict XVI will resign on February 28 this year.

"The Pope announced that he will leave his ministry at 8:00 pm (1900 GMT) on February 28," said Federico Lombardi, the Vatican spokesperson who announced the news.

The Pope cited health reasons for stepping down. In an official message, he said, "After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry.” He added that he has recognized his "incapacity to adequately fulfill" the ministry entrusted to him.

Benedict XVI, now 85 years old, is one of the oldest Pontiffs to be elected. He was 78 when he ascended to the Papacy in 2005 following the death of Pope John Paul II.

Below is the full text of Benedict XVI's resignation letter:

Dear Brothers,

I have convoked you to this Consistory, not only for the three canonizations, but also to communicate to you a decision of great importance for the life of the Church. After having repeatedly examined my conscience before God, I have come to the certainty that my strengths, due to an advanced age, are no longer suited to an adequate exercise of the Petrine ministry. I am well aware that this ministry, due to its essential spiritual nature, must be carried out not only with words and deeds, but no less with prayer and suffering. However, in today’s world, subject to so many rapid changes and shaken by questions of deep relevance for the life of faith, in order to govern the bark of Saint Peter and proclaim the Gospel, both strength of mind and body are necessary, strength which in the last few months, has deteriorated in me to the extent that I have had to recognize my incapacity to adequately fulfill the ministry entrusted to me. For this reason, and well aware of the seriousness of this act, with full freedom I declare that I renounce the ministry of Bishop of Rome, Successor of Saint Peter, entrusted to me by the Cardinals on 19 April 2005, in such a way, that as from 28 February 2013, at 20:00 hours, the See of Rome, the See of Saint Peter, will be vacant and a Conclave to elect the new Supreme Pontiff will have to be convoked by those whose competence it is.

Dear Brothers, I thank you most sincerely for all the love and work with which you have supported me in my ministry and I ask pardon for all my defects. And now, let us entrust the Holy Church to the care of Our Supreme Pastor, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and implore his holy Mother Mary, so that she may assist the Cardinal Fathers with her maternal solicitude, in electing a new Supreme Pontiff. With regard to myself, I wish to also devotedly serve the Holy Church of God in the future through a life dedicated to prayer.

From the Vatican, 10 February 2013


An Act of Humility

The Pope’s resignation is a sign of his humility and concern over his ability to fulfill his duties. With the Catholic Church facing a variety of challenges and scandals, the Pontiff must have realized that the Church needed a stronger and more able leader to guide them in dark times.

In part, his resignation is also an admission of the Church’s waning influence in these modern times; hence his stepping aside and his call for a successor who can be in touch with the modern society and help re-establish the Church’s integrity and influence.

A pope can resign?

The news of the Pope’s resignation came as a shocker as it is not common knowledge that Pontiffs can resign. The Vatican’s Code of Canon Law, however, allows a Pope to resign as per Rule 332.2 which states that:
"If it happens that the Roman Pontiff resigns his office, it is required for validity that the resignation is made freely and properly manifested but not that it is accepted by anyone."
What makes Pope Benedict’s resignation even more of a shocker is the fact that no pope has resigned since the Middle Ages. History has recorded at least four to six popes to have resigned, most notably Pope Gregory XII, who resigned in 1415 to end the Western Schism. His resignation ended the gridlock between three popes (including Gregory XII) vying for papal recognition. Other popes known to have resigned are Pontian in the year 235, Silverius in 537, and Celestine V in 1294. However, Benedict XVI will be the first to resign over health reasons.

Tagle: The Next Pontiff?
Conclave in 2013

The Vatican announced that a conclave will be convened in March to begin the selection for a new pope. Notable contenders for the position have been circulating from some time now, including Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarsicio Bertone, Ghanaian Cardinal Peter Kodwo Appiah Turkson (President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace), Archbishop of Milan Cardinal Angelo Scola, and even our very own Archbishop of Manila Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle.

Many progressive Catholics are looking forward to the election of a more liberal pope contrary to the traditionalist stance of Pope Benedict XVI. Meanwhile, conservative Catholics are calling for the election of a pope that will revive traditional Catholic teachings and restore the Church’s glory in these modern times. Whatever our expectations and the outcomes will be, we are all fortunate to be witnessing another conclave in our generation. TSS
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