Bernardo M. Villegas
 
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The Benefits of Regular Confession (Part 2)

          The sixth benefit of regular confession reminds us of the most important advice given by the Greek philosopher Socrates to those who seek human excellence or perfection: “Know thyself.”  We grow in self-knowledge through the examination of conscience that necessarily precedes confession. We come to know ourselves better, recognize our weaknesses without rationalizing them.  We are moved to make an act of contrition for our sins and shortcomings.  Because we are examining ourselves in front of our Father God, who is so good and deserving of all our love, we are moved to a sorrow of love, the most important act in going to confession.  This sorrow leads to a resolution not to fall into the same sins again.  This resolution is very compatible with the awareness that, because of our human weaknesses, we may fall again.  God, however, is very understanding and is willing to forgive us as long as we are sincere in wanting to amend our lives.  Like the father in the parable of the prodigal son, God is willing to give us a second chance and as many chances (seventy times seven, which means unlimited number of times) as long as we come back repentant.

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POSITIVE DIMENSIONS OF POPULATION GROWTH

       The historical trends, empirical findings, and policy updates are discussed in detail in the essays compiled in this book. The most convincing argument that supports the thesis of the book, i.e. that population growth is a poitive factor in attaining sustainable human development, is found in the foreword to the book, which is adopted from an article written by Mr. Roberto de Ocampo, former Finance Secretary of the Philippines and multi-awarded finance official in Asia. Thanks to the continuing growth of the Philippines population, Filipinos are in more than 100 countries all over the world, contributing much-needed foreign echange and purchasing power to the Philippine economy and fostering the human and spiritual development of the most diverse of peoples and cultures on this planet.

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Antigua Forum Interviews 2012

 An interview with Dr. Villegas about the PH economy in Antigua Forum, Universidad Francisco Marroquín, last January 2012. See Link: