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A PRAYER

Updated on January 23, 2013

Trust..Honor..Dignity

When I was into my first year of medical school, a friend urged me to join a fraternity( Beta Gamma Phi) he was already a member of. Knowing quite a bit of why and how fraternities work I was not too enthusiastic about the prospect of becoming a "neophyte". Despite my misgivings I relented partially because of my friend's relentlessnes, and mostly because I thought being in a fraternity would enhance my social standing among peers and superiors alike. I passed the "initiation" process, but barely. I remember crying like a baby when, during one of these initiations, we, the neophytes, had to slap each other's face hard to test how we would endure physical pain inflicted by among others your best friend. When I became a "master", I was asked by the "grand master" to write a prayer that would best capture the central essence of our fraternity. Being part of a "brotherhood" did have its peculiar advantages, but I was mostly concerned about the fraternity being more than a vehicle for one's social advancement. The fraternity unanimously voted to have this prayer as its own.

Bless us Lord, that we may bear TRUST where there is suspicion,

give HONOR where there is shame,

plant seeds of DIGNITY where there is persecution.

Grant us Lord, the way that we may not grope,

the truth that we may not falter,

the life that we may not perish.

Pleading, we your humble servants offer you these supplications,

that with your eyes upon us, we forever remain the

Bearers of Goodwill and Prosperity. Amen.

I paused to think that when I wrote this prayer I was a 19 year old wet behind the ears medical student. Now that I am a 62 year old Pediatrician , and getting closer to my going "gently into that good night", I pause to wonder where did all those years go.

I am being disengenious of course. I know where it all went, but there is really no use blaring one's own horn when the chances of it being heard is sufficiently nil.

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      michael 6 years ago

      brod im also member of beta gamma phi her in Philippines

      if you have facebook just add me in your account arroza.michael@yahoo.com

      nice prayer brother

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      ediggity:

      Thanks for the kind words. I have had no regrets with my career choice.... being a pediatrician is very satisfying, even now (maybe more than ever) that I am close to retiring. Hmmmm... retirement could in fact give me the chance at a second career.

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      ediggity 7 years ago

      Interesting hub. You wrote that at 19? You should have dropped med school and pursued writing.

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hi Dj:

      You are so perceptive :>) Actually, naive was more like it... at 19 the world was barely opening up for me, and in those days, being naive was not necessarily an un-cool thing. Yes the years have treated me and my family well... and this past April, I bacame a first time grandfather, to a beautiful baby girl who as I am typing this is on my lap also trying to type a little gibberish of her own.

      Thanks for dropping by.

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      aka-dj 7 years ago from Australia

      You had a lot of wisdom for a 19yo. :D

      I hope the years have treated you well!!

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Captain:

      Thanks for the interest, and the lead to your Hubpage.

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Captain:

      Thanks for the interest, and the lead to your Hubpage.

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hello Captain:

      Thanks for the interest, and the lead to your Hubpage.

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      Captain Jimmy 7 years ago from WV

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      Alexander A. Villarasa 7 years ago from Palm Springs

      Hi Deborah: I just posted the piece a few minutes ago, and there you were already giving me your kind words. Thank you.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      The prayer is beautiful.

      Namaste.