Priest: EQ important not just IQ

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MANILA, March 30, 2015—In a society that seems to value diplomas and awards more than personality and character, a Catholic priest has underlined anew the importance of having an “educated and sharing heart” or what many refer to as EQ or Emotional Quotient or Emotional Intelligence.

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, executive secretary of CBCP’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs (PCPA) (Photo: Yol Montesines Villasenor)


While he admits passing one’s course is just as crucial, Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, parish priest of the Nuestra Señora del Perpetuo Socorro Parish in Sampaloc, Manila, reminds graduates of school year 2014-2015 that at the end of the day, it is still the “education of the heart for sharing” that will take them places.

“Graduation is good but ‘educating the heart’ is better. Passing your course is definitely important. But what you learned in those subjects are at best for profit-making,” he shares in a message to CBCP News.


According to Secillano, who also serves as executive secretary of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP)’s Permanent Committee on Public Affairs, what the world needs now is the “sharing of goodness, of virtues, and of kindness in the family, workplace and community.”


The priest further stresses that graduates must constantly express their gratitude, most especially to their parents, as well as to all other responsible people who made sure that they would receive an education.

“Of course, the most important one is to be eternally grateful to your parents and to all others who put you to school. As you earn, don’t forget to lavish them even with ‘cheap’ favors and luxury,” he shares.

Making parents proud

Secillano explains that when they do these things, their parents, guardians, and benefactors will realize they were never wrong in spending for their education. (Raymond A. Sebastián/CBCP News)

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