For us Christians, Lent is the time of being quiet and reflective, stepping away from the “world’” to focus on the commemoration of the passion and death of Jesus Christ. It is during this season that we are encouraged to undertake small or big gesture of sacrifice (prayer, self-denial, service, etc.) which will hopefully lead us closer to God. It is also the season of the year where we prepare for Easter time….more joyful, more generous and encouraging! Regardless of how we formulate our Lenten discipline (or even if you don’t), I hope that it will help us turn towards … Continue reading My Useful Tips Holy Week Reflection
St. Patrick is one of the saints I admire because of his courage and endurance even at a young age. According to one of his life stories, St. Patrick was abducted by thieves when he was young and sold into slavery in Ireland where he worked as a shepherd which lasted until he was 20 years of age. The hardships and trials he encountered being a slave led him to a deep and profound spirituality. He escaped after years of capitivity and went back to his homeland in Scotland and was reunited with his family. He studied priesthood and was … Continue reading My First St. Patrick’s Day Event!
Few days ago, we had Valentine’s Day and this week’s Wednesday is Ash Wednesday, two very important celebrations in our lives. And, so? What’s the correlation between Ash Wednesday and Valentine’s day? Well, there is a connection in a way! Apart from being celebrated under the love-month of February, both events have a common variable and that’s “LOVE “. Let me elaborate this before I proceed to the main issue. Some people say that just like bread, expressing love to someone else (couples, sweethearts, etc) should be made fresh everyday and not just on a particular day! But, we have … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: A Gentle Reminder/Call!
Many of us have probably seen , either in person or on television, some funny and happy moments of the Holy Father from the time the Sri Lankan Airways touched the Philippines’ soil. One was when he peeked through the window plane with his signature “Papal smile” just like a little boy excited to see what’s going on the ground! Another one was when he stepped out of the aircraft and was greeted not only by ecstatic young well-wishers but also by the gust tropical wind which blew away his white skull cap and his white zucchetto which flew off … Continue reading “Blown Away”: A Reflection on Pope Francis’ Wonderful Journey To The Philippines!
Few days from now, Pope Francis will be in the Philippines for a five-day (January 15-19, 2014) state and apostolic visit primarily to comfort and inspire Filipinos particularly the typhoon and earthquake victims in the Visayas. According to reports, the Holy Father specifically wishes to share his time and to be with the suffering people, urging everyone to strengthen their christian faith especially in trying times. This is the reason why the central theme for the Holy Father’s visit to the Philippines is “mercy and compassion” or “Awa at Malasakit” in our native tongue. Indeed, all of us can be … Continue reading 2015: The Year of Consecrated Life and the Poor!
When I was young, I have learned in my catechism classes that there are three basic tenets in our Christian life so as to gain everlasting happiness with God in Heaven: to know, to love, and to serve God. I have observed that as one grows older, the said “childlike” tag line had seemed to be a mere precept sourced from an “old catechism school”, a remnant of our grandparents’ age, so to speak, which have already been forgotten and unheeded by many of us including the children and the children’s children. Various factors could have contributed to the said … Continue reading A Happy New Year and A New Faith To All!
Here we are again, Christmas is just just a few days away! For now, I won’t delve on Christmas being the most exciting time of the year, the time for merriment and gift giving but from another perspective. One time prior to Halloween eve, my former CCD kids were surprised when I asked them to write down on a ¼ art paper the names of their loved ones who have passed away and to drop them in a tin can placed at the center of our makeshift altar. Thereafter, we formed a circle holding hands and praying together for … Continue reading Christmas And The Holy Souls In Purgatory!
I recall in our younger years, my mother who is a Marian devotee would call everyone in the family to join her in praying the Holy Rosary particularly during the month of October which is traditionally devoted to the Queen of the Most Holy Rosary. She would always include “World Peace” as one of her prayer intentions. (Oh, if only there were digital cameras for taking “selfie” or “groupfie” (group selfie) during those times, it would be a “sight to behold” for the ten of us in the family kneeling down and reciting the Holy Rosary!) How about these days? … Continue reading The Battle For World Peace!
While doing this write-up and simultaneously reading St. Matthew’s Parable of the Two Sons, a lot of issues and questions build up in my mind. Jesus said to the chief priests: “Amen, I say to you, tax collectors and prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God before you.” When John came to you in the way of righteousness and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him; and even after you saw it, you did not change your minds and believe him.” If Jesus were alive today, where might we find Him? Would He … Continue reading Responding To God’s Call: Is It Full or Lip Service?
Did you know that there are now almost a billion hungry people across the globe? The report provided by the World Food Programme (WFP), Food and Agriculture Administration (FAO) and other similar organizations contains certain dismaying as well as bullish statistics on World Hunger and Malnutrition. Some of these hunger facts are as follows: 1. That 842 million people in the world do not have enough food to eat, which means that 1 in every 8 people goes to bed hungry each night; 2. That 1 child dies every 10 seconds from hunger; That most of the world’s hungry people … Continue reading Feeding The Hungry: Is It Difficult?