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!
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?
When I opened the Bible (which I seldom do as most of the time my research activities are done on the Web) to check on Gospel readings for July, it surprisingly opened to where Chapter 13 of St. Matthew is inscribed, the Parable of the Sower! While this Parable may be one of the well known Bible stories, I am just not so keen about it. I don’t know why it happened that the said page was the first to open up but I felt there was a purpose, probably it was a challenge posed to me by God on … Continue reading Be Good “Soils”: The Challenge of the “Sower”
Easter Sunday is one of the favorite holidays not only in the United States but in other countries as well. However, it appears that the real essence of Easter has been changed by its commercial dimension. It has been highly commercialized for sometime now instilling in us particularly the kids that Easter Sunday is about fun and fancy with candies, baskets, bunnies, jellies, plastic things and other egg hunting related activities. While interesting and fancy activities may bring joy to kids and families on Easter Sunday, we have to be reminded that its spiritual aspect (e.g. hearing mass, etc. ) … Continue reading The Resurrection of Christ: Its Impact On Us
In one of my previous CCD (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes for middle school kids, I asked them to write down things they would “give up” for God during the season of Lent. Majority of the boys and girls promised the more traditional things such as giving up their ice cream and chocolate cravings, leaving their video games (with the condition that it would be during school days only for the 40-day period) and doing good things for their school and play mates and at home with their parents and siblings, among others. But what particularly struck me about was … Continue reading Living A Holy Life: A Lenten Challenge