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Family Life: Pastoral Challenges and Responses

Family Life: Pastoral Challenges and Responses

James H. Kroeger, M.M. LIVING MISSION “Year of Eucharist and Family” Reflections   In The Joy of Love Pope Francis states that the Church does well “to focus on concrete realities,” since ‘the call and the demands of the Spirit resound in the events of history’” (31). What are some key challenges families face today? [...]

Grave but forgivable

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA Collection Box   In an astounding move, Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the faculty given to all priests to absolve from the sin of abortion. As it marked the end of the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy, the Vatican released on Nov. 20 an Apostolic Letter titled Misecordia et Misera, which [...]

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An honest request

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   Let me share my private conversations with someone–a concerned follower of my Facebook postings. THE REQUEST: “Father, please stay away from politics.” “Good morning, Father Willy, I just want to voice out my thoughts and feelings, for it bothers me when I see your latest posts about politics. You [...]

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The Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in Altum   With the closing of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, the Eucharist and the Family, the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) will open the Year 2017 as the “Year of Parishes, Communion of Communities.” It is part of the “novena-years” of the Philippine Catholic Church in [...]

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A past that lies unburied

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   “Furthermore, you shall select out of all the people able men who fear God, men of truth, those who hate dishonest gain…as leaders of thousands, of hundreds, of fifties and of tens” (Exodus 18:21) “I have sworn upon the altar of God eternal hostility [...]

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Beware of privileges and entitlements

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   As school chaplain, I get to talk with students who are transitioning from one level to another—be it from high school to college or from college to professional life, etc. A common problem or difficulty these students meet in this stage of their life is that of adjustment. Most [...]

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Advent and the sense of beginning

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking With the celebration of the Solemnity of the Christ the King, we ended another liturgical year. We are now beginning a new one with the season of Advent, the proximate preparation for the birth of Christ at Christmas. The immediate thought that comes to mind in this transition of the [...]

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A burning faith that cannot be hidden

Tessa Mangahas Pilgrim at the periphery   Recent trips showed me how faith is manifested in different ways, from the ostentatious to the meek. Europe has majestic churches that mirror how the Christian faith evolved through the years. From Rome’s St. Peter’s Basilica to Paris’ Notre Dame Cathedral, my mouth was agape at the glorious [...]

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Exorcism

Views and Points Abp. Oscar V. Cruz   Every now and then, the word “Exorcism” is heard here and there, i.e., a relatively rare agendum usually associated with getting rid of the “Devil’s Possession” of someone–be this an adult or a minor. So came to fore the word “Exorcist”, viz. , someone who precisely exorcises [...]

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Perplexed by words

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   “Have you seen a man hasty in words? There is more hope of a fool than of him.” Solomon in Proverbs 29:20 A commoon saying to the effect that “a picture paints a thousand words” was once met by a witty retort saying that [...]

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“Sorryful”

Fr. Francis Ongkingco Whatever   “MOMMY, I’m sorry, I’m sorry, I’m sorry…,” Craig cried out. “Eeeasy, young man! I haven’t even said something and you’re already saying ‘sorry’,” his mom removed her kitchen apron and dried her hands with it. “I’m sorry, coz I was playing Pokémon again,” Craig confessed. “So what’s wrong with playing [...]

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Remembering Our Dearly Departed

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum   The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Vatican has released new guidelines for the cremation of the remains of Catholics. Prior to 1963, the Catholic Church recognized burial as the only means to bury the dead due to the Christian hope in resurrection. However, in [...]

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A good homilist

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   Priests should aspire to be good homilists. They should try their best that with their homilies they manage to stir the people’s heart in such a way that they get moved to love God and others more and more. For this, a review of what Pope Francis said about [...]

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Basic Ecclesial Communities: Agents of Communion, Participation and Mission

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, SThD Along the Way   The Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines has declared 2017 as the Year of the Parish as Communion of Communities. The CBCP pastoral exhortation “On Era of New Evangelization” describes the focus of this year: “This is a year when we more deeply discern not [...]

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It’s not all about the place

Pitik-Bulag Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ   Someone asked, “What’s the big deal about burying Marcos in Libingan ng mga Bayani? Anyway, not all buried in that cemetery are heroes. For the sake of healing and reconciliation, let’s just allow Marcos to be buried there and move on.” Yes, I believe that not all buried in [...]

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A new normal

Oscar. V. Cruz, DD Views and Points   Something new in the Philippines is becoming something normal as well. This is anything but a secret herein in the country—notwithstanding the Rule of Reason and the Mandate of Ethics, the fundamental feature of Natural Law and the consequent key provision of the Philippine Constitution itself to [...]

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