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A “Powerless” Church

A “Powerless” Church

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, SThD Along the Way   THE Catholic Church in the Philippines has a reputation for being a powerful and influential institution. During Martial Law, she was the only institution remaining that could stand up to Marcos’ dictatorial rule. Church people were at the forefront of the resistance against the dictatorship–providing [...]

Charity is non-negotiable

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   WHATEVER may be our differences and conflicts, even in the most serious of cases, charity should never be sacrificed. We are meant to love one another. This is a Christian principle that is spot on. This has basis on what Christ himself said and did. “Love one another as [...]

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Simplicity and Duterte

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth FIRST thing that greeted me on Facebook this morning is a news item from a friend, a Protestant—headlined “Three Bishops praise president-elect Rodrigo Duterte”.  And it began thus:  “This is not a satire news. It’s real!  The president elect has received praises from three Catholic Bishops…”  The [...]

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Eucharist: Four Pivotal Insights

Fr. James Kroeger Living Mission ‘Year of Eucharist and Family’ Reflections   THE concluding statement of the International Eucharistic Congress in Cebu beautifully expressed the Church’s faith by highlighting four key elements of the Eucharist; it compared the Eucharist to the various “breads” that are integrated into our daily lives as Christians. Bread of Hope. [...]

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Sacramental Brotherhood and Lifestyle of Priests

Aurora A. Santiago Duc in Altum   THE Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines-Pension Plan Committee sponsored the 18th ADFAP (Arch/Diocesan Financial Administrators of the Philippines) Convention at Hotel Tavern, Borromeo Street, Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, Diocese of Surigao from June 20 to 24, 2016. It was attended by 140 Oeconomus/clergy and staff from [...]

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Comfortable lives for Filipinos?

Carmelo Acuña Issues and Concerns   SOMETIME ago, the National Economic and Development Authority launched the initial findings of its visioning process.  Outgoing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Emmanuel F. Esguerra said most of the 10,000 respondents across Philippine society hope to lead simple yet comfortable lives which they described as “matatag, maginhawa at panatag na buhay para sa lahat.” At [...]

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For Some People …

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag Some people have plenty … but feel empty. Some people can laugh out loud … but feel sad. Some people are surrounded with people … but lonely. Some people have good food … but everything is tasteless. Some people are adored by all … but hate themselves. Some people are [...]

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P. I.

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   PHILIPPINE Islands. That’s what our geography teacher in Grade School told us “P.I.” stood for—our Motherland. It’s in history books, in world maps, world atlas, encyclopedias, etc. But what does “P.I.” remind you of now, when you read it in the news? President Incoming? Of course. [...]

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Marriage covenant

Oscar. V. Cruz, DD Views and Points   IN the realm of truth, in the sphere of justice and in the domain of peace, marriage is nothing less than a really serious and truly sacred pact between a man and a woman whereby they establish between their two selves, one and only spousal  partnership for a [...]

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To bump with love

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag People bump into each other everyday. According to one study, at an average of a 78-year lifespan, and assuming that we bump into three new people daily, at the end of our lifetime, we should have met a total of 80,000 people. Think about it. Just imagine the potential of [...]

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Kalookan, 13 years as a diocese

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum Happy 13th Anniversary to our Diocese of Kalookan! It has been a fruitful journey of faith with the Diocesan motto Duc in Altum and our Vision—“a community of disciples, living the fullness of life in the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit with Mary, our mother, and San Roque, [...]

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Taking the silence of Jesus before Pilate

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside One of my favorite inventions from modern technology is the ‘mute’ button on the TV remote device. It restores the silence in my room when I press it and affords me an escape from the ads and commercials that take my attention away from whatever [...]

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Understanding the primacy of conscience

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking Conscience continues to be a hot issue among theologians and those who try to describe how our moral life should be. In the blogosphere, there is now a lot of discussion, often raising dust and emitting sparks that tend to darken and confuse people rather than enlighten and clarify. There [...]

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Reversed Psychology

Fr. Francis Ongkingco Share

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Personalism and democracy

Abp. Oscar. V. Cruz, DD Share

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The fundamental attitude to serve

Rev. Fr. Roy Cimagala Share

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