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We suffered a victory!

We suffered a victory!

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA Collection Box   The overwhelming, high trust rating of the President seems to imply that Mr. Duterte is doing what is right for the country. Some, though, easily questioned the integrity of surveys and even downplayed their worth. But the President’s devoted supporters, particularly on social media all the more […]

Joyful at 25

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Spaces of Hope   It is difficult to contain my joy. When I first met some Tokhang surrenderers of Barangay Subangdako in Mandaue City, they were unkempt and could not even look you in the eye, their eyes seemingly always downcast. They just mumbled their answers, in one to three incoherent […]

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Yes To The Culture of Life

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in Altum   The Walk for Life initiated by the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (or LAIKO), headed by its president Mrs. Zenaida Capistrano, was a huge success. The turn-out of participants was beyond expectation. The number of those who registered reached 20,300 as of Friday, and still counting. More than […]

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The curse of the culture of death

Rev. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   “What have you done? Your brother’s blood cries out to me from the ground. Now you are cursed from the ground, which has opened its mouth to receive your brother’s blood that your hand has shed” (Gen 4:10-11). The March for Life proves that there […]

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By deceiving others, we deceive ourselves

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   We have to be most careful in handling the truth. We already have been amply warned that when we play around with it, it will also make its sweet revenge on us in ways that we may not even notice. A quote from St. Augustine’s Confession expresses this well: […]

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Where were you during EDSA I?

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   Especially around this time of the year, I get to be asked that question: “Where were you during EDSA I?” For the life of me I could not tell anyone, all these years, where I was or what I did during “those days”, and so, because […]

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Public servants as public lords

Views and Points Abp. Oscar V. Cruz   It is becoming progressively more pronounced, definitely more manifest as time goes by. There are more and more public servants in this country who think and speak like public lords, who act and behave as masters of the general public. They do not only consider themselves as […]

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From one hypocrite to another!

Fr. Ranhilio Callangan Aquino Dubito, Ergo Sum   Hypocrisy is always shameful—whether it be the hypocrisy of a priest who preaches fidelity to the Gospel but is, in his own life, unfaithful to it, or the hypocrisy of a public official who swears to defend the Constitution but is remorseless in its transgression, or the […]

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Standing up for life in a “Country shrouded in the darkness of vice and death”

Rev. Eutiquio B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   That is how I see the CBCP in its latest pastoral letter on the EJKs, the drug war and other anti-life efforts at work in our islands. As of this writing official administration sources have, predictably, dismissed it as “out of touch” and “hypocritical”, coming […]

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Is Death Penalty the answer?

 Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum During its Plenary Session last January, the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) issued Pastoral Statement on Death Penalty. “The Gospel of the Lord Jesus is the Gospel of Life. When we condemn violence, we cannot ourselves be its perpetrators, and when we decry murder, we cannot […]

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“Why are many priests silent?”

Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR Along the Way   As the death toll of the government’s war on drugs reach over seven thousand after just seven months, one of the questions frequently asked is: “why are many priests silent?” Day after day, the mass media report and show images of extra-judicial killings of suspected users […]

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Christ in the new technologies

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   “Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel.” (1 Cor 9,16) This was the cry of St. Paul conveying his burning desire to transmit the Good News to the early Christians. It’s a cry that also has to spring in each one of us, Christian believers, who […]

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Repentance heals

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   Most of us work to earn a living, to make money to get us the things that not only keep us alive but also make us happy. Steeped as we are in our daily pursuit of happiness, we naturally tend to stash away the idea of […]

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Genuine Loving Brings True Joy

James H. Kroeger, M.M. LIVING MISSION   Pope Francis, as Filipinos witnessed during his 2015 pastoral visit, could rightfully be called “the pope of tenderness, mercy and joy.” This same message is revealed in his The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia) where Francis notes that “tenderness … is a sign of a love free from […]

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An Appeal from the Heart

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   When I was assigned in New Bilibid Prison as chaplain many years ago, it was a hell for me. The old, overcrowded prison facilities in Muntinlupa were too small to house 15,000 inmates. The daily stress that I went through in dealing with hardened, problematic, and sometimes, lunatic inmates […]

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An Appeal from the Heart

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   When I was assigned in New Bilibid Prison as chaplain many years ago, it was a hell for me. The old, overcrowded prison facilities in Muntinlupa were too small to house 15,000 inmates. The daily stress that I went through in dealing with hardened, problematic, and sometimes, lunatic inmates […]

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