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God’s crooked lines

God’s crooked lines

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   THIS is a true story. After celebrating Mass in the cathedral, a Bishop went about signing the logbooks that the diocesan school students presented to him as proof of their attendance. He noticed one teenage boy who didn’t seem to fit the group. Curious, Bishop told [...]

Might is right

Oscar V. Cruz, DD Views and Points ALL the needed documentations were made and/or presented. All the interested representations were heard. All the arguments have been given. The Tribunal worked long and much. The arbitration was eventually done. The verdict was released. But the tense status quo remains the same in essence. The dispute continues [...]

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Family: Home for Wounded Hearts

Fr. James Kroeger Living Mission ‘Year of Eucharist and Family’ Reflections   THE World Meeting of Families, one of the largest events in the Church, is held every three years. Begun in 1994, this event was held in Manila in 2003. Cardinal Tagle gave the keynote address for the 2015 event in Philadelphia; his chosen [...]

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Three Golds

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Spaces of Hope   I WAS waiting inside a tourist bus when it fluttered in unannounced and unobtrusive, finally perching precariously on the window pane immediately to my left. I took a closer look—the butterfly had golden wings! More precisely, its wingtips were black, followed by a layer of white, then [...]

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Being merciful

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   TWO lines in the Parable of the Good Samaritan spur me on to recall a shift in my perception of mercy: “And who is my neighbor” (Luke 10:29) and “…The one who treated him with mercy” (Luke 10:37). When in the course of my work as [...]

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Temptations: Till death do us part

Fr. Wilfredo Samson, SJ Pitik-Bulag   “TILL death do us part!” are the words promised by young couples to each other on their wedding day. But these words are the devil’s words to us too … ” I will never stop tempting you, TILL DEATH DO US PART.” Indeed, the devil will never stop tempting [...]

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‘Past Tension’

Fr. Francis Ongkingco Whatever   “CLYDE, how are you? How do you feel after the board exams?” “Am now in past tense mode, Father,” he sighed deeply with relief. “Past tense mode?” I was a little confused by his reply. “I mean my tension is now in the past, Father,” Clyde sniggered with a typical [...]

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Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in Altum   PRESIDENT Rodrigo Roa Duterte, the 16th President of the Philippines, was sworn into office by Supreme Court Associate Justice Bienvenido Reyes on June 30 at Rizal Ceremonial Hall of Malacañang Palace. President Rody decided Malacañang as the venue because he does not want to burden the people [...]

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Call to generosity

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   “WITHOUT cost you have received. Without cost you are to give.” (Mt 10,8) For sure, with these words of Christ, we are strongly reminded to be generous, to give ourselves completely to God and to others, sparing and keeping nothing for ourselves, because God has been generous with us. [...]

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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 [...]

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Who is our neighbor?

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking DEFINITELY, not the one who happens to live close to us. That’s a very shallow definition of neighbor, unable to capture the richness that our Christian faith teaches us. Neighbor, according to Christ, is anybody with whom we have to love, giving ourselves to him the way Christ gave himself to all [...]

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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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