Home » Archives by category » Columns
A prophet of the Most High (Lk 1:76): The Church yesterday, today and tomorrow

A prophet of the Most High (Lk 1:76): The Church yesterday, today and tomorrow

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   Suddenly, a heavy darkness is upon us. The sad thing about it is that, while some see how dark it is where we are now, others prefer to see the situation as a prelude to daylight. In fact, most see the darkness as a [...]

Politics, detraction, discretion

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   Politics, of course, is indispensable in our life. It’s an integral part of our social nature. It aims to build, develop and keep us as a nation, as a people who, in spite of our differences, share the same identity and the same goals. It is meant to work [...]

Continue reading …
Du30 and De5

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   Whether I enjoy it or not, a vital part of my work as a communicator is to keep abreast of the news. But each time I turn on the TV for the day’s first dose of the headliners, I hear myself mumbling, “Here we go again—will [...]

Continue reading …
Gambling as an impulse control disorder

Oscar. V. Cruz, DD Views and Points   The well-known and often-quoted “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders”, 4th Ed., APA, has a Section on Impulse Control Disorders”, one of which is specifically called “Pathological Gambling”. This gambling fixation is in effect equals unquenchable avarice, which in practically all cases eventually ends up in [...]

Continue reading …
World Youth Day: Holy Mother Church nourishing the Young

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA Collection Box   World Youth Day (WYD) gatherings always evoke a celebratory atmosphere. The excitement generated by the prospect of meeting new people, of praying together, and of sharing life experiences truly makes this gathering a festival of nations and a celebration of faith that is alive. Far from sounding [...]

Continue reading …
“Where is your Brother?”

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum   Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio “Ambo” David, Bishop of Kalookan, issued a Pastoral Letter entitled “Nasaan ang Iyong Kapatid?” (Where is your brother?). He agrees with President Duterte that the biggest plague in the country is widespread crime and illegal drug pushing and addiction; that this pestilence should [...]

Continue reading …
‘From Tokhang to Labang’

Fr. Carmelo O. Diola Spaces of Hope   Mayor Rodrigo Duterte won the presidency because of his anti-drug agenda. 16 million deeply frustrated Filipinos chose him to end the woes and sufferings brought about by the monster drug menace. When imprisoned drug lords continue to operate with impunity inside supposedly maximum security jails, an extraordinary [...]

Continue reading …
“Love is a verb”: the corporal and spiritual works of mercy

Rev. Eutiquio ‘Euly’ B. Belizar, Jr., SThD By the roadside   The culture of death is alive in the Philippines, and with a vengeance. It is like a diva that has been given a newer and bigger project and whose performance is so impressive it is cited for having created “a state of lawless violence”. [...]

Continue reading …
Where to find peace

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   True peace can only come from Christ. “Peace is my farewell to you, my peace is my gift to you,” Christ says. “I do not give it to you as the world gives peace.” (Jn 14,27) We have to understand these words well, accepting them first of all by [...]

Continue reading …
St. Teresa of Calcutta’s cross

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   Last September 4, the Catholic Church proclaimed a new Saint—Teresa of Calcutta, a familiar and well-loved figure among Filipinos. To celebrate the canonization of this great woman who held my hand and spoke to me of Jesus as we walked in the crowd 30 years ago, [...]

Continue reading …
Family: God’s Beautiful Creation

Fr. James , M.M. Living Mission ‘Year of Eucharist and Family’ Reflections   During the 2015 Festival of Families in Philadelphia, Pope Francis spoke of beauty and families. “All that is beautiful brings us to God, because God is good, God is beautiful, God is the truth…. It is worthwhile to live as a family; [...]

Continue reading …
No Photos! No Videos! Silence!

Fr. Francis Ongkingco Whatever   Upon entering the majestic and awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel in Rome, one’s celestial reverie is abruptly interrupted by a nearby security officer whose static voice crackles through a megaphone: No Photos! No Videos! Silence! And to further emphasize this admonition, he hushes the entire chapel with a profound and prolonged “SHHHHHHHHHH!!!” [...]

Continue reading …
Walking with Mother Teresa

Teresa R. Tunay, OCDS …and that’s the truth   One holy person I’d touched while alive etched such a deep and lasting impression on me: Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta who is going to be canonized on September 4, 2016. Let me tell you why. I met this Saint-to-be when she was simply “Mother Teresa”, [...]

Continue reading …
Religious values are not politically incorrect

Fr. Jerome R. Secillano, MPA Collection Box   By cursing some bishops and calling the Church the most hypocritical institution, President Duterte has virtually stripped the Philippine Catholic Church of the “political power” it once had, especially in the subsequent years following the first EDSA revolution. It came as no surprise that majority of the [...]

Continue reading …
Illegal drugs, a plague in society

Atty. Aurora A. Santiago Duc in altum   The Diocese of Kalookan celebrated the Feast of its Patron Saint, San Roque. The culmination of the celebration was the Holy Eucharist presided by its bishop, Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio“Ambo” S. David, and concelebrated by the Kalookan clergy. Despite heavy rains, many devotees and parishioners joined the [...]

Continue reading …
EJK and human rights

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   The Cebu clergy had their monthly recollection the other day. The invited guest speaker, both a lawyer and journalist, among other things, was one known for her advocacy in human rights. We were given a drill on human rights, rule of law, due process and other related topics, all [...]

Continue reading …
Page 1 of 51123Next ›Last »