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Beware of privileges and entitlements

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 [...]

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 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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Keeping the integrity of education

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   I remember that some years ago, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI sounded off the alarm that the way education was being done in the West, it would seem that the essence of education was getting lost. In our case, when we talk about some problems in education, we refer more [...]

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Why don’t our bright boys get it?

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   It’s a question whose answer I really do not know. I guess one has to plumb deep into the hearts of the people concerned to get a glimpse of the reason. I’m referring to why, in spite of all the explanations on the subject given by the Church magisterium, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Beware of the culture of triviality

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   We have to be careful not to fall to triviality. The profusion of data, images and messages that are now technologically generated and circulated can easily confuse, intoxicate and desensitize us to the point of developing a culture of triviality—everything would be considered of the same value or nothing [...]

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Cultivating a sense of media responsibility

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   I REMEMBER an interesting study made some years ago in an American paper about the effects of media on children. Distilled from some 173 researches done over a period of the past 30 years, the report said there’s strong and disturbing correlation between children spending a lot of time [...]

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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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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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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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The fundamental attitude to serve

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May the month of Mary

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On expressing opinions

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