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By deceiving others, we deceive ourselves

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: […]

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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Newspeak is the devil’s sophistry

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   George Orwell invented the word Newspeak. It means “a deliberately ambiguous and contradictory language used to mislead and manipulate the people.” We have to be wary of its existence, because it is actually present in today’s world. It’s a language that deftly mixes truths and untruths, and cleverly exploits […]

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Epiphany today

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly Speaking   Epiphany means manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles as represented by the Magi. (cfr Mt 2,1-12) It means that he is meant for all people, and not just to the Jews, the chosen people. The feast reminds us that we all need him, for he is not only the […]

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Maranatha!

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Pastoral accompaniment

Fr. Roy Cimagala Candidly speaking   It’s one concept Pope Francis is trying to popularize and push, asking the clergy especially, and even the seminarians, to have the appropriate training, so that the true spirit of the mercy of Christ can be spread more widely, and especially to those in some special conditions insofar as […]

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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 […]

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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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