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Mary of Nazareth, the “Advent Woman,” Our Model

Mary of Nazareth, the “Advent Woman,” Our Model

Immaculate Conception, Luke 1:26-38 December 8, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB The title “Immaculate Conception” sounds familiar to Catholic ears. But the meaning which we should associate with this term may not always be as correct or as rich as it should be. In fact, some wrongly interpret it as “virgin birth,” while others [...]

There is no room for complacency

Homily on the 2nd Sunday of Advent A (Matt 3:1-12) December 4, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD A Christian cannot simply assure himself that his being part of the Church is enough guarantee of his salvation. And the Gospel today’s cautions us against that frame of mind by telling us about the outlook [...]

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Do not be caught flat-footed

Homily on the 1st Sunday of Advent A (Matt 24:37-44) November 27, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD NOT so long ago, America was bullish about itself. For all the laying-off of workers in some giant corporations, Americans enjoyed an unprecedented prosperity that was probably unmatched in 20 years or so. The only world [...]

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Jesus’ Leadership as a Scathing Critique of Leadership in Churches and in the World

Homily on the Solemnity of Christ the King Luke 23:35-43, November 20, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD TWO decades ago or thereabouts, I read a book entitled Night, written by a Hungarian Jew—was it a certain Wiesel?—about the execution of three men by the Gestapo in front of thousands of spectators in a [...]

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The day of perfect justice

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 21:5-19 November 13, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB JERUSALEM was particularly dear to all the members of the Chosen People. And in the whole City, the dearest part of all was the Temple. This was the pride of every generation; the source of inspiration for every young [...]

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Jesus’ Resurrection–Our Assurance of Life after Death

An Exegetical Reflection on the Gospel of the Thirty-Second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 20:27-38, November 6, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD AS A CONSEQUENCE of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on the United States when three hijacked commercial planes toppled the twin-towers in Manhattan and wrecked havoc on the [...]

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There is no room for complacency

Homily on the 2nd Sunday of Advent A (Matt 3:1-12) December 4, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD “Eat Bulaga!” is a noon-time variety show in the Philippines aired by GMA Network. That it is the longest running television show in the country and broadcast worldwide through GMA Pinoy TV is an indication that [...]

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Is Salvation Simply about Having Unblemished Lives?

An Exegetical Reflection on the Gospel of the Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 19:1-10, November 30, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD IN THE MINISTRY, I have encountered many Christians who are of the belief that being saved is a matter of one’s being sinless. They think that if a person [...]

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Do our achievements and self-righteousness help us justify ourselves before God?

An Exegetical Reflection on the Gospel of the Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C, Luke 18:9-14, October 23, 2016 By Msgr. Lope C. Robredillo, SThD A DECADE OR SO ago, an evening television show featured the Mangyans in Mindoro. At one point, the reporter asked one of their chiefs if they had any desire [...]

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The power of persevering, faith-filled prayer

29th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 18:1-8 October 16, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB PRAYER had a great importance in the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. The evangelists remark that he often prayed. He went out to secluded places to pray very early in the morning; he prayed at night. (See his [...]

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The gratitude that springs from a loving heart

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), John 10:27-30 Indigenous Peoples’ Sunday, October 9, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE word “thanks” is just one syllable, but many are unable to pronounce it. This is due not to a speech impediment but to a moral deficiency which paralyzes their hearts. Some are fast in asking [...]

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The humble faith that can work wonders

27th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 17:5-10 October 2, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB THE apparent “absence” of God has always been a severe test for all the great souls who have put their trust in Him. Sooner or later all will experience its torturing fits – God seems to “vanish” or to [...]

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The crime of ignoring the beggar at the door

26th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 16:19-31 National Seafarers’ Day / Start of Laity Week September 25, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB   TODAY’S parable sketches a striking contrast between the situation of the rich man and Lazarus—the former “dressed in purple and linen and feasting splendidly every day,” while the latter, covered [...]

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Learning to be resourceful in the things that matter

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 16:1-13 September 18, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB IT seems an established fact that many of those who concentrate only on earthly values (those we call the “unbelievers”) are cleverer and more enterprising than those who profess to believe in God and in the afterlife. Perhaps this [...]

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We are precious to God

24thSunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 15:1-32 Grandparents’s Day, September 11, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB WE manifest the value we attach to what we own by the care with which we use it or the way we keep it, and especially by the pain we experience when we lose it. That is why [...]

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The challenge to love as Christ did and does

23rd  Sunday in Ordinary Time (C), Luke 14:25-33 September 4, 2016 By Fr. Sal Putzu, SDB ALL spiritual masters and great leaders are noted for their being quite demanding with their followers. But none of them is as demanding as Jesus. In fact, he requires that his disciples practice a radical detachment not only from [...]

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