Restoring the Value of Faithfulness

13 August 2010 Friday of the 19th Week in Ordinary TimeEzekiel 16, 59-63; Isaiah 12, 2-6; Matthew 19, 3-12The great Filipino hero, Dr. Jose Rizal said, “Whoever does not look back at his origins, will not be able to reach his destiny.” The Lord, particularly, in the first reading today reminds us to look backContinue reading “Restoring the Value of Faithfulness”

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Forgive, Not Forget

13 June 2010 Eleventh Sunday in Ordinary Time2 Sam 12, 7-10; Psalm 31; Gal 2, 16-21; Luke 7, 36-50 People say when someone sins against us, we should forgive and forget everything. The readings today says otherwise. We are to forgive, but we are not to forget. Instead, we are not to be enslaved byContinue reading “Forgive, Not Forget”

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Are You Free when You Choose Evil?

24 March 2010 Wednesday of the 5th Week of LentDeut 3, 14-20, 91-95; Daniel 3; John 8, 31-42 There is a dialogue between Jesus and the Jews in the Gospel. The issue is this: If Jesus is the unique Son of God, what will become of the Jews who refuse to believe in Him? TheContinue reading “Are You Free when You Choose Evil?”

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A little Shock about the Golden Calf

18 March 2010 Thursday of the 4th Week of LentExodus 32, 7-14; Psalm 106; John 5, 31-47 We always had a view on the Golden Calf, the one idol created by the Israelites which Aaron, the brother of Moses tolerated. We knew that Moses broke the tablets of stone when he went down the mountainContinue reading “A little Shock about the Golden Calf”

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What Do We Get When We Attend Mass Regularly?

16 March 2010 Tuesday of the 4th Week of LentEzekiel 47, 1-12; Psalm 46; John 5, 1-16 Why do we regularly come to church every Sunday? Why should we attend mass when we know that we will eventually fall again, only to return the next Sunday? Is this a futile routine that pious people do?Continue reading “What Do We Get When We Attend Mass Regularly?”

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Authentic Prayer

23 February 2010 Tuesday of the 1st Week of LentIsaiah 55, 10-11; Psalm 34; Matthew 6, 7-15The readings in the season of Lent are taken from different passages in Scripture. They are chosen to prepare catechumens for baptism. Catechumens are those who have decided to become Catholics. The readings therefore are catechetical; the readings teachesContinue reading “Authentic Prayer”

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Why We Put Ashes on Our Forehead

17 February 2010 Ash WednesdayJoel 2, 12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Cor 5, 20-6,2; Matthew 6, 1-18 This article appears in SAMBUHAY in English. Sambuhay is published by the Society of St. Paul in the Philippines. It is used as a guide during masses especially Sundays and other important liturgical celebrations such as today. Ash WednesdayContinue reading “Why We Put Ashes on Our Forehead”

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How to Start a New Life with Joy and with Love

14 February 2010: The 6th Sunday in Ordinary TimeJeremiah 17, 5-8; Psalm 1; 1 Cor 15, 12-20; Luke 6, 17, 20-26 Let me first wish all of you a happy day of love and joy on Valentines Day and the Chinese New Year! Kung Hei Fat Choi! Let us make some statements. First, the beatitudesContinue reading “How to Start a New Life with Joy and with Love”

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Knowledge and Wisdom

10 February 2010 Memorial of St. Scholastica1 Kings 10, 1-10; Psalm 37; Mark 7, 14-23 Today we learn three things. 1. The difference between knowledge and wisdom.2. The reason why we can eat anything. We don’t have food restrictions such as pork or blood.3. How to know when we’re proud and when we’re humble. ThereContinue reading “Knowledge and Wisdom”

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Exposed Breasts on a Platter

5 February 2010 Memorial of St. AgathaSirach 47, 2-11; Psalm 18; Mark 6, 14-29 St. Agatha, the saint of the day, is familiar to many of us who listen to the words of the priest at mass. In the first form of the Eucharistic Prayer, she’s always mentioned together with six other women martyrs (Felicity,Continue reading “Exposed Breasts on a Platter”

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Hey, Don’t End it!

29 January 2010. Friday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time2 Sam 11, 1-17; Psalm 51; Mark 4, 26-34 Like the sower in the Gospel who ‘does not know’ how the seeds he planted sprout and grow, or how the land yields fruit, there are many things that make us wonder. The same thing isContinue reading “Hey, Don’t End it!”

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To Be Rich You Have to be Empty

27 January 2010. Wednesday of the 3rd Week in Ordinary Time2 Sam 7, 4-17; Psalm 89; Mark 4, 1-20 In 2 Samuel 7, we see a turn-about. Establishing peace among the nations in his kingdom, King David now has the time for internal concerns, such as establishing a house for the Lord for public worship.Continue reading “To Be Rich You Have to be Empty”

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Pope Dares Us

26 January 2010 Memorial of Sts. Timothy and Titus2 Tim 1, 1-8 or Titus 1, 1-5; Psalm 96; Mark 3, 31-35 We commemorate today St. Paul’s partners in his missionary work in the early church, namely Timothy and Titus. And incidentally, in this Year of Priests, we are having the 2nd National Congress of theContinue reading “Pope Dares Us”

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How To Kill A Giant

20 January 2010. Wednesday of the 2nd Week in Ordinary Time1 Sam 17, 32-51; Psalm 144; Mark 3, 1-6 There are many things that overwhelms us. Our debts and financial difficulties hover on us on a daily basis. Especially among trauma victims, disasters unsettle us. The uncertainty of our future makes us insecure. Our illnessesContinue reading “How To Kill A Giant”

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How Would You Like to Die?

17 November 2009. Memorial of St. Elizabeth of Hungary2 Mc 6, 18-31; Psalm 3; Luke 19, 1-10 We have two men of advanced age in the readings today. Eleazar was a priest who chose to die a martyr’s death. He accepted death joyfully and voluntarily, rather than violating God’s will, even if it was trivial.Continue reading “How Would You Like to Die?”

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