Stations of the Cross: That Our Hearts Beat as Jesus’ Heart Beats

Note: I gave this homily at the Mass that began the University Stations of the Cross of the Ateneo de Manila University on 26 February 2016. Photos: Mr. Marcus Alcantara, Ateneo HS Christian Life Education faculty. *** One of the unique characteristics of Ignatian Spirituality is the use of the imagination in prayer. In theContinue reading “Stations of the Cross: That Our Hearts Beat as Jesus’ Heart Beats”

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Ash Wednesday: Inner and Communitarian Conversion

“Repent and believe in the Gospel” (Mark 1:15) Ash Wednesday is the beginning of our journey of Lent, the liturgical season that prepares us for Easter. It is a time when we, together with other Christians, Protestants and evangelicals, unite ourselves with the passion, death and resurrection of Christ. It is a season of prayerContinue reading “Ash Wednesday: Inner and Communitarian Conversion”

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Tatlong Tanong Bago Magbagong-Taon

Habang papalapit na ang katapusan ng taong 2015, nararapat lamang na magbalik-tanaw sa nakaraan upang lalung palalimin ang natutuhan sa mga nagdaang karanasan. Maari nating gamitin itong tatlong tanong na hango sa Spiritual Exercises ni San Ignacio de Loyola. Unang-una: ano ang nagawa ko para sa Diyos? Mas maganda kung mayroon tayong notebook o listahanContinue reading “Tatlong Tanong Bago Magbagong-Taon”

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How I Learned to Focus On Who Mattered the Most

+ In loving memory of my mom, Mrs. Luz O. Marfil-Gonzales, who passed away on 8 November 2014, two days after my birthday. *** Evenings at home ended with the rosary. My mother would gather all of us in front of the family’s altar. Occasionally, she would show her anger to any one who wasContinue reading “How I Learned to Focus On Who Mattered the Most”

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Undas: Kapistahan ng mga Nakakatakot, o ng mga Nakakabigay ng Inspirasyon?

Sa panahon ng social media, mabilis ang pagsanib ng kultura ng Halloween sa pagdiriwang ng Undas o sa pagdiriwang ng Kapistahan ng mga Banal. Mas higit na binibigyang halaga ang nakakatakot, kaysa nagbibigay ng inspirasyon. Ang salitang Halloween ay galing sa Lumang Ingles; pinagsama nila ang “Holy o Hallow” at “evening,” hanggang naging Halloween. AyonContinue reading “Undas: Kapistahan ng mga Nakakatakot, o ng mga Nakakabigay ng Inspirasyon?”

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To Die A Thousand Deaths: Discerning As a Descendant of A Saint

“Therefore, if we grant you life, will you renounce your faith?” At this point, the Governors, eager to know Lorenzo’s final stand, asked him one last time.   Lorenzo’s answer came without hesitation: “That I will never do, because I am a Christian, and I shall die for God, and for Him I will giveContinue reading “To Die A Thousand Deaths: Discerning As a Descendant of A Saint”

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The Top 7 Images of Jesus’ Mercy & Compassion

In the Jubilee of Mercy and Compassion, Mr. Vinz Loiz and Mr. Barth Mariquit of the Christian Life Education Subject Area put up an exhibit of images of Jesus, the King of Mercy and Compassion. Just as St. Ignatius was converted by reading two books, the Life of Christ and the Lives of the Saints,Continue reading “The Top 7 Images of Jesus’ Mercy & Compassion”

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Why Do Catholic Schools Begin the School Year With The Mass of the Holy Spirit?

Why do we begin the school year with the Mass of the Holy Spirit? My answer is simple: education is the work of the Holy Spirit. Through the inspiration and aid of the Holy Spirit, we are able to learn, teach and inspire others in school. Every one is given the power to participate inContinue reading “Why Do Catholic Schools Begin the School Year With The Mass of the Holy Spirit?”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Maragondon, Cavite

Our Lady of the Assumption, Maragondon, Cavite. In 1598, the Franciscans were forced to leave Silang and the accompanying visitas of Indang and Maragondon. In 1599, the Cathedral Chapter of Manila transferred its jurisdiction to the Jesuits, who took over in 1611. Fr. Angel Armano SJ started building the church and worked for it toContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Maragondon, Cavite”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Indang, Cavite

The San Gregorio Magno Church, Indang, Cavite. This church was once a visita or a chapel of the Parish of Silang, Cavite. Under the Jesuits, Fr. Angelo Armano S.J. established it as a mission in 1611, and dedicated to St. Gregory the Great in 1625. Also under the patronage of St. Francis Xavier, Fr. LuisContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Indang, Cavite”

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Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Silang, Cavite

Church of Our Lady of Candelaria, Silang, Cavite:  The Franciscans established this as a parish in 3 February 1595. When the church was burned in 30 August 1603, they rebuilt it and dedicated it to San Diego de Alcala. In 1611, they handed this church to the Jesuits. In 1637-39, Fr. Juan de Salazar SJContinue reading “Pilgrimage to Pre-Suppression Jesuit Churches: Silang, Cavite”

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Ano ang Kahulugan ng Santacruzan?

Pagtuonan natin ng pansin ang kultura ng Santacruzan. Nakasali ka na ba o nakinuod ka lamang. Ano nga ba ang kuwento sa kabila ng Santacruzan? Isang pagpaparangal sa paghahanap ng tunay na krus ni Reyna Elena ang santacruzan. Si Reyna Elena ang ina ni Emperador Constantino ng Kaharian ng Roma. Ginawa niyang pambansang relihiyon angContinue reading “Ano ang Kahulugan ng Santacruzan?”

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May Lugar Para sa Iyo

Maaaring nagbibigay-buhay o nakakawala ng gana sa buhay ang anumang alaala. Nakakawalang-buhay kung hindi natin nalalampasan ang sakit; nakakabigay-buhay kung nagkakaroon ng lunas ang ating mga sugat. Upang sariwain natin ang ating mga alaala, dinadaan natin ito sa iba’t ibang ritwal. May mga pumupunta sa lugar ng una nilang pagkikita; meron namang kumakain ng paboritoContinue reading “May Lugar Para sa Iyo”

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Ano ang kahulugan ng “Undas”?

Malapit na nating dalawin ang mga minamahal nating yumao. Sino-sino po ang iyong mga dinadalaw sa libingan? Bakit mo sila dinadalaw? Nagdarasal pa ho ba kayo, nagtitirik ng kandila at nagdadala ng bulaklak sa kanila? Mas mainam na alam po natin ang kahulugan ng Undas; sa Undas, inaalala natin na ang ating mga yumao ayContinue reading “Ano ang kahulugan ng “Undas”?”

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