The Laws on Fasting and Abstinence

Some Notes about Fasting and Abstinence (Taken from Fr. Harold Parilla’s Facebook) 1. Abstinence means avoiding the consumption of meat, but eggs, milk products and condiments made of animal fat may be eaten. Chicken meat is covered by the prohibition on eating meat on days of abstinence. Many commentators hold the opinion that the currentContinue reading “The Laws on Fasting and Abstinence”

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Tama Ba ang Debosyon natin sa Sto. Nino?

Isang pagre-respeto ng proseso ng paglaki at paglago ang debosyon ng Sto. Nino. Nauunawaan natin na ang bata ay unti-unti at hinay-hinay itong tumatanda. Hindi maaaring madaliin ang anumang pagtubo. Pinagpaplanuhan, pinagtiya-tiyagaan at pinagsisikapan ang kahit na anong paglalago, tulad ng isang magulang na nagpapalaki ng anak. At tulad nang sinabi sa Ebanghelio, tuloy-tuloy angContinue reading “Tama Ba ang Debosyon natin sa Sto. Nino?”

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What’s the difference between a tour and a pilgrimage?

Some years ago, a fellow Jesuit gave me a picture of Our Lady of Guadalupe as a gift from his visit to Mexico City. He knew of this personal devotion and a reproduction would be the closest I could get to the dream of visiting the shrine. I could not imagine that in a shortContinue reading “What’s the difference between a tour and a pilgrimage?”

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Of Marriage Proposals & Marking Commitments

This is an email and a chat interview. Before I wrote this article, I posted an announcement in Facebook. I asked them to share their funny marriage proposals either as a personal message or through email. I took one story and emailed some questions to her. Thanks to Anne (she preferred to use just her name)Continue reading “Of Marriage Proposals & Marking Commitments”

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Sexual Abuse and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Note: This is a reblog from James Martin, SJ. He is culture editor of America magazine and author of The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything. This essay is adapted from a longer post at “In All Things.” This has been published at America and The Huffington Post. Today Catholics mark the Feast of the SacredContinue reading “Sexual Abuse and the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

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Why Wed in June?

My parents married in June 1966. That made my mom a June bride. And on this month, every magazine and newspaper splash cover photos of bridal fashion. What is the craze behind getting hitched in June? Tradition has it that this month holds the highest number of marriages in history. The Roman poet Ovid pointedContinue reading “Why Wed in June?”

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Should We Preserve the Santacruzan?

The growing consciousness of the important role of women in Christian faith has been brought about by many feminist Catholic theologians and their continuous writings on the subject. But long before this consciousness came about, the Filipino community particularly the Tagalogs concocted a popular retelling of biblical and historical female personages who contributed to theContinue reading “Should We Preserve the Santacruzan?”

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Shall We Change the Flores de Mayo to Hunyo?

When the dominant color of the countryside is brown and the heat is piercing, the need for water becomes pronounced. Imagine if your bread and butter solely depends on the fruit of the soil, nothing will make your heart jump for joy than the first signs of rain. In the past when climate change wasContinue reading “Shall We Change the Flores de Mayo to Hunyo?”

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The Fertility Dances of Obando: Will You Dance to Get What You Desire?

We do everything in our power to get what we truly desire. Even if they find themselves like fools, many childless couples are more than willing to dance to the saints of Obando, Bulacan just to have that one child they have been praying for years. The Scriptures have more than one story about barrenContinue reading “The Fertility Dances of Obando: Will You Dance to Get What You Desire?”

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Maytime Festivals: In Praise of the First Rains

If you jumped for joy when the first drop of rain fell on our soil after a very long drought, then you will understand the fiestas of May. If you felt so relieved when it rained, marking the end of this terrible heat brought by the El Nino, then you know why May is celebratedContinue reading “Maytime Festivals: In Praise of the First Rains”

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Why We Sing at Mass

Is worship participation influenced by economic status? In my years of experience, the poor sing and participate more than the affluent. There is no statistics that would prove this, but having said masses in congregations raging from the rural and urban destitute to the high-brow, a priest cannot help but wonder. It is easier toContinue reading “Why We Sing at Mass”

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How We Share the Passion of Christ on Good Friday

Good Friday is never a day of pleasure. On this day, Filipinos are open to sacrifice. They will choose the more difficult penance than any other day of the year. This day seems to be the hottest, even if it is not confirmed by PAGASA. They would forego cravings for a cold refreshment or aContinue reading “How We Share the Passion of Christ on Good Friday”

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The flagellants and ‘Kristos’ of Lent: simple folks keep the faith

If there is any liturgical season in the Philippines that has character and culture, it is Lent. We hear the pabasa, with chants that date back centuries ago. Spectacular processions and rituals are performed during the season. But on Good Friday, everyone leaves his various concerns and participate in the very death of Christ: theContinue reading “The flagellants and ‘Kristos’ of Lent: simple folks keep the faith”

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