Have You Been Lonely?

22 May 2011 Fifth Sunday of EasterActs 6:1-7; Psalm 33; 1 Peter 2:4-9; John 14:1-12 In lull periods between chores at the feeding center, Juan’s* eyes turn glossy and forlorn. When he was in Phoenix, he was caught by the border patrol and imprisoned for 8 months. During his detention, his wife was pregnant withContinue reading “Have You Been Lonely?”

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Have You Been Vulnerable?

15 May 2011 4th Sunday of EasterActs 2:14-41; Psalm 23; 1 Pt 2:20-25; John 10:1-10 Salvador was dazed and disoriented. After being rounded up by the border patrol while driving, he was detained for a year because he couldn’t show them his legal papers. He was from Chihuahua, a state in Mexico, and crossed theContinue reading “Have You Been Vulnerable?”

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Hope in Shattered Dreams

8 May 2011. 3rd Sunday of EasterActs 2:14,22-23; Psalm 16; 1 Peter 1:17-21; Luke 24-13-35 I saw them kiss. Josefina and Anteo were lining for breakfast at the Comedor, the feeding center of the Kino Border Initiative. They were migrants, recently deported from the United States. They were picked up by the US Customs andContinue reading “Hope in Shattered Dreams”

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The Miracle of Easter

1 May 2011 2nd Sunday of EasterActs 2:42-47; Psalm 118; 1 Peter 1:3-9; John 20:19-31 The message of the Gospel today is the very miracle of Easter. That whatever is bound, enchained, enslaved, or unfree can be loosened, liberated and freed through forgiveness. By exercising this capacity to forgive, we free each other from whatContinue reading “The Miracle of Easter”

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Easter’s Shock

24 April 2011 Easter SundayActs 10:34-43; Psalm 118; 1 Cor 5:6-8; John 20:1-9 Allow me to begin a few hours ago. It was customary for early Christians to hold evening liturgies called vigils, especially the night before a great feast. In the universal Church these vigils are commonly done during the three most important feastsContinue reading “Easter’s Shock”

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Ang Ating Aleluya!

ika-23 ng Abril 2011. Kapistahan ng Muling Pagkabuhay ni HesusGen 1:1-2:2; Ps 104; Gen 22:1-18; Ps 16; Ex 14:15-15:1; Ex 15; Is 54:5-14; Ps 30; Is 55:1-11; Is 12; Bar 3:9-4:4; Ps 19; Ex 36:16-28; Ps 42; Rom 6:3-11; Ps 118; Mt 28:1-10 Note: This article appears in Sambuhay missalette today. Sambuhay is a publicationsContinue reading “Ang Ating Aleluya!”

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Why We Celebrate Good Friday

22 April 2011 Good FridayIsaiah 52:13-53:12; Psalm 31; Heb 4:14-5:9; John 18:1-19:42When my father died, I was several miles away. I was in the hinterlands of Bukidnon, a barrio called Dumalaguing. At that time, no means of transporation could bring you there except by foot. It was a five- hour trek over high altitude trailsContinue reading “Why We Celebrate Good Friday”

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Q on Maundy Thursday: Were You Breast-fed?

21 April 2011 Holy ThursdayExodus 12:1-14; Psalm 116; 1 Cor 11:23-26; John 13:1-15 I was breast-fed. What has this to do with Holy Thursday? I believe, a lot. So read on. In the 4th century, pilgrims who made it to Jerusalem wanted to bring their experience home. So they began to reenact the last scenesContinue reading “Q on Maundy Thursday: Were You Breast-fed?”

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Take Your Branches to the Church

17 April 2011 Palm SundayIsaiah 50:4-7; Psalm 22; Phil 2:6-11; Matthew 26:14 – 27:66Take your palm branches to the church and have it blessed. Attend mass, but don’t leave without holy water sprinkled on your decorated palms. Today is Palm Sunday, the beginning of Holy Week. This has been a tradition since the 4th century,Continue reading “Take Your Branches to the Church”

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Do You Believe in the Resurrection?

10 April 2011 The 5th Sunday of LentEzekiel 37:12-14; Psalm 130; Rom 8:8-11; John 11:1-45 Note: This is a scheduled post. Every article published in this blog has been written long before the 11th of March 2011, the beginning of my 30-day retreat. The rest will come out at the date and time I haveContinue reading “Do You Believe in the Resurrection?”

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How Do You Find Working?

3 April 2011 4th Sunday of Lent1 Sam 16: 1-13; Psalm 23: 1-6; Eph 5:8-14; John 9:1-41Note: This is a scheduled post. Every article published in this blog has been written long before the 11th of March 2011, the beginning of my 30-day retreat. The rest will come out at the date and time IContinue reading “How Do You Find Working?”

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Are You at Peace?

27 March 2011 Third Sunday of LentExodus 17: 3-7; Psalm 95; Rom 5:1-8; John 4: 5-42 Note: This is a scheduled post. Every article for the 2011 Sundays of Lent and Easter published in this blog has been written long before the 11th of March 2011, the beginning of my 30-day retreat. The rest willContinue reading “Are You at Peace?”

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Live in Hope

20 March 2011. 2nd Sunday of LentGen 12:1-4; Psalm 33; 2 Tim 1:8-10; Matthew 17:1-9 Note: This is a scheduled post. Every article published in this blog has been written long before the 11th of March 2011, the beginning of my 30-day retreat. The rest will come out at the date and time I haveContinue reading “Live in Hope”

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The Test of Freedom

13 March 2011 1st Sunday of LentGenesis 2: 7-9, 3:1-7; Psalm 51; Romans 5: 12-19; Matthew 4:1-11 Note. This is a scheduled post. Blogger publishes this entry at the date I intended it to come out in my blog. Please pray for us, 8 Jesuits, making the 30-Day Retreat, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius.Continue reading “The Test of Freedom”

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A Common Day of Mourning

9 March 2011 Ash WednesdayJoel 2:12-18; Psalm 51; 2 Cor 5:20-6:2; Matthew 6:1-18 There are varied ways in Catholic Rites to celebrate the beginning of Lent. For many Catholic churches of the Eastern Rite such as the Orthodox Churches, they begin it two days ahead of us from the Roman or Latin Rite. So theyContinue reading “A Common Day of Mourning”

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