Birthdays are about Dying

6 November 2009Birthdays are about Dying Note: The homily for today is the previous post. This article is a sharing. My gratitude cannot equal what all of you have given me. And thus, I say what we say in my home province, “Dios mabalos saindo gabos” — The Lord will repay all of you! ThankContinue reading “Birthdays are about Dying”

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Why Do We Come to the Cemetery?

1 & 2 November 2009All Saints and All Souls Day The Gospel today speaks about practicing what we preach. But there are things which we practice but do not know why we preach it. For example, we come to Sunday mass but we totally do not understand what the mass really means. The same appliesContinue reading “Why Do We Come to the Cemetery?”

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Homily at the Requiem Mass of Philippine President Corazon Aquino

5 August 2009 Requiem Mass of President Corazon AquinoHomily of Fr. Catalino Arévalo, S.J. delivered at the Manila Cathedral Note: I am reprinting Fr. Arevalo’s homily for the edification of all of us, Christians or not. We can govern people through integrity and a deep faith. If I may first ask pardon for what mightContinue reading “Homily at the Requiem Mass of Philippine President Corazon Aquino”

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The Essence of Life is Death

29 March 2009 5th Sunday of LentJer 31, 31-34; Psalm 51; Hebrew 5, 7-9; John 12, 20-33 The Responsorial Psalm today sums up the purpose of the Season of Lent: to create in us a renewed and clean heart. What does a new heart have? A new heart will have God’s law and covenant asContinue reading “The Essence of Life is Death”

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Remembering the Faithful Departed

1 & 2 November 2008. Commemoration of All the Faithful DepartedWis 3, 1-9; Psalm 23; Rom 5, 5-11; John 6, 37-40 I too have not been spared from the experience of death. My blood relatives and friends died both from natural and tragic causes. Some died from complications arising from diabetes and hypertension. One wasContinue reading “Remembering the Faithful Departed”

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