My Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Note: This is the transcription of this video in my Youtube channel. If you have topics on faith/youth formation that you want me to cover, please do not hesitate to leave a comment here. Thank you for watching. Many people have been asking me about the source of my confidence. But you know what, confidenceContinue reading “My Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus”

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I Kissed My Holding Cross Instead

We cling to someone when afraid. In my younger days, I would cling to the arms of my parents when threatened. Or, I would ask permission to sleep with them when I had a bad dream. Somehow, having someone to hold allays my fears.  I began to hold on to anything sacred when I startedContinue reading “I Kissed My Holding Cross Instead”

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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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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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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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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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Why Do We Pray the Rosary?

7 October 2010. Memorial of Our Lady of the RosaryGalatians 3, 1-5; Luke 1, 69-75; Luke 11, 5-13 As we celebrate the memorial of our Lady of the Rosary, allow me to talk about the rosary personally. If you were to ask me why I pray the rosary, I would probably answer you this way.Continue reading “Why Do We Pray the Rosary?”

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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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Ketchup and the Sto Nino

17 January 2010. Feast of the Sto. Nino de CebuProper Feast in the Philippines: 2nd Sunday in Ordinary TimeIsaiah 9, 1-6; Psalm 97; Ephesians 1, 3-18; Luke 2, 41-52 We do know that ketchup is a condiment best used on top of hotdog and burger sandwiches, or as a dip for potato fries and friedContinue reading “Ketchup and the Sto Nino”

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Why I Pray the Rosary

7 October 2008. Memorial of Our Lady of the RosaryGalatians 1, 13-24; Psalm 139; Luke 10, 38-42As we celebrate the memorial of our Lady of the Rosary, allow me to talk about the rosary personally. If you were to ask me why I pray the rosary, I would probably answer you this way. First, theContinue reading “Why I Pray the Rosary”

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