How to Celebrate the Holy Week Triduum When Quarantined

There are many restrictions when we have to be quarantined during the Holy Week. We won’t be at the mass with the washing of the feet, or the Visita Iglesia when parishes decorate their altar of repose lavishly (which they shouldn’t liturgically, but they do anyway).  We will not be able to participate in GoodContinue reading “How to Celebrate the Holy Week Triduum When Quarantined”

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Absence and Significance

“When you do not receive communion, and you do not attend mass, you can do a spiritual communion, which is a most beneficial practice, by it the love of God will be greatly impressed on you.” –St. Teresa of Avila Absence makes us realize the significance of that which is not present. In UP DilimanContinue reading “Absence and Significance”

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Gugulin ang Mahal na mga Araw sa Pagbabalik-loob sa Diyos

Nandito na po tayo kapamilya sa pinaka-banal na linggo ng taon. Kahapon ang pagpasok ni Hesus sa Jerusalem, ang pagtatag niya ng Bagong Tipan, at ang kanyang pagdurusa’t kamatayan. Sa likuran ng mga taong nagsisigaw sa madugong pangyayaring ito sa buhay ni Hesus ay ang kapangyarihan ng kasamaan. Nguni’t pinakitang ginamit ng Diyos ang mismongContinue reading “Gugulin ang Mahal na mga Araw sa Pagbabalik-loob sa Diyos”

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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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POPE to Priests: Go out to the Outskirts

Homily of Pope FrancisChrism Mass, Holy ThursdaySt. Peter’s Basilica28 March 2013 Dear Brothers and Sisters, This morning I have the joy of celebrating my first Chrism Mass as the Bishop of Rome. I greet all of you with affection, especially you, dear priests, who, like myself, today recall the day of your ordination. The readingsContinue reading “POPE to Priests: Go out to the Outskirts”

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Food and Destinations

On the holiest of weeks, we think of one thing: our destinations. Major terminals and airports teem with travelers. Most of them excited to return to their hometowns to spend the Semana Santa with their families. It is a time when faith and family are intertwined. The sleepy town of Camalig in the province ofContinue reading “Food and Destinations”

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Pagnilayan Natin ang Daan ng Krus

Alam niyo ba kung saan nagsimula ang Daan ng Krus na ginagawa natin tuwing Mahal na Araw? Nagsimula ang daan ng krus bilang isang peregrinasyon o pilgrimage. Naglalakbay tungo sa Jerusalem ang mga taong may mabigat na dinadala, penitensiya o debosyong kailangang gampanan, o mga may espesyal na hinahangad sa Maykapal. Naniniwala silang may biyayangContinue reading “Pagnilayan Natin ang Daan ng Krus”

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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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Prayer Points for the Holy Week

Celebrating Holy Week MeaningfullyPrayer Points for the Days of Holy Week Note: Since I will be gone for the holy week, I thought of sharing these notes from a recollection I gave to a parish community. I will also use these for my reflection this holy week. I promise to keep all of you inContinue reading “Prayer Points for the Holy Week”

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