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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If You Want To Be Alone, I Know A Place: Mirador

High above the mountains of Baguio City is my favorite place to pray. Mirador Hill occupies a special position in all the hills of Baguio. In 1876, Don Manuel Scheidnagel, Governor Politico-Militar of Benguet, gave this hill its name because one could see the South China Sea, Lingayen Gulf and the Ilocos coast on clearContinue reading “If You Want To Be Alone, I Know A Place: Mirador”

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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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Are You in Need of Peace?

Find a quiet spot to read, reflect, and pray. You may record your thoughts in a prayer journal, or share your responses with others in a group. I. Beginning of Prayer Take a few moments to become more prayerful and centered in order to receive the gift of God’s Word. Consider: Have you ever feltContinue reading “Are You in Need of Peace?”

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Panawagan Para sa Kapayapaan

  Sa kabila ng ating mga personal at pambansang isyu, niyayanig ng digmaang sibil ng Syria ang buong mundo. Kasangkot na rin dito ang mga bansa ng US, Russia, China, Israel atpb. At tulad ng mga tumatagal na alitan, maaari itong maging digmaang pandaigdig. Higit kumulang mga 100,000 na ang namatay sa maliit na bansangContinue reading “Panawagan Para sa Kapayapaan”

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Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

The statue of Mary at the St. Scholastica’s Center of Spirituality, Tagaytay City, Philippines Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people, I consecrate myself to your Immaculate Heart, and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race. Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use meContinue reading “Prayer of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary”

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Prayer for Administrators and Managers

By Fr. Raymond C. Baumhart, S.J. Former President of Loyola University Chicago Blessed are You, Lord our God, Creator of all that exists. Source of life and growth, of peace and joy, we bless You for all Your sons and daughters. The gift of administration is Yours, and You share it In Your goodness withContinue reading “Prayer for Administrators and Managers”

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How to Make a Spiritual Assessment

Preparing for the new year is rewarding. Some head to the groceries with a list of ingredients for the midnight feast. Certain traditions are kept. Filipinos flock to fruit stalls to choose 8 or a dozen round fruits, believing, like the Chinese, that anything circular brings an infinity of luck. Placed on a wicker basket,Continue reading “How to Make a Spiritual Assessment”

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Paano Ka Ba Humingi ng Tulong sa Diyos?

25 Hunyo 2010. Biyernes ng ika-12 Linggo ng Taon 2 Kings 25: 1-12; Psalm 137; Matthew 8, 1-4 Noong mga panahon, hindi tinatanggap ng lipunan ang isang ketongin sa takot na mahawa. Sa kasalukuyan, nalulunasan na ang sakit na ketong. Ngunit may matutunan tayo sa kuwento ngayong araw. Unang-una, lumapit ang ketongin upang malinis ito.Continue reading “Paano Ka Ba Humingi ng Tulong sa Diyos?”

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When Someone Prays for Me

28 May 2009. Thursday of the 7th Week of EasterActs 22, 30 – 23,6-11; Psalm 16; John 17, 20-26 If we reflect on the prayer of Jesus, which is today’s Gospel, it reaches beyond his immediate circle of friends. It includes everyone, all of us, in his oneness with the Father. For John, communion withContinue reading “When Someone Prays for Me”

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Pray to Change

5 March 2009 Thursday of the 1st Week of LentEsther C, 12-25; Psalm 138; Matthew 7, 7-12 The readings today are all about prayer. Prayer brings us to our very depths; to the innermost and central core of our life. There we meet God. Thus, prayer is about our relationship with God. Prayer then transformsContinue reading “Pray to Change”

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Up to the Mountain

28 October 2008 Feasts of Sts. Simon and JudeEphesians 2, 19-22; Psalm 19; Luke 6, 12-16 The Gospel today begins by telling us that Jesus ‘went to the mountain to pray and he spent the night in prayer to God’. After praying, he called his disciples, and from them, He chose Twelve, whom he calledContinue reading “Up to the Mountain”

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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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Prayer and Valentines

14 February 2008 Thursday of the 1st Week of LentEsther C: 12, 14-16, 23-25; Psalm 138; Matthew 7, 7-12 The first reading is a dramatic story recounting the deliverance of the Jews from grave danger through a heroine. The palace of King Xerxes I (486-464 BC) in Susa is the setting of the book ofContinue reading “Prayer and Valentines”

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