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Christ’s suffering was obedience to the Father’s will

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Late last year I was talking to a friend who shared his “horror” story about dealing with an institution for a project in a field to which he had dedicated his life.

Posted: April 13th, 2014 in Headlines | Read More »

A special moment to remember, to celebrate and to believe

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The raising of Lazarus, this Sunday’s Gospel, is the final miracle in the Gospel of John. After this, Christ journeys to Jerusalem. This is the final Sunday of Lent, and next Sunday we start Holy Week with Passion or Palm Sunday.

Posted: April 6th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Recognizing Christ’s presence is the most effective antidote against the ego

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The other day I was talking to a young man, in his early 30s, who is very driven and accomplished. He was a good student, doing very well in his career and aiming for his best in whatever he gets into.

Posted: March 30th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

To be a sinner and a saint

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One of the interesting concepts we studied in philosophy and theology is the ad intra and ad extra dynamics or movements in the Church.

Posted: March 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Living in the present and knowing God’s love is enough

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One wise principle of spirituality is to live in the present moment and not be trapped in the past or fear for the future. Both entrapments are tools of the evil spirit.

Posted: March 2nd, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

What ‘eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth’ really means

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“An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.” The lex talionis, as this Old Testament law is called, is supposedly the oldest recorded or known principle in the world. While this may seem like a tit-for-tat law, bordering on the vengeful, it is important to go back to its roots—the context in which it was formulated and the value it wanted to uphold.

Posted: February 23rd, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Understanding the law of God

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This Sunday, I invite you to reflect on the law of God as one major theme that runs through today’s readings. In our faith tradition, the law is framed within our relationship with God, our covenant with God.

Posted: February 16th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Being salt and light

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Our novice master, the “saintly” Fr. Mat Sanchez, S.J., used to tease us not to be “huwag-na-pa,” what is perhaps best described hypocritical false modesty: one who pretends to be modest or humble—“huwag na” or not wanting to be noticed—but actually wants to be praised, or even be the star or hero—-pa” for “sige pa” or more, more, more.

Posted: February 9th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Presenting the Christ to ourself and defining our personal mission

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Today is a special Sunday, the Feast of the Presentation or the Feast of the Candlemas in the old liturgy.

Posted: February 2nd, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

The fruits of solitude and prayer

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In one of the “Star Wars” trilogy, there is a dramatic scene that involves Ben Kenobi, the guru and mentor of the hero, Luke Skywalker; in the middle of a battle with Darth Vader to fend him off and allow Luke’s escape, Ben stops fighting when he sees that Luke’s escape and safety are assured.

Posted: January 26th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

Twin fiestas mirror Filipinos’ duality of spirit

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There seems to be a consensus among scripture commentators that the reference to children in today’s Gospel carries two ideas: one, children who were counted among the poor, the disadvantaged and the helpless; and two, children who in their simple innocence showed humility.

Posted: January 19th, 2014 in Headlines,Sunday Lifestyle | Read More »

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