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True love is 3-way

June 3, 2012

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What is love? God is love (1 Jn 4: 8). And who is God? God is the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit — a Trinity that shows love is neither one-way nor two-way, but always three-way. We celebrate this dogma of the Triune God today, Trinity Sunday, as the central mystery of […]

Why do Catholics ‘worship’ saints?

February 19, 2012

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This weekend, I wrote a story for Rappler about the upcoming canonization of the 2nd Filipino saint, Visayan teenager Pedro Calungsod. Inevitably, a question is raised alongside stories like this: Why do Catholics “worship” saints in the first place? This concern is valid given the misplaced devotion of a number of Catholics, who think saints […]

Praying with the Pope: January

January 1, 2012

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This January we join Pope Benedict XVI in his general prayer intention: “That the victims of natural disasters may receive the spiritual and material comfort they need to rebuild their lives.” We also join the Pope in his mission intention: “That the dedication of Christians to peace may bear witness to the name of Christ […]

Pope prays for victims of Sendong

December 26, 2011

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MANILA, Philippines – In his annual Christmas message, Pope Benedict XVI prayed for flood-stricken victims in southern Philippines who observed the feast of Jesus Christ’s birth amid a death toll that has risen to over 1,200 so far. “May the Lord grant comfort to the peoples of Southeast Asia, particularly Thailand and the Philippines, who […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Finale with Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ

December 24, 2011

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Brothers and sisters, the second preface of Advent, the one we read in the Mass today, articulates for us what our spirit should be like these days so that when He comes, He will find us watching in prayer, our hearts full of wonder and praise. So tonight, there is nothing new which will be […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 8 with Fr. Johnny Go, SJ

December 23, 2011

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There’s a saying that goes: “It ain’t over till the fat lady sings.” In our Gospel reading this evening, we have a pregnant woman singing, so that got me thinking. Mary sings her magnificent song, the Magnificat, when she sees for herself the sign promised to her by the angel during the Annunciation. Her elderly […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 7 with Fr. Luis David, SJ

December 22, 2011

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The evangelist Luke begins his record of the coming of Christ, the savior of the world… with the story of two women who, by all human standards, should never have had children. The first story centers on Elizabeth, a woman in her 60s or 70s or even 80s. All her life, she had never been […]