Why we shouldn’t say ‘back to reality’

January 3, 2012


This week we return to the workplace after the holidays, but “back to reality” is something we shouldn’t say. Because to say that is to submit to the worldview that work comprises our entire reality, when in fact work is but a part of it. Are vacations – the time we spend with our family […]

UST ‘at a loss’ about online journos

January 2, 2012


(UPDATED) One of Asia’s oldest universities seems to need lecturing about online journalism. In its reaction to Rappler’s recent story on Chief Justice Renato Corona’s questionable Ph.D., the University of Santo Tomas (UST) said it did not give its side to the author, Marites Dañguilan Vitug, due to its concerns regarding online journalism, among other […]

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Praying with the Pope: January

January 1, 2012


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 […]

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Pope prays for victims of Sendong

December 26, 2011


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 […]

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

December 24, 2011


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 […]

Magnitude-3.4 quake jolts Sta. Cruz, Laguna

December 23, 2011


A magnitude-3.4 earthquake rocked Sta. Cruz, Laguna past midnight on Friday, the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs) said. The earthquake, which was tectonic in origin, struck the southern Luzon municipality at 1:26 a.m., Phivolcs said on its website. Phivolcs said it expects no damage or aftershocks from the earthquake. The agency classified the earthquake […]

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

December 23, 2011


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 […]