Browsing All posts tagged under »god«

True love is 3-way

June 3, 2012


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 […]

Prayer for friends, myself

November 20, 2011


And life goes on despite our troubles. Prayers for those who need them most. "The storms of life may shake our ground, / a greater peace still dwells in our hearts. / The dreams we build may fall apart, / a deeper hope still runs in our hearts. "Fear no harm, we are ruled by a far greater love, / a far greater love..." Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit, as it was in the beginning, is now, and will be forever. Amen.

Because love is more than a feeling

February 14, 2011


Nothing is more practical than finding God, than falling in love in a quite absolute, final way. What you are in love with, what seizes your imagination, will affect everything. It will decide what will get you out of bed in the morning, what you do with your evenings, how you spend your weekends, what […]

Because life is like an essay

January 1, 2011


Lest it be pointless, an essay should follow a clear and focused thesis statement. Shouldn’t this be the case with life as well? In the beginning of his classic ‘Spiritual Exercises,’ the founder of the Jesuits, St. Ignatius of Loyola, articulates what I consider a thesis statement of life. It is clear and logical, and befits its subject […]

If only we saw the first Nativity scene

December 24, 2010


This season of glitters, gifts, and lights paints for us a neat and romantic picture of the first Christmas night. But if we had lived 2,000 years ago — without the preconditioning that the baby who was born will eventually heal the sick, raise the dead, and die and rise from the dead himself — would we have believed?  Jesus, in the […]

Faith that’s not ‘user-friendly’

December 3, 2010


“Pagkabighani” (A prayer of St. Francis Xavier, the Jesuit co-founder and missionary whose feast we celebrate today, as translated by Fr. Albert Alejo, SJ) Hindi sa langit Mong pangako sa akin Ako naaakit na Kita’y mahalin, At hindi sa apoy–kahit anong lagim– Ako mapipilit nginig Kang sambahin. Naaakit ako na Ika’y mamalas Nakapako sa krus, hinahamak-hamak. […]