Browsing All posts tagged under »sainthood«

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 […]

An insider’s look into the Little Flower’s final hours

October 31, 2010

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Hailed by Pope Pius X as “the greatest saint of modern times,” St. Therese of the Child Jesus shows a way to holiness bereft of magnificence. Ordinary people like us can follow in the footsteps of the Saint of the Little Way, who says: Little things done out of love are those that charm the Heart of Christ … […]

The book that I often cannot stand

September 5, 2010

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Whenever I scan my book shelves, I often try to play blind to that book on the quotes of Mother Teresa. The book disturbs me. Mother Teresa’s words and deeds are radical examples of self-denial, love for God and solidarity with the poor, which are so difficult to reason against because she was, after all, […]