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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 […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 6 with Fr. Jose Mario Francisco, SJ

December 21, 2011

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Our Pinoy Christmas is feast for the senses. Our eyes are dazzled by Christmas lights and colors. Our mouths and stomachs water over just the thought of moist bibingka, alcohol-lazed fruitcake, and whatever your families put on the noche buena table. But perhaps our sense of hearing is what is most fully loaded, listening to […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 5 with Fr. Raymund-Benedict Hizon, SJ

December 20, 2011

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It is not easy to preach today. Not with news of people missing and dying and bodies decaying. Not with a shortage of food and water — not in Africa or some other faraway place that is simply out of our reach or out of our league. This time, and so close to Christmas, suffering […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 4 with Fr. Norberto Bautista, SJ

December 19, 2011

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What mostly attracts me, really, in the Annunciation story is not so much the grand plan of God through the angel for Mary to become the mother of the Son of God, or the fortunate fate of Mary as the one He has chosen. What I find touching here is the littleness of Mary – […]

Simbang Gabi Homilies: Day 3 with Fr. Jose Cecilio Magadia, SJ

December 18, 2011

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This year is the 50th anniversary of what is arguably the best Hollywood film adaptation of a Broadway musical. That is West Side Story – which in turn is also an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. It is set in the 1950s in Upper West Side Manhattan, and instead of the Montagues and Capulets, […]