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By Gerald M. Nicolas
In a coauthored book “On Heaven and Earth,” the future pope, then Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, hit the nail on the head by offering an alternative understanding of the oft-abused and misused term “charity.” From a Catholic perspective, he says, “Christian charity is the love of God and neighbor. It can begin with aid, but it cannot stop at fundraising events. These are things that are called works of charity when, in reality, they are social-conscience calming activities. These kinds of programs are carried out in order to feel good about oneself, but love always requires a person to go out from himself, to truly give oneself to others… There is no charity without love, and if vanity is part of helping the needy, there is no love; it is feigned charity.”
By Conrado de Quiros
I’m a fan. In but four months, Pope Francis has given more relevance to Christianity than his predecessors have done in 40 years. At least he has given Christianity back its spirit. The Christ of the Bible was one who walked with fishermen and at least one well-known prostitute, spoke with beggars and lepers, and [...]
Carmelita Roxas Natividad’s commentary (“A new spirituality,” Opinion, 6/20/13) suggests that we look for a new way of religion: a new way of prayer to replace novenas and the rosary—that is, a prayer life incorporated into one’s way of life and moral obligations, a new way of relationships, accepting all people without any bias.
Tumpak po ang March 23 editorial (“Lawyer-dominated society”) ninyo. Sapul po kaming mga lawyers.
By Randy David
Someone’s death is always a cause for sorrow and grieving—especially when it is unexpected and unjust. Such is the instant impact of University of the Philippines student Kristel Tejada’s death on all of us who have links with UP. Lament is our first response. We shake our heads in utter disbelief, and, even as we try to pin the blame for this tragedy on particular individuals, we silently seek expiation for our own guilt. We cannot be blameless when one of our promising students is forced to drop out because she cannot pay her student loan. That is how I see the flurry of efforts to repair and compensate for a system whose built-in wickedness has victimized this young student.
By Juan L. Mercado
The Muslim Koran mentions her 54 times and devotes the 19th chapter or “sura” to her. Christians call her “our tainted nature’s solitary boast.” Who is this lady they’re talking about? Miriam of Nazareth—and of the Jewish faith.
By Raymund E. Narag
I marched in the graduation ceremonies of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan, last May 4. Pending a successful defense of my dissertation, I will receive a doctoral degree in criminal justice. From a maligned ex-inmate in one of the most crowded jails in the Philippines, I will become “Dr. Narag,” with specialization in prison administration.
By Fiorello Provera
Recently, the human-rights activist, former Dutch politician, and Somali exile Ayaan Hirsi Ali wrote about a global war on Christians in Muslim countries. She discussed at length the appalling phenomenon of violent intolerance toward Christian communities, and cast blame on the international community and prominent NGOs for failing to address this problem.
By Rigoberto Tiglao
It’s the most startling feature of the biblical account of Christianity’s defining event. It wasn’t the High Priest Caiaphas nor Pontius Pilate, nor any powerful man or elite who condemned Jesus of Nazareth to crucifixion.
By Jose Ma. Montelibano
4.5 million Filipino families experience hunger and the rest who can help prevent this watch as they go hungry. It is a cursed life that the hungry live, and it is a curse that many who can help, but do not, will have to bear in their lives.
By Michael L. Tan
There are now about 2.18 billion Christians, about a third of the total global population. The figure comes from an American organization, the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion and Public Life, in a report, “Global Christianity: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World’s Christian Population.” (Go to pewforum.org for materials.)
By Quincy T. Ataviado
Gary, a boarder sleeping in his room alone, awoke and felt someone roll on top of him, trying to sodomize him. He struggled and threw the being off. He sat up and saw a shadowy figure crouched on the floor. The figure vanished slowly from his sight. The incident alarmed the household. For days afterward, [...]