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Best way to prepare for meaningful Christmas

This refers to Asuncion David Maramba’s commentary ( “How will the CBCP handle this?” Opinion, 12/2/13) on the Vatican’s instruction to “national bishops’ conferences around the world to conduct a wide-ranging poll of Catholics asking their opinions on Church teachings.” To appreciate better the Church’s stand on moral issues such as the use of contraceptives [...]

Posted: January 2nd, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Cooking in the time of the Philippine Revolution

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Filipino homes are festive for both Christmas and New Year’s Eve celebrations with some slight differences: Gifts are exchanged after the noche buena (Dec. 24), while media noche (Dec. 31) is lit up by sparklers (luces) and noisy firecrackers to drive away the bad fortune and spirits of the past year. Filipino tables on these [...]

Posted: December 31st, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Count blessings, limit resolutions

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For the first time in many, many years, our family was complete for the Christmas holidays. All three grandchildren were in town with two from Chicago—and I was reminded of the saying that “grandchildren are the dots that connect the lines from generation to generation.” As Mary H. Waldrip put it: “They are God’s way [...]

Posted: December 29th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Christmas on the eve of the Philippine Revolution

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Christmas gifts have been opened, the sweets digested and the cholesterol delights of noche buena are clogging our arteries—yet many Filipinos are already looking forward to the next feast, media noche, to bid goodbye to the old year and greet the new one with hope.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

A Pope and his people

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We are celebrating the Christmas Season still, Christmas Day has come and gone, but not the spirit, not at all the spirit. Most Filipinos are Christian, and even the Muslim minority, and the Communist Left, have traditionally accepted this season as very special to Christians.

Posted: December 26th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Viewpoints | Read More »

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