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By Ma. Ceres P. Doyo
While many Filipino Church leaders are now on the campaign trail to openly and blatantly discredit candidates whom they consider “antilife” and anti-Catholic because these candidates went against the official Church stand on the Reproductive Health Law and supported it, I don’t see a groundswell that would spell the ultimate doom of these pro-RH candidates in the May 13 polls. Meaning, candidates will rise or fall not on RH issues.
By Carmelita Roxas Natividad
If cavemen did not venture outside their caves at night to gaze at the stars and ponder the what and why of what they were seeing, we would probably still be living in caves today. The history of humankind tells of the evolution of humans from cave dwellers to hunters and nomads, to settlers, to communities, countries and nations. Alongside the progress of civilization is an evolvement of humans’ intelligence from instincts to consciousness to an awareness of the self (they know that they know).
By Conrado de Quiros
Fr. Robert Reyes and Msgr. Sabino Vengco offer several explanations. That’s for the SWS survey that says the Filipino Catholic faithful are increasingly becoming less faithful. Only 37 percent now go to Mass compared to 64 percent in 1991. And 9.2 percent now even contemplate leaving the fold completely
By Clarynse N. Subijano
Whenever I leave our convent to go to the children’s hospital where we have our apostolate, my prayer is simply to live the present moment and bring God’s presence to the people I’ll meet. Surely, I thought, God would reveal himself to me through them.
By Rina Jimenez-David
Here’s a Holy Week reflection from Lingayen-Dagupan Archbishop Socrates B. Villegas, excerpted from the essay “Bruce Lee’s Priest” published in his book “Stewards of Jesus.” Learn how, of all people, Bruce Lee inspired Bishop Soc’s vocation and his desire to serve God through serving humanity: God called me to follow Him and He called me [...]
By Consuelo Maria G. Lucero
One chilly night a week before my exams, I met two crying boys, aged seven and 10, at the threshold of the National Shrine of St. Jude Thaddeus. It was past 8 p.m., I was tired and dizzy from a long day of study, and the parish caretaker was already turning off the lights.
By Juan L. Mercado
Our hand froze before twisting open the hospital room door knob. “No Visitors Allowed,” the sign read. The wife pushed me gently forward. We tiptoed in.
Early Christmas morning I went for a walk through our farm in Lala, Lanao del Norte. There was a gentle breeze blowing through.
By Conrado de Quiros
My first thought was that they were text jokes, and if so the joke was on them since they had just texted someone out of the country. But no, they weren’t jokes at all, they were perfectly serious.
By Maria Myka R. Bomediano
WHEN YOU graduate from college, you think that the world is your oyster. After all, it is the beginning of the rest of your life.
By Fr. Joaquin G. Bernas S. J.
One of the distractions I had during the long weekend was trying to find out the etymology of the word “undas.” I thought it might be an old Tagalog word, but my Tagalog colleagues could not tell me its origin. Neither could the ones steeped in Spanish. The dictionaries themselves simply say “All Saints Day” or “Todos los Santos.” I guess I will have to wait until someone gives me the definitive answer before next “undas.”
By Nheslaine Eval
It’s been months since I last stepped inside a church to say my prayers and then go home like it’s an ordinary day of the week. I was born and raised Catholic; my life was packed with lessons from the Bible, meaningful time with the parish youth ministry, and faith that God is with me no matter what.