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‘If a sermon goes on too long…’

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Before you listen to tonight’s Christmas Eve homily, you may want to prepare for the ordeal with the following joke. “We know… that both [the faithful] and their ordained ministers suffer because of homilies: the laity from having to listen to them and the clergy from having to preach them!”

Posted: December 23rd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

The faith, not the structure

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“Church or no church, dawn Masses go on,” goes the headline of a story in yesterday’s issue of the Inquirer about the first day of the nine-day “Simbang Gabi” or dawn Mass, one of the most beloved and enduring traditions of the Filipino Christmas celebration.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Geography of the heart

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The traditional “Misa de Gallo” starts on Dec. 16 and ends on Christmas Eve. And once again, the features of a grime-streaked beggar who wouldn’t budge from the church door will haunt us.

Posted: December 13th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Make it meaningful

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When the month of December began, I decided to take a break in my daily grind to muse on a meaningful Christmas.

Posted: December 22nd, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Why Pinoys hang on to Christmas for 4 months

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Officialy, the early morning Misa de Gallo today, so called because of the crowing of roosters (gallo), marks the beginning of a nine-day countdown to Christmas but every Filipino, and expatriate, knows the Christmas season here starts much earlier, covering the last four “ber” months of the year.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

‘Geography of the Heart’

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On Dec. 16 we mark the first of nine “Simbang Gabi” Masses. Our parents called this run-up to Christmas as “Misa de Gallo”. Before cockcrow, families streamed into star-lantern-festooned churches for the “Mass of the Rooster”. Snacks of puto bumbong, chocolate and rice cakes followed.

Posted: December 15th, 2012 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Featured Columns,Featured Headline,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

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