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In a word, we owe obedience to the bishops in all things pertaining to our work in the missions, with ordinands, etc., but the spiritual and internal direction belongs to the Superior General. Vincent de Paul

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Nov 222014
Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (José Antonio Pagola)

A strange judgment The sources leave no room for any doubt. Jesus devotes his life to those he sees are in need of help. He cannot pass up any opportunity to help them. No suffering is alien to him. He identifies with the least and the helpless and does all he can for them. For him, mercy comes first. The only way for us to be like God: “Be merciful as your Father is merciful.” How could we be surprised that, when speaking of the […] → [Read the full text]

Nov 222014
A Message from José Antonio Pagola

Thanks to all These days I am completing 34 years of writing my weekly commentary on the gospel reading for each Sunday. At first, it was through the newspaper and the radio of my city, San Sebastián, Spain. Afterwards, it was through the internet by way of the Evangelization Network Buenas Noticias. I feel that the time has come for me to close out this cycle that has stimulated and enriched me so much. I am not retiring from my evangelizing activity nor from my […] → [Read the full text]

Nov 222014
Jesus Christ, King of the Universe (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

That God may be all in all (1 Cor 15, 28) The kingship of Jesus Christ puts into question all other kingship. He alone has full rights to everybody’s loyalty. It is as questionable to call anyone a king as to call him Rabbi, father or master. There is only one. Moreover, even a good Rabbi, father or master is not wholly blameless. There is only one who is totally good and does not disappoint, God. He never takes back his love from even the […] → [Read the full text]

Nov 152014
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (José Antonio Pagola)

Creative searching In spite of its apparent simplicity, the parable of the talents packs an explosive charge.  Surprisingly, the “third servant” is condemned without having done anything bad.  His only mistake consists in “not doing anything”: he does not take risks with his talent, he does not make it bear fruit, he keeps it intact in a safe place. Jesus’ message is clear:  no to conservatism, yes to creativity; no to a sterile life, yes to the active response to God; no to obsession with […] → [Read the full text]

Nov 152014
Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Let us stay alert (1 Thes 5, 6) Jesus keeps urging us, “Do not be afraid.” He does not want our hearts to be troubled or frightened. But without doubt we give away, not infrequently, our faintheartedness. It is as though we had received a spirit of slavery and cowardice. My cowardice shows up in the way I cling to my so very insufficient securities and to my pettiness. To protect them, I locked myself in my little shell; I do not go out to […] → [Read the full text]

Nov 082014
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (José Antonio Pagola)

What is our religion like? The story of Jesus’ intervention in the Jerusalem temple is recorded in all four gospels.  It is John who describes his reaction in the most graphic way: with a whip, Jesus drives out of the sacred temple area the animals for sacrifice that are being sold, overturns the money-changers’ tables and spills their coins.  A cry comes out of his lips: “Stop making my Father’s house a marketplace.” This gesture will trigger his arrest and swift execution.  To attack the […] → [Read the full text]

Nov 082014
Dedication of the Lateran Basilica (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Do you not know that you are the temple of God? (1 Cor 3, 16) Christ loves the Church, handing himself over for her. He cleanses her with the bath of water with the word. Before her Lord, the Church must be holy and without blemish. Zealous for God’s house, Jesus drives out those who keep turning it into a marketplace. Because of this cleansing gesture, he will be accused of blasphemy, as was prophet Jeremiah before. The accusation will lead to his crucifixion, death […] → [Read the full text]