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you will merit just as it is made known to you, since you are ready for anything-ready to leave, ready to remain. May God be praised for this holy indifference, which makes you a most fitting instrument for the works of God! Vincent de Paul

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Nov 012014
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (José Antonio Pagola)

In God’s hands We men and woman of today do not know what to do with death.  Sometimes the only thing that comes into our mind is to ignore it and not to talk about it, to forget this sad event as soon as possible, fulfill the necessary religious or civil formalities, and then get back once again to our daily life. But sooner or later, death comes visiting our homes and takes away from us our dearest loved ones. How do we react when [...] → [Read the full text]

Nov 012014
Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

If we have died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him (Rom 6, 8) Whether at death I rest eternally in God or my heart stays restless will depend on whether during my mortal life my heart is in God as my treasure or I cherish worldly goods and rely on them. My pursuit of the lasting city begins in this passing city. I cannot arrive at my final destination without taking the beginning steps. Admiral William McRaven reminds me in [...] → [Read the full text]

Oct 252014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (José Antonio Pagola)

To believe in love Not a few people find Christian religion to be a religious system that is difficult to understand, and above all, a framework of laws that is too complicated for someone to live correctly before God.  Do not we Christians need to focus our attention much more on taking care of what is essential in the Christian experience before anything else? The Gospels have preserved Jesus’ response to a group of Pharisees who ask him what is the most important commandment of [...] → [Read the full text]

Oct 252014
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the Holy Spirit (1 Thes 1, 6) It is easy to recite the two inseparable commandments on which the whole law and the prophets depend. What we find difficult is to love concretely the invisible God by loving the neighbor we see. And even harder to love are those we cannot avoid but do not want to see. They are everywhere nowadays, in the poorest countries and in the richest, men and women of sorrow and [...] → [Read the full text]

Oct 182014
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (José Antonio Pagola)

The poor are God’s Behind Jesus’ back, the Pharisees reach an agreement to prepare a decisive trap for him.  They do not come themselves to meet him.  They send some of their disciples, along with some supporters of Herod Antipas.  Perhaps not missing in that group are some powerful collectors of taxes for Rome. The trap is well thought out: “Is it lawful to pay census tax to Caesar or not?”  If he answers negatively, they will be able to accuse him of rebellion against [...] → [Read the full text]

Oct 182014
Twenty-Ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time (Rosalino Reyes Dizon)

Not in word alone, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit (1 Thes 1, 5) God speaks to us. But do we really understand him? Who guarantees us the truth? He speaks to us definitively and unambiguously through his Son, even though we, while hearing the same word, do not always understand it in the same way. Different stances give rise to different interpretations, for instance, of “Repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Some cite [...] → [Read the full text]

Oct 112014
Twenty-Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time (José Antonio Pagola)

Invitation Jesus knew very well how the rural folks of Galilee enjoyed themselves at the weddings that were celebrated in the villages.  Without a doubt, he himself took part in more than one.  What experience could have been more joyful for those people than to be invited to a wedding and to be able to sit down with their neighbors to share a wedding feast together? This remembrance from Jesus’ childhood helped him at some point to communicate his experience of God in a new [...] → [Read the full text]