“Vigilance” by Fr. Balltazar Obico, OFM

“Be prepared, for at an hour you do not expect, the Son of Man will come.“ It has been said by many cultural anthropologists that one of our cultural traits as Filipinos is the mañana habit; to postpone tasks to be done for some other days with the thought of having ample time to finishContinue reading ““Vigilance” by Fr. Balltazar Obico, OFM”

“The Real Security” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

“Take care to guard against all greed, for though one may be rich, one’s life does not consist of possessions.” (v.15) The international media absorbed it right in their headlines, “The Pope Urges Us to denounce materialism!” This emotional plea by our beloved Pontiff became like a dewfall, leaving young people, especially those who wereContinue reading ““The Real Security” by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

“TEMPUS FUGIT, MEMENTO MORI”

A Reflection for the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C by Fr. Robert B. Manansala, OFM The Trappist Monks, known for their strict observance of monastic life of silence, prayer, work and study used to greet one another with the greeting “Memento Mori.” “Memento mori” can be translated as “Remember death.” A translation thatContinue reading ““TEMPUS FUGIT, MEMENTO MORI””

“Efficacy of and Persistence in Prayer”, by Fr. Balltazar Obico, OFM

Our prayers are efficacious not because of their forms. They are helpful and facilitative, but because of the goodness and generosity of the Father, prayer is rooted in the kindness and generosity of God. Introduction. There was a time during the height of the popularity of the Cursillo Movement when every Cursillista addressed Jesus asContinue reading ““Efficacy of and Persistence in Prayer”, by Fr. Balltazar Obico, OFM”

“Discipleship: Hospitality in Reverse”, by Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM

Discipleship then is first and foremost “going to Jesus” and finding time to listen so we can do what God wills. Hospitality is one of the remarkable traits of Filipinos. We love to prepare something special for our guests. Others would even spend beyond their means to give their best. For some it is anContinue reading ““Discipleship: Hospitality in Reverse”, by Fr. Reu Galoy, OFM”

“Burning One’s Bridges and One’s Boats”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

13th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Last Saturday, I officiated the beautiful wedding of a wonderful couple named Christian and Chassie. One of the highlights of the ceremony was the couple’s touching personally written exchange of vows. This was done before the official and canonical exchange of vows prescribed by the Church, which canContinue reading ““Burning One’s Bridges and One’s Boats”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“God’s Mission, Jessica Kunz, and the Call to Missionary Evangelization”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C As Christians, one of the transitions that we have to make is the transition from being a disciple to being an apostle. A disciple is one who is called to follow the Lord. An apostle is a disciple who is sent out to proclaim the Lord and hisContinue reading ““God’s Mission, Jessica Kunz, and the Call to Missionary Evangelization”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“The Good Samaritan’s Concrete and Practical Love”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

15th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C Roy B. Zuck tells a story about a pastor who announced his topic for his sermon as “Ignorance and Indifference.” A person in the congregation saw that in the bulletin and asked his friend, “What does that mean?” His friend answered, “I don’t know and I don’t care.”Continue reading ““The Good Samaritan’s Concrete and Practical Love”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Who is my Neighbor?” by Fr. EJ

For Jesus it was shockingly so simple, loving the neighbor as oneself is taken very literally. The Story of the lawyer’s question and its answer in parables is a familiar one, not only because we hear it often and it is easy to remember, but because we often find ourselves situated in that story. TheContinue reading ““Who is my Neighbor?” by Fr. EJ”

WHOSE AUTHORITY? GOD’S!!! Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, Reflection by Fr. Robert B. Manansala, OFM

(Dt 18:15-20; 1Cor 7:32-35; Mk 1:21-28) What do you think is the difference between an orator of the world and an orator of God’s Word? In the ongoing Impeachment Trial in the Senate of the Philippines as an Impeachment Court, we see a lot of orators and hear a lot of orations. The Dominican Fr.Continue reading “WHOSE AUTHORITY? GOD’S!!! Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year B, Reflection by Fr. Robert B. Manansala, OFM”