“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”

“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”

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

Every Christian, by virtue of baptism, is a missionary or is called to be a missionary. Today’s Gospel periscope contains some of the principles of missiology and the demands of missionary discipleship. From the beginning, it is very clear that Jesus’ mission of proclaiming the Kingdom of God is intended for all peoples and forContinue reading ““God’s Mission and the Call to Missionary Discipleship” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“LUKE 9; 51-62” by Fr. Tasang

Discipleship therefore is about following Jesus, calling us to a life in common and in communion with him. The common ground of communion of life with Jesus is: detachment from material things so that one is open and ready, freedom from fear of death, and finally a rejection of any fetters from the past soContinue reading ““LUKE 9; 51-62” by Fr. Tasang”

“Personal Queries” by Fr. Joel

“If anyone wants to be a follower of mine, let him renounce himself and take up his cross every day and follow me. For anyone who wants to save his life will lose it; but anyone who loses his life for my sake, that man will save it.” Let’s imagine Jesus being physically present mContinue reading ““Personal Queries” by Fr. Joel”

“Compassion Leads to Action”, by Fr. Reu

What belongs to Jesus – his authority and triumph over death — he first shared with the lowly. Both the first reading and the gospel present two almost similar stories of God’s action of bringing bring back to life a dead person. It is easy to rationalize these events especially in terms of acknowledging God’sContinue reading ““Compassion Leads to Action”, by Fr. Reu”

“Touched by Padre Pio’s Guardian Angel”, by Letty Jacinto-Lopez

It was 1965. My brother and sister-in-law (“sis” for short) had wanted to have a baby in the first five years of their married life but all attempts failed. Anxious and getting desperate, my sis agreed to travel to a then-sleepy town called San Giovanni Rotondo — about a five-hour drive from Rome, Italy —Continue reading ““Touched by Padre Pio’s Guardian Angel”, by Letty Jacinto-Lopez”