“FISHERS OF PEOPLE”, (Third Sunday of Easter, Year C) by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

Some days ago, the newspapers carried the Social Weather Stations survey results indicating that in the Philippines, on a national scale, religious affiliation to the Catholic Church has gone down from 85% in 1991 to 81% in 2013 and church attendance among Catholics has dramatically declined from 64% to 37% in the same time period.Continue reading ““FISHERS OF PEOPLE”, (Third Sunday of Easter, Year C) by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Doubting Thomas, Believing Thomas” (Divine Mercy Sunday), by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

A story is told about a preacher who began his sermon by saying: “Brothers and sisters, here you are coming to pray for rain. I’d just like to ask you some questions. Where are your umbrellas? Do you have some doubts that the Lord will answer our prayers? Don’t you have faith in the powerContinue reading ““Doubting Thomas, Believing Thomas” (Divine Mercy Sunday), by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“DIVINE MERCY”, Second Sunday of Easter, Year C, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

The story is told of a young French soldier who deserted Napoleon’s army but who, within a matter of hours, was caught by his own troops. To discourage soldiers from abandoning their posts the penalty for desertion was death. The young soldier’s mother heard what had happened and went to plead with Napoleon to spareContinue reading ““DIVINE MERCY”, Second Sunday of Easter, Year C, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“The Power of the Resurrection”, Easter Sunday, Year C by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

On this Easter Sunday allow me to focus our reflections on the themes of transformation and liberation and freedom from sin, suffering, darkness, death and decay as brought about by the power of the resurrection of Jesus. We begin with a story. The Jesuit Fr, Mark Link shares a beautiful story narrated by Ernest GordonContinue reading ““The Power of the Resurrection”, Easter Sunday, Year C by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Resurrection: Heart of Faith”, John 20:1-9, by Fr. Joel

The closer we are-to Jesus, the more we can be assured of the resurrection in the afterlife that we will all experience. The Resurrection of Jesus is an event prefigured by himself in the many subtle encounters in the gospels. The apex of which happened after His unbearable suffering and cruel death. How can peopleContinue reading ““Resurrection: Heart of Faith”, John 20:1-9, by Fr. Joel”

“Palm Sunday”, by Fr. Baltazar

May our reflections of Jesus’ suffering, death and resurrection this week remind us that unlike other dramas, we are not mere spectators but participants in this event. Today is a puzzling Sunday; the liturgy is a paradox, if not a contradiction. We have two names for this Sunday, PALM SUNDAY AND PASSION SUNDAY. You haveContinue reading ““Palm Sunday”, by Fr. Baltazar”

“Readers, Hearers, Doers and Sharers of the Word”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM on January 26/27

How many of us have copies of the Bible? More importantly, how many of us read these copies of the Bible regularly or even everyday? A survey conducted by the LifeWay Research some years ago indicated that 80% of Churchgoers do not read the Bible. The Rasmussen Poll recently did a survey about Bible-reading inContinue reading ““Readers, Hearers, Doers and Sharers of the Word”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM on January 26/27″

“Turn and Return to the Lord”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Emeritus of the Church, who ended his papal or petrine ministry on February 28, has been called the Pope of the basics. During his papacy, Pope Benedict invited and challenged the faithful to return to the fundamentals of our Christian faith. This challenge has been expressed, for example, inContinue reading ““Turn and Return to the Lord”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“God’s Forgiving, All-embracing, Patient, Searching and Seeking Love”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

Fr. Frank Mihalik, SVD tells a story about God’s forgiveness. One day, a woman on one of the Pacific Islands came to a missionary carrying a handful of sand, which was still dripping water. The woman asked, “Do you know what this is?” “It looks like sand,” answered the missionary. “Do you know why IContinue reading ““God’s Forgiving, All-embracing, Patient, Searching and Seeking Love”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Transforming Mountaintop Experience”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

The psychologist Abraham Maslow described peak experiences “as especially significant moments in life, involving feelings of intense happiness and well-being, wonder and awe, and possibly awareness of transcendental unity or knowledge of higher truth often from vastly profound and awe-inspiring perspective.” Peak experiences also “tend to be uplifting and ego-transcending, releasing creative energies and affirmingContinue reading ““Transforming Mountaintop Experience”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”