“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”

“Called and Sent: Vocation and Mission” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

The word vocation comes from the Latin word “vocare,” which means “to call.” Simply put, a vocation is a calling. And if we recognize that vocation ultimately is from God, then we speak of vocation as God’s calling. In his book “A Sense of Vocation,” Larry Cochran examines the meaning of a sense of vocationContinue reading ““Called and Sent: Vocation and Mission” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“What should we do?” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

This personal and self-implicating question needs to be answered during this season of prayer, reflection and self-examination. The Third Sunday of Advent has been called Gaudete Sunday, after the Latin gaudete, “to rejoice.” The mood of joyful expectation is what characterizes the readings for this Sunday. The First Reading from the Book Of Zephaniah (ZepContinue reading ““What should we do?” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Called to be Prophets”, by Fr. Robert

A story is told about a man who was on his way home after a Sunday Mass. The man was asked, “Is the homily done?” The man replied, “The Word of God has been proclaimed and preached, but it remains to be done.” A similar message was given by St. Francis de Sales. The saintContinue reading ““Called to be Prophets”, by Fr. Robert”

“Feast of the Sto. Nino”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

There is an expression that says: “There is a little child in all of us, and if that child is extinguished, if he or she does not have a chance to speak and to live, we very quickly die as human beings.” The Jesuit Fr. Joseph Galdon narrates a story about a Jesuit Prison Chaplain.Continue reading ““Feast of the Sto. Nino”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Remember your Baptismal Names”, Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

Herb Miller, in her book Actions Speak Louder Than Verb, tells a touching story about 900,000 people who died in the long battle of Leningrad during the Second World War. At one point, the parents and the elders were trying to save the children from both the Nazis and starvation. So they placed them onContinue reading ““Remember your Baptismal Names”, Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“The Search for God”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

The Gospel passage today and even the entire Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord afford us so many points or themes for Christian reflection and living. These include the manifestation of the Messiah to the Gentiles as represented by the magi, indicating the universality of God’s offer of salvation in and through His SonContinue reading ““The Search for God”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”