Buried Alive! The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

There is a story in the newspaper about a woman who was buried alive in trash, which she had accumulated for the past thirty years. When she was rescued, she explained that the trash was really her treasure. We may be somewhat like her when we avoid going to confession. The “trash” of our sinsContinue reading “Buried Alive! The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

The Church Does Not “Hate” Gay People. The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

When the Church states that marriage is the union between one man and one woman, she is not teaching it out of hatred or discrimination. The Church never “hates” gay people. In fact, she has great compassion for people who are struggling with their sexuality and gender identity. The Catechism of the Catholic Church statesContinue reading “The Church Does Not “Hate” Gay People. The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Not all can become rich, wise,famous, … yet, all of us are called to be saints! Our Lord wants all of us to be saints. He asks all men and women, without exception, to be perfect as His heavenly Father is perfect (Mat 5:48) To be holy is to be a good Christian. It isContinue reading “The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

Is it a lack of compassion to “deprive” people the “right” to divorce?, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu

There is a move to legalize divorce in the Philippines. One of the arguments for divorce is the heartbreaking experience of domestic violence. We sympathize with spouses who are trapped in these dehumanizing marriages. In fact, we must offer them much love and support. Their isolated cases, however, cannot be regarded as general situation toContinue reading “Is it a lack of compassion to “deprive” people the “right” to divorce?, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu”

“Are We Afraid To Touch the Poor?” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Last February, Pope Francis asked pilgrims at St. Peter’s Square to reflect on how to help the needy. It is true we have dropped a few coins for the poor; we have given baskets to them during Christmas season; we have donated food and clothes during disasters; and some of us have organized foundations toContinue reading ““Are We Afraid To Touch the Poor?” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Michael Jackson’s song, “They don’t care about us,” reminds us of Pope Francis’ message for Lent about the “globalization of indifference.” We have become accustomed to the sufferings, poverty, and inequality of others; and they don’t affect or concern us anymore. We fail “to see the Lazarus sitting before our closed doors;” for there areContinue reading ““All I wanna say is that they don’t really care about us.”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

So What Happens Now?, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu

When Pope Francis boarded the plane back for Rome, we were filled with mixed emotions: great joy and gratitude for having the chance to see him, at the same time, sadness that he was leaving our country. At the moment, we are emotionally high and spiritually recharged. Yet soon, the “Pope fever” will gradually dieContinue reading “So What Happens Now?, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu”

“We are All God’s Children!” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine byLianne Tiu

Do we really understand this truth, “We are All God’s Children,” that’s repeatedly sung for the papal visit? To many, being God’s children sounds beautiful; but it hardly means anything or has any practical consequences. God, who is madly in love with us, has made us His children. This is actually the greatest gift weContinue reading ““We are All God’s Children!” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine byLianne Tiu”

“Pope Francis is coming to town!”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Four more days to go – as we continue to find ways and means on how we can get close to the Holy Father or be a part in the meetings and Masses that he will be celebrating during his visit to the Philippines. Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ on earth, the bishopContinue reading ““Pope Francis is coming to town!”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine: Who is your female role model? by Lianne Tiu

Is she Taylor Swift, Kate Middleton (Duchess of Cambridge), Blessed Teresa of Calcutta, Audrey Hepburn, Maria Sharapova, Tessie Sy-Coson, your teacher, your “lola,” or your mother? Sometimes, we will be dismayed to learn that the generation today reveres celebrities who dress around half naked, who are involved in drugs, in pre-marital sex and extra-marital affairs.Continue reading “The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine: Who is your female role model? by Lianne Tiu”