“Make Friends with Dishonest Wealth” by Fr. Jesus Galindo

Make friends with those who, when one day you find yourself in trouble, that is, before God’s throne of justice, will defend and welcome you. These friends, we know, are the poor. This Sunday’s Gospel presents us with a parable that in some respects has important contemporary relevance: the parable of the dishonest steward. TheContinue reading ““Make Friends with Dishonest Wealth” by Fr. Jesus Galindo”

“The Parable of the Prodigal Father and The Two Lost Sons”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

All of us are in need of continuous homecoming to God who is unconditional in his love and who alone can lead us to proper relationships with him and with one another. Today’s gospel pericope (Luke 15:1-32) is considered by many Biblical scholars as the heart of the gospel of Luke. If one gets theContinue reading ““The Parable of the Prodigal Father and The Two Lost Sons”, by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“Cost of Discipleship” by Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM

Following of Jesus confronts us with hard choices and jars any notion that being a Christian leads to social enhancement and personal betterment. Carrying our crosses means to love others by denying ourselves, a life of self-sacrifice. One of the ten commandments is to honour our parents. The entire Sacred Scriptures, especially the Old Testament,Continue reading ““Cost of Discipleship” by Fr. Baltazar Obico, OFM”

“The Rude Guest” (Luke 14:1, 7-14) by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM

…to enrich one’s self and not to think of others is also a crime that we should remind ourselves of every now and then. As Pope Francis said: “Mess yourself up for God!” The gospel reading this Sunday is part of the critical 14th Chapter, where the action and the setting is mostly set onContinue reading ““The Rude Guest” (Luke 14:1, 7-14) by Fr. Joel Sulse, OFM”

“Jesus’ Fire And Baptism” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM

This is the paradox of Jesus’s coming. While he brings peace and eternal life, those who refuse to receive the fire of purification, conversion and renewal that he offers bring upon themselves discord and death. In the gospel passage today, Jesus describes his mission in terms of fire and baptism. By doing this, he makesContinue reading ““Jesus’ Fire And Baptism” by Fr. Robert Manansala, OFM”

“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”

“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”