‘ Spirituality ’ Category

Scriptures, Spirituality, Theology

The Way of the Poor Christ and the Gospel of Well-Being

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The day’s gospel reading from Mark is about Jesus' question "Who do you say that I am?" (Mk. 8:27–33) Peter seemed to understand when he gave the answer "You are the Anointed One".  His subsequent attempt to put a stop to Jesus ...
BEC, Christian Life, Ministry

My Interest in the BEC

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My interest in Basic Ecclesial Communities started when I did research on Latin America's Liberation Theology. I found BECs interesting because it made me realize that theology is not something one learns in school, but rather it is reflection ...
Christian Life, Spirituality

In Humble Service: I and Community in Creative Tension

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In Humble Service: I and Community in Creative Tension
Unhappiness is caused by the feeling that somehow I do not fit in the greater community.  Feelings of rejection are aroused precisely because I expect to be accepted for who or what I am WITHOUT conditions.  Feeling rejected, I can ...
Christian Life, Lectio Divina, Spirituality

What Is S.O.A.P.?

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What Is S.O.A.P.?
S. O. A. P. is an acronym for “Scriptures, Observe, Apply, Pray” and is a bible journalling method that helps one not only to understand the Scriptures but also to monitor one’s understanding of it. Journaling is an excellent way to ...
Christian Life, Spirituality

Meditation

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Some people sit in a lotus position and chant "OM."  Others go up a mountain top and allow themselves to be absorbed into nature's harmony.  Athletes preparing for a game would close their eyes and "visualize" what is going to ...
Augustiniana, Christian Life, Fathers of the Church

Of 2012 and Augustine’s Sermon 97

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Of 2012 and Augustine’s Sermon 97
Today, the movie "2012" -- a film based on the prediction that the world will end in 2012 -- began to be shown in our cinemas. Providentially, yesterday and today, the Gospel readings from Luke refer to the day of ...
Christian Life, Spirituality

The Beads of October

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The Beads of October
It is the month of October. For us Catholics in the Philippines at least, it is the month of the Holy Rosary. The theme of the month comes from the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary ...
Christian Life, Scriptures

Matthew 18:15 and Fraternal Correction

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Matthew 18:15 and Fraternal Correction
The twenty-third Sunday of Ordinary Time gives us three readings for consideration. The first reading is from Ezekiel 33:7-9, about the commissioning of the prophet as the watchman of Israel. Corresponding to it is Psalm 95, an ...
Augustinians, Spirituality

Augustinian Spirituality

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The present article is a rewriting of "Being Church in an Academic Setting II" originally published in Communitas and partly published on the web at [http://www.geocities.com/agilawan/mission/layspir.html]. It was written as a commentary on a talk given by the Prior General ...
Christian Life

Home Altars and Family Prayer

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One greatly misunderstood feature in Catholic homes is the prayer altar. Non-Catholics would look at it as a pantheon for the "idols" they allege Catholics keep. The truth about these altars run deeper and is very biblical. These ...
Augustinians, Christian Life, Vocation

Ongoing Conversion and Renewal

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Ongoing Conversion and Renewal
This site's automatic blog promoter has just reposted an article I wrote on October 7 of last year. It was on the closing ceremony of the Order of St. Augustine's Intermediate Chapter held in the parish church of ...
Catechism, Scriptures, Spirituality

Even God Can Be Silent

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Even God Can Be Silent
A propos the Pope's message for World Day of Communications, Gianfranco Cardinal Ravasi, a world-renowned exegete comments on the theme of God's silence. God's silence, he writes, has two faces, one luminous, the other dark. One is revelatory, ...
Christian Life, Church in the World, Spirituality

St. Valentine and his Dublin Shrine

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St. Valentine and his Dublin Shrine
St. Valentine is not just one saint, there are three mentioned in different martyrologies connected to February 14: St. Valentine, priest-martyr during the time of Emperor Claudius II, St. Valentine, Bishop of Terni (venerated in the Eastern Churches), and a ...

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