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Scriptures

The Johannine Comma

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I noticed a query here on the Johanine Comma which I find it difficult not to satisfy. I have written an article about it showing the Comma was a marginal note that made its way into the main text of ...
Ministry, PREX, Scriptures, Spirituality

PREX and Other Things

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PREX and Other Things
Last Sunday we saw fourteen new graduates from our Parish Renewal Experience.  Together with this new group, four others who finished our first BEC Ministry Training Program also received their diplomas.  These will undergo further training as they begin their ...
Scriptures

Dives and Lazarus

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The parable of Dives and Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31 has been used especially as an illustration for social sin.  Indeed, it is a passage that should make Christians reflect on the consequences of a life that is uncaring and inattentive ...
Church in the World, Magisterium

Contraception and Humanae Vitae

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Last July 25, the Catholic Church in the Philippines celebrated the 40th Year of Humanae Vitae with a rally at the University of Sto. Tomas campus.  The rally also had another purpose, that of formally declaring the Church’s opposition to ...
Augustiniana, Augustinians, Church in the World

Thoughts From A Twenty Year-Old Memento

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Thoughts From A Twenty Year-Old Memento
I was going through some of my old things in Antipolo yesterday and I found this memento from an Augustinian youth gathering held in Cartoceto back in the early 90s. I don't know how to call it: it ...
Christian Life

Ongoing Conversion

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Ecclesia semper reformanda.  The Church needs always to be reformed.  This is in fact one of the things that  we need to realize both at the "community" level and at the personal level.  At the personal level, this "semper reformanda" ...
Fathers of the Church

The Vineyard of the Lord

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The Parable of the Wicked Tenants in the original Marcan version is Jesus' response to the question: "By what authority do you do these things?" The answer is that He has come with the authority of the Son of the ...
Church in the World

Militant Atheism and the Desecration of a Consecrated Host

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Catholics in the US are now in an uproar. The reason? A professed atheist and professor at one of their universities, desecrated a consecrated host and made a public show of it in his blog. The Confraternity of the Catholic ...
Fathers of the Church

Loving God and Neighbor

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You know the song "The Greatest Love of All". It is actually a song about loving oneself, "amor propio". The popular psychology of the 60s and 70s taught that one should love oneself in order to be able to love, ...
Scriptures

Being a Crafty Steward

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I prefer to talk of the parable in Luke 16:1-13 as "The Parable of Crafty Steward" and this for a particular reason. When the dishonest steward was praised for being prudent, he was placed ...
Church in the World, Vocation

Vocation: A Collection of Links

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Vocation:  A Collection of Links
November is just around the corner. And for us Augustinians, November is Vocation Month. During this month we celebrate the birthday of St. Augustine and All the Saints of the Order of St. Augustine (November 13). Because ...
Augustiniana

A Mother Through Her Son’s Eyes

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The following is lifted from Augustine’s Confessions as presented in a Logos Software acknowledged at the end of the page.  I have annotated it so that it would be easier to read.  The subject of this page is Monica herself, ...
Church in the World

Oratio Imperata for Deliverance from Calamities

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Almighty Father, we raise our hearts to You in gratitude for the wonders of creation of which we are part, for Your providence in sustaining us in our needs, and for Your wisdom that guides the course of the universe. We ...

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