Scriptures

A Bible Convention

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On January 20, 2007 some fifteen parishioners of the Mother of Good Counsel parish attended the fourth Bible Convention of the Diocese of San Pablo held at the Colegio San Agustin Biñan Gym. There were two main conferences. ...
Augustiniana, Augustinians

Homily Guides?

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Last February 11-16, we celebrated our 7th Ordinary Provincial Chapter. During one of the sessions, a proposal for the creation of Homily Guides that the friars can use was raised. The Homily Guide contemplated is intended to help ...
Church in the World, Magisterium

Humanae Vitae and the Great Peirasmos

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It was I think in the year 1985 when I first heard about “Humanae Vitae”.  I was in first year theology then taking up Moral Theology.  In one lesson under the section Family and Marriage, the professor, a Spanish Dominican discussing the Church’s teaching ...
Scriptures

Striking Water From The Rock

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Striking Water From The Rock
Massah and Meribah (Exodus 15:22-26)is the place of testing and contention.  Israel has just been saved from the Egyptians by passage through the Red Sea.  In the desert, they experience the absence of water that they did not lack in ...
Scriptures

Bible Sharing

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The Catholic Bible Federation website has a section on the ways the Bible is shared by Catholics. There are basically three ways: the Lumko, the Vigan (from Vigan, Ilocos Sur) and the Liberational models (described by Carlos Mesters himself, Liberation ...
BEC, Ministry

A Short Break from Vacation

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I am supposed to be on a two-week break beginning May 16, but because of a PREX seminar and an event at Maligaya VI, Bgy. San Vicente were scheduled today, I went back to Laguna yesterday. Our PREX seminar for ...
Vocation

Signs of a Vocation to the Priesthood or Religious Life

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"How do I know I have a vocation?" a student asked me once. He had entered our formation house at Makati thinking that the desire for the priesthood was the only sign needed to be assured that he is on ...
Augustinians, Vocation

Sisters in Our Midst

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Sisters in Our Midst
They live across the street from us.  Before January 4, 2005, they just participated in the Mass singing as a choir during the morning services; occassionally they would also invite us into their convent for their spiritual exercises.  But since ...
Catechism

The Story of Zacchaeus in the Catechism

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The story of Zacchaeus is referred to in four places in the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Understandably, it gets a mention under the discussion on restitution of stolen goods (CCC 2412). Note however that in Zacchaeus, we ...
Catechism, Scriptures

Luke 18:1-8 in the Catechism

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Looking for possible homily themes on the Parable of the Widow and the Judge? The Catechism gives one a variety of possibilities. Luke 18:1-8 is referenced in some interesting paragraphs of the Catechism. Here is a run ...
Theology

The Santo Niño and the Total Christ

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With the feast of the Sto. Niño coming up, let me offer some thoughts on this subject. I think it is time to put to devotion to Sto. Niño on a firm theological basis, otherwise, such a devotion will just ...
Augustinians

More Updates on the Diego de Herrera Case

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This should have been a follow-up article on the Diego de Herrera Case that I posted at AgustinongPinoy.  But since the site is still inaccessible after three days, I am posting this here. Fr. J. celebrated his birthday today in ...
Catechism

The Eye-Ear/Heart/Hands (Feet) Metaphor

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The Eye-Ear/Heart/Hand Metaphor is a theoretical framework that I often use for illustrating what is meant by an integrated human formation.  What is known or learned should become the basis for one’s decisions in life.  One’s decisions in life in ...

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