Reflections

Advent in a Nutshell

By Fray Onz Antonio, OAR / December 5, 2022 /

Advent in a Nutshell • Central to the celebration of Advent is the need for a vital space for God in our hearts. Advent as a preparation for Christ’s coming is nothing more and nothing less than a self-emptying patterned upon the self-emptying of Christ himself. (Jesus “emptied himself, by taking the form of a…

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Let us Pray for missionaries around the world

By Jose Mario Bautista Maximiano / October 4, 2022 /

Let us Pray for missionaries around the world, but most specially for the great Spanish missionaries who journeyed with us in our 500 years of Christianity–to them our grateful hearts go. During my talk a week ago at the first CBCP-initiated dialogue between the Church and the government under BBM, I was blessed to have…

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Sunday Reflection: 7th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / February 20, 2022 /

“The LORD will reward each man for his justice and faithfulness.” These words of David from our 1st Reading this Sunday reminds us of our responsibility to be just and faithful. To be just is to act justly or with justice, to give what is due to others with respect and dignity. To be faithful…

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Sunday Reflection: 6th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / February 13, 2022 /

“Blessed is the one who trusts in the Lord, whose hope is the Lord.” These are the words of the Prophet Jeremiah in our 1st Reading this Sunday who reminds us where true blessedness and hope is found. This is an invitation for us to examine ourselves of to whom we put entrust our lives.…

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Sunday Reflection: Feast of the Holy Family

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 26, 2021 /

1st Reading      1 Samuel 1:20-22, 24-282nd Reading     1 John 3:1-2, 21-24Gospel             Luke 2:41-52 Today we celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family. This celebration is very well connected with our celebration of Christmas. Here we celebrate the beauty of family life that God has planned from the beginning. In the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary,…

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Sunday Reflection: 4th Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 19, 2021 /

1st Reading      Micah 5:1-4a2nd Reading     Hebrews 10:5-10Gospel             Luke 1:39-45 As we are about to end the Advent Season, we are reminded of the right attitude of the one who waits for the coming of the Lord. The Gospel gives us the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary as the best model of how a Christian…

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Solidarity in the midst of a stronger storm

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / December 17, 2021 /

It is not the usual Christmastime morning in the Philippines. Typhoon Rai, a super typhoon devastated the southern part of the country. Thousands of people have fled their homes and are now in evacuation centers. Churches and schools have opened their doors for evacuees. Churches are not only built for rituals, it is also meant…

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Sunday Reflection: 3rd Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday), Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 12, 2021 /

1st reading       Zephaniah 3:14-18a2nd Reading     Philippians 4:4-7Gospel             Luke 3:10-18 The 3rd Sunday of Advent is a special day of rejoicing, hence the name Gaudete Sunday. This is a time for us to rejoice because the coming of the Lord is at hand. This Sunday, the readings are calling us to rejoice in the Lord. Advent…

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Sunday Reflection: 2nd Sunday of Advent, Cycle C

By Fray Alexus Mansueto, OAR / December 4, 2021 /

1st Reading      Baruch 5:1-9 2nd Reading     Philippians 1:4-6, 8-11 Gospel             Luke 3:1-6 The voice of John in the desert calls us towards an authentic response to God who comes into our lives. The encounter of man with God calls towards conversion and rectification of self. “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths,”…

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Pursuing ecumenical dialogue in the synodal journey

By Bro. Tagoy Jakosalem, OAR / November 29, 2021 /

Catholic faith communities must also see the ecumenical relevance of the synodal process The central theme of the synodal process points to communion—koinonia, a key element of ecumenism. The Roman Catholic faith communities must also see the ecumenical relevance of the synodal process, while it is important to deal first with the internal aspects of…

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