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We can rebuild from the ruins. We can rebuild with one another.
We can surely speak of Easter even in the midst of this crisis, but dare we not speak of Easter if this pandemic does not change us
We participate in Christ's resurrection if we desire not just to be saved from COVID-19 but to help in saving people from this disease
For those who have faith, death is not the end of life but marks the beginning of another journey. It is when life is transformed, and all of life’s sorrows are converted into a passage into another realm.
Beyond this pandemic and unto life everlasting, may our only regret and sadness be that we have not loved enough
We are called by God to uphold justice and protect the least, the last, and the lost during this time of crisis
Bishop Pablo Virgilio David draws Holy Week reflections from a recent Rappler report about a COVID-19 frontliner who herself contracted the dreaded disease
There is goodness everywhere now even in the middle of great sadness. And there is so much faith and full dependence on the One who sees everything.
This quarantine invites us to celebrate Passover as God originally commanded it. Stay inside. Let God be God as He passes by.
Let us not focus on the suffering, but on what we can do to alleviate it
Today, we are challenged by John in his letter: 'We know love by this, that he laid down his life for us—and we ought to lay down our lives for one another'
We cannot and must not escape this reality of uncertainty. We have to face it, pray over it, and wrestle with it – and perhaps let go of the need to know why.
It was like God was telling me: 'Kirk, you guys claim that your business is about me, that everything you do is for me. Put your money where your mouth is.'
It is clearly not the powerful and influential in society that we must attend to but those who are weak and vulnerable
The Bible offers comforting answers to questions we have in this time of global pandemic
Proclaim our coming victory over this pandemic, a victory only possible if we don't give up on ourselves, if we don't give up on each other, if we don't give up on God
Even if we are isolated, thought and spirit can go far with the creativity of love. This is what we need today: the creativity of love.
A spiritual teacher, Eckhart Tolle, gives us a piece of advice to overcome negative emotions: Live in the now
We must have the courage to declare with hope: We are Christians. We believe in happy endings. If it’s not yet happy, then it’s not yet the end.
Good Friday may have come too soon for us, but in hope we will experience Easter
Ano ang Naganap? Ang kanyang pinasimulang ministeryo ay natatapos doon sa Kalbaryo. Ang pagkakasugo ng Ama ay tinupad niya ng walang labis at walang kulang.
Cusswords, vulgarities, and obscenities are becoming common and ordinary. There are no longer any qualms of conscience in using them, and they have even become fodder for jokes, laughter, and applause in public.
Ang paghahabilin ni Hesus kay Maria at kay San Juan na magkanlong sa isa’t -isa ay tanging terrestrial na mensahe niya habang nakapako sa krus
The penitent thief admitted his deserved punishment and defended Jesus’ innocence, and now only asks future acknowledgment. The Savior King, generously giving until the end, promised immediate and eternal fellowship.
Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved
Lord, do you not care? Why are you not doing anything to help us? Why are you not saying anything if only to assure us? Why are you not doing anything to stop the killings and the stealing and the vulgarity?
Our religious observance becomes totally contradictory to what they were supposed to be. I have thought of these questions for a long time now: How can millions of Catholics piously kneel and venerate the cross on Good Friday and at the same time approve that addicts must die because they are a threat to the whole country?
Have we forgotten that the Eucharist was really for him (and for the potential Judases that we all can turn into)?
Let us never allow ourselves to be motivated by anger or hatred, resentment, revenge, or the instinct to retaliate or return evil for evil
Inaasahan ko nang maraming maglalagay ng #BisitaIglesia sa kanikanilang status, kasunod ang #blessed o #saved o #amen.... At palagay ko, wala namang masama rito. Ano ba naman kung isabay ang pagliliwaliw sa pamamanata?
Be happy this week. Resist that gloomy sad face. That does not lead to holiness.
Are you still a Christian with firm convictions, or have we become so deeply compromised that we are no longer sure on which we stand?
Can we go to the beach during Holy Week? If it will help you love like Jesus, yes, you can. But if it will distract you from the story of His love, please don't.
Through his unconditional love on the cross Jesus taught us to look beyond the sins and shortcomings of others
Sometimes it is the memory of ourselves being forgiven that will make possible our forgiving others
Is there an area in your life – or a person – causing you pain and where the Lord is inviting to take the pain out of love?
This is your time for God and for yourself – a rare luxury given our busy and frantic lives Be generous with God and don’t shortchange yourself
How would you describe the present season of your life? Take this survey to prepare for our online Holy Week retreat
Every time you build a bridge you never know how far it can take those who eventually get to cross it
This is the heart of Easter – to allow the love of God and the power of that love to transform us The Easter invitation is clear: Empty your tomb
Complete with video clips and music to soothe the spirit the online Holy Week retreat runs from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday
Ask the Lord to teach you how to do as he did: To drop the stone to forego flights and to discard the worldly crown
Are you willing to let God roll away the stone for you and to liberate you from your tomb?
Sometimes a sense of disquiet is but a sign that we are not in control because God is actively moving in our lives
Imagine yourself part of the scene feeling the mingled emotions of that first Easter morn: puzzlement excitement and fear
Holy Saturday is an invitation to do what Jesus did: to discard our crown It is a call to self dethronement
The dead Jesus of Holy Saturday buried in a tomb he could not even call his own is the very icon of utter poverty and powerlessness
The song which is really a prayer is called I Look to You covered by Boyce Avenue It is a plea for help in times of trouble