Overcoming Evil

In the world that we live in, remember to look at everything that is happening not only economically, not only politically but also in the spiritual realm. Remember that St. Paul said that the greatest battle is happening in the realm of the unseen – good versus evil. The Gospel reminds us that good will…

Suffering

As human beings, we all want to avoid suffering. We do not want to see our loved ones suffer. In fact, there is this story of a person who entered into counseling with the illusion of alleviating the suffering of people. Eventually, she realized that whether we want it or not, whether we are reading…

Warfare

According to The Economic Times, the five countries that spend the most when it comes to building their military are: With all the chaos in the world, it is very important to them to have strong militaries. In fact, many observers are saying that World War III has already begun. St. Paul, on the other…

Priests in Crisis

One of the sad realities in the Church is that there are priests who are not faithful to their promises when they were ordained: celibacy, simplicity, and obedience. These three are meant to counteract the three realities of today’s world. The actual reality is, these three are interrelated. When one is compromised, the other two…

Boldness in Doing Good

Nowadays it seems that those who are doing sinful things are very bold. What are the headlines? The lies, the scandals, pornography, killings, and decadent lifestyle. Have we really changed our values system?  I remember the older generation saying, “Nevermind if we live a simple lifestyle, nevermind if the food that we eat is simple,…

The Truth Will Set You Free

John 8: 31-42 One program that is very successful in treating alcoholism is the program Alcoholics Anonymous. It is said that for a person who wants to be healed, the most basic requirement for the alcoholic is to admit that he or she needs help. No denial, no justification, no blaming. Just plain and simple,…

Mary Mother of The Church

There is a saying, “without a mother, there is no life”. It is the mother’s womb that takes care of us for nine months and throughout our lives, the mother continues to care for us. Even if we reach 50, 60, or even 70 years old, in the eyes of a mother, we are still…

Holier Than Thou

Matthew 13: 24-30 How often have we heard comments such as: “Why go to Mass when the people there are no different from the people who do not go to Mass?” “Look at her…she prays so fervently but look how she mistreats her household help.” “I heard that even within the different organizations and ministries,…

Love Your Enemies

Once a family friend requested prayers because she was going to undergo a hip replacement. Thank God that the procedure was successful. When I finally got to meet up with her and I asked how she was doing, her response made me reflect. She said, “The procedure was so painful that you are not even…

The Truly Blessed

Once I blessed a new office that was beautiful, modern and one could sense, prosperous. What was truly inspiring though, was the story behind the office. Five years earlier the owners had a business partner who embezzled corporate funds. Not only did the owners lose it all, but they were also already deep in debt…