Who is Not with Us is Against Us

Every once in a while, I am approached by parents lamenting that their son or daughter is not Catholic anymore. No more Mama Mary or rosary, no more images, and intercession of saints, no more Masses and the litany continues.  I often ask the parent if the son or daughter has become a better person….

Giving

There is a story of a mother who wanted to teach her child how to give. During the Mass, she gave her a 100-peso bill and a 20-peso bill. She told her to make the decision which bill is for the Church and which one is for her candy. After the Mass, the mother asked…

Don’t Lose Hope

John 11: 1-45 Once in a group conversation, we were talking about the great menace of drugs. How so much of the population is into it. Then someone in the group added, “Remember, we are only talking about illegal drugs. How many people are into prescribed drugs? How many people take prescribed drugs due to…

Good Luck or Blessed

We Filipinos, when it comes to blessings, are very faithful. When we get a new house, a new car, or a new office, we have it blessed. Typically, when one is asked why do the blessing, the response is for “Good Luck” and that “Money Flows In.” If it is truly about good luck and…

Children

While God loves each and every one of us equally, there are those who are, should we say, “closest to his heart: Mama Mary – We know Mothers have a very special place in the hearts of their children and Jesus was no different. The first miracle at Cana was through the intercession of Mama…

Follow Jesus

There is a saying that when times are good, there are many people around you. Why? You have something that they want – it could be money, it could be fame, it could be power. Then when you hit rock bottom in life, they are nowhere to be found. In the Gospel, there were people…

Meaningful Death

Once I attended a wake. While the relatives were very sad that their mother passed away, their greatest consolation was that she was prepared. She picked the dress that she would wear in the coffin. She had a list of priests who would celebrate Mass for her for the three days of viewing. She picked…

Grief and God

In the book Praying Our Goodbyes, Sr. Joyce Rupp the author, says that life is a series of hellos and goodbyes. The very first goodbye was the womb that nursed us for nine (9) months. Simultaneous to this we said hello to the world. The very last goodbye will be our last breath, but then…

Service in Difficult Times

John 13:16-20 There is a quote, “Be kind. Everyone is fighting a battle.” Part of our ministry as priests is that people share with us what they are going through. Everyone has their crosses.  I remember an article that came out once on the effect of Facebook on people. You see your friends eating in…

Like Father, Like Son

John 5: 17-30 How many of us think that God is a God who is angry? “I go to Mass because otherwise, bad luck might be experienced in my personal life, in my family life, or in my professional life”. Or “if I experience misfortune, it is only because of my sins in the past….