Sinless and Sorrowful – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 19:25-27, Friday of the 23rd Week in Ordinary Time, Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows I had very bad attacks of asthma when I was a child. If it weren’t for dad who’d stay up all night to rub my chest and my back, I wouldn’t have slept at all. Dad never had asthma. But…

Broken – Mark Aloysius, SJ

John 6:51-58, Solemnity of Corpus Christi If you have been following the BBC series Broken, which centres around the life of a Catholic priest in Liverpool, you would have noticed how the story is punctuated with Eucharistic motifs. Though much of Broken shows people in great difficulty, my favourite scenes were those of children, their…

You Are what You Eat – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 6:51-58, Solemnity of Corpus Christi Last April 13, we celebrated Holy Thursday, that day and moment when Jesus transformed for the first time bread and wine into his body and blood. But since Holy Thursday is part of the Holy Week, we focused more on the Passion and death of the Lord.   And…

Alone Together – Johnny Go, SJ

John 6:51-58, Solemnity of the most Holy Body and Blood of Christ/Corpus Christi Sunday Sherry Turkle has a book called “Alone Together” The title is telling enough, but if there’s any doubt about what it means, the subtitle says it all: “Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other.” We know what…

We Become What We Eat – Willy Samson, SJ

John 6:51-58, Solemnity of Corpus Christi Considering the increasing number of people acquiring diabetes, heart problem and arthritis, we can easily contribute these illnesses to the quality of food we eat. Thus, many people are now conscious of the food they eat. They want to live a longer life, but a healthy one. Their motto:…

For-Whom – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 6:51-58, Solemnity of Corpus Christi When I was in 2nd-year college here, I lived with 12 other guys who were thinking of entering the Jesuits, like I was. We stayed in Arvisu House along Katipunan, and Fr Jess Lucas was our director. One Saturday, at the end of a two-day silent recollection, we gathered…

The Three in Me – Willy Samson, SJ

John 3:16-18, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Leo Buscaglia was asked to judge in a contest to find the most caring child. The winner was a four-year-old child, whose next door neighbour was an old man who had recently lost his wife. When the child saw the old man crying, he climbed into the…

Person and Relation – Arnel Aquino, SJ

John 3:16-18, Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity Did you see the video showing the Maute savaging St. Mary’s Cathedral in Marawi? We hear about this all the time—ISIS or the Taliban or Al-Qaeda vandalizing holy places out there in the Middle East. But it doesn’t hit as hard and hurt as deeply until you…

I am Never Alone – Mark Aloysius, SJ

John 20:19-23, Pentecost How can we begin to talk about the invisible, intangible, impalpable Spirit of God? Perhaps we should begin with a very common expression we might have heard or even used ourselves: I still feel her spirit with me. We use those words to express that inexplicable but very real experience of feeling,…

Please Activate – Rudolf Horst, SVD

John 20:19-23 As a teenager, I thought Christmas was the climax of all feasts we celebrate. Easter? Okay, Easter-egg hunt gave it a special flavor. But Pentecost? It came and went without anything special to make it exciting. I guess that I was not alone with this feeling.   Somehow many, like me, missed the…

Surprise! – Ben Sim, SJ

John 20:19-23, Pentecost In a small town near a South American border, there once lived a young man by the name of Angelo. One day he crossed the border and came back with a donkey carrying sacks of sand. And when the custom inspector asked what he was smuggling in the sand, Angelo quickly replied, “Nothing.” So all the sand  was poured…

Patronus – Mark Lopez, SJ

John 20:19-23, Pentecost Today’s recommended reading in relation to Pentecost will not be your usual Church encyclical, or Bible verse, or a quote from a famous Pope or theologian. Today’s recommended reading is none other than the book, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (book three of JK Rowling’s seven-part literary phenomenon.) For the…