Embrace – Fr Harold Parilla

Luke 9:11b-17 A story is told about a Jewish boy named Mortakai who refused to go to school. His mother decided to take him there herself. He cried, screamed and protested on the way, and when her mother left, he ran back home. This scene played out over and over again for several days. His…

Meal – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Luke 9:11b-17, Solemnity of Corpus Christi Let’s call them, “Tita Em” and “Fr. Sea.” Tita Em was the mom of Fr. Sea. She was very well loved and remembered not just by her own family, but also by her extended family—that is, Fr. Sea’s brothers in his religious community. When Tita Em was still alive,…

How Can We Be More Connected? – Francis Alvarez, SJ

Luke 9:11b-17, Solemnity of Corpus Christi Today, the Feast of Corpus Christi, Catholics thank God for the gift of the real presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. We believe that in the consecrated bread and wine, Jesus is truly there. When we receive the Body of Christ, it is indeed Jesus we are receiving. This may conjure…

Crowded Cemeteries – Oliver Dy, SJ

The Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed Were it not for two consecutive nights each year, the ambience of cemeteries across our native land would resemble that of scarcely populated isles. The stark difference would lie in the type of permanent inhabitants creating such aura of silence. One would be due to a few living…

Be a Dog – Harvey Mateo, SJ

Lunar New Year Mass, Xavier School Chinese animal zodiac signs have always been part of the fun of our Lunar New Year celebrations. We are all familiar with its 12-year cycle but not everybody is aware that it is actually part of a bigger 60 year cycle, nor is it well known that each birth…

Origin – Jett Villarin, SJ

Homily for the Senior High School Graduation Mass, Ateneo de Manila University, 31st  Mar 2017 So Jesus cried out in the temple area as he was teaching and said, “You know me and also know where I am from. Yet I did not come on my own, but the one who sent me, whom you…

Beyond the Child Jesus – Rudolf Horst, SJ

Matthew 18:1-5, Feast of the Sto Niño Even though the Christmas season ended last Sunday, we celebrate one more feast that is closely connected with Christmas: the feast of the Infant Jesus. We look at this child with tenderness. But the liturgy reminds us that this child is not just a baby. He is Jesus,…

Totally Dependent – Arnel Aquino, SJ

Matthew 18:1-5, Feast of the Sto Niño Like many of you, I flew home to Davao for a few days during the holidays to spend time with my dad. I hadn’t done that for a long time, to be with family for my birthday. My biggest thanks to God was that even as I turned…

Heaven is Togetherness – Arnel Aquino, SJ

1 November 2015, All Saints’ Day Thanks to the stampitas that were so popular when I was growing up, for the longest time, my impression of the saints was that they were very solitary people with an uninterrupted line to God. I often envisioned saints on their knees, and their fingers interlocked in prayer, and…

Worth More than Two Cents to Me – Arnel Aquino, SJ

This is a bonus Lenten Special. Just want to share what my SD sent me on understanding why we sacrifice during Lent : My personal thoughts on taking on some measure of asceticism during Lent, Deb, is that all throughout the year, we protect ourselves from being vulnerable. And rightly so because we don’t wish…

Christmas is an Apple – Francis Alvarez, SJ

A pamasko of P126.00 in two 20-peso bills, four 10-peso coins, and the rest in a jingling collection of loose change can be worth more than its weight in gold. Spaghetti served with banana ketchup sauce and diced Vienna sausages (because hotdogs are more expensive) can be the best Christmas dinner you will ever have….