April 25, 2019

“My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?”

This is an anguished cry of a person being forsaken by God, of a person whose complaint, or prayer, has not been heard. A cry that makes him feel ignored, rejected, and therefore being isolated and alone.

But wait, is it not f...

April 15, 2019

In the two gospel readings for this Palm Sunday, we can see a pattern of welcoming followed by rejection, of acceptance followed by betrayal.

When our Lord Jesus made His triumphal entry into the holy city of Jerusalem, the crowd welcomed Him with great rejoicing. They...

April 8, 2019

A year has passed since I mended a damaged branch of my prized peach tree by putting a splint and tying duct tape around it. 

After removing the duct tape and the splint, I found out that the limb had healed completely. This explains the growth of numerous purple peach...

March 19, 2019

The Prophet Elijah looked for God in the wind, in the earthquake, and in the fire, only to find out He is in a still small voice.

It is in whispers that God speaks to us. It is in whispers that He manifests His presence.

God whispers as we go along, wanting to catch our...

March 17, 2019

As Residents of the Plain, We Need to Go to the Mountain

We need to go to the mountain regularly (in prayer) to refresh us and be assured of what we are going to be. On the mountain is where we receive the Father’s admonition: “Listen to Him.”

Jesus brought the 3 discipl...

March 13, 2019


It is Leila's birthday today and her mom admitted to feeling emotional as she excitedly wrote her her birthday greeting splashed over Instagram and Facebook:

"I keep telling you to “grow up,” and now...

March 6, 2019

Lent is a time when the Church reminds us to spend some time amid the cares and concerns of our everyday life and reflect on  Christ’s suffering, death, and resurrection with which He redeemed us from sin and spiritual death.

Lent is ushered in by the imposition of ash...

February 22, 2019

My mom and dad lived in two "epochs" of the Church: pre-  and post-Vatican II. 

My parents raised us in that old Church tradition when Mass was in Latin and people brought their thick missals to follow the liturgy in English or Tagalog, and the priest faced th...

February 20, 2019

The first time I was away from home for a long time was when I left for the seminary only about three hours by bus away. I knew I would come home only once a year for a month's vacation and maybe a week at Christmas.

The first several months I felt very homesick. I even...

February 12, 2019

Once upon a time in a land not so far away lived a king who was also a top-rate city planner, architect, and engineer. The king's plans included developing many huge new cities with beautiful buildings, housing and other amenities for his rapidly expanding kingdom....

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