The practical son

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 06/22/2018

Father, how can I be like the prodigal son?” asked Ethan. “What do you mean?” “Yesterday, I did something bad and I was tempted to lie to my dad, but I told him the truth anyway.” “That’s…

Nothing after six

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 06/15/2018

A well-known diet scheme like “nothing-after-six” has effectively helped many to acquire a healthier lifestyle and lose weight. This particular diet has a simple but demanding requirement: to stop eating after six in the evening. The idea…

Bell bottom morals

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 06/08/2018

Bell bottoms are back? I laughed at some of the young grade schoolers wearing pants whose bottoms almost entirely covered their shoes. I immediately refrained myself from my reckless reaction, after recalling that I too looked funny…

Givens and Gifts

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 06/01/2018

It is better to give than to receive!” A perennial adage that perhaps comes after the Gospel’s golden rule. It has never ceased to inspire and challenge countless individuals to generously offer their lives for others or…

Remember me

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 05/25/2018

The experience of forgetting things is a mixture of amusement, frustration and irritation. It can be amusing when we resort to our “senior moments” so as to mask the shame for forgetting trivial things. It can be…

Suiside

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 05/18/2018

There is a growing and serious concern among parents and educators about the widespread suicides or attempts at suicide among young children today. The culprit to this morbid trend can be traced to various factors, but, perhaps,…

No grit, no glory

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 05/11/2018

Children are growing up without the important trait of grit! In construction terms, grit is often used to refer to sand and gravel. Applied to a person’s character, it means firmness of mind or spirit, an unyielding…

Zapped!

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 05/04/2018

Father, the movie was so ugly!” Ethan squirmed in disgust. “What was the title,” I was curious what streaming video they just watched. “I don’t know!” He shrugged his shoulders and dug into his spaghetti again. “Oh,…

Holiness gender gap

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 04/27/2018

Some minority groups have recently been clamoring to narrow the gap stemming from the discrimination of women from certain advantages (e.g. salary, professional positions, and competitions, etc.) Sadly, there are institutions and situations that ostracize women in…

Gracing

FR. FRANCIS ONGKINGCO 04/06/2018

Father, why was it so easy for Jesus to forgive His disciples who left Him alone during His passion and death?” Ryan asked. “Because Jesus was bent on saving us. And He is not a vengeful God…

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