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I do not know if I will find the time to read the writing about someone’s family’s slave that has apparently become an internet sensation. But a quote from the story’s author posted by a colleague interests me. Our country, the author says, is a collection of rocks in the ocean that from time to […]

Posted: May 19th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Fatima and the Filipino

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Today — my colleague at the university told me nights ago — marks the hundredth year since the Blessed Virgin Mary first appeared to three children in Fatima, Portugal, as Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. The Virgin visited with messages of prayer and penance as the path to peace, of sins of the flesh […]

Posted: May 12th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Trees of UP Cebu

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Now is a good time to look at the trees at the Lahug campus of the University of the Philippines Cebu. A tree that glows with purple bouquets, whose name I still do not know, dabs soil and grass with purple spots. The tambis trees near the central edifice heave with succulent, pink fruits. Some […]

Posted: May 5th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

A Via Lucis

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V. We adore You, O Christ, and we praise You. R. Because by the Wood of the Cross and the Light of the Resurrection, You have redeemed the world. Eighth station: The risen Lord strengthens the faith of Thomas. Government leaders question the relevance of the church. One leader says it will be extinct within […]

Posted: April 28th, 2017 in Uncategorized | Read More »

A Via Lucis

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V. We adore You, O Christ, and we bless You. R. Because by the wood of the Cross and the light of the Resurrection You have redeemed the world. First Station: Jesus rises from the dead. Why look for the living among the dead? He is not here, He is risen. We hear the word […]

Posted: April 21st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Lording it over life

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Sen. Emmanuel Pacquiao tried to wear the theologian’s gown in his campaign for the return of capital punishment to the Philippine penal code. In August 2016, addressing opponents, he asked, “Are we greater than God because God is allowing death penalty in every nation and country?” In January 2017, he said, “Even Jesus Christ was […]

Posted: April 7th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Lording it over life

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(First of two parts) On the first Sunday of Lent, priests usually explain to their congregations the meaning of the three temptations of Jesus Christ in the desert where he fasted for 40 days between his baptism and public ministry. This is right and just. The lure of turning stones into bread, jumping off a […]

Posted: March 31st, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

God in ‘Silence’

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One weekend, some of my colleagues at the University of the Philippines Cebu and I watched Martin Scorsese’s “Silence.” The movie, nominated for achievement in cinematography in this year’s Academy Awards, is based on an eponymous novel by Japanese author Shusako Endo. Two Portuguese Jesuit missionary priests, Fathers Sebastião Rodrigues (Andrew Garfield) and Francisco Garupe […]

Posted: March 24th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

Healing in our speech

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The quality of our discourse has taken a nosedive. It has become commonplace to hear the half-joking expression “ipa-Tokhang ka nako ron (or else I will put you through Tokhang)” addressed to someone by whom the speaker would like to be taken seriously. Depending on your convictions about how best to solve the Philippine problem […]

Posted: March 17th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

A Via Crucis

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(Conclusion) We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. Eighth station: Jesus meets the pious women of Jerusalem Jesus, carrying the cross, stops by a group of holy women weeping for him. He tells them not to. Cry for yourselves and for your children, […]

Posted: March 10th, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »