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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 »

A Via Crucis

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(First of two parts) We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you, because by your Holy Cross, you have redeemed the world. First station: The institution of the Eucharist This is my body. This is my blood, says the Lord, the same one who said we do to him what we do to the […]

Posted: March 3rd, 2017 in Opinion | Read More »

BROADWAY JANITOR: The Incognito Celebrity

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IN A TIME of deep political polarization, netizens would rather spend their energies doing something real rather than virtual. But if it cannot be helped, one on social media presses the buttons to ensure that his news feed carries only civil posts. Orone turns away from fundamentally contentious political discourse. Those are not your only available […]

Posted: February 25th, 2017 in Life | Read More »

Edsa at 31: Rape and vengeance

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Ferdinand Marcos — dictator; architect of the theft of between US$5 to $10 billion in public money and of the torture of 35,000; incarceration of 70,000; and killing of 3,257 people — was overthrown in a bloodless revolt by Filipinos 31 years ago. The revolution is eponymous with Epifanio de los Santos Avenue (Edsa), the […]

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

Valentine postscript

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Midnight of the thirteenth of February 2017, workers in an uptown Cebu City hotel decked the walls outside their foyer with artificial red roses as large as basins. On the sidewalk nearby, heart-shaped crimson-and-silver balloons on plastic stalks springing out of a candy stall swung in the cool north wind. Everything is ready, my fellow […]

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