Is All Saints Day a “day of obligation”?

Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! A few years ago, I wrote this in Facebook: In Singapore, I learned that there were such things as days of obligation. I wanted to influence my family and invite them to attend Mass for All Saints Day today. My family didn’t know about days of obligation, except for Sundays. In Bustos…

Seek God Everywhere: Silence

Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! Ignatian spirituality has always been very interesting to me. I saw this book by chance the other day at Kobo (an ebook reader/store; Idownloaded it from the App Store) and I decided to purchase it for PHP481.79. I am still at Chapter 1, but I can already say…

Scribes and Pharisees

July 20, 2015 Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! We always hear about “scribes” and “Pharisees” whenever we read the Holy Bible. But, not everyone knew what it means to be scribes and Pharisees. The Gospel reading today (Mt. 12:38-42) gives us an opportunity to know that they were the unbelieving. They were the…

How To Win

Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! In life, we win. But, sometimes, we lose. How do we cope with losing? How do we win next time? “BELIEVE IN YOUSELF.” Trust me. I’ve been there. Losing is very discouraging. It makes me feel sad and weak. Sometimes, it even makes me feel hopeless. My mind…

Prayer Habit: Ambulances as a Reminder to Pray

Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! I am currently living in a dormitory right beside a national hi-way and, I tell you, it is so noisy!!! I hear jeepneys, motorbikes, and cars every few minutes the whole day. It never stops! In addition to that, I live almost across a university hospital. So “cars”…

St. Anthony of Padua and the Bowing Donkey

Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! Happy Fiesta, San Antonio de Padua! Feast days are not celebrated to worship saints. That is a common misunderstanding. Many non-Catholics thought that we worship saints. No! They are simply role models who showed us that holiness is possible! (I’m not talking further about this because this isn’t…

Centralized Announcement System

Dear friend, Praised be Jesus and Mary! I love my hometown, particularly the barangay where I live. Let me brag a little about our small, humble village. I live in a residential-agricultural area. Those who live in bigger towns or cities find our place very province-y, but I am very proud of our “kampong”. Since…