A Silsilah Experience: The Fall of Prejudices

By Elvis Ndihokubwayo, SX – From April 12 to May 9, 2015, I had the opportunity to take part in the Silsilah Basic Course on Muslim-Christian dialogue. It has been an unforgettable experience for “entering” the Muslim world in Zamboanga City. One week before we flew to Zamboanga City from …

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My First Holy Week in the Philippines: Meeting the Risen Lord

by Lucivaldo C. de Sousa, sx – After seven month in the Philippines where I came to give continuity to my formation in view of final consecration and priesthood, I finally had the joy to participate of the holy week activities with all its Filipino taste, touch and tradition. It …

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Consecrated people as Grace to the Community

 by Fr. Patrick Santiañez, s.x. – “You will be a gift to the ‘young church’ of the Diocese of Makeni in Sierra Leone”. These were the words spoken by one of the well-wishers during my sending-off party before leaving the Philippines for Sierra Leone. As I’m writing this article, these …

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Reflection on the Year of Consecrated Life – Faith Shared Experience

By Joeven Matugas, sx – Pope Francis is inviting consecrated people of today to rejoice in the experience of God’s consolation (comfort, tenderness, being loved, encouragement) and to bear witness to His mercy through love and deeds in the various cultures and locations of people in this world (Pope’s Letter Rejoice). Since …

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The time of Salvation: Eternity in temporality

By Héritier Mesa – One among the many contributions of Albert Einstein in modern theoretical physics is the understanding of Time and Space. In fact, in his theory of “Relativity,” he brilliantly supplanted the classical understanding of Time and Space as absolute and linear entities. Indeed, the Newtonian classical mechanic …

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Papa Francisco, Mahal ng Pilipino

By: Sheryl D. Abia –  I am one of the fortunate people that witnessed a historical event, the visitation of the Pope here in the Philippines. That will probably be one of the experiences that I’ll never forget for the rest of my life. Our group went through a lot …

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May Fr. Peter Venturini rest in peace

Fr. Everaldo dos Santos, sx – Quezon City, November 14, 2014 – Fr. Peter Venturini was the confrere who welcomed me at the airport when I arrived in the Philippines in July, 1997. It was a hot and humid afternoon and there he was in the crowd with a face …

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REMEMBERING THE PAST FOR A GLORIOUS FUTURE

By Heritier Mesa, sx I would never call myself a nostalgic fan of the late 1960’s music, nor did I experience the beauty of Nana Mouskouri’s songs in the pinnacle of her glory and fame. However, listening for the very first time on the radio to her version of “Try …

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