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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Experiencing Pabasa and Salubong in the Philippines

By Antoine, sx   Easter remains an enigmatic event. Since my childhood, I used to hear from my parents and elders telling about paschal memories regarding time, traditional food, visits and joyful celebrations, while, I could not understand at all why they had to recall those experiences. Surely, the reasons …

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Christian life: a journey towards Illumination.

By Heritier Raphael Mesa Nteke, sx There is no doubt that the Greek phrase “en Christo,” (in Christ) is the most used single phrase in Paul’s writings. Indeed, it appears about 164 times all in all of Paul’s letters.  With different tones, it stresses on a Christ-centered life. Paul, in …

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A New Paradigm of Sanctity

Theodore,sx – For a couple of years, the concept of sanctity implied an attitude which consists on rejecting whatever comes from the world as defilement and leading to sin. The world during medieval period was regarded mostly by Catholics as being created by the devil, a core of all evil …

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“Simbang Gabi” anticipates the Christmas joy for Filipinos

By Antoine Mushagalusa, sx – As the Season of advent unfolds and we move forward to Christmas, I have been reflecting upon a remarkable event that portrays in a very particular way the Filipino experience of waiting for the coming of the Lord. Starting from last Monday, December 16, people …

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Reflection on the super typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) in Samar and Leyte

By Ulrich Saa, sx – Few days ago, I published on my Facebook a picture of some survivors holding the statue of Jesus in the midst of the storm that struck Samar and Leyte. On that picture, I wrote the following sentence, “carry on keeping faith even in storm.” Few minutes …

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