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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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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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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“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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