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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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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REMEMBERING NELSON MANDELA

By Heritier Mesa Watching the whole world gathered together in grief to mourn and pay tribute to Nelson Mandela, I felt a deep desire to stop for a while and reflect upon his legacy to this world. Ever since, one question keeps striking my mind with insistence:  what exactly did …

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