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Our hope is that one day, working and living abroad will be “a choice, more than a need” for Filipinos. Vice President Leni Robredo restated this hope in a talk before members of the University of the Philippines Association and other members of the Filipino-American community at the Philippine Center in San Francisco, California, last week.

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Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.

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Persistence

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She was broke when she started working on her first book. It was said that she even had to use a computer in a public library because she did not have her own personal computer. Years later, her book became a series. There are even movie versions. Both are making huge money!

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The gospel message of this 20th Sunday is puzzling. In one part of the Scriptures, Jesus Christ promises peace: “I leave you peace, my peace I give to you.”

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Last June after President Duterte won the election, Archbishop Socrates Villegas, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), was confronted by very harsh words for the Church by the new President, who called it a “most hypocritical institution.” Archbishop Socrates chose to invoke “the silence of Jesus before the arrogance of Pilate.”

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Jesus said to his disciples: “I have come to set the earth on fire, and how I wish it were already blazing! There is a baptism with which I must be baptized, and how great is my anguish until it is accomplished! Do you think that I have come to establish peace on the earth?

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