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Gratitude, memory of the heart

Gratitude, memory of the heart

  A PRIEST, visiting a remote village chapel, delivered a 30-minute sermon on “Gratitude.” At the con­clusion of the sermon, he said, “And remember, however small the gift, always be grateful to the Lord.” Later, when it was time for the col­lection, an usher used the priest’s hat to take up the offering. * * […]

When God seems so distant

  DID you know that long before the soft drink Coke was ever produced, the Bible had already a commercial on it? The “ad” goes: “Have a Coke.” In Hebrew, Ha-bak-kuk! Levity aside, “Habakkuk” is the name of an obscure prophet in the Old Testament. In the first reading of this 27th Sunday, we read […]

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Thank you Pinoy seafarers!

  TODAY, September 29, is National Seafarers Sunday. According to the office of the Apostleship of the Sea in Manila headed by Fr. Paulo Prigol, CS, di­rector and chaplain, “seafarers” is a broad term which refers to peo­ple working in ships, active and retired seamen, fishermen, those waiting for maritime employment, including maritime students. * […]

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Clever but corrupt manager

  DID you know that graft and corruption already existed during the time of Christ? The parable of the shrewd manager which is the subject of this 25th Sunday gospel (Lk 16,1-13) il­lustrates this. Employed by a rich man, the manager is accused of squan­dering his master’s resources. The dishonest manager realiz­es he is about […]

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God always forgives if you’re sorry

  “A FACE that only a mother can love,” so goes an old dictum. With God, that should be rephrased, thus: “God loves faces that even mothers cannot love.” This divine love is actually ex­pressed in the book of Isaiah, which says: “Can a woman forget her baby and not love the child she bore? […]

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Obstacles to following Christ

  TODAY, September 8, is the birthday of Mama Mary. It is also the 144th Foundation An­niversary of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) to which I belong. It was founded in 1875 by a German priest St. Arnold Janssen. * * * The Society of the Divine Word ranks 7th largest among all […]

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