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Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A) February 18, 2017

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Because “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Because “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16)

Seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time (A)

Leviticus 19:1-2,17-18

Psalm: The Lord is kind and merciful!

I Cor 3:16-23

Matthew 5:38-48

 

Welcome to the seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time!

 

Noong May 13, 1981 binaril po si Pope John Paul II at himalang naka-survive sa assassination attempt. Sa kanyang paggaling, there was a feeling of wanting to meet his would-be-assasin. At noon pong December 27, 1983, nagulat ang buong mundo sa ginawang pagbisita ni Pope John Paul II sa selda ni Mehmet Ali Agca, ang taong bumaril sa kanya. Ang dalawa ay nag-usap, and personally, binigay ni Pope John Paul ang kanyang patawad kay Ali Agca. Wala pang social media noon, ngunit ang kanilang larawan, considered as historical moment of forgiveness, landed on the first pages of the newspapers around the world.

 

Our readings for today are very clear about their assertion on what truly makes us Christian

 

  1. Vengeance must not reign in the heart of a Christian. Love does.

 

Jesus in the gospel said that “you shall love our enemies and pray for those who persecute you…” (Matthew 5:44) why? …ang sagot po nyan ay nasa karugtong lang nyan: “so that you may be children of your heavenly Father.”  (Matthew 5:45)

 

Bulls-eye! Upang tayo’y maging anak ng Dios, vengeance must not reign in our heart. Love does. Instead of hatred, love; instead of retaliation, forgiveness; instead of cruelty, mercy. – for what??? “so that you may be children of your heavenly Father.”

 

Sabi nga ni Martin Luther King, “we shall learn to live together as brothers and sisters, or we shall perish together as fools.” Kung hahayaan natin ang karahasang manatili sa ating puso, karahasan din ang ating aanihin.Ngunit kung pag-ibig – laging mamayani ang pag-asa na sa dako pa roon, matatamo din natin ang kaligtasan.

 

Vengeance must not reign in the heart of a Christian. Love does.

 

  1. A Christian must not desire destruction, but perfection.

 

At the end of the gospel, Jesus said “Be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

 

Question: Fr, di ba, only God is perfect? Why desire to be perfect?

 

The Greek word na ginamit dito ay telios, which means “brought to its end or completed.” So, to be perfect in this sense means to be completed in Christ. Philippians 1:6 says that completion is the work of God.  He created us, saved us, and is faithful to perfect us.

 

Question: when you look at yourself, what do you see?

Nakikita nyo ba ng inyong mga eye-bugs?

Nakikita nyo ba ng inyong mga wrinkles?

Nakikita nyo ba na ang taba-taba nyo na?

 

Minsan baka naitanong nyo na rin sa inyong mga sarili:

Pangit ba ako? Kapalit-palit ba ako?

 

How do you feel about it?

 

The good news is – that is not the way God sees us.

 

St. Paul in his first letter to the Corinthians said: “You are the temple of the Holy Spirit. The spirit of God dwells in you.” (1 Corinthians 3:16) Templo ka ng Espiritu Santo. Ang Espiritu ng Dios ay nananahan sa iyo.”

 

With Christ, we are complete. Complete forgiveness. Pinatawad ka ng Dios. Matutuo ka ring magpatawad.

 

Brothers and sisters, ang kasabihang “lintik lang ang walang ganti” ay hindi gawaing Kristyano at hindi naayon sa layon ng Dios. God wants us to be brothers and sisters to each other. Not plotting revenge, but loving and praying for one another.

 

In reality, this is easier said than done. But, if we many Christians, and even non-Christians have done it, you and I can also do it. In God’s grace.

 

This is Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD – Witness to the Word!

 

 

Fiel Clan and Msgr. Teofilo Camomot February 10, 2017

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Msgr. Teofilo Camomot

Msgr. Teofilo Camomot

FIEL CLAN AND MSGR. TEOFILO CAMOMOT

1. Favian Fiel of Dumaguete was married to Ma. Rosa Quintanar of Argao, Cebu.

2. Their Daughter: Maurilla Quintanar Fiel was married to Pedro Veloso Camomot

3. Their Son: Jose Fiel Camomot was married to Andrea Embrado Barazona

4. Their Son: Jorge Barazona Camomot was married to Maria Celestina Campugan Aleson


5. Their Son: Luis Aleson Camomot was married to Angela dela Cerna Bastida


6. Their Son: Teofilo Bastida Camomot became a Bishop, died in a vehicular accident in San Fernando, Cebu on 27 September 1988 at the age of 74. On 15 October 2010, Cardinal Vidal announced that the Holy See has approved the opening of the cause for beatification and canonization of MSGR. Teofilo Bastida Camomot.

Credits: sa among mga kaliwatan nga gisulat gayud ang among kasaysayan sa banay aron dili malimtan sa mga sunod nga henerasyon.

Busog! February 5, 2017

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Credit: Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD

Credit: Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD

 

BUSOG – Nourished by the Word by Fr. Arlo Bernardo Yap, SVD


A Bible methodology in the light of Verbum Domini for the new evangelization. This book presents the working principles and theological framework for the Liturgical Bible Study together with a full manual for conducting the Liturgical Bible Study Seminar.


Now available at P 150.00/copy.

For orders, please contact, Logos Publications, Inc.,

Tels.: (+632) 711-1323 and 732-2736.

Summer Courses on Missiology January 30, 2017

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Summer Courses on Missiology

offered by the

Divine Word Institute of Mission Studies…

Credit: DWIMS

Credit: DWIMS

Mission Orientation Course for Outgoing Missionaries

 (Alis Bayan)

May 7- 20, 2017

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Missiology Course on Interculturality and Prophetic Dialogue

(for Superiors, Formators, Mission Directors and Catechetical Coordinators)

May 22-27, 2017

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Mission Orientation Course for Returning and Incoming Missionaries

(Balik Bayan/ Dating Bayan)

May 28 – June 11, 2017

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New Evangelization in School Setting

June 19-25, 2017

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Missiology Course for Indigenous Peoples’ Missionaries and Workers

July 2-9, 2017

 

Prayer Before Taking the Licensure Exam January 25, 2017

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Prayer Before Taking the Licensure Exam

Prayer Before Taking the Licensure Exam

 

Almighty and Ever-living God, fountain of all knowledge,

You created me to know you, to love you and to serve you.

I heartily thank you for bringing me to this grace-filled moment

Where all I have studied and prepared for shall be put to the test.

As I take the licensure exam, Lord, sent forth your Spirit.

Clear my thoughts from all distractions,

Give me clear memory,

Relax my mind and body.

I offer this licensure exam to your greater glory.

For I know very well that whatever comes out of this,

It is all your grace.

May the darkness of sin and the night of unbelief

Vanish before the light of the Word

And the Spirit of grace, and may the Heart of Jesus

Live in the hearts of all.

Amen.

 

Kalinga sa Pagtulog January 19, 2017

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Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

In Arnold Janssen Kalinga Center’s desire to offer care to the marginalized especially the homeless, we launch tonight the “Kalinga sa Pagtulog” – a Night Shelter Program. Meet our first of the 15 beneficiaries.
We hope to do this on an experimental basis of 2 nights a week, from 8pm-6am the following day. It begins with a registration followed by hygiene and showers; then prayers and life sharing; lastly, preparing their mats and blankets.
Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

With a secured place for the night and a prayer, they wake up fresh and ready to face again tomorrow. You are most welcome to come and visit us.
Meet Jesus among the poor. 😀
Credit:Fr. Flavie Villanueva, SVD
Kalinga: Caring is our Business

Kalinga: Caring is our Business

10 Things to Know About #Sinulog2017 and #FiestaSenyor2017 January 6, 2017

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The theme for the feast this year is “Sto. Niňo: Source of Communion, Protector of Creation.” This theme comes from two main sources: First, the current Archdiocesan/CBCP thrust set for 2021 celebration: 2017 is dedicated to the Year of the Parish: Communion of Communities and the basic Augustinian Spirituality on Community Life. Second, the papal enclical Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis.

1. The theme for the feast this year is “Sto. Niňo: Source of Communion, Protector of Creation.” This theme comes from two main sources: First, the current Archdiocesan/CBCP thrust set for 2021 celebration: 2017 is dedicated to the Year of the Parish: Communion of Communities and the basic Augustinian Spirituality on Community Life. Second, the papal enclical Laudato Si’ of Pope Francis.

 

The Basilica and the Augustinian community has a new Prior and Rector in the person of Fr. Pacifico C. Nohara, OSA. He succeeded Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA. (Photo Credit: Fr. Pacifico's FB)

2. The Basilica and the Augustinian community has a new Prior and Rector in the person of Fr. Pacifico C. Nohara, OSA. He succeeded Fr. Jonas Mejares, OSA. (Photo Credit: Fr. Pacifico’s FB)

 

This year’s Hermano and Hermana: Mr. Leo and Cristina Manguilimutan. During the press conference, there was so much kilig factor as their story of faith and devotion was shared. As devotees, they had a favorite spot at the Basilica whenever they attend Holy Masses. However, there was a time when they had a very serious fight to the point of not speaking to each other. Leo went to the Basilica to pray and attended the Holy Mass. Cristina also went to the Basilica and saw her husband right there on their favorite spot. Both of them had a change of heart.  (Photo Credits: Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

3. This year’s Hermano and Hermana: Mr. Leo and Cristina Manguilimutan. During the press conference, there was so much kilig factor as their story of faith and devotion was shared. As devotees, they had a favorite spot at the Basilica whenever they attend Holy Masses. However, there was a time when they had a very serious fight to the point of not speaking to each other. Leo went to the Basilica to pray and attended the Holy Mass. Cristina also went to the Basilica and saw her husband right there on their favorite spot. Both of them had a change of heart. (Photo Credits: Sun.Star Foto/Arni Aclao)

 

The Basilica is open to all pilgrims 24 hours during the novenario days.

4. The Basilica is open to all pilgrims 24 hours during the novenario days.

 

The Basilica is working closely with all the government agencies, especially in terms of safety and security. The security management team of the Basilica even underwent Bomb Threat Management as part of their safety and security preparations.

5. The Basilica is working closely with all the government agencies, especially in terms of safety and security. The security management team of the Basilica even underwent Bomb Threat Management as part of their safety and security preparations.

 

6. At least  five thousand persons, including police and soldiers from the Armed Forces will be deployed on the streets of Cebu City to secure the peace and order in the Sinulog and #FiestaSenyor2017 activities.

6. At least five thousand persons, including police and soldiers from the Armed Forces will be deployed on the streets of Cebu City to secure the peace and order in the Sinulog and #FiestaSenyor2017 activities.

 

7. The Muslim community in Cebu also promised to support the efforts of the police and the military in securing the Sinulog festival. Two hundred Muslim youths will monitor the event for any suspicious-looking persons.

7. The Muslim community in Cebu also promised to support the efforts of the police and the military in securing the Sinulog festival. Two hundred Muslim youths will monitor the event for any suspicious-looking persons.

 

8. Organizers of the grand parade on January 15 have chosen a route that’s two kilometers shorter because they want the parade to end early, and be more orderly.

8. Organizers of the grand parade on January 15 have chosen a route that’s two kilometers shorter because they want the parade to end early, and be more orderly.

 

9. Those who are bringing backpacks, especially bulky ones, must expect to be subjected for random inspection. So, better not bring backpacks.

9. Those who are bringing backpacks, especially bulky ones, must expect to be subjected for random inspection. So, better not bring backpacks.

 

10. The flying of balloons is highly discouraged. They are not only hazardous but also caused disruption in electrical lines.

10. The flying of balloons is highly discouraged. They are not only hazardous but also caused disruption in electrical lines.

 

 

DYRF Programming for #FiestaSenyor2017 January 4, 2017

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Viva Pit Senyor!

 

JANUARY 5 – HUWEBES

·         4:30 am Penitential Walk

·         5:30 am Holy Mass / Installation of the Hermano and Hermana Mayor 2017

Presider: Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Jr., OSA (Rector of the Basilica del Sto. Niňo de Cebu Community)

 

JANUARY 6  – BIYERNES

·         2:30 pm Msgr. Roberto Alesna (Team Moderator, St. Therese-Lahug)

 

JANUARY 7 – SABADO

·         2:30 pm Fr. Jessel Bangoy, RCJ (St. Hannibal Formation Center)

 

JANUARY 8 – DOMINGO

·         2:30 pm Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Jr., OSA (Rector of the Basilica del Sto. Niño de Cebu Community)

 

JANUARY 9 – LUNES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Leviticus Daňos, OAD (Prior, Our Lady of Fatima Parish Community)

 

JANUARY 10 – MARTES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Renchie Senoro, OSA (Sto. Niño Spirituality Center)

 

JANUARY 11 – MIYERKULES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Crisologo Suan (Provincial Superior, Order of Augustinian Discalced)

 

JANUARY 12 – HUWEBES

·         2:30 pm Fr. Dionisio Miranda, SVD (President, University of San Carlos)

 

JANUARY 13 – BIYERNES

·         4:30 am Walk with Mary

·         2:30 pm Fr. Harvey Argoncillo (Professor, St. John XXIII Seminary)

 

JANUARY 14 – SABADO

·         1 pm Solemn Procession

·         6 pm Pontifical Mass, Msgr. John Du (Archbishop of Palo)

 

JANUARY 15 -DOMINGO

·         6 am Pontifical Mass, Msgr. Jose Palma (Archbishop of Cebu)

 

JANUARY 20 – BIYERNES

·         4:30 am Hubo Mass, Fr. Pacifico Nohara, Jr., OSA (Rector of the Basilica del Sto. Niňo de Cebu Community)

 

 

Davao City, Circa 1950s December 30, 2016

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Photo Credit: Davao of the Past Facebook Page

Photo Credit: Davao of the Past Facebook Page

 

Davao City, Circa 1950s. Probably, this is Toril area, upon entrance to the city.

It was granted “city status” on March 16, 1936.

The city serves as the main trade, commerce, and industry hub of Mindanao and the

regional center of Davao Region.

Davao is home to Mount Apo, the highest mountain in the Philippines.

The city is also nicknamed as:

“King City of the South”
“City of Royalties”
“Crown Jewel of Mindanao”
“Fruit Basket of the Philippines”
“Eco-Adventure Capital of the Philippines”
“Durian Capital of the Philippines”
“Highland to Island Destination”

4th World Apostolic Congress On Mercy: Topics and Speakers December 20, 2016

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World Apostolic Congress On Mercy

World Apostolic Congress On Mercy

 

4th WORLD APOSTOLIC CONGRESS ON MERCY (WACOM4)
January 16-20, 2017
Philippines
Topics and Speakers:

• TALK 1
January 17 UST
“The Church is Called to be a Communion in the Love and Mercy of God in Jesus Christ”
H.E. Orlando Cardinal Quevedo, O.M.I, D.D.
Archbishop of Cotabato

• TALK 2
January 17 UST
“The Church Receives and Celebrates The Mercy of God through the Word and Sacraments Especially the Eucharist and Reconciliation”
Rev. Fr. Patrice Chocholski
Cure of Ars

• TALK 3
January 17 UST
“The Church is the Servant and Witness of God’s Mercy”
Rev. Fr. Seraphim Michalenko, M.I.C.

•TALK 4
January 17 UST
“The Church is Sent to be Missionary of Mercy to the Poor and Suffering of the World”
Most Rev. Anicetus Bongsu Sinaga, O.F.M.Cap., D.D.
Archbishop of Medan, Indonesia

• TALK 5
January 18 Batangas
“Remembering and Celebrating the Mercy of God as a Forgiven and Forgiving Community”
Most Rev. Teodoro Bacani, D.D.
Bishop Emeritus of Novaliches

• TALK 6
January 19 Bulacan
“Witnessing to the Mercy of God As the Church of and for the Poor”
Most Rev. Rolando Tria-Tirona, O.C.D., D.D.
Archbishop of Caceres
Chairman, CBCP-NASSA

• TALK 7
January 20 Bataan
“Being Sent as a Church of God’s Mercy to the World”
H.E. Philippe Cardinal Barbarin, D.D.
Archbishop of Lyon, France