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Second Sunday of Lent (A) March 11, 2017

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This is a Promise!

Second Sunday of Lent (A)

Genesis 12:1-4a

Psalm: Lord, let your mercy be on us, as we place our trust in you.

2 Timothy 1:8b-10

Matthew 17:1-9

 

Welcome to the second Sunday of Lent!

 

Recently I watched the movie Logan. The movie was in 2029 when the mutant population was already disbanded, and Wolverine was left to take good care of Charles Xavier or Professor X. Wolverine lived a hidden life, siya ay naging simpleng taxi driver na lamang. But everything changed when a young girl named Laura, a mutant, came into his life. This girl had his DNA, and she also possessed powers like Wolverine. He needs to help the girl cross the border. I will not mention spoilers, but in this movie, you will a transformed Wolverine, a wolverine with a heart. The greatest movie about Wolverine is not about the mutant, but about the man Logan.

 

Today’s readings center on transformations. In the first reading, Abram was called by God to leave his homeland. Nabago ang kanyang buhay ng sinunod niya ang Diyos. Abram became Abraham, the Father of Faith.

 

In the second reading, sabi ni St. Paul, “We are called to a holy life, not according to our works, but according to the grace bestowed in Christ.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

 

At ang ebanghelyo ay tungkol sa Transfiguration of Jesus. Jesus took Peter James and John into a high mountain and he was transfigured before them.

 

What are the reminders for us today?

 

  1. We have our vocation.

 

Andito tayo sa mundo hindi lamang para magkaroon ng career. Tayo ay may bokasyon. Tinawag tayo ng Dios upang maging bahagi sa Gawain ng paglikha. You are here for a reason, that reason is not only that you become a professional but that you contribute to the holiness of the world.

 

Masasabi mo bang ikaw ay may positibong naiambag sa kabutihan ng lipunan?

 

Father, sasabihin ninyo, mabait naman ako. Wala akong ginagawang masama. Ngunit hindi lamang mabait na walang ginawang masama, kundi ang kailangan natin ngayon ay yaong mabait na may ginagawang mabuti.

 

Sabi sa movie na Logan, “A soldier who will not fight is useless.” Ang sundalong hindi nakikipaglaban ay walang silbi. In the same way, “A Christian who doesn’t serve is useless.” Ang Kristyanong walang ginagawang masama at wala ring ginagawang  mabuti ay walang silbi.

 

I have a beautiful classmate at devcom. She is organizing an outreach program for the indigenous people of Pampanga. She is doing it this season of Lent.

What good will you do this season of Lent?

What sacrifices will you make for the benefit of others?

 

We have a vocation.

 

  1. We go down.

 

During the Transfiguration, sabi ni Peter, Lord, we shall build three tents: one for you, one for Moses, one for Elijah. Sabi ba ni Jesus – go!

 

No, they went down the mountain. Because the living out of service is not in the mountain. Kailangang bumaba because the action is there in the lowland. They need to go back to reality. That is where the action is.

 

When we become knowledgeable, when we become leaders, when we achieve high status in the society – we go down. We serve.

 

As Christians, we cannot transform the world by mere prayers in our convents, in our chapels, in our churches. We go out, we move out, of our homes, of our comfort zones – to get in touch with the realities of the people in our families and communities.

 

We go down.

 

Brothers and sisters, in the second Sunday of lent, we are reminded that everybody has a vocation. What happened to Jesus in the mountain will also happen to us. But before that, like Jesus, we have to embrace first our realities, the realities of life, of suffering, of sacrifices, of joys, of pains. Then, if we share in the cross of Christ, we shall also share in his glory. That’s a promise!

 

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

 

 

 

 

First Sunday of Lent (A) March 4, 2017

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Beware: Satan is the Father of Lies

Beware: Satan is the Father of Lies

First Sunday of Lent (A)

Genesis 2:7-9; 3:1-7

Psalm: Be merciful, o Lord, for we have sinned.

Romans 5:12-19

Matthew 4:1-11

 

Welcome to the first Sunday of Lent!

 

Tayo po ngayon ay nasa panahon na ng kwaresma. Opening salvo po natin ang Ash Wednesday (March 1) bilang pagpapahayag ng ating pagsisisi sa ating mga kasalanan at paghahanda sa ating mga sarili sa mga gagawin nating mga sakrispisyo. Ang kwaresma po ay 40 days before Easter. Sa taong ito, ang Easter Sunday ay April 16. Kung inyo pong bibilangin from March 1 to April 15, the day before Easter Sunday – mayroong 46 days! Mali yata ang sinasabi mong 40 days Father! Sumobra yata ng anim na araw Father! Hindi po yan sumobra bes, sapagkat hindi kabilang sa counting ang Sunday. This is because from the earliest days of the Church, Sunday is always a feast day, a day of celebration, kaya hindi siya kabilang sa counting. That makes it 40!

 

Today’s gospel reading points us to the three temptation of Christ in the desert. Pagnilayan po natin ang three temptations:

 

  • “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.” (Matthew 4:3)

 

What is wrong with being hungry? It is but human to feel hunger? At first glance, the command of the devil seemed very, very trivial. Parang maliit na bagay lang, gutom eh. But we must remember that the perfection of Jesus comes in following the will of the Father. Ang patibong talaga dito ay sundin mo ang gusto ng demonyo. Mag-ingat sa mga trivial matters, mag-iingat sa maliliit na kasalanan. Dyan nag-uumpisa ang big-time na kasamaan.

 

  • “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down.” (Matthew 4:6)

 

What is wrong with throwing himself down? The devil quoted the psalm of trust that told of God’s protection of his people. However, Jesus also knew that His trust was perfect, and that He didn’t need to do anything heroic to prove it. The moment an individual puts God to the test, that person gives evidence that he or she doesn’t actually trust God in the first place.

 

I remember one instance, nakapasok ako sa isang warehouse ng isang parokyano. At doon sa pinakabulwagan ng kanilang warehouse ay nakita ko ang imahe ng Santo Niňo. Ok n asana ako doon ngunit nagulat ako sapagkat katabi ng Baby Jesus ang palakang naka-nganga at pusa pang gumagalaw-galaw. Sabi ng parokyano: “Father, kung di ibibigay ng Dios ang aking hinihinling, ako ay mayroong reserba.”

 

Do you think if you have your full trust in the Lord, you still need lucky charms? God is enough!

 

 

 

  • “All these I shall give to you, if you shall prostrate yourself and worship me.” (Matthew 4:9)

 

This is like saying: “Sambahin mo ako kahit one second lang – at ibibigay ko say o ang lahat-lahat in an instant.” Of course, alam natin, ito ay kasinungalingan lamang.

 

These temptations are very much relatable. Often, Satan whispers to us that we can be immoral, we can behave badly, and gawin lahat ng gusto natin sapagkat wala naman makakaalam di ba – ikaw lang at si Satanas. Hmmm. Mag-ingat, sapagkat si Satanas ang hari ng kasinungalingan. Kung sasabihin niya sa iyong….

 

atin-atin lang ito ha,

this is just between us,

secret lang natin ito ha,

you and me (!!!)

 

wag kang umasa. Ta-traydorin ka lang niya – ginawa niya yan kay Eba. Gagawin din niya sa yo yan.

 

The three temptations of Christ are meant to remind us that Jesus wholeheartedly followed His Father’s will. If we want to also wholeheartedly follow His Father’s will, the devil will also do, everything in his power, to prevent us.

 

In reality, many times we give in. But the Lenten message is that have the grace to say no as reflected by the Lenten connection to our baptism. Dati mayroong tayong order of penitents. Sila ang mga nangumpisal sa kanilang kasalanan and they were assigned to do penance to be done for a long period of time. Then by Easter Vigil, the order of penitents are reconciled to the Christian community. It was for them second baptism.

 

Brothers and sisters, may we see this Lenten season as our journey towards our own renewal of baptismal vows, which we shall observe on Easter Vigil. May our Lenten observance make us even closer to Jesus, not only in thoughts, but also in actions.

 

 

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

 

SVD Mission in Surigao Affected by Earthquake February 25, 2017

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Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

The lone SVD parish in Surigao was badly affected by the Northeastern Mindanao earthquake with a moment magnitude of 6.7 and a maximum intensity VII (very strong) last February 10, 2017, 10:03 pm. “There are cracks all over the place,” reported by Fr. Yohanes Dua Dani Bao, the Indonesian parish priest.

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Even the mission school founded by the parish back in 2003 was not spared. “Some of the cabinets fell flat, many of the academic materials destroyed,” he added.

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

Few weeks ago in a separate interview, Fr. Yohanes relayed his enthusiasm that many parents approached him wanting their children to enroll in the mission school. “Many of our pupils became outstanding students when they go to Surigao West, Pilot School, CV Diez and St. Paul College.”

Photo Credit: Fr. John Dua, SVD

Photo Credit: Fr. John Dua, SVD

At present, the parish mission school has 48 pupils composed  of 3 levels of Nursery 1, Nursery 2 and Kindergarten.

 

Earlier, the Surigao City government had declared the entire city under the state of calamity.

 

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

Photo Credit: Hershey Bason Surada

 

 

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!

 

 

SVD Ordination 2016 November 15, 2016

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The Vivat Class

The Vivat Class

 

Be one with us in prayers….
Ordination to the Sacred of the Presbyterate.
Divine Word Missionaries.
December 3, 2016. 9 AM.
Divine Word Seminary of Tagaytay.
See you there

 

Welcome to the Philippines! October 15, 2016

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Fr. Arlindo, Brother Guy, Fr. Gregory

Fr. Arlindo, Brother Guy, Fr. Gregory

 

The Societas Verbi Divini (SVD) – Philippines welcomes the three General Visitators who are now in the country to visit the different SVD areas in the Philippines:

 

 

SVD Philippine Central Province: Fr. Arlindo Pereira Dias, SVD
SVD Philippine Northern Province: Bro. Guy Mido Mazola, SVD
SVD Philippine Southern Province: Fr. Gregory Pinto, SVD

 

 

According to the SVD Constitutions, 626: “General visitations are an occasion for the visitator to come into personal contract with the individual confreres. It has the task of strengthening the confreres’ conviction that the Society cares for each and everyone of them. It also helps the Generalate more exact information of the life and work of our confreres and a realistic picture of the conditions and needs of the various areas of the Society. This should result in our confreres living in line with the Society’s norms and working towards our common goal.”

 

Picture of Perseverance in Missionary Life October 5, 2016

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The Jubilarians in the Philippine Central Province of the SVD

The Jubilarians in the Philippine Central Province of the SVD

Here are our missionaries from the SVD Philippine Central Province who are celebrating their Jubilee. Some 25 years of ordination and vows, some 40, some 50 years. 

Photo Credit: Fr. Bongayan, SVD

Photo Credit: Fr. Bongayan, SVD

Fr. Peter Michael, SVD – the most senior among the Divine Word Missionaries in the Philippines today, celebrates his 80th year in vows. Last October 1, he celebrated his 104th birthday.

 

Photo Credit: Fr. Bongayan, SVD

Photo Credit: Fr. Bongayan, SVD

The Society of the Divine Word (Latin: Societas Verbi Divini, abbreviated SVD), popularly called Divine Word Missionaries, and sometimes the Steyler Missionaries, is a missionary religious congregation in The Roman Catholic Church Roman.

 

In the Philippines, the Divine Word Missionaries arrived in Bangued, Abra, in 1909, founding schools in Bangued, Vigan, in Ilocos Sur and Laoag City in Ilocos Norte, as well as in other parts of the Philippines. Now there are about 500 Filipino SVD priests and brothers and around 150 of them are serving in overseas missions on all continents. In the Philippines, the SVD have three ecclesiastical provinces, namely: the Philippine North (PHN) that comprises missionary works of Pangasinan to Aparri; the Philippine Central (PHC) that covers the National Capital Region, and all the provinces comprising central Luzon, southern Tagalog and the whole Bicol region; and the Philippine South (PHS) whose ministries cover the Visayas and Mindanao Islands.

 

The congregation opened Christ the King Mission Seminary in 1934 in Quezon City for their Filipino applicants and from then on their numbers continued to increase eventually making the SVD the largest religious institute of men in the country.

 

PLEASE LIKE THE PAGES OF OUR SVD MISSIONARIES:
Rev. Fr. Arlo Bernardo S. Yap, SVD
Fr. Felmar Castrodes Fiel, SVD
Fr. Glenn Paul M. Gomez, SVD
Fr. Jerry Orbos, SVD

 

 

PLEASE LIKE OUR EVANGELIZATION PROGRAMS:
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HELP US ALSO PROMOTE THE CAUSE FOR THE BEATIFICATION OF OUR MARTYR-BISHOP:
Bishop William Finnemann, SVD

 

 

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Nagwerk. Nag-change Career. Nag-SVD. September 30, 2016

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Are you a single professional or a fourth year high school who feels the call to serve God in the religious missionary life?

Then, join the SVD!

We are a congregation of congregation of Priests and Brothers, founded in Steyl, Holland on September 8, 1875, by St. Arnold Janssen. SVD is one of the three religious congregations founded by St. Arnold, along with the Blue Sisters and the Pink Sisters.

The SVD Missionaries, as “witnesses” to the Divine Word (Jesus), are engaged among others, in the following works: biblical apostolate, education, parish administration, mass media/communication, mission animation, formation of youth, formation of future priests and religious missionaries, promotion of justice, peace and integrity of creation (JPIC), community organizing, empowerment of indigenous peoples/communities, care of street children, prostituted women and other marginalized sectors of the society.

At present, we are the 7th biggest male congregation in the Church and the biggest in the Philippines.

For more details, visit or call the nearest SVD vocation office nearest you:

SVD PHILIPPINE NOTHERN PROVINCE:

DIVINE WORD FORMATION CENTER – URDANETA
c/o Divine Word College of Urdaneta, Urdaneta, 2428 Pangasinan
Tel. No. (075) 568-2612

SVD PHILIPPINES CENTRAL PROVINCE

SVD Vocation Director
Christ the King Mission Seminary
1101 E. Rodriguez Sr. Ave.
Quezon City, Philippines 1112
Telephone Number(s): (632) 726 5002; (632) 725 8981 to 82 Fax Number: (632) 412 0618

SVD PHILIPPINES SOUTHERN PROVINCE

IN VISAYAS

Vocation Promoter
St. Joseph Freinademetz Formation House
0534 D. Jakosalem St., Cogon Ramos
6000 Cebu City
Mobile Numbers: 0928-240-5863 (Smart); 0927-834-6933 (Globe); 0922-359-4138 (Sun)
Telephone Numbers: (032)255-1876; (032)255-1892
Email Ads: raxto@yahoo.com; svdbro@yahoo.com

IN MINDANAO:

DIVINE WORD FORMATION CENTER-DAVAO
Catalunan Grande, 8000 Davao City P.O. Box 81218
Tel No. (082) 297-4449

 

Retreat House in Marigondon, Lapulapu City September 25, 2016

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The SVD Rest House is now ready for your:

Retreat, Recollection, Team Building, Short Stay and any Special Events.

Its location is in Marigondon, Lapu-lapu City, Cebu

just beside the University of San Carlos Marine Sanctuary.

For Inquiries kindly PM or Check @ 2535105 / 09324083924.

Front View from the Gate

Front View from the Gate

 

Main Entrance

Main Entrance

 

Bedrooms

Bedrooms

 

Conference Room

Conference Room

 

Kitchen Area

Kitchen Area

 

Grill Area

Grill Area

 

Terrace Area

Terrace Area

 

Back View Facing the Sea

Back View Facing the Sea

 

Alternative Venue for Conference

Alternative Venue for Conference

 

View Deck Area

View Deck Area

 

If you are interested,

Kindly direct your inquiries

@ 2535105 / 09324083924

Because I cannot answer your questions.

Have a nice day!

 

Missionaries Learning Languages 101 September 15, 2016

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Laugh trip! Creative English 101: The University of San Carlos-Cebu SVD community is blest with the presence of non-Filipino missionaries. Part of their training is to learn English, then Cebuano, the local language. This is how Brother Paulino Bongcaras creatively teaches a Vietnamese confrere regarding the parts of the body – in English. (Video Credit: Fr. Semei, SVD)