What the Holy Spirit makes us proclaim

“God is good!  God is great! God loves us all!” This Sunday is the Solemnity of the Pentecost, which commemorates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Virgin Mary and the Apostles in Jerusalem, as narrated in the Acts of the Apostles, and is regarded as the birth of the Church.  This happens ten …

One COVID Death too many

“We must not lose sight of the big picture where death is just a moment, a terrible and sad one, but not the final one in God’s plan for us.” These days, many posts in my social media threads and communication groups have been about sickness and death. One reads about friends and colleagues who …

Joyful Warrior for Justice, Democracy, and Love

“Thank you, Fr. Bernie, for building this nation through your teaching, writing, political engagement, and leadership.” Fr. Joaquin Bernas, S.J. did not live an ordinary life. He was constitutional law expert, lawyer and law professor, bar topnotcher, prolific author and columnist, academic leader (Dean of Ateneo Law School twice, Dean of the College of Arts …

Light, Color, Wonder and Joy

“Many praised her excellence in doing science and recalled her warmth, compassion, and kindness.” Dr. Gemma Narisma, who died last Friday, 5 March 2021, was the Director of the Manila Observatory (MO), a Jesuit scientific institution. She was also a professor of physics at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU), and member of the Board …

Love and Marriage in a Pandemic

“Deciding to get married during a pandemic requires even more courage than usual.” Deciding to get married is always a big decision. It might not be as bad as William Shakespeare seem to imply in As You Like It when a character says “Men are April when they woo, December when they wed: maids are …

In Defense of Our Brave Lawyers

Filipino Translation; Bisaya Translation ‘Today, in this country, the best example of the great lawyer is the NUPL lawyer’ The National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers, or the NUPL, was founded in 2007 and is composed of human rights lawyers, as well as law students, paralegals, and legal workers, from all over the country, united by …

Hell Breaks Loose in Marawi

“Here are excerpts from a most engaging book on the 2017 siege.” The following are excerpts from the book by Carmela S. Fonbuena “Marawi Siege: Stories from the Frontlines” chronicling the battle for the City of Marawi that involved the largest military operation of the Philippine Armed Forces in recent memory. The book weaves the events …

When Marawi Becomes a Frontline

“What better way to convey the complexity to us than through stories?” This is the first of several columns on the book Marawi Siege: Stories from the Front Lines by Carmela S. Fonbuena. It is a riveting and comprehensive account of the siege of Marawi in May 2017. I encourage my readers to get the …

I Believe in America Again

“There are things I might not have liked about the USA but I love it at its core.” Like most baby boomers, I have a love-hate relationship with the United States of America .American English is my second language, after the Cagayan de Oro version of Bisaya, and to this day I can write better …

Bearers of Hope

“2020 was a tough year but I am still grateful for its gifts. 2021 will be a better year.“ In my Saturday column, I quoted Pope Francis saying that thanksgiving was a hallmark of an authentic Christian life: “Above all, let us not forget to thank: If we are bearers of gratitude, the world itself …