Fidel V. Ramos and Red-Tagging

“It makes sense that the one who would want peace the most for the country is the soldier who became our greatest president.” Last March 18, Fidel V. Ramos (FVR as he is affectionately called), former president of the Philippines, turned 93 years old. According to a story in this newspaper, he celebrated this milestone …

500 Years of Burdens and Gifts

“We can move on from the burdens of history and to use the gift of the indigenous wellspring to renew a universal and truly Filipino faith.” In the mass celebrated in Rome by Pope Francis last Sunday, Cardinal Chito Tagle spoke eloquently about the coming of the Christian faith to our land as God’s gift. …

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 …

The Light of Our World

“We are sanctified in Christ Jesus.” The Gospel of the Fourth Sunday of Lent, from John the Apostle, contains a promise: God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him might not perish but might have eternal life. God did not send his Son into the world …

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 …

Three Moments of Conversion

“A different kind of conversion is provided for in each season of life. We are called to discern and identify the one that suits us right now.” The gospel this Third Sunday of Lent recalls the story of Jesus in the temple, upset that the House of the Father has become a marketplace. In his …

A Dead Horse Nicknamed Chacha

“The advent of the pandemic has made economic liberalization even riskier.” I dislike the saying “flogging to death a dead horse,” which means a particular effort is a waste of time as there will be no useful outcome coming out of that exercise of so much energy. It’s an idiom that is anti-animal rights and …

The Promise of the Transfiguration

“There will be light again.” The gospel this Second Sunday of Lent recalls a story familiar to all Christians – the Transfiguration of Jesus Christ in Mount Tabor. Mark writes sparingly about the event: “After six days Jesus took Peter, James and John with him and led them up a high mountain, where they were all …

Ash Wednesday’s Promise of Healing

“Humanity has been deeply wounded—physically, mentally, psychologically and economically—by this pandemic.” In March of last year, the world, including our country, had to contend with an unknown and mysterious coronavirus that has since affected virtually every inhabitant in every corner of the world. After a year and millions of victims later, we are still in …

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 …