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 …

A Compass for the New Year

“We would have a much better world this year if we heeded the Pope’s words.” For this column, I share Pope Francis Message for the celebration of the 54th World Day of Peace. This was issued on December 8 for an annual commemoration held every first of the New Year. In his message, the Pope …

Simple Gifts This Christmas

The Christmas season evokes a scene of an infant on a manger, with only the child’s parents, Mary and Joseph, and a few shepherds present. The coming of Christ into the world was so simple and unannounced that nobody living that time ever realized the significance of the momentous event. The Son of God was …

Can We Rejoice in a Pandemic?

The Third Sunday of Advent is also called “Gaudete Sunday” which in Latin means “rejoice.” It reminds us that this season of Advent is a time for rejoicing because the day of our salvation is near at hand. God has revealed himself to us by being born into this world to redeem us from the …

Advent and Informed Hope

Almost a year since the outbreak of the COVID pandemic, people have become so weary observing health protocols and movement restrictions. A general sense of fatigue and resignation is infecting most, prompting more and more people to venture out of their homes as more businesses begin to reopen. As a result, many flout health measures …

Religion can unite us

In the last chapter of the encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti, the Holy Father Pope Francis extols the virtues of the different religions as contributors to building fraternity and defending justice in society. He believes that as believers, we are convinced that, without an openness to the Father of all, there will be no solid and …

The Path to Peace

In Chapter 7 of the Encyclical letter Fratelli Tutti, the Holy Father renews the call for the creation of paths of peace to heal open wounds. He also reiterates the need for peacemakers, men and women prepared to work boldly and creatively to initiate processes of healing and renewed encounter. For him, renewed encounters does …

Dialogue, Friendship, and Kindness

In Chapter Six of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis extols the virtues of dialogue, friendship, and kindness. For him, dialogue means approaching, speaking, listening, looking at, coming to know and understand one another and to find common ground. If we want to encounter and help one another, we have to dialogue. Unlike disagreement and conflict, persistent …

Liza Soberano’s Wonderful Voice

Pope Francis devotes Chapter V of Fratelli Tutti on a call for a better kind of politics, one truly at the service of the common good. He castigates populism which, according to him, exploits the vulnerable demagogically for its own purposes, or a liberalism that serves the economic interests of the powerful. He states that …

Welcoming The Stranger

In Chapter 4 of Fratelli Tutti, Pope Francis takes on the cudgels for immigrants, recognizing the need to treat them with humanity. He insists that people who are different from us also need to be respected and loved. In his words, “it is not a case of implementing welfare programs from the top down, but …