June 2016

Fourteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green).
Isaiah 66:10-14c; Galatians 6:14-18; Luke 10:1-12,17-20.

Mass of the day (green).

I come to offer peace
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

The gospel recounts how Jesus sent messengers in pairs. The first miss-ionaries—Peter and John, Paul and Barnabas did not only go two by two, but they were also sent and  represented their community.

They are sent like lambs among wolves. The wolf is a symbol of violence, arrogance. The lamb indicates gentility, weakness and frailty.

It is necessary that...

Tawag para sa kaharian!
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Noong nakaraang Kapistahan ng Banal na Santatlo ay nagkaroon ng binyagan at kumpilan ng mga Filipina dito sa Hong Kong.  Ang mga naturang tumanggap ng mga sakramento ay inihanda ng Chaplaincy for Filipinos.  Subalit hindi ito maisakakatuparan kung wala ang tulong ng mga boluntaryong katekista.  

Maitutu﹣ring na isang tagumpay at bunga ito ng pagtitiyaga ng mga naturang tagapagturo ng pananampalataya.  Isang kapansin-pansin sa mga...

Look out for miracles
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Miracles tend to happen to those whose eyes are open to see them.

The gospel describes how the disciples react to the miracles of Jesus with joy. “When he came near the place where the road goes down the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen” (Luke 19:37).

We have to have our...

Still hopeful behind bars
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

The day I got arrested, I thought, “This is the end of my life.”

Being in prison is indeed a kind of suffering, bearing all the burden of being misunderstood and rejected by other people. Most of all, I missed my family and being far away from them is another kind of hurt and pain.

My life here in prison on foreign soil is hard. I have no relatives, no family, no...

One day is just a moment in eternity
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Our life’s a span

A day a moment in eternity

We have within our grasp

The key that open the treasure-trove life

The things we do each day

Can go on and thus form our eternity


The way Yvonne loves fish — A letter to Sanna
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

Yvonne told me that she loves fish. So I ordered fish for her.

But then she clarified that she never eats fish for she loves fish.

When we celebrate, we kill animals, fish and birds. Why do we make soup out of snakes and shark fins? Why do we eat chicken, ducks, geese, baby pigs and pigeons? Why do we eat lobster, oyster, prawns, crabs, garoupa and abalone?


Stop asylum seeker bashing
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

World Refugee Day was marked this year on June 20 as the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced that for the first time in history the number of displaced people in the world exceeded 60 million.

Although only a handful are seeking protection in Hong Kong, they are a long way from finding an open-hearted welcome or home to begin a new life and instead are facing a new...

A mission to promote truth and healing of splits
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

YEREVAN (SE): Although the main text of Pope Francis during his June 24 to 26 visit to Armenia was Christian unity and peace, his visit will be mostly remembered for his explosive description of the deaths of over one million people in the country at the hands of the Ottoman Empire in April 1915 as genocide.

Speaking in the Armenian capital of Yerevan on the day of his arrival, Pope Francis departed from his prepared text...

Words are the new bullets in Battle of the Dardanelles
(Saturday, 2 July 2016 )

VATICAN (SE): Turkey recalled its ambassador to the Vatican last year in protest against the use of the word genocide by Pope Francis on April 24 to describe the mass killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire.

Quoting Pope Benedict XVI, Pope Francis said, “It is generally referred to as the first genocide of the 20th century.”

As part of the patch up on relations...