July 2016

Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). 
Readings: Deuteronomy 30:10-14; Colossians 1:15-20; 
Luke 10:25-37.

Mass of the memorial (white).
Readings: Isaiah 1:10-17; 
Matthew 10:34—11:1.

Ibigin mo ang panginoon!
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

Noong panahong iyon, may isang eskribang lumapit kay Hesus upang siya'y subukin. “Guro,” aniya, “ano ang dapat kong gawin upang magkamit ng buhay na walang hanggan?” Sumagot si Hesus, 

“Ano ang nakasulat sa Kautusan? Ano ang nabasa mo roon?” Tumugon siya, “Ibigin mo ang Panginoon mong Diyos nang buong puso, buong kaluluwa, nang buong lakas, at nang buong pag-iisip...

To inherit life
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

Today’s gospel reading begins with two questions from Jesus: What shall I do to inherit eternal life? What is written in the law?

The rabbi promptly appeals to two biblical texts. The first is well known, because every pious Israelite recited it at morning and evening prayer: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6:5...

My experience at interviews
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

I did well at my interview with my present employer. Before that interview the agency required the applicants to create video to introduce themselves, their work skills and abilities for future employer. I’m sure that video helped me a lot for they know me and trusted in my capacity. My experience in working abroad helped me a lot too. Before the interview I prepared myself on how to answer. I kept my composure during the interview and I...

An honour and privilege
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

The Christ our Hope and Life Community was the runner up in an interpretative dance competition to the melody of the patriotic song, Ang Bayan Ko (My Nation), on June 12, at a function organised by the Holy Family Filipino Catholic Group to celebrate its 22th anniversary and Philippine Independence Day.

To be runner up was an honour for the group after giving its best interpretation of the lyrics of the song...

On listening in prayer
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

Our prayer, especially our private prayer, should contain intervals in which we do not say anything or express any thought or feeling in words, but simply remain still and silent in the presence of God, open and receptive like a flower turning towards the light.

Prayer should be refreshment, not hard labour. What matters is not whether our periods of listening are long or short, many or few, but that they exist,...

The revelations of Kew Gardens
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

I vividly remember my first visit to Kew Gardens in London in the early 1980s. I was on my way to Ireland for a holiday after my first term as a missionary among the T’boli people in the highlands of south-eastern Mindanao in The Philippines.

I had enjoyed my time there learning their language, listening to their music, watching their intricate dances, observing their rituals and celebrations, especially...

Praying for the soul of Hong Kong on July 1
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Consciousness of gathering in an atmosphere of increasing political suppression dominated the mood of around 300 people who prayed in music and words at the performance space in Victoria Park prior to joining the annual handover rally on July 1.

Sam Fong Wing-fong said that he decided to attend the prayer meeting because he believes that if people in Hong Kong are ever going to achieve what they want, they...

Orthodox focus on unity
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

VATICAN (CNS): The Great and Holy Council met under a cloud in Crete from June 19 to 26, as the original intention of gathering every Orthodox Church in the world together failed to meet its objective with the absence of the Orthodox Churches of Russia, Bulgaria, Antioch and Georgia.

In the wash up, over 200 bishops from the 10 Orthodox Churches that did turn up affirmed their full unity with one another and, despite their...

Pakistan mourns national treasure
(Saturday, 9 July 2016 )

KARACHI (SE): The victim of an assassination in Karachi, Pakistan, on June 22, renowned qawwal, Amjad Farid Sabri, was described as the loss of a national treasure in a statement from the National Commission for Justice and Peace.

A statement signed by Father Emmanuel Yousaf Mani and Cecil Chaudhry says that the untimely death of the 45-year-old Sufi artist is a terrible loss for the nation, as now more than ever,...