October 2016

From healing to faith
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

We can run the risk of reducing the message of today’s gospel to a lesson of good manners, to remember to say thank you to those who help us. 

The 10 lepers of the gospel represent all the people, the entire humanity far away from God. All of us—Luke wants to tell us—are lepers and need to encounter Jesus. No one is pure; we all carry on our skin the sign of death that only the word...

Pananampalatayang nagpasasalamat!
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

Sinabi sa aklat ng Roma 10: 9, “Kung ipahahayag ng iyong mga labi na si Hesus ay Panginoon at mananalig ka nang buong puso na siya’y muling binuhay ng Diyos, maliligtas ka.” Ang ating pananampalataya ay ang tunay na tulay para sa ating kaligtasan, kalayaan at kagalingan. Ipahayag natin ang salita ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ng pagsasabuhay nito.

Ano ba ang tunay na pananampalataya? Faith is knowing...

How do you rate the success of your family dreams?
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

I rate seven out of 10, because I am still building up my dreams for them. That dream is to send them to school until they finish their studies and make a fruitful life someday. My family is my big dream, because they are my strength, my life, my everything. That’s why I’m here working abroad.

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We are designed to help
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

There are people who don’t believe in God, but they are kind and generous. So how much more we Christians could do to show that caring about others is part of our faith? 

We read in the bible that faith without action is dead (James 2:14). Helping others is God’s command, as we are...

From hopeless to hopeful
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

In life, we all have our plans and desires, not just for ourselves, but for our family as well. In every dream there is hope. God gave us a complete body for us to work for a living, talents for us to share and a healthy mind that can be used for discernment and, above all, for us to glorify him.

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It is Muslims that welcome refugees
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

It is truly an age of disbelief. Respect for the values of human life has plunged. The number of people of Christian faith, who declare belief in the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth that upholds the dignity and rights of the human person, stand with the poor and the excluded, share with the refugees and the homeless, is at an all-time low.

Faith in serving our suffering neighbour as a Good...

Father Mendel the father of genetics
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

One-hundred-and-fifty years ago in 1866, Father Gregory Mendel published an article entitled, Experiments with Plant Hybrids, in a scientific journal in the city of Brno (Brünn in German), which today is in the Czech Republic.

He sent copies of his research to a number of prominent naturalist scholars across Europe, including Charles Darwin. Darwin did not read Mendel’s...

Pope receives gift from Xi Jinping
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): “And the Chinese president sent me a gift. They are good relations,” Pope Francis told an inflight media conference on his way back to Rome from Georgia and Azerbaijan on October 2.

Speaking a little freely about China, Pope Francis reiterated, “The Chinese nation has my highest esteem,” adding, “The day before yesterday...

Gratitude and repentance
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

ASSISI (SE): The Philippines can give thanks for its religious and cultural diversity, but must also beg forgiveness for its continual reliance on the violence of arms to settle its disputes.

Archbishop Socrates Villegas told the gathering at the Interreligious World Day of Prayer for Peace held in Assisi, Italy, on September 20, that his nation is highly blessed by God with a rich diversity of ethnicity, culture and...

Smoothing life and death decisions
(Saturday, 8 October 2016 )

HONG KONG (SE): Current controversies surrounding medically assisted suicides and possible moral issues coming from proposed new legislation allowing a patient to give legally binding advance directives to both doctors and family on the type of health care or medical treatment they would like to receive in the event of becoming incompetent to make such decisions, were discussed at a seminar at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Tiu Keng Leng on September...