January 2017

A Lunar New Year blessing for my employer
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

May the Lord grant my employer and her family good health and longevity. I pray that the Lord will bless each one of them. I am thankful for their kindness to me, treating me as part of their family and trusting me. My wish is that their kindness will not change.

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Dreaming the impossible dreams
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Dream the impossible dreams

There is no war or violence

Peace and love is everywhere.

All families are built by hearts

no matter how small the houses are.


Caring, sharing and loving one another...

A white rosal flowers
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Let it grow, let it grow, O Lord!

Let it grow as we pray for your glory

May its fragrance reach the heaven

Bringing joy to our heart’s satisfaction.

Let it grow, let it grow, O Lord!


Let it grow so white and we will be...

Mapalad ka!
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Marami ang nagsasabi at nagtataka kung bakit ang mga Filipino daw ay masayahin sa kabila ng kahirapan at maraming pagsubok na hinaharap nito. Marahil likas sa ating disposisyon ang pagiging masaya. Marami tayong salitang ginagamit sa Pilipino para dito. Maaari tayong Masaya, Maligaya, Mapalad o Pinagpala. 

Bagama’t may luha minsan ang ating mata, may agam-agam sa puso, o hindi tayo suwertehin sa buhay,...

Truly blessed poor
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

The gospel reading for today relates the Beatitudes. Any attempt to make a reflection on the whole of the beatitudes in this small space would be futile, so instead, we will concentrate on the first one. Blessed are the poor. It is hard to say in how many ways the beatitude has been interpreted.

Some interpret that the beggars, the exploited, are the kind of people God is pleased with...

Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green).
Zephaniah 2:3, 3:12-13; 1 Corinthians 1:26-31; Matthew 5:1-12a.

Sunday after Lunar New Year’s Day a special Mass is permitted.


An insight into Jesuits in China
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Sinologists have paid a lot of attention to the documents and writings of missionaries to understand more about this huge country and its historical development. A new contribution in this direction is offered by Wu Yinlan in a book about a Baroque writer and an official historian for the Jesuits in the 17th century, Daniello Bartoli.

La Cina of Daniello Bartoli (The China of Daniello...

Who is dying in the war on the poor?
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

Bennie had a thin, hollow face. A picture of malnutrition at 22-years-of-age, he had never been to school for more than a few months, could not read or write and was a one-meal a day man.

He was dressed in shorts and a dirty T-Shirt. His flip-flops, his only possession, were worn thin. He pushed a small wooden cart along the back streets of Manila picking up discarded plastic bottles and bits...

Walking for vocations
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Over 1,000 people joined the annual walk for the promotion of vocation to the religious life sponsored by the Serra Club Hong Kong and the Diocesan Vocation Commission on December 26.

The bishop of Hong Kong, John Cardinal Tong Hon, encouraged those who walked to respond generously to the call to vocation and actively carry out their mission of witnessing to and spreading God’s word.

Our Lady of Fatima visits Hong Kong
(Saturday, 28 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): A statue of Our Lady of Fatima blessed by Pope Francis made its first appearance on its Asian tour in Hong Kong to celebrate the centennial of the Marian apparition in Portugal.

Pope Francis blessed six Centennial Pilgrim Statues of Our Lady of Fatima at the Vatican on January 11 before sending them on tour in six continents. Hong Kong is the first stop on the Asian itinerary.