January 2017

Si Hesus sa mata ni Juan
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

Sa isang mahalagang pagtitipon, kapansin-pansin na piling-pili ang ginagamit na pananalita ng isang tagapagpakilala at sinisiguro niyang akma at tama ang nakalap niyang impormasyon tungkol sa ipinapakilalang panauhing pandangal. Kanyang aalamin ang pangalan, pinag-aralan, lugar na pinanggalingan at kung anu-ano pa, alang-alang sa tagapakinig. 

Kahiya-hiya nga naman kung may pagkakamali sa pagbigkas ng pangalan at ilang...

(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )


Mass of the day, Gloria, Creed, preface of the day (green). Readings: 
Isaiah 49:3, 5-6; 
1 Corinthians 1:1-3; 
John 1:29-34.


Mass of the day (green).
Readings:Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 2:18-22.


That our joy may be complete
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

John the Baptist was so clear about his mission: “a man sent by God as a witness to introduce the Light” (John 1:6-8), and nothing more.

His listeners even considered him as the Messiah, but he stood his ground, saying: “I am not worthy to untie the strap of his sandal.” And then came the moment of reckoning: Jesus, the Messiah comes down to receive the baptism of John and he cries aloud, “Behold the...

Coming to terms with equality
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

New Year thought: we are not equals. I know this may be disturbing, but this is a truth that has been conceived by many revolutionaries of various kinds: we are not and we cannot be equals. 

The Brazilian thinker, Plinio Correa de Oliveira, in his seminal book, Revolution and Counter revolution, has affirmed, “Pride leads to hatred of all superiority and, thus, to the affirmation that inequality is an evil in itself at all levels, principally at...

Imprisoning children a risk to the nation
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

There are some haunting images from the past when children as young as six-years-old were put in jail behind bars in cells mixed with adults where they were abused by paedophiles. 

They are mostly hungry children guilty of begging for a bit of food in the street to survive, but then jailed as criminals. But some members of the congress want them back in jail and have introduced a bill to lower the minimum age of criminal liability from 15 to 12, and even as...

Prayer and march for peace
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): Come together to make peace was the rallying cry at a prayer rally organised by the Justice and Peace Commission together with groups from Christian Churches at the music kiosk in the Victoria Park prior to the January 1 march for World Day of Peace.

Over 70 people prayed for issues they see as disrupting the peace of Hong Kong, including the rule of law, political reform and the retirement protection plan, as well as social harmony.

500 years of separation is a call to unity
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

ON 31 OCTOBER 1517, the German Augustinian friar, Martin Luther, posted The Ninety-Five Theses on the door of the church in Wittenberg, a critical document challenging the teaching and practices of the Catholic Church on indulgences. This act symbolically signifies the beginning of a period known as the Reformation in Europe. One spin off of this has been the splitting of the western Church into Catholic and Protestant denominations, followed by 500 years of sometimes...

An embryo has the right to be loved
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The welfare and the rights of babies born to surrogate mothers were the major issues looked into at a conference organised by the Bioethics Resources Centre of the Holy Spirit Seminary College of Theology and Philosophy, together with the Diocesan Pastoral Commission for Marriage and the Family on December 10.

The Bioethics Conference has been held annually at the Caritas Institute of Higher Education, Tseung Kwan O, over the past four years and...

Ecological spirituality is born out of action
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): A group set up to study the apostolic exhortation from Pope Francis, Praise Be: On care for our common home (Laudate Si), says that it believes it has had an effect on every day Catholics.

The group said that the pope’s message reveals more awareness of, care and concern for nature, the environment and the situation of the marginalised, and provides encouragement to Church organisations to continue promoting environmental awareness....

European Court rules against Romanian parish
(Saturday, 14 January 2017 )

BRUSSELS (SE): The European Court of Human Rights overturned a case filed by a Romanian Greek Catholic parish seeking the return of a property it claimed had been confiscated in 1948 by the Romanian Orthodox Church during the suppression of the Catholic faith by the Communist government.

The Romanian Greek Catholic Church is an Eastern rite Catholic Church in full communion with the Holy See. It said in its claim that it was forced to turn over its properties to...