March 2017

Bid for bad taste award
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): The Knights of Rizal put in a strong bid for the bad taste award at this year’s Hong Kong Flower Show by mistaking the exhibition for a politico-commercial billboard display.

The 20 or so metre-long canvas strip featuring the president of The Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, shaking hands with his counterpart in China, Xi Jinping, as well as the unabashed advertising of Davao City, the Philippine...

Silence in the aroma of sunshine
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (SE): First published under the title of Chinmoku in Japanese, the historical fiction novel by Shusaku Endo portrays the faith struggle of the 17th century Jesuit, Father Sebastian Rodrigues, as he is forced to watch the barbarous cruelties inflicted on the people he had come to love as his flock.

Although the title that Endo put on his book was The Aroma of Sunshine, at the insistence of his...

Asia-Pacific sees 900 million pay bribes
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

BANGKOK (SE): Bribery takes place at all levels of society and is an insidious reality, as it takes food off the table, but on another level puts food on the table.

For lowly paid public servants and service providers, withholding their services until the palm is greased can be the difference between having food or not, but for the hapless searcher of a necessary service, the table can be bare.


First American-born martyr to be beatified
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

OKLAHOMA CITY (SE): “The shepherd cannot run at the first sign of danger,” the first United States of America (US)-born person to be beatified, Father Stanley Rother, wrote from his mission in Guatemala to his diocese in Oklahoma just weeks before his death.

“Pray for us that we may be a sign of the love of Christ for our people, that our presence among them will fortify them to endure these sufferings in...

Islamic State ups the terror ante in Xinjiang
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

HONG KONG (UCAN): In response to a video released by the Islamic State vowing to spill blood in China, Beijing has pledged to fight terrorist forces alongside the international community.

The 30-minute video shows a guerilla-like figure, suspected of being a Uyghur from the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region in western China, claiming that he would go back to China and commit a terrorist attack. The video also features...

Independence of judiciary goes on trial
(Saturday, 25 March 2017 )

MANILA (UCAN): In what is set to become a test of the separation of the powers of the judiciary and the administration, the families of victims of the purge being conducted against the poor of The Philippines in the guise of a war on drugs filed charges in court on March 14 against the police they believe murdered their relatives.

Father Gilbert Billena described their action as a test case that will show whether or not...

(Saturday, 18 March 2017 )

God if anything

is not forbidding

with flowing white beard

and eyes ablazing

but greater than any idea

of Him imagining

for what manner of Love

a wayward heart...

A season of change and mellow fruitfulness
(Saturday, 18 March 2017 )

It is Lent. A time of the year when the Church preaches repentance through prayer, almsgiving and fasting. We all are familiar with these terms as they come up often during our meditation, prayer, preaching and conversation.

We talk about who can or must keep the Lenten observance and who is exempted; we discuss what to eat or what to drink and so on. All these topics express our willingness...

Fourth Week of Lent
(Saturday, 18 March 2017 )

Mass of the day, Creed, preface of third Sunday of Lent (purple).
Readings: Exodus 17:3-7; Romans 5:1-2, 5-8; 
John 4:5-42.

Mass of the solemnity, Gloria, Creed, preface of St. Joseph (white).
2 Samuel 7:4-5a, 12-14a,...

(Saturday, 18 March 2017 )

Katulad ng lupang tigang walang tubig ako’y nauuhaw. O Diyos hangad kitang tunay, sa iyo ako ay nauuhaw... Ang kaluluwa ko’y nauuhaw sa iyo Panginoon ko... Ang mga katagang ito ay mula sa isang awitin na nagpapahiwatig ng pagkauhaw ng isang tao sa Panginoon.

Sa ating buhay ay may mga sandaling tayo man ay nauuhaw.   Tubig ang kaagad nating naiisip.  Sa unang pagbasa ay...