August 2018

Bread from heaven from a carpenter’s son
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

In the last part of last Sunday’s passage, we heard Jesus declare, “I am the bread of life.” He is the “bread” as the wisdom of God. Anyone who assimilates his proposal will satisfy the hunger and thirst for happiness and love (John 6:35).
 
Faced with this unprecedented demand, the Jews react in the strongest possible terms. They are convinced that they already have the “bread” that satisfies: the Torah, the Word of God contained in...

Love our enemies
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbour and hate your enemy.’  But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of 
your Father in heaven. (Matthew 5:43-45)
 
Is there any tougher commandment than to love our enemies? We are not to simply tolerate them or do kind things for them, but we are told to love them.
 
The first step to love our enemy is to pray for them. And...

The meaning of true love
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

True love... means to share not only with our 
                  friends, but with the least privileged, the 
                  poorest of the poor, and our forgotten 
                  brothers and sisters in Christ.
 
True love... means to talk personally not only with
       ...

Notice Board - Will your employer ask for your advice?
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

 
 Sometimes my lady employer asks my opinion about her problems as a mother. She feels her children ignore her. I tell her that she is a good mother and she is working hard to support them already. I tell her that her children may have their own way of thinking, and encourage her to be patient and do not take it to heart. She once asked me how I treat my parents. I told her that in the Philippines, we Filipinos treat our parents with love and respect. We only need to respect...

AUGUST 12 – NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

AUGUST 12 – NINETEENTH SUNDAY IN ORDINARY TIME. Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, preface of the Sunday (green). Readings: 
1 King 19:4-8; 
Ephesians 4:30—5:2; 
John 6:41-51.
 
AUGUST 13 – MONday. NINETEENTH WEEK IN ORDINARY TIME. Mass of the day (green). Readings: 
Ezekiel 1:2-5, 24-28c; 
Matthew 17:22-27.
 
AUGUST 14 – ST. MAXIMILIAN KOLBE Mass of the memorial (red). ...

The silence that surrounds abuse
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Angeline is just one of millions of children who are scared and intimidated to run and tell that they had been raped, abused or sexually assaulted. “Telling was the hardest thing, I was frightened,” she said. “He threatened to kill my mother and burn our house down if I told, I had no one to trust, no one who could protect me from my abuser, he was my father.” 
 
She was only 13-years-old when it first happened and she hid it out of fear....

New group set to counter extremism in Indonesia
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

JAKARTA (UCAN): More than 200 people, including religious leaders including Archbishop Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo of Jakarta, as well as politicians, attended the August 1 launch of the Said Aqil Siroj Institute in Jakarta, Indonesia.
 
The new non-profit organisation, named after a prominent Muslim cleric who is now chairperson of Nahdlatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia’s largest Islamic organisation, aims to promote interreligious tolerance in a country where religious...

Around the Traps
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Catechism revision to say death penalty is inadmissible
VATICAN (CNS): Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the Church to working toward its abolition worldwide. 
 
The catechism’s...

Pakistani families denied visas to Ireland for World Meeting of Families
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

LAHORE (UCAN): Catholics in Pakistan are reeling after the Irish government denied them visas to attend the upcoming August 21 to 26 World Meeting of Families in Dublin.
 
About 10,000 families applied from all over the country. All were refused visas.
 
Father Anthony Abraz, parish priest of Good Shepherd Church in Karachi, is among six priests whose visa applications were rejected for providing no evidence of a connection with, or of travelling to, similar...

Mindanao on full alert after car bomb blast
(Saturday, 11 August 2018 )

Cotabato (UCAN): “There can never be peace if we continue this kind of attitude of fomenting fear among our people,” Archbishop Martin Jumoad of Ozamiz, in Mindanao, said after security forces were placed on full alert in the southern Philippine region after a deadly suicide car-bomb attack in Basilan province —blamed on the Abu Sayyaf terrorist group—killed 10 people on July 31.
 
The archbishop, who was the bishop of Basilan for 14 years, said the...