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Communication of elegance

HONG KONG (SE): Pope Francis has promulgated an apostolic letter which in part focusses on the manner of the translations of the liturgy, but it also implies a strengthening of the role of bishops’ conferences as decision-making bodies in their own areas.
Released in September as a motu proprio, which literally translates as on his own impulse, the document has legal effect and applies in all areas to which it is addressed.

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Si Hesus sa mata ni Juan

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. 

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That our joy may be complete

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 lamb of God, behold him who takes away the sin of the world” (v.29).

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We live only one eternal life

The first reading speaks of seven brothers. They had an imperfect concept of the resurrection. They imagined it as an extension of the life of this world, nothing more. 

The Pharisees, who firmly professed faith in the resurrection of the dead, continued to interpret it in a rather crude way.

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Small but terrible

Gaano nga ba kaliit ang butil ng mustasa?  Minsan ay ipinakita ng aming professor sa seminaryo kung gaano kaliit ang isang buto ng mustasa.  Sa sobrang liit ay kanyang pabirong sinabi na “ilayo nyo sa inyong ilong at baka inyong masinghot.” 

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Can we continue to live in a religion of merits?

Can faith grow? If faith is reduced to the assent given to a list of truths, it cannot grow. But, if faith is growing in an unconditional trust in the Lord, then, it is easy to realise that it can grow or diminish.

We believe in Jesus, but we do not trust him totally. We don’t have the courage to untie ourselves from certain habits, to make certain renouncements. Here we have a faith that needs to strengthen itself.

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Pag may malaking salu-salu o kasalan hindi mawawala ang “presidential table.” Ibig sabihin, na ang lamesa na iyan, (presidential table) ay para sa mga importanteng panauhin o bisita. Pag ikaw ay inanyayahan, ikaw ay isang bisita. Pero hindi lahat ay may pribiheliyo na umupo sa “presidential table.”

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Facing the wall for Mass is not the norm

HONG KONG (SE): An announcement came from Robert Cardinal Sarah during an address given in London, England, on July 5, that he is appealing to priests around the world to go back to celebrating Mass facing the wall, or with their back to the people.

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Around the Traps


Call to prayer from global cultural monument

ISTANBUL (CWN): For the first time in 85 years the Muslim call to prayer was heard from the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul. The building was completed in 537 as the basilica of the Patriarch of Constantinople, but with the fall of the Byzantine Empire in 1453, it became a mosque until 1931.

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Third Week of Easter

Mass of the Sunday, Gloria, Creed, Easter preface (white).
Readings: Acts 5: 27b-32, 40b-41; Revelation 5: 11-14; 
John 21: 1-19.

Mass of the memorial, Easter preface (red).
Acts 6: 8-15; John 6: 22-29.