Wishing everyone a very Healthy, Peaceful, Happy and Prosperous New Year!
Last month, I received a call from a close friend. He was asking what time Masses were being celebrated at the Archdiocesan Shrine (and Parish) of San Roque in Barangay Mambáling, Cebu City.
Every New Year reminds us, of course, of another opportunity to make a new beginning in our life.
Can you imagine what it’s like to be nursing a broken wrist on Christmas Day? It’s humbling, to say the least; your hand loses control, but it’s also God’s odd way of making you feel loved.
As the new year of 2020 begins to unfold, our local Church, under the leadership of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines (CBCP), begins a new year in its nine-year journey to celebrating the five hundredth anniversary in 2021 of the arrival of Christianity in these islands.
“How long has it been since?” The prodigal son thought as he stroked his index finger. The pale circular indention, left by his ring, had disappeared as it blended with the color of his skin.
The first “March for Mary and the Filipino Family” was held on the morning of December 8, 2019.
It is often said that we Filipinos have the longest Christmas Season. We start playing Christmas music, decorate our homes and schedule Christmas parties before or during the season of advent.
The Vatican announced that the Holy Father has appointed His Eminence Luis Antonio “Chito” Cardinal Tagle as Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples (Propaganda Fide).
Filipinos celebrate Christmas as early as September. They also end their celebrations late into January’s Feast of the Child Jesus.
Here we go again! These words may be spoken either in cynicism or with much hope, expectation and excitement as we begin another liturgical year with the celebration of the Advent season.
Every December 25, I read Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and G.K. Chesterton’s essay, “The God in the Cave”.