Pastoral Concerns

Full text: Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass homily

Full text: Pope Francis’ Chrism Mass homily

The Gospel shows us a change of heart among the people who were listening to the Lord. The change was dramatic, and it reveals the extent to which persecution and the cross are linked to the proclamation of the Gospel.

The waiver

The waiver

One of our priests in Pampanga was telling me the other day about a young deacon in the archdiocese, whose mother was rushed to the hospital because of severe Covid symptoms.

Full text: Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

Full text: Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday homily

Every year this liturgy leaves us amazed: we pass from the joy of welcoming Jesus as he enters Jerusalem to the sorrow of watching him condemned to death and then crucified.

The silence of God and the loudness of evil

The silence of God and the loudness of evil

In our taping of the episode of our Sunday Gospel talk show, “Men of Light” for Palm Sunday, my cohost, Fr. Deo Galang called our attention to what he called the “little acts of kindness” on the way to Golgotha.

400 days of Lent?

400 days of Lent?

Today we enter again into a season of penance and fasting, and we are called upon by our readings to humble ourselves before God and before one another.