Daily Reflections

  • Giving Without Expectation
    One rainy evening, I was sipping a cup of coffee in a donut store. While waiting for the rain to stop, I saw four kids outside the store. Soaked in the rain, they were begging for money from people passing…
  • Prodigal Sower
    I remembered my grandfather who was a farmer when I read the Gospel for today. He would have laughed his innards out if he heard the parable of the sower in the Bible. I think he would find the story…
  • The Good Seed
    There are times when our efforts to do something valuable do not appear to be enough for other people. The parable of the sower in today’s Gospel reflects that kind of reality. Much of the seed that the sower scattered…
  • God’s Love is Inclusive
    In the apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis reminds us that “The family is the sanctuary of life, the place where life is conceived and cared for (AL, 83).” The Church emphasizes the role and value of the family as…
  • Look at Jesus
    Human beings have the tendency of seeking for signs. Before a decision is made, one would first look for the right sign. When I was still working and thinking about the vocation to the priesthood, I also asked for signs….
  • I Stand for Christ
    Before election day in 2016, two candidates offered me money so that I would vote for them. I was surprised because I never experienced this before. I told them clearly that I will vote according to my conscience. But they…
  • Let Go and Love
    “Take nothing for the journey but a walking stick.” In the Gospel today, as the disciples were about to begin their journey, Jesus asked them to bring nothing but a walking stick. No food, no sack, and even money. They…
  • Sent
    In today’s Gospel, Jesus called his disciples and authorized them to drive out unclean spirits and cure every disease and illness. He freely chose the twelve and called them by name! When I meditated on the reading, I cannot help…
  • Finding Good in Others
    In the Gospel, people were amazed and said, “Nothing like this has ever been seen in Israel.” But the Pharisees said, “He drives out demons by the prince of demons.” It is very true that people would have different views…
  • Peace rather than Fear
    In the seminary, there are processes given that touch on the human dimension of the seminarians. Following the new Ratio Fundamentalis Institutionis Sacerdotalis, a seminarian must develop his personality to be configured to Christ, the perfect man, the model and…

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