July 19, 2020 Wisdom 12:13, 16-19 Psalm 86 Romans 8:26-27 Mt 13:24-43 In every relationship we cherish, there is a pressing need to address the importance of being a better person. Of course, there are moments when we enjoy the company of those we truly care for. Yet, what often turns a relationship to a … Continue reading “Discontent, Weakness, and Growth” – Reflection for the 16th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Our lives are cups offered to each one of us, to drink both the good and the bad alike.
I’ll start this by giving you an inside scoop into what takes place in seminary formation. Every seminarian is assigned a Formation Advisor to go over their training, so to speak, to become priests. In a meeting I had with my Formation Advisor over a year ago, he asked me what I think is the … Continue reading Reflections on the Priesthood after Parish Internship
2 Kings 17:5-8, 13-15a, 18 Psalm 60 Matthew 7:1-5 True peace doesn’t begin with pointing out someone their faults and imperfections. We point one finger to someone when we call out their wrongdoings or what we think they need to fix. While we point out one finger to them, though, there are three fingers in … Continue reading June 22, 2020 – Memorial of Sts. John Fisher and Thomas More
Introduction Our Christian faith invites us to participate in the life of our LORD Jesus Christ. As His beloved and adopted children, we are invited to participate in the spirit of His suffering and death, so that we may also participate and enjoy in His eternal life. The devotion to the Stations of the Cross … Continue reading Stations of the Cross – Meditations in times of Illnesses and Trials
Seminarians, like myself, don’t cease to be human beings once they enter the seminary. Before I started seriously discerning the priesthood, I wanted to get married. I wanted to know what it’s like to be with the most beautiful woman for the rest of my life. I wanted to give my wife stolen kisses, take … Continue reading A Seminarian’s reflection on Celibacy
Nearly all Protestant Christians and unbelievers alike are bewildered in confusion as to why we, Catholics, worship Mary and the Saints. As practicing Catholics, we are often seen standing before figures in a manner as if we are standing before the Lord: with solemn reverence. Part of “being reverent” is holding on to the feet … Continue reading Why do we worship Mary and the Saints?
Captain America: Civil War has been a blockbuster movie for the past two weeks since its release, enticing the attention of the mass people. The movie has the thrilling graphics, creative narratives, and visual effects to capture the most vivid imaginations of many, especially the young. Perhaps another thing that takes it to the heights … Continue reading Captain America: Civil War and the War within wars [SPOILER ALERT]
Is 43: 16-21 Ps 126: 1-2, 2-3, 4-5, 6 Phil 3: 8-14 Jn 8:1-11 One thing that puzzles me about the gospel passage we have today is that Jesus did not explicitly forgive the woman. While it is wise to provoke such thought to the Pharisees and the rest, telling them “to throw a stone … Continue reading “Transformative Indifference” – Fifth Sunday of Lent
Genesis 22: 1-2, 9-13, 15-18 Psalm 116: 10, 15-19 Romans 8: 31-34 Mark 9: 2-10 The gospel passage of the transfiguration illustrates the Christian encounter with God. In the gospel, Jesus led three of His apostles—Peter, James, and John up to the high mountain where He is transfigured into something illuminating. The Messiah has revealed … Continue reading “Encounters with our Lord” – Second Sunday of Lent