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Weekly Reflections: Martial law as a Theological issue

On September 21, 1972, then Pres. Ferdinand E. Marcos declared martial law in our country in the guise “to save the republic and reform society.” However, what happened in more than a decade of Marcos Rule was the very opposite of what the regime had claimed to do. Our country was plunged into long dark nights of fascist rule, where crying and weeping of widows and orphans were heard all over the land amidst the sarcastic laughter and merriment of the powers-that-be, feasting lavishly on the riches and beauty of our motherland.

Religious convene Cordillera peace network

BAGUIO CITY — Church leaders from the different Christian denominations in Northern Luzon met in the city on August 27-28 to affirm their commitment for peace building. The gathering aimed to provide updates on the peace talks between the Philippine government (GRP) and the National Democratic Front of the Philippines (NDFP), and present the overview of the draft Comprehensive Agreement on Social and Economic Reforms (CASER).

Weekly Reflections: Ways of being Church

We are in deep crisis politically, economically, and even culturally or spiritually. Our President is contemplating to resign due to endemic corruption in the government bureaucracy. Our economy is also getting worse as prices of basic commodities are going up uncontrolled, while thousands of our people continue to brave the dangers of distant lands in search of much needed dollars to keep their bodies and souls and families alive.

Weekly Reflections: Incarnational model of doing mission

August is designated as Mission Month. It is a time for us to reflect on the nature of the church as God’s mission in the world. In an age of fast developing globalized culture, native peoples’ way of life are threatened to be dominated and assimilated by the culture of the global community, particularly by those who control the instruments of culture, especially the mass media. Nowadays, the mass media is perhaps one of the strongest, if not the strongest instrument of cultural formation in our contemporary life. Religion used to be the strongest molder of cultural values in ancient times. But time has greatly changed.

Weekly Reflections: Ate Henie: a servant of God and of the People

Many would call her Ate Henie, but she is more than an Ate to my wife Pearl and I; she is a mother to us in many ways than one. I was still a young seminary student at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) when I first met her. She was then serving as a Kindergarten Teacher in an early childhood school on campus.

Weekly Reflections: Theology of Social Responsibility

Social responsibility is part of a Christian way of life. Our genuine involvement in social issues and concerns should be motivated by faith and not by ideology, although sometimes there is a very thin line between faith and ideology. Faith is sometimes used as an ideology. Besides, ideology is oftentimes given a very bad name.

NL Bishops urge clergy, repent, pray for sinners

BAGUIO CITY— A bishop called on clergymen to follow Christ’s example of praying for sinners especially those who ridicule the church and blaspheme God last Monday the start of a week-long retreat of the Northern Luzon clergy here in the city.

Weekly Reflections: Theology of Holiness

In my own personal visits to the churches, I was a little bit surprised to realize that among the issues raised by some sectors in the church concerning our Seminary was the claim that we are not teaching holiness.

Weekly reflections: In the world but not of the world

“My prayer is not that you take them out of this world but that you protect them
from the evil one. They are not of the world, even as I am not of it.
Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me
into the world, I have sent them into the world.” — John.17,15-19