BAGUIO CITY — Human rights and church groups expressed disdain and alarm over the brazen killing of a Catholic clergy Sunday morning …
The angel spoke to the women. “You must not be afraid,” he said. “I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified. He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said. Come here and see the place where he was lying. Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, ‘He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you; there you will see him!’ Remember what I have told you.” – Matthew 28:5-7
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Jesus Christ our Lord is alive! Jesus was raised from death! This is what the Bible says. This is what the Apostle’s Creed says. This is what we usually sing on Easter Sunday: “Hallelujah! The Lord God Omnipotent reigneth… The kingdom of this world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever.” This is what we Christians believe.
Christianity is a resurrection faith. It is founded on the faith that God raised the man Jesus of Nazareth from the dead.
Religious and political leaders alike had been advising everyone to refrain from engaging in any political activity during the Holy Week as if this celebration is purely religious and has nothing to do with politics. But the truth is that Jesus’ death on the cross is perhaps the most violent political death in human history.
Cuaresma, tiempo ti kalgaw, napudot! Panawen ti panaggatud ti tabako ken panagaapit ti mais kadagiti mannalon iti Ilocos, panawen ti panagtalon kadagiti dadduma a paset ti Kordilyera kas iti Kalinga. Iti dati a kalendaryo ti eskuelaan, koma ket tiempo ti bakasyon! Ngem sorry kadagiti estudyante iti kolehiyo ta naiyalis ti bakasyon iti tiempo ti panagtutudo. Kadagiti katoliko, ti Cuaresma ket tiempo ti panagayuno ken panagpinitensya, nangruna iti Semana Santa.
March 25 is this year’s Palm Sunday. It is a time for us to commemorate the day when Jesus and his disciples entered Jerusalem with all the people crying and shouting, and holding up palm leaves(cf. Lk.19:28-40).
Our government authorities were greatly alarmed recently by what happened to a Filipina domestic helper named Joanna Demafelis in Kuwait. She was abused and brutally killed by her employers and her body was placed inside a freezer. This somehow led to the suspension of the deployment of Filipina domestic helpers in Kuwait by no less than President Duterte.
We are living in a sick society. Our society’s illness is not just skin deep; it has seriously infected the very soul of our nation. Despite all our pious claims to be the only Christian nation in the Far East, we are considered to be the second most corrupt nation in Southeast Asia. Graft and corruption is like a cancer that is eating up the moral fiber of our nation. Indeed, our country has become “the sick man of Asia”.
Pearl and I were among millions on Epifaño de los Santos Avenue (EDSA) during those four days of February 1986. We went there not to take pictures, but to take sides with our people who suffered so long and now determined to put an end to a well-entrenched Marcos Dictatorship. Today, however, the splendor that is EDSA seems to be over, leaving a bitter taste of betrayal.
The whole Christian world is now in the season of Lent. It starts with Ash Wednesday that falls significantly on a Valentine’s Day this year.
The month of February has been regarded as love month. Specifically, February 14 has been designated as Valentine’s Day in commemoration of the life of St. Valentine. As to who exactly was St. Valentine is still a mystery up to these days.