Prayer for Lent and Easter Dr. Deidre Homer Call to action The Israelite prophet Micah said: "What does the Lord require of you? Only to act justly, love mercy and to walk humbly with your God." God of mercy and source of justice, pour on your people such love and compassion that we cannot remain … Continue reading #67: Prayer for Lent and Easter (Methodist Church)
The time of Easter, our time, can be a fuzzy time. It is fuzzy in the sense that to those of us who have been graced with faith, for some strange reason, we can still find some kind of serenity (some joy even), despite the tears in this valley showing no signs of ebbing. To … Continue reading Heaven
In the film, “A Beautiful Mind,” there is a scene where the mathematician and Nobel laureate, John Nash, proposes to his girlfriend. When she says yes, he asks for proof of her love. She responds obliquely by asking him how big is the universe. He says that it is infinite. She then asks for proof … Continue reading Intimate
Victory is Won!
As we look at a world in which violence and suffering seem to increase daily, the words of Scripture that promise 'victory' may feel hard to believe. Japan still suffers from the terrible effects of the great earthquake and tsunami, and the risk of nuclear catastrophe has not disappeared. Bigotry and bloodshed have claimed the lives of Christians in many countries, not least in the tragic assassination of Shahbaz Bhatti in Pakistan, and in the continuing 'cleansing' of Christian populations from Iraq. Unrest in North Africa bears heavily on the lives of ordinary people and their families, while oppressive rulers cling to their power. And elsewhere in Africa, civil wars and pandemic disease destroy the lives and security of millions, especially children.
Hope, Amidst Darkness
by Eric Santillan In the Genesis story of creation, God sees everything to be good: "And God saw that it was good." I had a difficult time understanding this in the light of everything that happens in the world. There is evil, bad things happen to good people, life is suffering, there is a lot … Continue reading Hope, Amidst Darkness
From a homily given during the Advent Season by Fr. Jet Villarin, SJ Most probably, a black hole lives at the center of our Milky Way galaxy. It is probably a dead and very dense star pulling other stars and planets into itself like a sinkhole. Without wonder, we say gravity is what holds us … Continue reading Startle
Adapted from the homily given during the Easter vigil at the Church of the Gesu, Ateneo de Manila, 8 April 2012by Fr. Jet Villarin, SJ When we were novices, we led a structured life. We woke up at 5am, prayed, went to mass, ate, studied, worked the fields, played, and prayed again till the sun … Continue reading Joy