Sunday of the Palms

This Sunday of the Palms reminds us that while people can give praise, they can also ask for our heads. It is a good reminder that while people's opinions are important, ultimately, who we are ought not to come from what people think about us. It comes from something much deeper, much more profound, much … Continue reading Sunday of the Palms

Happy

Beautiful homily for the Easter Vigil. I'm reprinting it because it is a great reminder for what it really means to be happy.. by Fr. Jet Villarin, SJ My dear friends, tonight, let us be happy. Let us beg for the grace of happiness in our lives. I can think of three qualities to the … Continue reading Happy

Tempt

Originally written as a homily for the First Sunday of Lent. by Fr. Jet Villarin, SJ “Filled with the Holy Spirit, Jesus returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the desert for forty days, to be tempted by the devil (Lk 4:1).” With the Holy Spirit to fill us, you’d think … Continue reading Tempt

Startle

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

Whisperer

Fans do it with celebrities. If you've never been a fan, or if your theology tilts more on the sophisticated side, you might never really understand why people line up to the Nazareno and wipe a part of the image with their handkerchief. A few days ago, I found myself in such an unsophisticated state, lining up with people to touch the worn and darkened mantle at the foot of our Lady of Manaoag.