If you do it right, the transformation of a woman into a bride or of a man into a groom can be a wondrous thing to behold. Even for just half a day, the couple are transfigured before our very eyes as they process to the altar like fairytale characters vowing to live happily ever after.
From a homily given last 15 Sept 2012by Fr. Jet Villarin, SJ A young novice once asked his superior why there were so many leaving their order. The superior replied that those who left were like hounds that were hot on the trail of a rabbit. Many of these joined the hunt because they were … Continue reading Who
In the hours that followed the Sydney siege this week, Rachael Jacobs spotted a Muslim woman on the train who was quietly removing her veil or hijab. On her facebook page she wrote, "I ran after her at the train station. I said 'put it back on. I'll walk with u'. She started to cry … Continue reading #i’llridewithyou
When I was about four years old, my parents reminded me, my aunt once gave me a robot. Actually I do remember the robot. It could walk and had these little red missiles on its back. I remember it because it scared me. It must have been the robotic way it walked and the weird … Continue reading Risk
Try this little exercise: go to your room, gaze at the stuff you have inside, and examine what is yours. In your mind, attach a tag or label to all that you think you own. You may even use a color-coding scheme to rank your belongings from the most important to the least. Then ask … Continue reading Yours
We used to call him Father Cream Puff, a term of endearment we coined for his gentle style and the puffy way he carried himself on campus. We never would have thought that Georgetown University in Washington DC would name its observatory after him. With Master’s and PhD degrees from Harvard University, Francis J Heyden … Continue reading A
Once upon a time, I ran around the Araneta Coliseum for my life. That was right after a particularly heated NCAA game and I found myself alone outside, which in those heady days of our youth, was not wise. A gang of stoned, red-eyed fanatics from the opposing school chanced upon me and gave chase … Continue reading Barbarian
Have you ever seen pure light? There is no such thing. Not even laser light, which is made with light waves being made to move in concert with each other. Even pristine white light is ordinarily incoherent and made up of a blend of colors oscillating to rhythms that are hardly synchronized. Have you ever … Continue reading Weeded