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The Advocate

Gospel Reading: Jn 14:23-29 Jesus said to his disciples: “Whoever loves me will keep my word, and my Father will love him, and we will come to him and make our dwelling with him. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; yet the word you hear is not mine but that of the Father who sent me. “I have told you this while I am with you. The Advocate, the Holy Spirit that the Father... 

The vine and the branches

Gospel Reading: Jn 15:1-8 Jesus said to his disciples: “I am the true vine, and my Father is the vine grower. He takes away every branch in me that does not bear fruit, and everyone that does he prunes so that it bears more fruit. You are already pruned because of the word that I spoke to you. Remain in me, as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on its own unless it remains... 

True love shown in deeds

When the word “love” is mentioned, what generally pops up in mind is the love that is emotional or romantic experienced by lovers or sexual love between husband and wife. Physical or genital love is instinctive and is present in animals. * * * There are other kinds of love like the natural affection called “storge” or “phileo” which one feels for a sibling or a friend. We... 

The new commandment

Gospel Reading: Jn 13:31-33a, 34-35 When Judas had left them, Jesus said, “Now is the Son of Man glorified, and God is glorified in him. If God is glorified in him, God will also glorify him in himself, and he will glorify him at once. My children, I will be with you only a little while longer. I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love... 

Attracted to men-in-crisis

Dear Manay Gina, I am a 35 year-old professional and still single. My problem is, I attract men who are too needy. A few days ago, I wrote down the names of the three men that I fell in love with and described their qualities. It surprised me to discover that they were all going through difficult situations at the time I met them. They were down, yet when they got back on their feet, they... 

Bakit mahirap kumita ng pera

As an OFW, you sacrifice a lot just to earn more money. As a businessman, you risk a lot of things just so you can earn more money. Why is it so difficult to earn money? Incoming search terms:chink positive (1)chinkee tan ofw (1) Read More »

Our love-hate relationship with elections

I am always amazed at the love-hate relationship Filipinos have with electoral politics. On one hand, we complain about how elections do not change the conditions of our country, or how cheating and violence characterize the process. On the other hand, we love speculating about the elections. We say we do not believe in surveys but we love seeing the rankings of candidates. Do you notice... 

Cebu baby snatcher arrested

CEBU CITY – Due to her love for her live-in partner and her desire to have a baby, a 26-year-old university graduate allegedly stole a two-day old baby inside a government hospital in Cebu City and took home the child as her own. Operatives of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group in Central Visayas (CIDG 7), however, tracked down and arrested the suspect, Melissa Londres, 26,... 

Wish ko lang sa 2016

What do the average Filipinos wish for in 2016? A random survey of my Facebook friends two days before the New Year showed the following wishes and preferences:  Read More »

CBCP discourages ‘personal vows’ in wedding rites

By RAYMUND F. ANTONIO It may have been a practice for couple to exchange personal vows during the liturgy when they tie the knot. The scenes are filled with tears, laughter, and more importantly, it also provides a glimpse of the couple’s palpable love for each other. Incoming search terms:cbcp wedding vow (1)no more wedding vows philippines (1)personal vows cbcp (1)wedding rites in... 






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