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Going back to the Family of Nazareth

Homily for the feast of the Holy Family (year C 2012) Today we celebrate the feast of the Holy Family of Nazareth. This is no coincidence that it is put right after  the feast of Christmas. This is so because it tells  us that God has not just come to be born into the world […]

Christmas: A celebration of God’s love, God’s humility and God’s faithfulness

Homily for Christmas mass December 25 2012  What a night of joy it is! It is a joy to see so many   people here tonight making this night a truly special one for families and friends. It is a joy to see so many people of different nationalities here tonight coming to celebrate together the birthday […]

Mary’s faith: Entry point for God to touch on our humanity

Homily for 4th Sunday of Advent 2012 (year C) Until now I am still pre-occupied with the effect of the typhoon that hit the Philippines  few weeks ago. Many people have lost their homes, properties, possessions and even lives. Interestingly,  the typhoon did not only cause destruction, but also it brings out the best in […]

Reason to Rejoice

Homily for 3rd Sunday of Advent 2012 year C  Gaudete Sunday (rejoice)  We are now in the  third Sunday of Advent, and again as a Church, we are called to rejoice. We are to rejoice because the Lord’s coming and is getting so close. ‘The Lord is near.’ So we lit the third candle, the […]

Conversion, loving and Looking up to Christ

(Ways to prepare a way of the Lord) Homily for 2nd Sunday of Advent 2012 For few days now, my thoughts are all for the Philippines as my fellow Filipinos there experienced the strongest typhoon that hit the country for this year.  More than 400 people confirmed dead, few hundreds still reported missing and I […]

Quality of the faithful, not quantity of the crowd

Homily for First Sunday of Advent 2012 “Four Cardinals, 54 Bishops, 700 priests, 1 million people.” This was on the headlines in one of the Philippine newspapers yesterday, the day after the National thanksgiving for the Canonization of our second Filipino Saint, San Pedro Calungsod. I might just be carried away by this amazing gathering in […]