Homilies and Reflections

Reflection on the 7 sorrows of Mary

Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows 1. The Prophecy of Simeon: (Lk 2:34-35 ‘You see this child: he is destined for the fall and for the rising of many in Israel, destined to be a sign that is rejected- and a sword will pierce your own soul too-so that the secret thoughts of many may […]

The beauty of God as a friend

Homily for Easter Vigil 2015 A priest friend of mine shared with me recently an amazing story about his friend, a priest in a certain missionary country. This priest went to a meeting one day. One of those who were there was a man who is blind and he had his guide dog with him […]

God, faith, tradition: keep the family grounded

Homily for the Feast of the Holy Family 2014 A boy went to a priest and asked: ‘Father, what is a devil?’ The priest replied: ‘The devil is an evil spirit and comes from hell.’ The boy gasped: ‘Oh, so I must be from hell then?’ Surprised, the priests asked: ‘Why did you say that?’ […]

Christmas: Humility of God and a call to hospitality for us

Homily for Christmas Mass 2014 Exactly, a month ago, there was a news on the daily telegraph, that really made me cringe. According to the daily telegraph: ‘The malnourished baby boy was found abandoned at the bottom of a 2.4m drain, covered by a concrete slab, after a cyclist and his daughter heard the baby’s […]

Dedication of St John Lateran Basilica

Homily for the feast of the Dedication of St John Lateran Basilica One thing that makes me love the Catholic Church more and more is the fact that our faith and our Catholic tradition have withstood the test of time, have braved through the centuries of persecutions, heresies, dark ages, and modernization. It is just […]

Praying for the dead- a noble thing to do

Homily for All Souls Day 2014 All Saints day and All Souls Day are two big days in the Philippines. Millions of Filipinos would take a break from our normal work, or studies and take time to go to the Church and to the cemeteries offering prayers for our departed loved ones. I remember the […]

Love connects people

Homily for 30th Sunday in Ordinary time A 2014 For those of you who have used or still using Nokia phones, you might remember that every time you switch it on, you’ll see its slogan ‘Connecting people.’ I really took this slogan quite seriously when I got my first mobile phone. I established contacts and […]