The Marcos Jr. administration cannot hide behind empty platitudes, nor can it be window-dressed by a Joint Program with the UN. It cannot sugar-coat the dire lack of effective domestic mechanisms for redress, nor can it spin tales using a religious fundamentalist network, trolls, and disinformation machines. The bare, glaring realities are there.
Today, we are challenged not only to be merciful but also to be just. To be anxious about the reign of Christ in the Parousia by not becoming led astray and to stand still amidst persecutions.
Today, therefore, we are not only asked to avoid becoming the Pharisees of our time. Yes, we need to be humble like the tax collector. More importantly, however, is to become like Jesus – to be able to tell our people the reasons and causes of the social malady and to criticize those who are responsible for the impoverishment of the people, especially in the third countries and the global south. Every Christian needs to be the voice of the voiceless.
My forecast for the Philippines Election 2022: What would it look like if a son of the late dictator and a daughter of the incumbent tyrant president win the two highest positions in the land? Election in the Philippines is and was always an opportunity for change. That is in fact always the mantra or […]
OM’s message to the Church, On the Feast of the Epiphany January 6, 2022 TO DEARLY BELOVED PEOPLE OF GOD in the Iglesia Filipina Independiente  Today we observe the Feast of the Epiphany and begin the celebration of a new liturgical season of the Church, the Epiphany Season, which covers eight  Sundays for […]
12 Days of Christmas Reflection Series – Day 9 Matthew 1:18-21, 24-25 18 This is how the birth of Jesus the Messiah came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be pregnant through the Holy Spirit. 19 Because Joseph her husband was […]
12 Days of Christmas Reflection Series – Day 8 Luke 2:21 21 On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. Today is the first day of the year and that is why the greeting is “Happy […]
12 Days of Christmas Reflection Series – Day 7 Luke 2:4-7a 4 So Joseph also went up from the town of Nazareth in Galilee to Judea, to Bethlehem the town of David, because he belonged to the house and line of David. 5 He went there to register with Mary, who was pledged to be […]
12 Days of Christmas Reflection Series – Day 6 Luke 2:8-9 “And in the same region, there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And an angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were filled with fear.” In […]
12 Days of Christmas Reflection Series – Day 5 Luke 2:6-7 6 While they were there, the time came for the baby to be born, 7 and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger because there was no guest room available for them. […]