Peace Starts With You

by Caryll Arcayan “Peace be with you.” – We say this line as the mass presider tells us to make peace with other mass celebrants after receiving the Holy Eucharist.  Similar to what Jesus had said to his disciples when he rose from the dead in John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do…

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IEC Pavilion turnover

By Ador Mayol   Miracles do happen. After just 15 months of construction work, Cebu’s Pavilion is ready for the 51st International Eucharistic Congress (IEC) which is expected to draw 15,000 delegates from different parts of the world from January 24 to 31, 2015. Owners of Duros Development Corp. (DDC), the company that rose to the challenge of providing a…

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Reflecting on the 51st IEC

What is there to gain when we decide to let Christ be the center of our life? I tell you, great things! I’m not just talking about blessings, but it is the freedom we get when we let go and let God come into all aspects of our lives, be it our personal relationships, career, school, or business. “For this…

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Young in Christ

by Chelzee Salera Being young in Christ is not an easy task, with the many things that ask of the youth’s attention nowadays, keeping up-to-date has been made more important than keeping up with our faith. With the growing satisfaction of living life to the fullest or following the “You Only Live Once” quote, life has become more complicated and…

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By Chelzee Salera   If Jesus Christ knocked on your door right now, would you let him in or would you rather meet him outside? Lord Jesus Christ, our Divine Savior, offered himself to us. He offered his own body and blood so that our souls may feed and be cleansed. During the Holy Communion we receive our Lord’s body…

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Seeds of Faith Keep Us Stronger

By Dawn Paderanga   To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see (TEV, Hebrews 11:1). For faith to grow and bear fruit, it has to be nurtured. For it to withstand the test of time and the seemingly insurmountable circumstances, it has to be grounded firmly…

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Student volunteers from the University of San Carlos

The Spirit of Volunteerism

 I Volunteer because… I want to serve God. -Mario Sanchez, 56 It is because of my desire to serve and give back the time and talent that God has given me and my family, to thank him for everything also. -Teresa Sanchez, 44 To serve the Lord. -Austin Sanchez, 12 I love Jesus! -Zoe Sanchez, 8 I want to serve…

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The Kapilya (Chapel) Pope

I was there in the field near the Tacloban airport where Pope Francis celebrated that mass of many firsts. I had woken up at 2 a.m. Saturday 17 January and, still half asleep, boarded a vehicle with three other priests to proceed to the Sacred Heart Seminary. There we boarded a shuttle bus with other priests. The bus was about…

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Letters of Hope for Pope Francis’ Visit to the Philippines

Messages written by some of the students and volunteers in the Philippines for Pope Francis.

Misa de Gallo (Rooster’s Mass)

[toggle type=”null” title=”By Marie Christine Silvano” active=””][/toggle] Who wouldn’t hear the ringing of bells at dawn nine days before Christmas or feel the cold breeze pressing on your skin while attending dawn masses? Or, smell the aroma of kakanins (native delicacies) outside the church, and hear the sound of the roosters crowing and people slowly completing the nine-day novena mass…

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