Last Sunday after the 10:30am Mass, someone walked up to me seeking clarifications to some questions, which I guess, have been troubling his mind after the announcement of the commencement of Lent.  The question began, like many do, with the reminder for the mortification: “Excuse me, padre, for what I am about to say. But…

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Wedding ceremonies are usually joyous moments for both the celebrants and the invited guests. Everything about a wedding ceremony – the dress, the venue, the cake, the lights, the reception, the music – speaks of happiness, love and joy. Invited guests try to adapt to wedding-guest etiquette as much possible. This is all about trying one’s…

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When I was still in the Seminary, one of the songs that I enjoyed so much was the famous “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel”. It evoked some sentiments of joy in me whenever it was rendered there in the Seminary chapel during liturgical celebrations. One of the main reasons I enjoyed the song then was…

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A typical Catholic Church building usually has the walls and windows adorned with great artistic designs and symbols, whose spiritual meaning a casual visitor may not immediately grasp. They are not simply for decoration; many of them are representatives of the different mysteries of our Christian faith, while others reflect some imagery descriptions found in…

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