Archive for July 2012
Something diabolical is afoot: Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH) is using Mary and the Holy Rosary to promote something which is contrary to the teaching of the Catholic Church. I think they found a mnemonic device: RH is Roproductive Bill, so HR is Holy Rosary. HR for RH. Sounds good, right? But alas, as the Holy Rosary and the Reproductive Health Bill are opposites that can’t be mixed, in the same way as one cannot mix water and oil.
Reproductive Health Bill is for contraception, but Mary is the Immaculate Conception. Contraceptives prevent conception; conception is the failure of contraception. Had Mary practiced contraception, we would not have Christ. The contraceptive mentality says:
“Mary, you are still young. A good life still awaits you. That child will prevent you from attaining that good life. You have a boyfriend, Joseph, an honest and just man. You are already betrothed to him. What will he say to you when he finds out that the child is not his? He will despise you and leave you. What will your parents and relatives say when they found you with child and Joseph divorced you, you will be despised by all. Worst, they will hand you over to be stoned to death, according to the law of Moses.
And even if you and your child will escape death by stoning, you will have a hard life raising that child. A Son of God? That’s a ridiculous title? No one will believe that. Surely, you don’t believe that. A prophet maybe, but not Son of God. There is no precedence in history that God became man. You are just deluding yourself that you are talking to an angel. You fast too much that you began to see things that are not there. Slap yourself in the face. Maybe that would awake you to your senses.
But Mary said “No” to contraceptive mentality and “yes” to God. And in doing so, she undid the disobedience of Eve, who took the fruit of disobedience in her womb, believing that she would be like God who can define what is good and what is evil. Mary, said, “yes,” and the whole plan of salvation unfolded starting from her Immaculate womb:
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.
It is Mary’s openness to life that should serve as model for all women. A married woman becomes open to life if she accepts whatever child God gives her as a gift to be treasured and cared for. Because the child is so great a gift, a woman must prepare for such great responsibility, by not having intercourse outside of marriage. Chastity is the path to marriage and modesty is the guardian of chastity. As the Song of Songs says: “I adjure you, daughters of Jerusalem, by the gazelles and hinds of the field, do not arouse, do not stir up love, before its own time.”
For the members of the Catholics for Reproductive Health (C4RH), if you still consider yourself Catholic, listen to what Pope Paul VI wrote in his encyclical Humanae Vitae:
Though it is true that sometimes it is lawful to tolerate a lesser moral evil in order to avoid a greater evil or in order to promote a greater good,” it is never lawful, even for the gravest reasons, to do evil that good may come of it (18)—in other words, to intend directly something which of its very nature contradicts the moral order, and which must therefore be judged unworthy of man, even though the intention is to protect or promote the welfare of an individual, of a family or of society in general. Consequently, it is a serious error to think that a whole married life of otherwise normal relations can justify sexual intercourse which is deliberately contraceptive and so intrinsically wrong.
Post help me my doter has long been suffering wid evil disturbance her facial looks sometimes very innocent then turn to very mabagsik wid fiercing eyes please help us
me and my husband are both in the government service we have 3 children my eldest a registered medtech n nurse working at d hospital n my 2nd doter s took up nursing but was not able to finish coz of dis unknown ilness. My doter fr s very religious n very prayerful she can memorize all d mysterys including d litany she’s very mabait n very generous to friends n never into any drugs but how come nangyari eto sa kanya. Me n my husband are members in d family apostolate n I was also member recently in d brotherhood of businessmen n professional n initiated ko d praying of d 3′clock prayer in our ofis going d mass everyday novena
Were you able to contact the office of Fr. Syquia using the contact info I posted in my reply?
If you read the Book of Job in the Bible, you will see that God allows good people to suffer. You may like to meditate on the conversation between Satan and God:
FIRST TRIAL: The LORD said to the satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil.”9The satan answered the LORD and said, “Is it for nothing that Job is God-fearing? 10 Have you not surrounded him and his family and all that he has with your protection? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his livestock are spread over the land.11e But now put forth your hand and touch all that he has, and surely he will curse you to your face.”12The LORD said to the satan, “Very well, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on him.” So the satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (Job 1:8-12)
SECOND TRIAL: The LORD said to the satan, “Have you noticed my servant Job? There is no one on earth like him, blameless and upright, fearing God and avoiding evil.b He still holds fast to his innocence although you incited me against him to ruin him for nothing.”4 The satan answered the LORD and said, “Skin for skin!* All that a man has he will give for his life.5c But put forth your hand and touch his bone and his flesh. Then surely he will curse you to your face.”6And the LORD said to the satan, “He is in your power; only spare his life.” So the satan went forth from the presence of the LORD and struck Job with severe boils from the soles of his feet to the crown of his head.(Job 2:3-7)
Suffering is a mystery that can only be answered by gazing at Christ, the Son of God, crucified on the Cross. Christ shows us the way to suffering–to accept suffering and offer it to God, turning suffering into a path to holiness, in the same way as Christ turned the cross, the symbol of suffering and death, into the symbol of our salvation. Your family is not anymore just praying the Sorrowful Mystery and the Three O’Clock Habit. God allowed you to suffer with Christ on the Cross, so that you may also share in His glory–the Glorious Mysteries.
Here is Job’s prayer:
“Naked I came forth from my mother’s womb,f
and naked shall I go back there.*
The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away;
blessed be the name of the LORD!” (Job 1:21)
Again, I strongly recommend that you contact the office of Fr. Syquia.
Continue praying the rosary, the 3 o’clock habit, and the mass, but more fervently than before. Read the parable of the persistent widow (Mt 18:1-8). As Christ said:
“Will not God then secure the rights of his chosen ones who call out to him day and night? Will he be slow to answer them?8 I tell you, he will see to it that justice is done for them speedily. But when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on earth?”” (Lk 18:7-8)
Here is question posted in Pinoy Catholic and to which I shall reply here:
TPC that I know, in a way its wrong if that was said anyone would be upset.
But think about it openly if you put it on another view point its just giving respect to the other religion or belief.
In a sense its just right because the catholic church we love and cherish is also open for all. Just think about it Our Lord Jesus Christ as a universal church and one True God. In this world we have different religions and beliefs but all of them came from one and same origin pointing to Jesus Christ.
Its Jesus Christ represented differently among races just because of the traditions, beliefs, distance and those sort of differences like liberal, conservative or modernize that we know.
You mentioned the bishop called Buddha as equal to Jesus Christ but its because they are just one and the same interpreted differently, just like other God who is also Jesus Christ with a different name and teachings. The bishop might be right or wrong and even I might also but just think about it. He was just pointing out that they are the same one Lord Jesus Christ to us.
Why don’t we just pray and let God judge then decide who is right and wrong and it will turn out to be the best for all of us. I don’t mind whatever the outcome will be. Just don’t put to much into this one. You got many good articles here but of all the pointing out mistakes on certain people, priest or a religious head is one that am against. We are just humans after all we comment but never judge because the one that can is our Lord Jesus Christ.
1. Not all teachings of other religions point toward Christ
In this world, we have different religions and beliefs, but not all of them point towards Jesus Christ. There are seeds of truth found in other religions which point to Christ Who is Truth, but the Evil One also sowed his seeds of falsehood:
The Church’s bond with non-Christian religions is in the first place the common origin and end of the human race:
- All nations form but one community. This is so because all stem from the one stock which God created to people the entire earth, and also because all share a common destiny, namely God. His providence, evident goodness, and saving designs extend to all against the day when the elect are gathered together in the holy city. . .331
843 The Catholic Church recognizes in other religions that search, among shadows and images, for the God who is unknown yet near since he gives life and breath and all things and wants all men to be saved. Thus, the Church considers all goodness and truth found in these religions as “a preparation for the Gospel and given by him who enlightens all men that they may at length have life.”332
844 In their religious behavior, however, men also display the limits and errors that disfigure the image of God in them:
- Very often, deceived by the Evil One, men have become vain in their reasonings, and have exchanged the truth of God for a lie, and served the creature rather than the Creator. Or else, living and dying in this world without God, they are exposed to ultimate despair.333
845 To reunite all his children, scattered and led astray by sin, the Father willed to call the whole of humanity together into his Son’s Church. The Church is the place where humanity must rediscover its unity and salvation. The Church is “the world reconciled.” She is that bark which “in the full sail of the Lord’s cross, by the breath of the Holy Spirit, navigates safely in this world.” According to another image dear to the Church Fathers, she is prefigured by Noah’s ark, which alone saves from the flood.334
2. Buddha is not Jesus Christ
Jesus is unique. Jesus is not one of the reincarnations of Buddha. The Holy Name of Jesus is not equal to Buddha:
Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name* that is above every name,g10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bend,*of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,h11and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,* to the glory of God the Father. (Phil 2:9-11)
Buddha teaches reincarnation. Reincarnation teaches that there is one soul which is reborn again and again until it reaches perfection. On the other hand, Jesus teaches that we have only one life here on earth, and after Death is judgement: Heaven, Hell, or Purgatory. We have only one chance in this world before Judgement Day:
f “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne,32g and all the nations* will be assembled before him. And he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.33He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left…Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.42k For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink,43a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.’44* Then they will answer and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?’45He will answer them, ‘Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.’46l And these will go off to eternal punishment, but the righteous to eternal life.” (Mt 25:41-46)
There is only one Truth and Jesus is Truth. If He does not teach reincarnation, then reincarnation is wrong, and Filipino-Chinese Catholics should not believe on reincarnation, Astrology, Feng Shui, and other things that were part of Chinese Culture but are incompatible with the Catholic Faith. The Catholic Faith purges cultures as gold is tested in fire, so that what remains of that culture can be offered for the glory of God.
3. On judging others.
I can’t say against priests and bishops, because they are my superiors. And St. Ignatius recommends that things should be brought to higher authorities. If the bishop appears to be in error, he can be reported to a higher authority like the CDF (Congregation for the Doctrine and of the Faith), which is under the Pope. Christ is a Just Judge. But the Pope and the Bishops united with him were given by Christ the authority to judge individuals and nations:
Amen, I say to you that you who have followed me, in the new age, when the Son of Man is seated on his throne of glory, will yourselves sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. (Mt 19:28)
Christ said to his apostles:
And to Peter, in particular, Christ said:
Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah. For flesh and blood 12 has not revealed this to you, but my heavenly Father.18And so I say to you, you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church, 13 and the gates of the netherworld shall not prevail against it.19I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven. 14 Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.” (Mt 16:17-19)
by Fr. Victor Badillo, SJ
San Pedro Bautista, OFM, in taking care of Japanese exiles living in Dilao, Paco, Manila was inspired to set up a center for training missionaries for Japan. Then he himself went to Japan and was martyred. San Ezechiel Montero. OAR, labored in Mindoro, Sto. Tomas, Batangas, and Las Pinas. He may have baptized Gen. Miguel Malvar, the last Filipino general to surrender to the Americans Before he died in Spain, he received the professions of several missionaries to the Philippines who later were martyred in the Spanish civil war and were beatified by Pope John Paul II.
One of them, Fr. Leon Ynchausti OAR was the ancestor of Jesuit Manny Perez.
Blessed Diego de Sanvitores S.J., on his way to Philippines, passed by Guam where he saw the rich harvest in Guam. He labored in Mindoro, Marikina Valley and Manila. After several refusals, he was finally missioned to Guam. There he was martyred with Blessed Pedro Calungsod, a layman. When news of their deaths reached the Philippines, there were joyous public celebrations. Later Manila again publicly rejoiced when Fr. Francisco Esquera, S.J. was martyred in Guam. The added reason was that he was from Manila.
San Lorenzo Ruiz, a layman, was martyred in Japan in the company of Dominican martyrs. Jesuits too received the crown of martyrdom in Japan during the same persecutions.
The Philippine Hierarchy established a missionary congregation, the Philippine Mission Society, which recruits and trains diocesan vocations for foreign missions.
Right after ordination an SVD ordinatus is assigned a foreign mission. RVM sisters, Daughters of the Divine Zeal, MSSCs, FMMs and Missionary Sisters of St. Columban, to name a few, can be found in many countries. This is evidence that the Philippine church is coming of age, has become a missioning church. Jesuit scholastics too have been sent to foreign missions. The first was Rodolfo Fernandez who was assigned to Japan. Now they can be found in East Timor, Cambodia, Myanmar, and other places. Notable is scholastic Richard Fernando who gave his life for
Now too, laymen are foreign missionaries but they have not been missioned. These are the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW), thousands of them. They fill empty churches, fill the air with joyous Hontiveros songs, praising God. They are the answer to the prayer of parish priests who have only a few old people left in the parish. They are active in the parish. Many a fallen-away Catholic returns to the faith of their fathers led by a child catechized by a yaya. A Filipina, taking care of children left alone by parents keeping up with the Joneses, shares the essentials of the Faith. The OFWs, who stayed away from churches at home, become fervent Catholics and even become apostles. In christianizing others, they christianize themselves. Ang bagong bayani ng bayan are also bagong bayani ng simbahan.
Their efforts are efficacious, even without training in catechetics. God more than makes up for their shortcoming. God cannot be kept from being with those he loves. He will always find or make the way. The hand of God is not shortened. *
Maids, or domestic helpers in Beirut, Lebanon, walking the dogs of their masters discovered a shrine of our Lady of Lourdes. They made it a frequent place to visit. Not only do they fill empty cold churches, they also people forgotten neglected shrines. Cardinal Sin was able to send many priests to Rome for their annual retreat without spending, since money came from one who had returned to the church because of their children were
practicing the faith. These had been catechized by a maid.
In Philadelphia the OFWs set up novenas on Wednesday. Not to Our Lady of Perpetual Help but to some other Saint. This shows that they were able to adapt. They carried their practices in the same way that the early Jesuits brought to South America through the Atlantic Ocean, and the dangers from Huegenots, their image of the House of Nazareth. In the diocese of Sacramento, California, they got the Bishop to allow the simbang gabi novena. In the grip of wintry cold before dawn, the Bishop celebrated the mass and socialized with the folks as they partook of warm salabat (ginger
tea) and bibingka (rice cakes). At peril of losing their lives, men and women in Muslim countries gathered for the celebration of mass and in sharing communion with those unable to go to the improvised chapels.
Without an missioning ceremonies, the OFWs are Christianizing a dechristianized Europe and Muslim countries. Just as the early church was spread not only by missionaries but by slaves, the same task is being achieved by lowly domestics.
“Send, O Lord of the harvest, more apostles into your church.”
God bless you and all your efforts. Victor Badillo SJ
Question by think again 2012/07/02 at 10:29 pm:
Ateneo is opening its doors to different perspectives in life. Ateneo is definitely a Catholic institution because the faith is very well-taught and they make sure that every student understands the Catholic faith. The good part is that they don’t impose the religion. They don’t force it on everyone. Muslims or other people from other religions can also call Ateneo home. Ateneo just educates and knows how to respect other beliefs and practices. For the Ateneo, the student knowing enough about the Catholic faith to be able to make an intelligent decision wether to embrace it or not is good enough. And I personally like it that way.
Please. This is a very bad article. You step on a lot of good people and ideas people work hard for. You can’t say what you say is right because you have your faith to back it. That is just not right. Ateneo is evolving, turning itself into a better university (check rankings and whatnot). Do not put up something like this on the internet. Although personal, it touches a sensitive topic that requires more discourse that you have given it. =(( Do not deface a school because its teachings do not coincide with your beliefs. Remember Galileo’s heliocentric model.
Response 2012/07/02 at 10:29 pm:
The only measure that the Faith is well-taught if it is believed and lived, in the same way that an advertisement is successful if it leads the viewer to buy the product and actually use it. Ateneo is a Catholic University and this means it must live up to its Catholic name. Catholic means universal–all nations, all teachings. Each Catholic is missionary and his mission is defined by Christ Himself to His disciples:
“All power in heaven and on earth has been given to me.19h Go, therefore,* and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit,20i teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.* And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt 28:18-20)
If Ateneo cannot convert its students to the Catholic Faith, then Ateneo failed in its Catholic mission. Ateneo may have increased in university rankings, but the only ranking relevant to a Catholic institution is its degree of fidelity to Catholic teachings. You may like to sing again the Ateneo hymn, the Song for Mary:
“Mary for you! For your white and blue! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, constantly true! We pray you’ll keep us, Mary, faithful to you!”
This is the Ateneo Way: fidelity to Mary, fidelity to the Church. There is no other way. So do not deface Ateneo because its Catholic teachings do not coincide with your beliefs.