Theological Hour at Loyola School of Theology: “Lent with Jesus of Nazareth of Pope Benedict XVI” with Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ and Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, DD

Peace in Christ!

This is to inform you that this Wednesday, March 9, 2011, the Loyola School of Theology will be having the following Lenten Theological Hour:

Lent with Jesus of Nazareth of Pope Benedict XVI
Introducing the Second Volume of Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection
A Theological Hour

Rev. Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. and Bishop Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D. as Resource Speakers.

Free Admission
9 March 2011, Ash Wednesday
10:15am – 12nn
Cardinal Sin Center, Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila University

Why was Jesus rejected by the religious leaders of his day? Who was responsible for his death? How did Jesus view his suffering and death? How should we? Did Jesus really rise from the dead? What does his resurrection mean? The story of Jesus raises many crucial questions. Benedict XVI presents answers in his new book, Jesus of Nazareth: Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem to the Resurrection, the sequel volume to Jesus of Nazareth: From the Baptism in the Jordan to the Transfiguration.

“Only in this second volume do we encounter the decisive sayings and events of Jesus’ life… I… hope that I have been granted an insight into the figure of our Lord that can be helpful to all readers to seek to encounter Jesus and to believe in him.” – Pope Benedict XVI

May we request you to post this announcement on the Blue Board, OUD & AR’s the BLUE Post, the Ateneo Alumni Association Website and LST Website please? Thanks so much for your help! Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

In Opus Ministerii,

Sem. Herbert Santos (San Jose Major Seminary)
Information Officer- Theological Hour Committee
Loyola School of Theology, Ateneo de Manila
Loyola Heights, Quezon City

Ateneo Campus Ministry Office: Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. to talk about the Devotion to the Sacred Heart

The Loyola Schools’ Office of Campus Ministry is inviting everyone to a short
talk entitled Spirituality of the Sacred Heart: Living your Legacy.    This will
be held today, September 3, 2010 4:30-5:30pm at the Gonzaga College   Chapel.  Our speaker for this event is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, SJ, a renowned Jesuit  theologian and recognized expert on the Devotion to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a Catholic devotion especially dear to  the Society of Jesus.  It was through St. Claude la Colombiere, a Jesuit priest, who
spiritually guided St. Margaret Mary Alacoque during the times she received
revelations from our Lord Jesus, that the devotion was spread. The Church,
recognizing the centrality of the heart of Jesus to our life and faith, later
officially tasked the Society of Jesus to propagate the devotion to the Sacred
Heart. As members of the Ateneo de Manila University community, the
Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is always part of our Jesuit and Atenean identity.

We hope that this talk will not only help us find solace and  consolation in the
Heart of Jesus, but also develop a deeper sense of identity and mission shared
with the Jesuits: that we are all sinners loved by the Lord and saved by the
Heart of Jesus, and called to share this same Love to everyone.

Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. on the Devotion to the Sacred Heart and the Secularization of Ateneo de Manila University

Last week, I was able to attend a novena mass for the Sacred Heart of Jesus at the Church of the Gesu at Ateneo de Manila University. The priest celebrating the mass is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. He is an old priest and a confessor to the late Pres. Corazon Aquino. A friend told me that when Cory died, Fr. Arevalo’s homilies for several days was about Cory Aquino.

Fr. Arevalo is a familiar face to me. He was also the one who celebrated a novena mass last year for the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I think this devotion is very dear to him and I think he will spend the last of his days propagating this devotion.

The devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is distinctively Jesuit devotion, because the confessor of the St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647–1690) is the Fr. Claude de la Colombiere, S.J., who made a consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and directed her to write an account of the apparition of our Lord to her. On May 15, 2006, also Pope Benedict XVI sent a letter to Father Peter Hans Kolvenbach, the Superior General of the Society of Jesus, on the 50th Anniversary of the encyclical Haurietis Aquas, about the Sacred Heart, by Pope Pius XII. In his letter to Father Kolvenbach, Pope Benedict XVI reaffirmed the importance of the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Wikipedia).  And the pope blessed the Jesuits:

“As I express the wish that the 50th anniversary will give rise to an ever more fervent response to love of the Heart of Christ in numerous hearts, I impart a special Apostolic Blessing to you, Most Reverend Father, and to all the Religious of the Society of Jesus, who are still very active in promoting this fundamental devotion.”

In his homily, Fr. Arevalo spoke some length about this letter by the Holy Father to the Jesuit Superior General.  Then Fr. Arevalo mentioned that there are some teachers in Ateneo de Manila University who taught that the Vatican II already removed these devotions.  This is not true, Fr. Arevalo said.  Vatican II only wishes to extend the work of salvation to the social order, but this does not mean we abolish the individual devotions.

Fr. Arevalo planned to lead the consecration to the Sacred Heart in the middle of the mass.  But when he found that the pamphlets were not given out, he decided to make the consecration at the end of the mass.  And Fr. Arevalo spoke against the growing secularization of the Ateneo de Manila University, which he said cannot anymore efficiently organize a novena to the Sacred Heart.

I think there were about thirty people who attended the 6 p.m. novena mass that day.  I was not able to attend the novena mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart because our departmental meeting stretched from 4:30-7:00 p.m.  Fr. Arevalo should have been the presiding priest that day.

Marian Conferences at San Carlos Seminary in Guadalupe

The Marian Conferences shall be held at the San Carlos Seminary Auditorium, E.D.S.A. from 14:00H to 18:00H.  Each program will be concluded with a Eucharistic Celebration.


Topic Speaker
13th of February ‘The Presence of Mary’ in Redemptoris Mater Rev. Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J., S.Th.D.
20th of February Mary as Witness of Evangelization: Marian Popular Devotions H.E. Most Rev. Luis Antonio Tagle, D.D., S.Th.D.
13th of March Mary, Mediatrix of All Grace & the New Evangelization of Asia H.E. Most Rev. Ramon Arguelles, D.D., S.Th.D.
17th of April Mary & the Fulfilment of God’s Plan of Salvation Rev. Fr. Yulito Q. Ignacio, S.Th.D.
15th of May ‘Caritas in Veritate’ from a Mariological Perspective Soc Villegas

Monk’s Hobbit: Thanks to Miguel Madarang

Dr. Rene Bullecer of Human Life International: Noynoy Aquino is Anti-Life

Charmaine P. Lirazan of Sunstar Super Balita Cebu, has an article entitled “Noynoy ‘Anti-life’” (Sep 7, 2009).  I have difficulty translating the Cebuano into English (if someone has a translation, please send it to me).  But what I can glean from the article is this:

Dr. Rene Bullecer, director of Human Life International, said that Noynoy Aquino is Anti-Life.  When he was a congressman, he supported the  House Bill 3773 or the Integrated Reproductive Health and Population Reduction Bill.  When he became a senator, he supported the HB 5043 or the Reproductive Health Bill.  Because of these, Bullecer said that Noynoy Aquino will not have the support of the Pro-Life groups.  Bullecer wishes to talk to other presidentiables to determine their stand on pro-life issues and make a short-list of presidentiables that Pro-Life groups can support, before the November 30 filing of candidacy.

This is surprising since Pres. Cory Aquino, his mother, is a pro-life president and a devotee of the Holy Rosary.  This is also surprising since the long-time spiritual adviser of the late former Pres. Aquino is Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J., professor emeritus of the Loyola School of Theology.

Fr. Arevalo S.J.  received an Award of Recognition at the 9th Plenary Assembly of the Federation of Asian Bishops’ Conferences (FABC) on August 16, 2009 at Pius XII Center, Manila.  He is also arecipient of  the Vatican’s Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (For Church and Pope) award, the highest medal that can be bestowed by the papacy for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. He is also acknowledged as the “Dean of all Filipino Theologians and Godfather of Hundreds of Priests,” a title conferred upon him by the Church hierarchy. (Ateneo de Manila University Website)

Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J.: the words of Pres. Corazon Aquino about the Rosary given to her by Sr. Lucia of Fatima

Sister Lucia sent me this rosary which she herself made, with the message that I would be supported and protected in my presidency. She added, however, that more suffering would come my way. I now know that it was a prophetic message, as I had to fight back seven coup attempts to save my administration from power-grabbers in uniform. With Our Lady’s protection, I stood my ground and never left Malacanang, even when it was being attacked.

When I visited Sister Lucia in 1992, the first question she asked me was, ‘Do you still have the rosary I sent you?’ I replied, ‘Yes, but right now a niece who lives in Boston and is hoping to have a baby is borrowing it.’ –I feel so blessed and privileged to have this bond with Fatima and so I shared this rosary with relatives and friends.

Some names I remember, among the people who have prayed using the rosary given by Sister Lucia: Teddy Benigno, Chino Roces, Ed Angara, Violy Drilon, Bea Zobel and her daughter, Titoy Pardo, Sasa Lichauco, Doding Carlos, Meldy Cojuangco and her son Tony, Sr. Christine Tan, Mercy Tuason, Howard Dee and Dodo Dee, Arben Santos, Bettina Osmena, and … my sisters, my children and grandchildren.

What are the lessons of Fatima, which I have experienced in my own life, and which I can share with you? When people talk of Fatima, they invariably focus on the secrets of Fatima. These are the ‘three secrets’ of Fatima which Ninoy and I discovered:

First is the power of prayer, especially the daily praying of the rosary of Our Lady.

Second is the acceptance in faith of God’s plan in our own lives, and the entrustment of our lives to Mary.

Third is the spirit of sacrifice to carry out God’s designs, after the example of Mary, offering personal sacrifice for a greater good toward God’s purposes. “These three elements are actually intertwined, as one leads to the others, to complete the process of one’s total conversion.

Read the full homily of Fr. Catalino Arevalo, S.J. in the Splendor of the Church