BACK to reality. This is what many must be thinking with a mental sigh as the Holy Week observance, with its long weekend break, closes. The reality, for majority of Filipinos, remains tough. The daily grind for the urban masses continues to mean struggling with an inefficient public transport system, working long hours for meagre compensation, insecurity over illnesses because health services are either deficient from public facilities or expensive in private, and anxiety over peace and order with drug-related and other crimes still rampant. For the rural poor, there are even more basic concerns such as the need for access roads, lack of economic opportunities, and continued taxing manual labor in the farms.
Thy Will Be Done
By Ermin Garcia Jr.
THERE always comes a time in one’s life when one fully realizes that there is no else there for us but simply God, our Omnipotent Creator.
For some it is the time when one feels very vulnerable both emotionally and physically, desperately needed to be assured of a protection from harm, saved from a certain humiliation, liberated from isolation, shielded from hurt, defended from the ruthless, etc.
Does Holy Week mean all year round is unholy?
By Jun Velasco
“If anyone among you thinks he is religious, and does not bridle his tongue but deceives his own heart, this one’s religion is useless.”—James 1:26
HOLY Week this week.
Does this mean all-year-round is “unholy?”
We’re just following normal logic.
Since our Gregorian calendar and fellow Christians (nominal or real) listed the last week of March to first week of April as Holy Week, does it mean that “outside Holy Week” is “unholy?”
Shun politics during Holy week!
By Gonzalo Duque
DURING the Holy Week, we were kept busy viewing religious and spiritual movies at home. Which was just as well; it was fun and rewarding.
One of these is “Son of God.” It’s a great film, we ask you to buy a DVD copy at once.
It showed a clash between Christianity in form and Christianity in substance.
You all know who the Christians in form are, don’t you? Ito yong mga so-called Kristiyano na ma-porma, yong mga Kristiyano only in the outside, not inside. Jesus Christ has a word for them, “hypocrites.”
Bradley made Pacquiao the better fighter
By Al S. Mendoza
MANNY Pacquiao had just discarded his cloak of monotonous machinegun mean streak.
Whereas before, he had this penchant to savage his opponent at every opportunity; this time, he did things in a surgical, methodical, manner.
Whereas before, almost from start to finish, he would swarm all over his opponent, unmindful of traps along the way; this time, he did things one at a time, step by step.
By Bebot Villar
DURING Lenten period, families rush to their hometowns in the provinces for the opportunity to hold their family reunions and join religious activities while others are just too happy to stay put and have their villages to themselves.
Siyempre, may mga mayayaman naman who go out-of-town or abroad for their annual foreign trips but for most, dito pa rin sila sa Pinas.
Kaya during this period, nagiging maluwag naman ang mga kalsada sa Metro Manila. Madalang ang mga sasakyan sa kalsada because karamihan ay nasa northern or southern Philippines na. Kaya masaya ang mga naiwan sa Metro Manila.
“Father Into Your Hands I Commend My Spirit.” (Luke 23:46)
By +Oscar V. Cruz, JCD
EVEN Jesus died – after proclaiming He was the Son of God, He was the Redeemer of mankind, He was the Savior of the world. Even Jesus died – after preaching about God and man, about heaven and earth, about life and death. Even Jesus died – after caring for the needy, giving sight to the blind, giving hope to the hopeless. Even Jesus died – after having converted people to God, making disciples from among His follower and establishing the Church which to date more than 2000 years old.
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