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Bishop criticizes priests with "boring" homilies, says people prefer "livelier and more intense speeches" of preachers
The Philippine Daily Inquirer’s Jocelyn R. Uy reports that in his speech during the 6th National Charismatic Congress held in Pasay City last Thursday (May 31), Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said that "instead of going to gatherings by the Church, more people now prefer to attend events organized by charismatic groups mainly because of the ’livelier’ and more intense speeches delivered by their preachers."
Published on: Jun 5, 2012 - 8:45am

The Philippine Daily Inquirer's Jocelyn R. Uy reports that in his speech during the 6th National Charismatic Congress held in Pasay City last Thursday (May 31), Novaliches Bishop Emeritus Teodoro Bacani said that "instead of going to gatherings by the Church, more people now prefer to attend events organized by charismatic groups mainly because of the 'livelier' and more intense speeches delivered by their preachers." The report quoted Bacani, who observed, "You'll notice that even if the speeches of these preachers are long, the people are awake. But when we (priests) are giving long homilies, the people are asleep."

 

Bacani went on to commend the preachers of religious groups: "You'll see that (wakefulness) in the people attending El Shaddai, Soldiers of Christ and the gatherings of Bro. Bo Sanchez." The bishop hoped that the priests with "ho-hum" homilies would consider his observations as a "wake-up call."

 

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  • Pinoycco Boy sup sup
    Be not ashamed of that you now have more sense than you had before, to see your error; more humility to acknowledge it, more grace to correct it.--Seed

    More than 100 days after Yolanda. no recronstruction somebody steal the funds

    To the Hong kong people, we sincerely apologize for the Manila Bus Hostage for the failure of our people here in Philippines. pardon our leaders for harden hearts.
    7 months ago     Reply  
  • An enemy of State three years Vampire Pols.
    Inability to listen brings division.We see divided families,divided nations, and divided communities, not because of cultural differences or diversity of religion but because of the inability to listen.
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    11 months ago     Reply  
  • Pork and Ben
    We are at on your side Omb.morales .Picture picture
    Sep 18 2013 @ 10:01am     Reply  
  • 34 M.I.B.F
    God writes the gospel not in the Bible alone, but on tress and flowers and clouds and stars.--Martin Luther
    Sep 18 2013 @ 09:56am     Reply  
  • G.K CHESTERTON
    The central idea of the great part of the Old Testament may be called the idea of the loneliness of God.
    Sep 16 2013 @ 01:50pm     Reply  
  • Amer
    "Be patient with everyone,but above all with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections, but instantly set about remedying them. Every day, begin the task anew." St. Francis de Sales.
    Jul 07 2013 @ 04:24pm     Reply  
  • Don't Tread on me
    King David was a great poet as well as a valiant warrior.His lament over Saul and Jonathan is regarded as one of the finest elegies in world literature.
    Jun 28 2013 @ 12:57pm     Reply  
  • Flowing
    Conscience tells us that we ought to do right, but it does not tell us what right is---that we are taught by God's Word. --Trumbull
    Jun 23 2013 @ 04:15pm     Reply  
  • C.S. Lewis
    In science we have been reading only the notes to a poem; in Christianity we find the poem itself.
    Jun 22 2013 @ 04:05pm     Reply  
  • Joeyisms follow
    If you had to buy time,would there be any difference in the way you would spent it? Would you use the minutes,hours,and days of your life more wisely?
    Of course, we can't put a price tag on the minutes and hours we possess. They are given us freely carefully and wisely. The giver of time is God Himself,and that places a far greater value on our time than any monetary figure could suggest.We must therefore take advantage of the opportunities time provides to serve the Lord and to do His will.
    This doesn't mean that we that we have to be working every single moment. It's necessary to take a break the way,or to enjoy the beauty of a sunset.We use our time wisely when we combine the appropriate "stops" with the proper "steps". According to Solomon,there is a time for all of God's purposes to be accomplished (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
    I'm so grateful that the Lord doesn't sell time. He provides it as a gift of His grace. So let's spend our days "redeeming time",using the opportunities to live for God (Colossians 4:5).
    Yes,time is precious. Handle with care! Till time for us is past.So let us live as if this day Is going to be our last.
    Jun 22 2013 @ 04:02pm     Reply  
  • Three Eleven
    God is not like men , who lie; He is not a human who changes his mind. Whatever he promises,he does;He speaks,and it is done. (Numbers 23:19)
    Jun 21 2013 @ 03:04pm     Reply  
  • Heavier than Heaven Grindcore
    TOUGH TREES
    Bristle cone pines are the world's oldest living trees. Several are estimated to be 3,000 to 4,000 years old. In 1957, scientist Edmund Schulman found one he named "Methuselah." This ancient, gnarled pine is nearly 5,000 years old! I t was an old tree when the Egyptians were building the pyramids.
    Bristle cones grow atop the mountains of the western United States at elevations of 10,000 to 11,000 feet. They've been able to survive some of the harshest living conditions on earth: arctic temperature,fierce winds, thin air, and little rainfall.
    Their brutal environment is actually one of the reasons they've survived for millenia.
    Good timber does not grow in ease;
    the stronger wind, the tougher tree;
    By sun and rain In tree or man,good timber grows.
    Jun 08 2013 @ 03:28pm     Reply  
  • The Screwtape Letters Testify
    Selfishness comes in many forms.and we are all prone to it. The Bible gives many examples of selfish attitudes. Jonah was upset because a worm had destroyed a vine that shaded him from the scorching sun (Jonah 4:9). Yet he didn't care that many men,women, and children in Nineveh might be destroyed.

    Advanced
    The Last day of May, the month devoted to the Blessed Mother,is celebrated with the "Santa cruzan," where a bevy of beauties---the Reina Elenas---parade with their handsome consorts and boys playing Emperor Constantine. Do you find any connection between gospel? (Luke 1:39-56) What is the more proper way of honoring Mary?
    May 29 2013 @ 02:49pm     Reply  
  • Gates of Purgatory 60-30-10
    Sometimes I wonder why God didn't do something like that in the Garden of Eden.Why didn't He make the tree of the Knowledge of good and evil bear *gly fruit? Why didn't He surround it with a chain-link fence with barbed wire at the top?
    May 23 2013 @ 04:00pm     Reply  
  • SAVING TRUTH
    AGRICULTURE WAS THE MAIN SOURCE OF LIVELIHOOD OF FILIPINO FARMERS
    May 14 2013 @ 03:19pm     Reply  
  • Bringing Home The Ashes
    It;s been said that in the former Soviet Union the peasant farmers of ten enjoyed telling a humorous story to lighten their dreary lives.
    it seems that one day a government official came to a farmer and inquired about the year's potato crop. "Oh, it was wonderful," the farmer replied Slyly."It was so big it reached up to the very foot of God."
    The commissar's countenance quickly changed. With a scowl,he said, "But comrade,this is a communist State and we are atheists.You must not forget,there is no God!".
    "Ah, that's my point," the farmers replied."No God---no potatoes!"
    Yes, whether we believe it or not,God id the source of all things (Psalms 136:25). The apostle Paul told a pagan audience,"In Him we live and move and have our being" (Acts 17:28). And in Colossian 1:16-18, he focused on the great creating and sustaining work of God in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ.Without Him,we couldn't draw a single breath,and our bodies could not function.

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    May 14 2013 @ 02:51pm     Reply  
  • Pendulous Threads
    APPLICATION OF THE PARABLE
    "Make friends for yourselves with dishonest wealth so that when it fails,you will be welcomed into eternal dwellings." Luke 16:9-15
    Jesus' advice is to be read in the light of the proceeding parable of the Dishonest Steward (LK 16:1-8). To ensure a comfortable existence for himself in the future the steward wins over his master's debtors by allowing them to change their promisorry notes,decreasing the amounts they owed his master. He does this in the house that after he is dismissed,the grateful debtors will welcome him into their homes. Using this "worldly" example,the evangelist tells the believers to be shrewd in the use of their wealth.Material possessions,though not inherently evil,are one of the main driving forces of a world that is opposed to God.Wealth in its different forms is "dishonest"because it shares in the unrighteousness of this age. But wealth can be used for good, to make friends of people.If wealth is used to help the poor,they who are friends of God will assist in procuring a bright future for the generous benefactor.This will take the form of an eternal home. For sure,dishonest (worldly) wealth will perish;one does not carry it when one appears before God. But if wealth is "used" wisely--shared or given up for the sake of the Kingdom----it "buys" one an eternal dwelling with the Lord.

    Mabuti na lang at hindi natuloy mag resign si Coom. Sixto B.
    Apr 22 2013 @ 07:32pm     Reply  
  • Stars
    Responsibility is important in the life of a disciple.Without it,there is the danger of serious sins of omission and hypocricy.
    Apr 21 2013 @ 05:28pm     Reply  
  • Advance for May
    "Is he not the carpenter's son?"--Mt13:54-58---The first day of May---"May Day"--- has long been dedicated to the cause of labor and of working men and women. To compete with the Communist May Day celebrations,in 1955 Pope Pius XII instituted this day as a memorial to Saint Joseph the Worker. The feast invites us to reflect on labor not only from the political but also from the spiritual standpoint. While hard labor was introduced as an inherited curse of sin (Gn 3:17-19),it would be given a redemptive value with the coming of Jesus. Matthew introduces Jesus, the incarnate Son of God,as one from craftsman's family. This is a reworking of the more primitive tradition found in the gospel of Mark)6:3) that identifies Jesus himself-----not only Joseph----as a carpenter. In the course of his public ministry,Jesus chooses twelve close associates from the ranks of fishermen and tax collectors and describes his mission as "work that the Father gave to accomplish" (see Jn 5:36). The value that early Christians placed on work can be gleaned from the apostle Paul's insistence that "if anyone was unwilling to work,neither should that one eat"(2Thes 3:10).

    The New Catechism of the Catholic Church (n 2431) states: "The principal task of the state
    is to guarantee...that those who work and produce can enjoy the fruits of their labors and thus feel encouraged to work efficiently and honestly."
    Apr 11 2013 @ 08:56pm     Reply  
  • Jimms Moments Cheetaeh kyutations
    "It is not the religious act that makes the Christian,but participation in the suffering of God in the secular life...The 'religious act' is always something partial;'faith' is something whole,involving the whole of one's life. Jesus calls us, not to a new religion,but to life" (Dietrich Bonhoeffer).

    God always reward hidden spirituality. He hears every private prayers; He recognizes every sacred gift; He notes and richly rewards unseen act devotion,works of mercy.
    Apr 10 2013 @ 09:32am     Reply  
  • NBS Power
    Who Did It First? Part 3

    COMPASSES. About the 13th century C.E. men began to use a magnetic needle floating in a bowl of water--a crude compass.But it was nothing new.Bacteria contain strings of magnetic particles just the right size to make a compass.These guide them to their preferred environments. Magnetic has been found in many other organisms--- birds,bees,butterflies,dolphins,mollusks and others. Experiment s indicates that homing pigeons can return home by sensing the earth's magnetic field.It is now generally accepted that one of the ways migrating birds find their heads.

    DESALINATION.Men build huge factories to remove roots that suck up seawater,but filter it through membranes that remove the salt. One species of mangrove,Avicennia,using glands on the underside of its leaves,gets rid of the excess salt,Sea birds,such as gulls,pelicans,cormorants,albatross and petrels,drink sea water and by means of glands in their heads remove the excess salt that gets into their blood. Also penguins,sea turtles and sea Iguanas drink salt water,removing the excess salt.

    LIGHTING.Thomas Edison is credited with inventing the light bulb.But it is not too efficient, as it loses energy in the form of heat.Fire flies do better as they flash their lights on and off.They produce cold light that loses no energy.Many sponges,fungi,bacteria and worms glow brightly.One, called the railroad worm,is like "head light" and 11 white or pale green pairs of "windows".Many cat fish,viper fish and constellation fish,to name a few.Microorganism in the ocean surf light up and sparkle by the millions.
    Mar 09 2013 @ 03:11pm     Reply  
  • Imuthis
    "O foolish people,...who have ears and hear not...This people has a defiant and rebellious heart"(Jeremiah 5:21,23)

    In this age of electronics,often described as "high-tech,low-touch",it's good to remember that God is using another type of "digital transmission"method to communicate His grace and love.
    Jan 18 2013 @ 02:04pm     Reply  
  • Divine Madness
    Catholic Church is always a mixture of saints and sinners---St.Augustine
    We didn't say were pure. "If anyone refuses to listen to the Church,treat him as if you would a gentile or a tax collector."

    The Bible was completed and formulated in 397 A.D by the Council of the Catholic Church
    Charles Darwin's The Origin of Species was published in 1859.
    Jan 12 2013 @ 09:18am     Reply  
  • The five senses
    Israel's king Ahab was a rich and powerful person who got in trouble because he surrounded himself with advisers who told him the lies he wanted to hear rather than the truth he needed to know (2 Chronicles 18:4-7). His friends led him to a tragic dead end (vv.33-4-7).
    Unlike Ahab,Thelma came to the point of realizing that lies were phony friends.In that moment,she turned and faced her biggest fear--truth--and found that what she was running from was actually what she was looking for God.
    Jan 12 2013 @ 08:48am     Reply  
  • Divine Madness
    MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE
    "Therefore what God has joined together, no human being must separate."--MK 10:1-12

    Moses enacted not a commandment but a permission to regulate the relationship between a man and his divorced wife(Dt24:1-4). Implicit here is the admonition that a wife,who for any reason has had sexual intercourse with another man, could not cohabit again with her husband.The book of Deuteronomy notes that a man could divorce his wife for 'erwat dabar, literally,"the exposure of a thing," a Hebrew expression referring to a wife's immodest exposure to another man.The ambiguity of the expression resulted in a rabbinical debate regarding the reason(dabar) for allowing divorce. As a rabbi (Jews Priest), Jesus is presented the terms of the dispute.Jesus says that divorce was permitted because of the deliberate determination of the Israelites to disobey God(v5). Since they have lost the capacity to maintain their commitment with Yahweh,they have also lost the will to maintain a committed relationship with their spouses.Divorce thus is a grave insult to God the Creator for it downgrades and deforms the original image of male and female God has set from the beginning of creation.

    Titser pala si kuya Louie dati.
    Jan 12 2013 @ 08:01am     Reply  
  • Nood uli Thy womb Elpredisente Kapadilla
    THE REVERSE OF WHAT WAS EXPECTED
    IF SOMEONE steps on my toes and I react saying, "Thank you so much for your kindness," I am being ironic.Irony is a figure of speech by which I express an idea which is the opposite of the literal meaning of my words.But there is,apart from this irony of speech,another kind of irony.It is the irony of situation.As Webster defines it,it is "a state of affairs or events that is the reverse of what was or was to be expected." Now the Bible is replete with this second kind of irony,particularly in the four gospels.This is not too surprising because ,after all,Jesus was often "the reverse of what...was to be expected."

    In Mt2:1-12 The Visit of the Magi scene is entirely built on the irony of situation.For indeed, when God sends his only begotten Son to the Chosen People of Israel,we expect this Son to be warmly welcomed.All the more so that many prophets down the ages had predicted the coming of the "Prince of Peace" (Is9:5) who would be "Emmanuel" or God-with-us (Is 7:14). Not only that, but the Scriptures had specified that his coming would be heralded by the apparition of a marvelous star (Nm 24:17) and that,furthermore,all this would happen in Bethlehem(Mi5:1).
    Yet,the irony of it is that,although Herod and "all the chief priests and scribes of the people"(v4) have all the data at the tip of their fingers,they can't put two and two together.Only some visiting astrologers from abroad,foreigners ignorant of the Scriptures and of any information concerning the promised Messiah--king,are the ones who put two and two together and journey to Bethlehem.Here Matthew is presenting us in a sort of cameo scene a situation which summarizes his entire gospel.His message is crystal clear:the Jews )who should have been the first to welcome Jesus) did not welcome him,but instead rejected him violently,whereas pagans would eventually (after the death and resurrection of Jesus) be the ones to accept him.Thus the whole destiny of Jesus is a lived- out irony.With him entering the picture,things are never quite what can be expected.As he himself concluded at one point: "I bless you, Father,Lord of heaven and earth,for hiding these things from the learned and the clever and revealing them to little children" (Mt11:25).

    God is full of surprises.
    Jan 05 2013 @ 12:01pm     Reply  
  • Napoleonic code
    Kentish Times,England,"Scientist Rejects Evolution",Dec 11,1975,p.4

    The Bible tells us that the serpent was "more cunning than any beast of the field"(Gn3:1) No ominous hissing or rattling warned of danger.He didn't ask,"Pardon me may I have 20 minutes to destroy your life?" Public Enemy NO.1 uses the same tactics today as he did back then.Satan even disguises himself as an angel of light,and his cohorts appear as minister of righteousness (2 Cor.11:14-15;1john2:18-19).

    Some of the world's most famous scientists have found it hard to believe.They see intelligence in the natural world.Nobel-prize-winning physicist Robert A. Millikan,although a believer in evolution,did say at a meeting of the American Physical society:"There's a Divinity that shapes our ends...A purely materialistic philosophy is to me the height of unintelligence.Wise men in all the ages have always seen enough to at least make them reverent."
    Dec 31 2012 @ 03:53pm     Reply  
  • Thy Womb El Presidente
    Sundar Singh was an angry young man. After his mother died when he was 14 years old,he became a fierce opponent of Christianity in his northern India Community.But then, in a dramatic conversion, he turned in faith to Jesus Christ.For the next 25 years he exerted a far-reaching,international influence. Once he was visited by a professor of comparative religions from Europe.When that agnostic scholar asked Singh with curiosity,"What have you found in Christianity,that you did not find in your Cult,Moron/Dummies religion?" Singh replied," I found Jesus." "Yes, I know," the professor said impatiently. "But what particular teaching or doctrine did you find?" Singh simply repeated his answer,"I found Jesus."
    Singh later wrote," When people ask,'When people ask,'What made you a Christian?' I can only say,'Christ Himself made me a Christian.' When He revealed Himself to me, I saw His glory and was convinced that He was the living Christ."
    Have you, like Saul,had a life changing experience with the Lord Jesus?(Acts 9:1-6). After Paul was blinded on the road to Damascus,the restoration of his physical sight became a powerful metaphor for the new spiritual sight he received from the Lord Jesus Christ (Acts 9:3-17). W e don't know much Paul's 3 years in Arabia following his conversion (Galatians 1:15--18), except that it must have been a period of profound relearning about life and God.

    Ha-ha Bawal daw ang Sabong,Inom,Karera sa linggo B-day niRizal.Nagpapatawa ka ba? May jueteng rin dito sa 'min.Linggo kumukumbra. Ewan ko lang kung na survey?Voice of Filipino,vioce of God, linya rin 'yan ni Bro.Eddie nung tumakbo sya sa Pagka Pangulo.TALO! mAY Ads pa sya nun.walang Bas-bas ng mga Pari,Obispo at ni Cardinal Tagle ang mga komento ko rito. 'di nga ako nakaka pag mano sa kanila.'di ko binibilang na malapit ako sa kanila...Para sa 'kin si Gob. E.R Ejercito ang nanalong Best Actor. Opinyon ko ho!Congrats ate Guy. wla pa rin kupas si Enteng. bakit wla sa SM dasma cinemas ang THY Womb at El presidente?Sa Festival at ATC sa alab. kaya meron?
    nagmama asim ang mga Recycle Martin Luther meets John Calvin/Marcionites-darwism.gusto ko mag simba sa Rizalista atbp..Massive Civil Disobidience and Save the Nation movement.
    Dec 28 2012 @ 08:10pm     Reply  
  • Alberto glory
    You and I live under a New Covenant.Why do we persist on acting like we still belong to the Old?
    Dec 22 2012 @ 07:42pm     Reply  
  • Unfollow
    Author Ronald B Schwartz asked scores of well-known contemporary writers to name the books that influenced them most deeply.Their responses ranged from the novels of Dostoevsky,Shakespeare,and Faulkner were mentioned many times. But topping the list was the Bible. Why?
    Perhaps because most writers want to deal with the "big questions" of life,and the Bible is the ultimate book of life's big questions: Who I am? Why am I here? Is there a God? Does life have any meaning or purpose?
    Dec 19 2012 @ 01:10pm     Reply  
  • Great Error Decent Cults
    Speaking the truth must never be separated from love (Ephesians 4:15). They're inseparable twins!

    TRUTH SPOKEN IN LOVE IS HARD TO REFUSE.
    THE TRUTH MAY HURT,BUT LOVE HELPS EASE THE PAIN.
    Nov 29 2012 @ 05:08pm     Reply  
  • Fountain of wealth
    TRUTH SPOKEN IN LOVE IS HARD TO REFUSE.
    THE TRUTH MAY HURT,BUT LOVE HELP EASE THE PAIN.

    umandar naman ung sumpong hindi ko makita ung Post ko kagabi.

    Speaking the truth must never be separated from love(Ephesians4:15). They're inseperable twins!
    Nov 24 2012 @ 09:07am     Reply  
  • Apocalyptic writings
    Those who don't Know Christ,though, don't have such good news to share.We can understand why pessimistic novelist T.C Boyle says, "If God doesn't exist...and you have no purpose on Earth,then it's a mighty mean place,ruled by accident...I'd like to have a lot better news for everybody,but I don't."
    Despite personal disappointments and the evils we see in this world,life is not just a series of accidents.Our God is in ultimate control,making even man's wrath contribute to the fulfillment of His life and loving purposes.
    Nov 19 2012 @ 03:27pm     Reply  
  • Massive deception
    How difficult it is for some highly intelligent people to admit that in their own wisdom they can't answer life's ultimate questions.
    The well-known astrophysicist Fred Hoyle said:" A common-sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super intellect has monkeyed with physics,as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature". Yet he remains an unbeliever.

    The late Carl Sagan spoke of "some kind of force or power" that enabled the universe to create itself.

    The majority of us as Christians may feel unqualified to debate such intellectual giants. But it's not God's purpose to refute human wisdom with intellectual arguments.Instead, He confounds human wisdom and power by displaying His greater wisdom and power. He does this by saving ordinary people like you and me through the "message of the cross" (1 Cor1:18). The Truth that Jesus died for our sins and rose again is viewed as foolishness by the world.

    God's best evidence to refute worldly wisdom is a transformed life. What a privilage to bear this message!
    Nov 14 2012 @ 09:55am     Reply  
  • How Mutant Mosquitoes Are Fighting Dengue Fever
    French Reformer John Calvin wrote," The present life...has many enticements,a great show of delight,grace,and sweetness.We ought to have such fondness for it that we regard it as one of the gifts of divine goodness which are by no means to be despised."
    Nov 10 2012 @ 03:31pm     Reply  
  • Tungkol sa Batas ng Pag ibig libro ni ramon
    Throughout history many religious leaders have come and gone,but not one has claimed to be the truth and then proved it by rising from the dead.Millions of people down through the centuries have found Jesus's life, It is words,and His resurrection to be convincing evidence of His credibility. And they have concluded that Knowing the truth must began with a personal relationship with Christ.
    Nov 08 2012 @ 09:25am     Reply  
  • Looking Back
    In The Problem of Pain, C.S. Lewis wrote,"God whispers to us in our pleasures...but shouts in our pains."If we refuse to listen when He whispers to us, He may use shouts to get our attention.That happened to the Israelites. Although God had given them "a land flowing with milk and honey," they turned from Him, so He caused "calamity" to come upon them"(Jeremiah 32:22-23).
    Nov 06 2012 @ 09:37am     Reply  
  • Fantastictsiko R.R.F
    PAYMENT OF THE TAX
    "But that we may not offend them".---Mt 17:22-27

    ---Taxation was particularly heavy in the time of Jesus. After Palestine was incorporated into the Roman empire, the inhabitants paid poll taxes which were collected by the agents of the imperial treasury. Indirect taxes on products and import duties were also collected at important crossroads,markets,and entries into towns.The male Jews were also required to pay tax for the time,the temple was already destroyed but taxes were still collected to support rabbinic schools.

    Payment of taxes connotes empires,taxes were levied on subjects.Free citizens did not pay taxes.For the evangelist,Christians are not obliged to pay the temple tax for they are already free men and women as regards God. But since nonpayment of the temple tax--and taxes due to the empire--will result in scandal and other difficulties,the evangelist writes about an incident in Jesus' life in which he consents to the payment of the temple tax in order that other people will not be offended.It is in this spirit that Paul writes to the Christians in Rome:"Pay to all their dues,respect to whom respect is due,honor is due"(Rom 13:7).
    Oct 29 2012 @ 11:01am     Reply  
  • La Prensa Filipina
    C.S. Lewis in Mere Christianity says,"No man knows how bad he is till he has tried very hard to be good. A silly idea is current that good people do not know what temptation means.This is an obvious lie. Only those who try to resist temptation know how strong it is. A man who gives in to temptation after five minutes simply does not Know what it would have been like an hour later. That is why bad people Know very little about badness. They have lived a sheltered life by always giving in. We never find out the strength of the evil impulse inside us until we try to fight it: and Christ, because He was the only man who knows to the full what temptation means."
    Oct 23 2012 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • Cyber squatting
    WANTING TO TOUCH

    "Medical science has discovered that there is a healing power in the touch of another person. Psychiatrist Karl Menninger has demonstrated that mentally retarted individuals respond for more when there is some physical contact between them and their therapists, An article published in a medical journal pointed out that patients who have heart attacks stabilize far more quickly when someone who loves them is present to hold their hand. It has also been shown that cerebral palsy victims move more normally after experiencing the stimulus of touch" (Harold J. Sala, Joyfully Single in a Couple's world, Mandaluyong City: OMF Literature Inc., 1996,p.99).

    This connection between touch and health appears also, but transposed to the level of spiritual realities, in the Johannine writings. There the connection is between touch and faith. Not that faith depends on touch. On the contrary, it should not, as John 20:19-31 doubting Thom Episode. is at pains to stress with words of Jesus, "Blest are they who have not seen and have believed". But that is the ideal faith, the one not feeding on sight and touch. However, elsewhere in the Johannine writings it seems implicity a greed that touch and play a certain role in the birth of faith. For example, the prologue to the First Letter of John alludes nostalgically, with a sort of still awe-filled astonishment, to the fact that " we have touched with our own hands the Word of life"(1Jn1:1). What John was able to do, pour doubting Thomas is here also requesting.Perhaps we should not be too hard on him for wanting to "touch with his own hands the Word of life." Isn't such a touch essentially healing for a weak faith (just as it is for a weak body, according to modern medecine)? At any rate, the beauty of it all is that Jesus does not condemn doubting Thomas (who stands for all of us at times) and invites him to have weak faith healed by touch. Which humble graciousness in turn touchess our hearts with another kind of touch---of which we are all so much in need.
    Oct 16 2012 @ 09:41am     Reply  
  • E.F Wells
    A man who has not disciplined himself to read has narrowed his freedom to choose ideas.He is confined to what he hears. He is at the mercy of the propagandist. He has limited his freedom to think.
    Oct 11 2012 @ 10:06am     Reply  
  • Anton Diaz
    Save a lot of money by ' vacationing' in Manila

    Loving the Philippines starts by loving our beloved Manila. Explore Manila by commuting LRT or MRT where you get a scenic tour of Manila from an elevated vantage point that you don't normally see from the window or your car.
    Riding a ferry from Guadalupe to Escolta also gives you a different appreciation of Manila life from the vantage point of Pasig River. Let the ferry rides stop at the Escolta station in Binondo for some good Chinese food. This is a great opportunity to teach your kids about environment Protection--and what happens when it's lacking. We can only hope it will be rehabilated by the time your Kids reach their teens.

    Learn more about our Filipino Heritage at the Museo Pambata to appreciate Manila before World War II; our local heroes; Filipino musical instrument; and the varied Filipino communities.

    Condolence Marc and The Abaya Family.
    Oct 09 2012 @ 10:40am     Reply  
  • Laging Ikaw Jess Santiago
    As Hitler was mounting his attack against England during WW2, Winston Churchill was asked to speak to a group of discouraged in your Christian walk,but you must never,,never,never give up. If nothing else, your struggle against sin will cause you to turn to God again and again and cling to Him in your desperation.
    Oct 06 2012 @ 09:20am     Reply  
  • Parnaso ng Rebulto
    FROM MISUNDERSTANDING TO REVELATION
    IN GREEK antiquity much teaching and many so-called "divine communications" were delivered in enigmatic form.For example, the most famous ancient oracle was that of the god Apollo at Delphi.It was delivered through a medium, a woman ever fifty Known as the Pythia.Her words were often couched in highly ambiguous verse. In Italy the prophetess of Cumae, known as the Sibyl, also delivered enigmatic oracles. In Greek legend the sphinx was an omniscient being who communicated by riddles. In all those cases it seems that the teacher or revealer wanted to prepare the listeners mind by teasing it with an intentionally obscure statement (riddle,enigma, or comprehension on the alertness or ingenuity of the listener.The Hebrew marshal (proverb, parable,allegory) was often intentionally enigmatic, as were also the parable of Jesus (which he would explain privately to his inner circle.).

    Throughout the fourth gospel we see Jesus deliberately using enigmatic language as a preparation for a special revelation. Usually he begins with the material concerns but in a spiritual sense, thus endeavoring to draw his listeners towards concerns of another order.This usually produces a misunderstanding , which in turn prompt's' Jesus to provide first revelation.This is followed by a second misunderstanding, which prompt's a further revelation, and so on. The conversation of Jesus with Nicodemus (Jn3:1-21), for example, contains a veritable cascade of revelations given in this Fashion.

    In Jn6:24-35 The bread of Life Episode follows the same pattern.First we have an enigmatic statement,then a misunderstanding and this followed by a further revelation.Here the misunderstandings arise around the (intentionally) ambiguous use of the terms "work","food","bread","life","hunger",and "heaven".
    We may sometimes regret not having been among the listeners of Jesus.But it is far from certain that we would have understood him any better than his contemporaries.
    Oct 04 2012 @ 11:38am     Reply  
  • ARIUS
    Wisdom never comes easily.There will always be an element of struggle in attaining it.Wisdom is a bit like a precious and rare jewel one is willing to work very hard to gain, once its worth is fully realized.
    Sep 29 2012 @ 09:32am     Reply  
  • Inocence of Malayang Isipan
    "For instance,what is the experience of Russia?What is the experience of Poland? and the rest of the world?Isn't that a pertinent question here to be asked so that we will Know the impact of this RH Bill on the lives of the people of this country?
    Sep 26 2012 @ 10:09am     Reply  
  • Matt Ridley Science writer economist,finacier
    Why the deceptions? If truth is really on the side of the RH bill and that poor and women are really to be served by it, why take resort to such deceptions?

    We're better off now compared with 50 years ago, the average human now earns nearly three times as much money (corrected for inflation's hard to find any region in the world that's wise off now that it was then,even though the global population has more than doubled over that period.
    Population growth is not a threat. Although the world population is growing, the rate of the increase has been falling for 50 years. Across the globe, national birthrates are lower now than in the 1960, in the less developed world,the birthrate has roughly halved.This is happening despite people living longer and infant--mortality rates dropping.According to a UN estimate, population will start falling once it peaks at 9.2 billion in 2075--so there is every prospect of feeding the world forever.After all, there are all ready seven billion people on Earth,and they are eating better and better every decade.

    "The math is simple .Birth rates have fallen so far and so fast that the thinning ranks of the young can no longer support the burgeoning numbers of retirees in country. Greece and Spain are already going over the demographic cliff. similar situations in Japan,China,South Korea, Taiwan,Singapore, and Europe.

    Sec. Arsenia Balicasan NEDA Director General Admitted that the birth rate of the Philippines, at 1.98% is already,as it is,lower than the UN prescribed rate for the Philippines at 2.1% So, what's all the fuss about enacting the RH Bill?
    Sep 22 2012 @ 10:30am     Reply  
  • The innocence of add, Nakoula Basseley
    WE ARE OUR OWN JUDGES
    AN ACT of judgement is a strange thing.It is like a double-edged sword,capable of cutting in both directions Take,for example our acts of judgement in the realm of art,music,literature. I can judge a Beethoven string quartet to be boring, but by the same token I am also being "judged" by the string quartet as being unable to grasp its beauty. I may think Gregorian chant is worthless,but that only reveals my superficiality and lack of taste.My judgement "judges" me.Likewise I only show my lack of perception for the splendid writing. My judgements judge me.
    Sep 20 2012 @ 02:16pm     Reply  
  • Magna carta for women
    "The only acceptable explanation is Creation.I know that this is anathema to physicists,as indeed it is to me,but we must not reject a theory that we do not like if the experimental evidence supports it." --Physicist H.S. Lipson.

    "Scientists have no proof that life was not the result of an act of creation ." ---Robert Jastrow Astronomer

    What the Fossil Evidence Says... about the Origin of Living things

    On Apes:
    "Unfortunately,the fossil record which would enable us to trace the emergence of the apes is still hopelessly incomplete." ----The Primates

    "Modern apes,for instance,seem to have sprung out of nowhere.They have no yesterday,no fossil record."---Science Digest

    From Ape to Man:
    "No fossil or other physical evidence directly connects man to ape." ----Science Digest

    "The human family does not consist of a solitary line of descent leading from an apelike form to our species."--The New Evolutionary Timetable"

    Early theories of human evolution were "the imagination of nineteenth century Scientists"
    Sep 18 2012 @ 11:36am     Reply  
  • Marcionites Encyclopedia American
    Continuation

    To illustrate:it was once believed that the earth was flat.Now it has been established for a certainly that it is spherical in shape.That it is a fact.It was believed that the earth was the center of the universe and that the heavens revolved earth revolves in an orbit around the sun.This,too,is a fact.Many things that were once only debated theories have been established by the evidence as solid fact,reality,truth.would an investigation of the evidence for evolution leave one on the same solid ground?Interestingly,ever since Charles Darwin's book The Origin of Species was published in 1859,various aspects of the theory have been a matter of considerable disagreement even among top evolutionary scientists.Today,that dispute is more and it is enlightening to consider what advocates of evolution themselves are saying about the matter.

    Evolution Under Assault

    The scientific magazine Discover put the situation this way:"Evolution...is not only under attack by fundamentalist Christians,but is also being questioned by reputable scientists.Among paleontologist,scientists who study the fossil record,there is growing dissent from the prevailing view of Darwinism.Francis Hitching an evolutionist and author and author of the book The Neck of the Giraffe,stated:"For all its acceptance in the scientific world as the great unifying principle of biology,Darwinism,after a century and a quarter,is in a suprising amount of trouble."

    After an important conference of some 150 specialists in evolution held in Chicago,Illinois,a report concluded:"[evolution] is undergoing its broadest and deepest revolution in nearly 50 years. ...Exactly how evolution happened is now a matter of great controversy among biologist ...No clear resolution of the controversies was in sight."
    Paleontologist Niles Eldredge, a prominent evolutionist,said:"The doubt that has infiltrated the previous,sm*gly confident certitude of evolutionary biology's last twenty years has inflamed passions."He spoke of the "lack of total agreement even within the warring camps," and added,"things really are in an uproar these days...Sometimes it seems as though there are as many variations on each[evolutionary]theme as there are individual biologists."
    Britain's New Scientist observed that "an increasing number of scientists, most particularly a growing number of evolutionists...argue that Darwinian evolutionary theory is no genuine Scientific theory at all.
    Sep 16 2012 @ 09:30am     Reply  
  • abet
    Disagreements About Evolution--Why.

    "Darwinism after a century and a quarter,is in a suprising amount of trouble"

    THOSE who support the theory of evolution feel that it is now an established fact.They believe that evolution is an "actual occurrence",a "reality",a "truth", as one one dictionary defines the word "fact" But is it?
    Sep 14 2012 @ 06:47pm     Reply  
  • Alberto glory
    Leslie Strobel became a Christian in 1979 and modeled her faith in such a way that it influenced her atheistic husband Lee to begin his own search for God.In his book The case for Christ,he tells of his 2 years of intensive research that finally led him to receive Jesus as his Savior.With a law degree from Yale and an award-winning career in journalism at the Chicago Tribune, Lee had the ability to answer tough questions' raised by unbelievers and cynics.
    Sep 12 2012 @ 11:41am     Reply  
  • Rh bill Decoded
    The French atheistic philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre had nothing but disdain for the concept of companionship.He saw all people as competitors.According to this view,people are always striving with no one another in a kind of continual rivalry.Competition can be healthy in the worlds of business and athletics.It becomes detrimental,however,when a person's attitudes and actions become viciously self-serving.such competition should have no place in a marriage or in the Church.
    Sep 12 2012 @ 10:31am     Reply  
  • Art of rhetoric
    Astronaut Jack Lousma described how earth looks from space.He wrote:"With the naked eye we could see freeways,airports,and cities...,white clouds and the snow on the mountains.We could see the green-and-brown patchwork of the farmers' fields and the beautifully painted deserts.
    Sep 12 2012 @ 10:00am     Reply  
  • alberto glory
    'DI Maganda paki ram dam ko ngaun.birth day ko pa naman bukas.

    "I urge you brothers to watch out for those who create division and obstacles in opposition to the teaching that you learned;avoid them.For such people do not serve our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own appetites, and by fair and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the innocent"(Rom16:17-18)
    Jul 01 2012 @ 09:02am     Reply  
  • alberto glory
    FALSE PROPHETS

    People think of a Prophet as one has the power to predict future events.The biblical prophet (Hebrew nabi, Greek prophetes), however, basically one who speaks for God. And so the prophet of ten says," Thus says the Lord," or "Listen to the word of the Lord." He rarely, if at all, speaks on his own. His actions and his very life are also prophecies, that is, medium of God's message.

    There are all kinds of Prophets in Israel. there are those who belong to prophetic guilds and those who profess their singular call. There are genuine prophets--and there are false prophets. It is not so easy to distinguish one from the other.

    In Mt7:15-20, Jesus, gives us an important criterion--the moral life of the prophet. The genuineness of the prophet is Known by the kind of fruit it bears. A true prophet is one who lives simply, and announces the word of the Lord in its purity--whether for the good or ill of the people or the individual addressed. A true prophet cares for the people, defends the rights of the poor and the weak, and is unafraid to confront the proud and the mighty if they displease the Lord. A false prophets is something else. According to Jesus, false prophets are "ravenous wolves in sheep's clothing. They appear gentle and pure outside but are really opportunists who look at the people not as "sheep" to defend and guide but as a source of profit for themselves. They would even alter their message to please the hearers..

    My very little service in my own little way.
    binabati ko nga pala ung mga bago kong Idol! Justin, kuya Edgar, Lola Auring at marami pa. galing nyo.
    Jun 27 2012 @ 09:15am     Reply  
  • alberto glory
    Jesus has only only one bride! His Church! "Christ loved the Church and handed himself over for her" (Eph5:25) Now new preachers are creating new churches,new wives for Jesus! They can never be the bride of Christ:Christ will never divorce his bride for whom he died, with whom he live! He is, he was, and he will be, faithful to his church, his bride!

    There is only one God;the creator! He has only one son; Jesus Christ! He founded only one Church; upon Peter! Only the Catholic Church has divine origin!

    Prote's-tant n. Christian not of the Roman Catholic or Eastern Orthodox
    Eastern Orthodox n. Christian Church dominant in E europe W Asia and N africa. Understood insensible Preachers.
    Jun 11 2012 @ 08:51am     Reply  
  • alberto glory
    When Saint Pius X, the Pope of the Eucharist, recommended the daily reception of Holy Communion, he noted that Eucharistic Communion must not be seen as a reward for the pure and the perfect, but as strength for the small and weak. The more believers discover their weakness, the more they are called to seek their spiritual strength in the Eucharist.
    Jun 11 2012 @ 08:37am     Reply  
  • alberto glory
    why Catholics Call A priest 'Father'?

    I f that was observed literally among the disciples, why did Paul call himself 'father'?

    1Cor4:14-16--"I am writing this not to shame you, but to instruct you as my beloved children. Even if you have countless guides to Christ, you do not have many fathers, for I became your father in Christ Jesus through the Gospel." sintido kumon

    St. Paul calls Timothy 'my son' (2Tim1:2). Paul addressed himself "father of Philemon." (Philemon1:10_) meaning spiritual father in Christ.

    But nobody can prove from any source that early Christians called the apostles 'Brother Paul' or Minister Peter' or 'Pastor John' as anti- Catholic always do.
    Jun 09 2012 @ 09:46am     Reply  
  • ALBERTO GLORY
    "The Church forcefully and specifically exhorts all the Christian faithful..to learn the surpassing Knowledge of Jesus Christ,' by frequently reading the divine Scriptures..
    'Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ.'"( New Catechism of the Catholic Church,n 133). Try making a reading plan so that you will be able tor read through the whole Bible in three years time. Or you might like to try joining Bible study Group.
    Jun 09 2012 @ 09:34am     Reply  
  • ALBERTO GLORY
    @ GENUINE wee..

    "The Church of the first millennium was born of the blood of the martyrs: Sanguis martyrum --semen Christianorum (Tertullian)...At the end of the second millenium. the Church has once again become a Church of martyrs. The persecution of believers--priests,religious, and laity--has caused a great sowing of martyrdom in different parts of the world...This witness must not be forgotten" (John Paul II, Tertio Millenio Adveniente,n 37).
    Jun 09 2012 @ 09:28am     Reply  
  • alberto g.
    ung iba pansin ko. kalagitnaan na ng homily dumadating. tapos 'pag kumonyon na nangunguna.ung iba naman nag simba parang nasa bahay. walang respeto. marima talagang dapat i-educate na ignorant sheep.bilib ako sa mga katekista.kahit walang sueldo masipag umulan man o umaraw.
    Jun 06 2012 @ 03:59pm     Reply  
  • Mark
    From where I am attending service, the priests are lively. They say is homily in a nice way complete with presentation and they are cracking jokes. The people are awake. They are encouraging this thing nowadays. I think other priests should do the same.
    Jun 05 2012 @ 03:36pm     Reply   Hide replies
    • Pilipino
      Sa amin ding lugar may mga pari na boring mag homily at mayron din namang masaya at gising ang mga tao. Sa akin naman kasi, nakikinig ako at hindi naman ako natutulog kaya ok lang kahit sinong pari basta maipaliwanag ng maayos ang gospel

      Mark, how are you? haha
      Jun 06 2012 @ 03:42pm     Reply  
  • Ambo Ryan
    Paanong hindi aantukin? For Centuries, paulit-ulit na nilang ginagawa ito..naging complacent na sila, hindi nila alam the competition was fast catching up, kaya ayun mas interesting yung ibang sect. Pero iisa lang naman ang hangad ng mga ito.YUNG LIMOS NINYO, at continued financial support para ma prop up ang lavish lifestyles ng simbahan. Kaya moral of the story ? maging WISE NA DIN KAYO!
    Jun 05 2012 @ 02:01pm     Reply  
  • Genuine
    It's the way Catholic priests are wired, that's their problem, considering they're originally of the Latin mass with their backs to the parishioners while reciting the litany. For honest to goodness in your face preaching, listen to the likes of Pastor Ed Lapiz, Andrew Wommack, Joyce Meyer to name a few.
    Jun 05 2012 @ 01:44pm     Reply  
  • K3na12
    One time I went to church, the priest criticize lady gaga. I think nobody has the right to judge anybody lalo na kapag pari. At the end of your life only God can judge you. dba dapat mas alam nila yun
    Jun 05 2012 @ 01:06pm     Reply  
  • itsabrightday
    bakit nga ba nakakatulog ang mga Pinoy sa loob ng simbahan? read more: http://itsabrightday.wordpress.com/2012/05/28/bakit-nga-ba-nakakatulog-ang-mga-filipino-sa-loob-ng-simbahan/
    Jun 05 2012 @ 09:38am     Reply  
  • tin
    I agree. nakakaantok na. minsan puro pulitika pa ang sinasabi. laging sinisiraan yung mga pro rh bill.kakasawa tuloy kaya yung iba makikita mo tulog o kaya nakikipag usap na lang sa katabi.
    Jun 05 2012 @ 09:26am     Reply  
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