Monthly Archives: January 2015

The Widow, the Children of Mamasapano, and the Bangsamoro

As I prayed over the Gospel of Jesus calming the storm today (Mk 4:35-41), two images from yesterday’s events stood out in my reflections: the image of the widow, Erica Pabalinos, representing the widows present of all the fallen, controlling … Continue reading

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Framers of the 1987 Constitution Support Bangsamoro


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Mamasapano, the President, and the Bangsamoro Basic Law

The President has called for a day of mourning for those who perished in Mamasapano. When we fly our flags at half mast on Friday, and call upon the God whom we know to be merciful and compassionate, I shall … Continue reading

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Pope Francis and the Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law

[An Introduction to Draft Bangsamoro Basic Law: Reviews, Commentaries, Recommendations, ADDU: Davao, 2015.] The visit of Pope Francis to our country will remain in the memory of our People for a long time. It was the visit of a holy … Continue reading

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From Sri Lankan Elephants to Philippine Jesuits for Pope Francis

How does one explain the privilege of having been able to encounter this holy man, Francis, except to say, sincerely, it’s not explainable? No work, no achievement, no advocacy, no membership in any group or society was entitlement for this. … Continue reading

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On the Privilege of Being Introduced to Pope Francis

[Homily: Feast of the Baptism of the Lord] In just a few days, Pope Francis will be here. For his Mass in the Luneta millions will gather from all over the country. For his visit to the Yolanda-victims, people are … Continue reading

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Recalling the Jesuits in Mindanao History

[Welcome Address:  History Forum co-sponsored by ADDU and the National Historical Commission: “Philippines-Spain Connection:  the Christianization of Mindanao.”  ADDU, Ricci Hall, 9 January 2015] Good afternoon. It is my pleasure to welcome all of you to Mindanao, and to the … Continue reading


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The Epiphany and the Restoration of the Society of Jesus

[ADDU University Mass, Martinez Center, Matina: January 8, 2015]   1. Epiphany: Manifestation of God’s Love for all We come together as a university community within the week of the great feast of the Epiphany – the feast of the … Continue reading

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