Monthly Archives: October 2022

Halloween, the Feast of All Hallows, and the Hope of the Saints

With the people of South Korea, we mourn the dead and injured in the Halloween tragedy in the Itaewon district of Seoul, which killed 153 people, including 20 foreigners, and wounded many others. They were revelers simply wanting to participate … Continue reading

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He was Wealthy, a Tax Collector, and Short.

[Homily.  Assumption Chapel.  31st Sunday in Ordinary Time.  October 30, 2022.] In Chapter 19 of the Gospel according to Luke, Jesus’ long journey to Jerusalem ends.  In Jerusalem, he will offer his sacrifice on the cross for the salvation of … Continue reading

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Build the Bridge But Preserve Paradise Reef

Whether we are from government, the private sector, or academe, the environmental crisis in the world – signaled by global warming, climate change, extreme weather, hurricanes and floods, wildfires and drought, the loss of biodiversity on land and in the … Continue reading

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The Mustard Seed and the Leaven in the Dough

[Homily.  Assumption Chapel.  October 25, 2022.] Our Gospel for today speaks about the Kingdom of God.  The Kingdom of God is like a mustard seed.  The Kingdom of God is like leaven in dough.  Both similes are profound and provocative. … Continue reading

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Put Greed to Death

[Homily.  October 17, 2022.] “There was once a farmer who possessed the most wonderful Goose you can imagine, for every day when he visited the nest, the Goose had laid a beautiful, glittering, golden egg. “The farmer took the eggs … Continue reading

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From Shadows to Light

[Message:  Gawad Parangal 2022: A Celebration of Academic ExcellenceBapa Benny Tudtud Auditorium, 14 October 2022] “Academe” comes from the Latin word, acadēmīa, which in turn comes from the ancient Greek Ἀκαδημίαwhich was a grove of trees outside of Athens where Plato … Continue reading

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From Our Lady of Victory to Our Lady of the Rosary

[Homily:  Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, October 7, 2022.] Today’s Marian celebration was not always called the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  Originally it was called the Feast of our Lady of Victory.    The victory that … Continue reading

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On the Nature of Christian Mission

[Homily.  Luke 10:1-24.  October 1, 2022.] The Gospel for today from Luke 10:17-24 recounts the return of the disciples from their first missionary journey.  But it is only part of a much larger meditation by the evangelist Luke on Christian … Continue reading

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