Category Archives: Points for Prayer

On Pope Francis’ Fratelli Tutti: On Fraternity and Social Friendship

[An Attempt to Understand Key Concepts of Pope Francis’ Latest Encyclical in their Relevance for Establishing Harmony and Peace in Mindanao and in the World.] To the Co-Convenors of the Bishops’-Ulama Conference, Most Rev. Fernando Capalla, DD, Most Rev. Hilario … Continue reading

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Our Prayer in Dialogue

[Prayer at the beginning of the ADDU Academic Administrators – Samahan Student Government Dialogue, 23 November 2020] Heavenly Father, you sent to us your Son as your Word of Compassion, Love, Reconciliation and Peace. He is your divine Word in an … Continue reading

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The “Document on Fraternity for World Peace and Living Together”

[A Presentation for the Conference, “Walking and Working Together for Healing and Reconciliation” sponsored by ADDU and OPAPP.”  Ateneo de Davao University, Calungsod-San Vitores Center, 14 August, 2019.] Asalaam alaikum!  The Peace of God be upon you all! My task … Continue reading

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A Challenge to Greater Intellectual Engagement for Mission

[Address: ADDU Faculty General Assembly, Martin Hall, June 5, 2018] At the beginning of this academic year, I hope you feel the same joy as I do when we come together from the diversity of our different units in the … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday and Gina Lopez’ “Secret”

Today is Ash Wednesday.  On this day I would like to share with you a profound experience with Gina Lopez. I consider it one of the privileges of my life to have conferred the honorary doctorate of the Ateneo de … Continue reading

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Baptism of Jesus: The Grace of God has Appeared

The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord ends the Christmas Season with yet another theophany, or manifestation of the presence of God in our history.   God with us – Emmanuel  – is celebrated in the nativity scene, when under the … Continue reading

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ADDU’s Exaltation of the Cross

It is the last evening of the week of Christ the King. We planned the heavy wooden crucifix to be the centerpiece of the new University Chapel dedicated to Our Lady of the Assumption. The renowned Paete craftsman, Paloy Cagayat, … Continue reading

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Celebrating 30 Years of the Social Weather Stations

[A Prayer In Thanksgiving and Hope] O God, the one, the almighty, the compassionate God, as we come together today to celebrate the gift of 30 years of the Social Weather Stations in the Philippines, we ask you to give … Continue reading

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Our Common Home?

[For Pakighinabi, Manila Times, June 15, 2015] I cannot say that I have completed my study of Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for our Common Home” (LS). But sharing some preliminary reflections on this remarkable document may already … Continue reading

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Reflections on Today’s Ash Wednesday

This evening we will have a special meditation on the Stations of the Cross. But it will be a special meditation, hopefully leading to deeper prayer, aided by a set of fifteen stations of the cross beginning with the agony … Continue reading

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