Tag Archives: Christmas

The Child in the Manger

[Homily:  Christmas Midnight Mass, ADDU Chapel of the Assumption, 2017] Finally this long-awaited day has come.  The Church begins its official wait for this day from the first day of Advent, four weeks ago.  But the Philippines bypasses Advent and … Continue reading

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Light that Overcomes Darkness

[Homily: Christmas Midnight Mass, ADDU Assumption Chapel, 2016] The Prayer of this Mass, I believe, expresses our special joy and sentiment at this Christmas Midnight Mass, “Father you make this Holy Night radiant with the splendor of Christ our light. … Continue reading

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Christmas with Jesus

Isn’t it remarkable how some are actively trying to take the religious celebration of the birth of Jesus out of Christmas? They advocate a “Christmas” reduced to “season’s greetings,” “gift giving,” “merry making,” family gatherings and the joy of children … Continue reading

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The Dawn from On High

[Homily. Concluding Simbanggabi Mass, ADDU Matina, 12.24.15, 5:30 am.] It is the last day of Advent. And the last day of our Simbanggabi. All of God’s blessings on you who have stayed the course, who have gotten up early during … Continue reading

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In the Belen, Hear!

[Christmas, 2014]  Silent night, Holy night! / All is calm, all is bright  / ‘Round yon Virgin, Mother and Child. / Holy infant so tender and mild! / Sleep in heavenly peace! / Sleep in heavenly peace! All the colorfully glowing lanterns, the … Continue reading

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Waiting for the Fullness of Life

[Homily. Simbang Gabi. 16 December 2014.] Waiting for Christmas is truly difficult. Why? Perhaps, it’s the twinkling lights, the parol aglow, the glittering Christmas trees that make the Season so long awaited. Perhaps its the long-anticipated day of distant relatives … Continue reading

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Christmas in Our Hearts

Among my favorite songs of my friend, Joe Mari Chan, is his “Christmas in our Hearts,” rendered unforgettably with his beautiful daughter, Liza.  For me it was not only the heartwarming interplay between father and daughter singing of  “girls and … Continue reading

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