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Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Naganap na

Apr 18, 2019 - 3:20 PM

Ano ang Naganap? Ang kanyang pinasimulang ministeryo ay natatapos doon sa Kalbaryo. Ang pagkakasugo ng Ama ay tinupad niya ng walang labis at walang kulang.

7 Last Words reflection: Forsaken and desperate?

Apr 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM

Cusswords, vulgarities, and obscenities are becoming common and ordinary. There are no longer any qualms of conscience in using them, and they have even become fodder for jokes, laughter, and applause in public.

Pagninilay sa Siete Palabras: Huling habilin ni Kristo ay mahalin ang iyong kapwa

Apr 17, 2019 - 12:23 PM

Ang paghahabilin ni Hesus kay Maria at kay San Juan na magkanlong sa isa’t -isa ay tanging terrestrial na mensahe niya habang nakapako sa krus

7 Last Words reflection: 'Today you will be with me in Paradise'

Apr 16, 2019 - 5:00 PM

The penitent thief admitted his deserved punishment and defended Jesus’ innocence, and now only asks future acknowledgment. The Savior King, generously giving until the end, promised immediate and eternal fellowship.

7 Last Words reflection: The chain of anger-revenge is broken

Apr 16, 2019 - 12:34 PM

Theologian Karl Rahner comments that the executioners of Jesus knew what they were doing; what they did not know was that they were deeply loved

The week in photos: February 16-22, 2019

Feb 23, 2019 - 7:59 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

HOMECOMING. Miss Universe 2018 Catriona Gray blows a kiss to well wishers during a homecoming parade in Makati City on February 21, 2019. Photo by Noel Celis/AFP

WATCH: Lea Salonga sings 'Reflection' from 'Mulan'

Jul 31, 2018 - 12:58 PM

Actress Keala Settle shares a video of Lea singing a few lines of the hit Disney song

[OPINYON] May panahon para manahimik, magsalita

Jun 27, 2018 - 4:30 PM

May panahon para basagin ang katahimikan, may panahon para magsalita. At ngayon na ang panahon na iyon.

PANAHON. Most Rev. Pablo Virgilio David gives a homily at Sts. Peter and John Parish on June 23. Photo courtesy of Angelo Mangahas

‘Mama, please let's bring Jesus to the hospital’

Mar 30, 2018 - 3:00 PM

'Mama, why is Jesus bleeding? Kawawa naman siya!'

CRUCIFIED CHRIST. Christians around the world remember the crucifixion and death of Christ on Good Friday. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Why? Why? Why?

Mar 30, 2018 - 9:00 AM

Lord, do you not care? Why are you not doing anything to help us? Why are you not saying anything if only to assure us? Why are you not doing anything to stop the killings and the stealing and the vulgarity?

The death of a subversive

Mar 29, 2018 - 6:56 PM

Our religious observance becomes totally contradictory to what they were supposed to be. I have thought of these questions for a long time now: How can millions of Catholics piously kneel and venerate the cross on Good Friday and at the same time approve that addicts must die because they are a threat to the whole country?

In defense of Judas

Mar 29, 2018 - 12:00 PM

Have we forgotten that the Eucharist was really for him (and for the potential Judases that we all can turn into)?

Holy Week reflections: The path of nonviolence

Mar 27, 2018 - 10:44 PM

Let us never allow ourselves to be motivated by anger or hatred, resentment, revenge, or the instinct to retaliate or return evil for evil

[OPINYON] Nagsisi, nanalangin, nag-selfie

Mar 27, 2018 - 7:30 PM

Inaasahan ko nang maraming maglalagay ng #BisitaIglesia sa kanikanilang status, kasunod ang #blessed o #saved o #amen.... At palagay ko, wala namang masama rito. Ano ba naman kung isabay ang pagliliwaliw sa pamamanata?

Is it wrong to be happy this Holy Week?

Mar 26, 2018 - 6:57 PM

Be happy this week. Resist that gloomy sad face. That does not lead to holiness.

Holy Week 2018: Passion for stewardship

Mar 25, 2018 - 7:08 PM

Are you still a Christian with firm convictions, or have we become so deeply compromised that we are no longer sure on which we stand?

Should you blindly follow those Holy Week traditions?

Mar 24, 2018 - 8:10 PM

Can we go to the beach during Holy Week? If it will help you love like Jesus, yes, you can. But if it will distract you from the story of His love, please don't.

When they gave him vinegar: From Christ to Raymart Siapo

Apr 13, 2017 - 3:00 PM

On Good Friday in the Philippines – a country that celebrates its long Christian heritage – we see not the death but the persistence of cruelty

Yolanda can make us better

Nov 09, 2015 - 12:06 AM

There is life after Yolanda but let us start our new life right Value the things that are essential the things that last and always put love in your hearts

STANDING AMIDST THE RUBBLE. Despite sustaining damage, the Palo Metropolitan Cathedral remains upright. Photo by Voltaire Tupaz.

Holy Saturday retreat: Presence of peace

Apr 04, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Through his unconditional love on the cross Jesus taught us to look beyond the sins and shortcomings of others

Good Friday retreat: Absence of angels

Apr 03, 2015 - 12:00 AM

Sometimes it is the memory of ourselves being forgiven that will make possible our forgiving others

Holy Saturday retreat: Closing prayer

Apr 02, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Is there an area in your life – or a person – causing you pain and where the Lord is inviting to take the pain out of love?

Holy Thursday retreat: Silence of stones

Apr 02, 2015 - 12:00 AM

This is your time for God and for yourself – a rare luxury given our busy and frantic lives Be generous with God and don’t shortchange yourself

Holy Saturday retreat: The peace of Easter

Mar 31, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Easter hope brings peace even in the midst of turbulence

Preparing for our online Holy Week retreat

Mar 31, 2015 - 9:27 AM

How would you describe the present season of your life? Take this survey to prepare for our online Holy Week retreat

Holy Saturday retreat: Bridge-building

Mar 30, 2015 - 11:12 PM

Every time you build a bridge you never know how far it can take those who eventually get to cross it

Holy Saturday retreat: The Easter invitation

Mar 29, 2015 - 11:11 PM

This is the heart of Easter – to allow the love of God and the power of that love to transform us The Easter invitation is clear:
 Empty your tomb

Rappler hosts Jesuit's online Holy Week retreat

Mar 29, 2015 - 7:02 AM

Complete with video clips and music to soothe the spirit the online Holy Week retreat runs from Holy Thursday to Holy Saturday

Holy Saturday retreat: Learning from the Lord

Mar 28, 2015 - 10:54 PM

Ask the Lord to teach you how to do as he did: To drop the stone to forego flights and to discard the worldly crown

Holy Saturday retreat: The tomb of our old selves

Mar 27, 2015 - 10:47 PM

Are you willing to let God roll away the stone for you and to liberate you from your tomb?

'Racist' cupcakes banned from French shop window

Mar 27, 2015 - 2:00 PM

The administrative court in Nice orders the cupcakes removal from the shop s window display though the shop is allowed to continue making and selling the offending pastries

Holy Saturday retreat: Making sense of disquiet

Mar 26, 2015 - 10:44 PM

Sometimes a sense of disquiet is but a sign that we are not in control because God is actively moving in our lives

Holy Saturday retreat: Stone, angel, and empty tomb

Mar 25, 2015 - 10:41 PM

Imagine yourself part of the scene feeling the mingled emotions of that first Easter morn: puzzlement excitement and fear

Holy Saturday retreat: 'An absolutely powerless God'

Mar 24, 2015 - 10:40 PM

Holy Saturday is an invitation to do what Jesus did: to discard our crown It is a call to self dethronement

Holy Saturday retreat: 'This man's life was a failure'

Mar 23, 2015 - 10:36 PM

The dead Jesus of Holy Saturday buried in a tomb he could not even call his own is the very icon of utter poverty and powerlessness

Good Friday retreat: Closing prayer

Mar 16, 2015 - 11:17 PM

The song which is really a prayer is called I Look to You covered by Boyce Avenue It is a plea for help in times of trouble

Good Friday retreat: Lost and broken wings

Mar 15, 2015 - 10:48 PM

Lost and broken wings can mean many different things: the end of a cherished career the sudden death of dreams the loss of a good reputation

Good Friday retreat: Losing our wings

Mar 14, 2015 - 10:47 PM

Life has a way of making us lose our wings and bruise our hearts We can opt to fight it but such a battle only embitters us

Good Friday retreat: From 'Jesus Christ Superstar'

Mar 13, 2015 - 10:36 PM

Imagine a slow painful and humiliating death and all throughout the process the antidote that can end all your suffering lies just within your reach

Good Friday retreat: Suffering Servant of Yahweh

Mar 12, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Imagine standing before the cross and seeing the Lord as described in these hauntingly vivid verses

Good Friday retreat: Lenten temptation

Mar 11, 2015 - 10:26 PM

Jesus showed that he was no slave to the human need for social approval and affirmation How about you?

Holy Thursday retreat: Closing prayer

Mar 10, 2015 - 11:02 PM

The bottom line of course is a call to conversion which means nothing more than to come home to the Father

Holy Thursday retreat: The Lord's invitations

Mar 08, 2015 - 10:59 PM

What would it take for you to drop your stone? What would it take for you to forgive?

Holy Thursday retreat: The arrest of Jesus

Mar 06, 2015 - 10:50 PM

When Simon Peter had drawn his sword our Lord immediately asked him to put it away It is the time not so much for fighting but for disarmament

Holy Thursday retreat: Night of silence

Mar 04, 2015 - 10:38 PM

Here was someone who could make even the stones sing And yet on the night of his betrayal and arrest there was only the silence of stones

Holy Thursday retreat: Turning stones into bread

Mar 02, 2015 - 10:34 PM

It almost seems like our Lord had a plan to win Judas back that night It was however a plan that failed

Holy Thursday retreat: At the Last Supper

Feb 28, 2015 - 10:30 PM

Keep your eyes on the Lord imagining yourself among the disciples on this last night of Jesus’ earthly life

Holy Thursday retreat: 'Free burgers' in the desert

Feb 26, 2015 - 10:28 PM

Imagine going without food – for 40 days in the desert – and suddenly right there amid the dunes you find a drive through that offers free burgers

Holy Thursday retreat: 3 temptations, 3 basic needs

Feb 24, 2015 - 10:24 PM

Which type of temptation do you think you would find – or have found – hardest to resist? Why?

Holy Thursday retreat: Temptation in the desert

Feb 20, 2015 - 8:22 PM

Think about the 3 temptations and ask yourself: Which one might have been the toughest for the Lord to resist? Why?