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Advincula: Maging instrumento ng liwanag ni Kristo

“The best response to people who do not believe in Christ’s resurrection is a Christian who stakes his life believing that his savior lives,” Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula said in his homily.

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Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula during his homily on Easter Vigil at the Manila Cathedral.

“Christ is risen, Alleluia, Alleluia,”  Manila Archbishop Cardinal Jose Advincula on the celebration of Easter Vigil, April 16, urged the faithful to be an instrument of Christ to spread His good will.

“We are called to be bearers of Christ’s light by dying to our old sinful ways and rising to a new life as his priests, prophets, and kings. Sharing the warmth of love in worship, the enlightenment of meaning in preaching and teaching, and the guide to writing paths in moral living,”  Advincula said in his homily on the evening of Black Saturday in Manila Cathedral.

In order to fulfill these duties, Advincula reminded the faithful to choose God and “our neighbors,” and to draw inspiration from Christ’s resurrection.

“Tangan ng pagtitiwala at pag asa sa kapangyarihan, katarungan, at pagmamahal ng Diyos. Piliin natin ang Diyos at kapwa sa araw-araw sa bawat isip at salita at pagpili upang [ma]pagtagumpayan ng kanyang liwanag ang mga puwersa ng mga bumabalot na kadiliman,” he said.

Advincula also reminded the faithful to be like the apostles who were grounded on the truth of Christ’s resurrection with “firm conviction.”

“The best response to people who do not believe in Christ’s resurrection is a Christian who stakes his life believing that his savior lives,” he said.

Ending his homily, Advincula reiterated: We can only do all this if the risen Christ has become the light of our lives.

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Perseverance of St. Thomas was powered by his hope — Advincula

In celebration of the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, Manila archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula urged Thomasians to persevere and remain hopeful in these stressing times brought by the pandemic.

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Manila archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula delivers his homily for the mass in celebration of the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, Jan. 27.

Manila archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, stressed the importance of perseverance and hope in facing the daunting times brought by the pandemic in the celebration of the feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday, Jan. 27.

With the theme, “St. Thomas, deacon of perseverance and hope,” Advincula honored in his homily the rigorous faith of Aquinas in seeking understanding despite condemnation that “served the salt of the Earth and light of the world.”

“Kung kapiling natin si Santo Tomas ngayon, marahil ang sasabihin niya, magsumikap lang makakarating din tayo doon,” Advincula said in a mass at the Santisimo del Rosario Parish.

Advincula added that uncertainties and hopelessness makes it difficult to keep going.

“Dahil buhay kay Santo Tomas ang kanyang pag-asa at inaasahan, narausan at nagawa niya lahat ng ito,” he said.

Advincula shared that Thomasian education taught the students that wealth is not merely gazed at the success of careers, endeavors, and pursuits which makes a Thomasian competent, compassionate, and committed. 

One alumnus of  UST said, ang Tomasino, hindi lang mahusay, may puso.” he said. 

Advincula ended his homily by reminding Thomasians to pray and the Eucharist to gain “rest in security and passion to pursue” like Aquinas. 

The mass was part of the three days of commemoration before the feast day of Aquinas. It also included the Rite of Commissioning for Theology and Ethics faculty members.

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‘God does not tolerate indifference’—Tiongco

“Many who are powerful and influential do not procure nor promote a better future for everyone, all this is an insult to God, who has created everything with the desire of the wellbeing of all,” Tiongco said.

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Rev. Fr. Isias Tiongco O.P. during the anticipated 1st Sunday of Advent Mass at the University's plaza mayor

The University vice-rector emphasized that God does not want the faithful to just be “passive” with their faith on Saturday, Nov. 27.

In an anticipated mass for the first Sunday of Advent, Rev. Fr. Isias Tiongco O.P. said that God does not expect the faithful to be “actively seeking Him” while having the attitude of not caring and doing nothing. 

“The Lord knows our shortcomings and struggles, and he gives us the grace to bear our burdens as we walk along the way of holiness. But there is one thing he does not tolerate, indifference—ang pagwawalang bahala or kapabayaan,” he said.

“His [God] grace is sufficient, but at the same time, he expects us to be actively watching for his visitation,” he added.

Tiongco also pressed on exploitation which “created unemployment and inequity” which he pointed to “the powerful and influential people that do not procure a better future for everyone.”

“While millions of humans live in poverty, others live in opulence, injustice has brought humanity to its own suffering,” he said.

“All this is an insult to God, who has created everything with the desire of the wellbeing of all,” he added.

Advent is the liturgical season for the preparation of Christ’s nativity which celebrates four masses each Sunday before Christmas. 

The mass was followed by the lighting of Christmas decorations in the University, signaling  the start of its annual Paskuhan season.

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Halloween is not aligned with the Church’s celebration — Tiong

Contrary to the celebration filled with ghosts and scary creatures, Tiong reminded that All Saints’ Day is deeply rooted with people’s faith in God.

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Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong in today’s mass at the Santísimo del Rosario Parish. Courtesy of Santísimo Rosario Parish Facebook page

Echoing the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines’ campaign for All Saints’ Day solemnity, Vice Rector for Religious Affairs Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P. urged the Thomasian community to remember the true essence of this day.

Contrary to the celebration filled with ghosts and scary creatures, Tiong reminded that All Saints’ Day is deeply rooted with people’s faith in God.

“When we come together on this feast, ‘yung communion of saints ay maiintindihan natin kung makikita natin ang ugnayan… koneksyon ng mga nasa langit na na mga anak ng diyos, tayong church militants, mga nasa purgatoryo, and the church triumphants,” he said during his homily on Monday, Nov. 1.

Tiong also emphasized that Halloween celebration does not conform with the Church’s celebration of the communion of saints.

“Iyong pong umiiral na halloween ay malayo po ‘yan at hindi sang-ayon dito sa ating selebrasyon,” he said.

The Vice Rector reiterated that this day must be celebrated with solemnity and peace.

“We are connected together with faith, hope, and love,” he added.

Today’s online mass was part of the three-part Mass in Suffrage for the deceased members of the Thomasian community.

The next two eucharists will be held on Nov. 2 and 8.

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