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‘Devotion to Mary connected to devotion to God’ -Pabillo

Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to ‘increase their faith’ by having a devotion to Mary despite the different challenges hurdling the country and their lives.

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Manila Auxiliary Bishop Broderick Pabillo urged the faithful to ‘increase their faith’ by having a devotion to Mary despite the different challenges hurdling the country and their lives.

In his homily for the 77th solemn feast of Our Lady of the Rosary of the Santísimo Rosario Parish – UST held Sunday, October 6, Pabillo said that people should also do their part to “increase [their] faith by praying, especially by praying the Rosary.”

He emphasized that the praying of the Rosary is not just repetition of prayers but is also a symbol of perseverance and a way to reflect on the sufferings of Jesus.

“Ang Rosary ay paulit-ulit na dasal kasi tanda ‘yan ng ating pagtitiyaga sa patuloy na pagdarasal. Ngunit hindi lang ‘yan pagdarasal ng mga Hail Mary’s. Most especially [it] is our meditation together with Mary on the life of Jesus. […] We go through the life of Jesus,” he said.

He also encouraged the faithful to follow Mary’s example in accepting the Word of God that it may made flesh” in their lives.

“Mama Mary before she received the Word of God in her womb, she received the Word of God in her mind and in her heart. […] Kaya Mama Mary is the first disciple, the foremost disciple. Kaya nga devotion to Mama Mary is also connected to the devotion to the Word of God,” he added.

Remain faithful despite God’s silence

Pabillo also challenged the people to remain faithful amidst the challenges of life in spite of God’s silent response in their prayers.

“Sa mga kalagayang ito, palagay ko nagdarasal naman tayo sa Diyos. ‘Diyos nasaan ka ba? Bakit hindi ka tumutugon bakit tumatahimik ka sa kalagayan ng ating bayan, sa kalagayan ng ating mundo?’ At baka sa ating personal na buhay, may mga kahinaan din tayong pinagdaraanan,” said Pabillo.

“Kikilos ang Diyos. […] Itong pangitain ng kaligtasan ay darating. Matagal pero darating ‘yan. Kaya’t yung taong may pananampalataya, ang mga taong ang siyang mabubuhay. Pananampalataya na hindi magpapabaya ang Diyos,” he added.

He mentioned St. Teresa of Calcutta’s experience in her prayers as mentioned in her diaries where God seems to be silent in her daily prayers.

“Nagdarasal siya like she was like praying in front of a wall. Walang tugon ang Diyos. But in spite of that feeling of the absence of God, she was faithful. […] Hindi nawala ang kanyang faith,” Pabillo said.

For him, our response in the challenges that we face should be our steadfast faith in God.

“Ang ating tugon sa mga kahirapan na dinaraanan natin ay ang pananalig, pananalig na ang Diyos ay kikilos. Kung tayo ay nagdarasal ‘Lord increase our faith,’ then let us do something also to increase our faith,” he said.

Pabillo also underscored the need to be faithful in the responsibilities given to us by God as a way to increase faith and “to take the share in the suffering of our Lord.”

“Maging tapat ka sa tungkulin na ibinigay sa’yo ng Diyos. Ito ay isang paraan to increase our faith. Lahat tayo ay may tungkulin na pinagkaloob ng Diyos. […] Take your share in the suffering of the Gospel. Makiisa kayo sa kanyang paghihirap,” he added.

The feast of the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de UST is held every first Sunday of October. Moreover, the fiesta celebration for the Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de La Naval in Sto. Domingo Church, Quezon City is held every second Sunday of October which will be on October 13.

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Cardinal Tagle urges faithful to pray for world peace in Nazareno mass

Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on Nazareno devotees to pray for peace in the Middle East in his homily for the midnight mass of the Feast of the Black Nazarene Thursday, Jan. 9.

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Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle called on Nazareno devotees to pray for peace in the Middle East amidst the growing tension of war between Iran and the United States in his homily for the midnight mass of the Feast of the Black Nazarene Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020 at the Quirino Grandstand in Manila.

For the commencement of the annual Traslación, Cardinal Tagle, who is bound to lead a top Vatican post, urged everyone for a moment of silence to pray for peace in different parts of the world.

“Sa ating pagtitipon na puno ng panalangin at pasasalamat, atin pong alalahanin na sa ilang bahagi po ng ating mundo ay nag-aamba ng panganib at karahasan at hari nawa ay huwag mauwi sa giyera, sa digmaan,” the outgoing cardinal said.

He also encouraged to pray for the safety of fellow Filipinos caught in between the war and their families in the Philippines.

“Ipanalangin po natin na maging ligtas ang ating mga kapuwa, sa Middle East, humupa ang mga pagnanais na sirain ang kapuwa, humupa ang mga hangarin na maghiganti. At ipanalangin natin ang ating mga kapuwa Pilipino, ang kanilang mga pamilya dito na nangangamba,” he added.

Cardinal Tagle giving his homily during the enthronement rites of Nuestra Señora del Santísimo Rosario de UST in Sept. 2019. | Robert Garcia

According to the Manila Public Information Office, at least 130,000 faithfuls attended the midnight eucharistic celebration. 

Changes in Traslación

Msgr. Hernando Coronel, PC, the Basilica’s Rector and Parish Priest, expressed his gratitude to uniformed personnels who helped in maintaining a peaceful and orderly Traslación.

“We express appreciation for their great effort, they really tried to put order to make it solemn like our thanksgiving procession,” Coronel said.

This year’s procession also saw changes in its route and security, from which the image of the Black Nazarene will cross Ayala Bridge instead of the usual newly-rehabilitated Jones Bridge.

Police also formed a barricade around the andas (carriage) during the procession, following the examples of other festivals and processions, which dismayed some devotees who could not get near the andas.

“The police and military requested if we could imitate the other formation, for example in Cebu the Santo Nino, and the Our Lady of Penafrancia in Naga,” Coronel said.

Vendor Aling Jenny expressed her dismay over these new measures which affected not just her business but other devotees as well.

“Sabi nila nakakatulong pero hindi. […] Kasi una [‘yung mga daanan binakuran]. Ngayon iikot ka ng Recto para makatawid ka. […] Mga masa ‘yan sanay ‘yan magbalyahan. Kaming mga vendor sanay kami maggit-gitan,” she said.

The theme for this year’s Traslación is “Iba’t-Ibang Kaloob, Iisang Debosyon tungo sa Iisang Misyon” which is expected to have millions of Filipino devotees clad in maroon in hopes to experience the supposed miracles of the image of the dark-skinned, cross-bearing Christ. with reports from Christine Annmarie Tapawan and John Aaron Pangilinan

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‘Proclaim the Good News by defending human rights’ —Sr. Mananzan

“The call of the time is prophecy. You have to struggle with that. Dapat manindigan ka. Sasabihin mo hindi puwede ‘yan. ‘Yun ang tingin ko na call of the times sa mga tao at sa mga Kristiyano. Be prophetic. Kahit na it means a threat to your life. That’s a part of prophecy,” Benedictine nun Sister Mary John Mananzan said.

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Sister Mary John Mananzan, OSB urged Filipinos to “announce the Good News and denounce the bad news” amid rampant human rights violations in the country on Tuesday, Dec. 10, during the International Human Rights Day at Liwasang Bonifacio.

The former chairperson of the Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines and former head of St. Scholastica’s College shared in an interview with TomasinoWeb that for her, enlightening the people of their rights is a way of proclaiming the “Good News” of the Gospel.

“To announce the Good News means ipaliwanag mo sa mga tao kung ano ang karapatan nila. […] Ang bad news would be ‘yung mga lumalabag sa mga karapatang-pantao,” Mananzan said.

Mananzan stated that there is currently a call for Christians to “be prophetic” and to stand for human rights even if it may lead to threats in one’s life.

“The call of the time is prophecy. […] You have to struggle with that. Dapat manindigan ka. Sasabihin mo hindi puwede ‘yan. ‘Yun ang tingin ko na call of the times sa mga tao at sa mga Kristiyano. Be prophetic. […] Kahit na it means a threat to your life. That’s a part of prophecy,” she said.

Mananzan also stressed the importance of the commemoration of the International Human Rights Day especially when the Duterte administration seems to be “allergic” to human rights. 

“Naghihingalo na nga ang human rights dito sa atin kasi nga as I’ve said, very allergic itong administration na ‘to sa human rights. Masabi mo lang ‘human rights’ [nagkakandandarapa] na sila. Kaya ang tingin ko lalo pa dapat [i-celebrate] in the sense na let us remember that this is our right,” she said 

When asked about Sister Ellen Belardo of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines, a missionary  who was filed with perjury case by National Security Adviser Hermogenes Esperon, Mananzan said that it only shows effectivity and credence of priests and nun.

“So talagang nakikita mo doon na epektibo ang mga simbahan dahil kung nagsasalita ang madre o ang pari eh parang pinapakinggan ng tao kaya sa kanila, enemy sila. Parang pinapaniwalaan sila ng tao kaya sila ngayon ang pupuntiryahin,” Mananzan said.

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Rector reminds Thomasians to ‘look back at Christ’ in Paskuhan Mass

The University’s Rector Magnificus reminded Thomasians that advent is a period to remember and to anticipate, and to celebrate Christ’s coming during the Paskuhan opening mass at the Plaza Mayor Monday, Dec. 2.

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The University’s Rector Magnificus reminded Thomasians that advent is a period to remember and to anticipate, and to celebrate Christ’s coming.

Very Rev. Fr. Herminio Dagohoy, O.P. stated that remembering means honoring and recognizing the things you have received during the last Christmas of your life, and so he thanked the UST for being a wonderful community, during the Paskuhan opening mass at the Plaza Mayor Monday, Dec. 2.

Quoting the words of Soren Kierkegaard, Dagohoy O.P. said that “life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”

“Advent is literally coming home. […] During advent, we are asked to look back at Christ’s coming as a man while at the same time looking forward in eager anticipation of [His] kingdom when He returns,” said Dagohoy.

He compared the Filipinos coming home from the other countries to advent, saying that despite the long hours of layover at the airport, they will still be waiting with happiness knowing that they will soon see their loved ones. He said that, “that feeling of estrangement, anticipation and expectant joy—that is advent.”

The Rector also urged Thomasians to recognize their insufficiency and their need for God, and to pray the prayer of advent “Come Lord Jesus” when their days are covered with dark clouds.

“God loves his people tenderly embracing their weaknesses and imperfections. For God’s loving heart, it is all about us,” Dagohoy said.

“Sa Pasko tinitingnan tayo ng Diyos. Ang sabi niya: para sa inyo ‘to, ang Pasko ay para sa’yo,” he added.

The opening of décor around the campus followed the mass led by Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso and Vice-Mayor Honey Lacuna, and the traditional “agape” for the Thomasian community. H. Camba

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