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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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‘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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Vice-Rector urges Thomasians to be like Mary

“As we thank God and as we thank the Blessed Mother for her intercession, we must also look upon ourselves. Still, we can offer more by the grace of God and by the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” Tiong said.

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Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P. during his homily in celebration of the Birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The University’s Vice-Rector urges Thomasians on Wednesday, September 8, to dedicate their lives in intercession with the Lord, just as the Blessed Virgin Mary did.

At the mass in honor of the nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, O.P. said that people should also have a “gift” for Mary just like how they usually do at birthdays.

“On the birthday of the Blessed Mother, certainly that is a very good question. Ano naman ang birthday gift natin sa ating Blessed Mother?” he said.

Tiong said Mary, herself, offered something to the people by praying and interceding for them.

He also added that she carries the grace and greatest gift of God.

“It is through Mary that Jesus was born, she is the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ,” he said.

Tiong emphasized that the word of God incarnated when Mary agreed to conceive Jesus Christ through the Holy Spirit. He said that the fruit of her womb is the people’s redeemer.

People’s offering to the Blessed Virgin Mary

In return, Tiong said that people should dedicate any transformation of their lives to Mary, however big or small.

He added that there will always be something that people can change from themselves. May it be the way people think or a bad habit that can badly affect one’s faith and service to God, Mary’s birthday is a good day to offer this transformation.

“As we thank God and as we thank the Blessed Mother for her intercession, we must also look upon ourselves. Still, we can offer more by the grace of God and by the prayers of the Blessed Virgin Mary,” he said.

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Tiong ended his homily urging people to renew their commitment with God, and declaring to them His spiritual transformation.

Tiong presided over the mass entitled, “Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.” The livestream can be found on the Santísimo Rosario Parish Facebook page.

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Unahin ang awa upang maunawaan ang ating kapwa – Timoner

“‘Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay sakit ng buong katawan’, in other words, we cannot just ignore the suffering of our kapatid sapagkat bahagi siya ng ating katawan,” ani ni Timoner.

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Very Rev. Fr. Francisco Timoner III sa kanyang webinar na pinamagatang, “Fratelli Tutti: A Call to Mission in the Spirit of Fraternal Love"

Inanyayahan ng University chancellor at Master of the Order of Preachers ang mga tao noong Sabado, ika-28 ng Agosto, na unahin ang pagmamahal at pag-unawa sa kapwa bilang magkakapatid na may iisang Diyos Ama.

Sa isang webinar, ipinaliwanag ni Very Rev. Fr. Gerard Timoner III, O.P. na nakasentro sa pagkakaroon ng kapatiran sa sangkatauhan ang Fratelli Tutti, ang encyclical na isinulat ni Pope Francis noong ika-4 ng Oktubre, 2020.

“It is a social encyclical dedicated to fraternity and social friendship,” aniya.

Linaw ni Timoner, hindi ito para sa mga kalalakihan lamang dahil tinawag itong “fraternity”, kundi tumutukoy ito sa lahat ng mga tao na nagpapakita ng pagmamalasakit sa kapwa.

Ipinaliwanag din ni Timoner kung paano dapat tingnan ng mga Pilipino ang encyclical na ito.

“The way we relate to one another – in the family because the family is very important for us Filipinos – we make reference to parts of the body,” aniya.

“‘Ang sakit ng kalingkingan ay sakit ng buong katawan’, in other words, we cannot just ignore the suffering of our kapatid sapagkat bahagi siya ng ating katawan,” dagdag nito.

Sabi ni Timoner na hindi sapat ang pagkakaroon ng kapatiran upang malutas ang mga problema ng mundo, kundi dapat may kaakibat din itong awa at pagmamahal sa kapwa.

“It is when we have compassion on the other, that we understand better the situation of the other person,” aniya.

Binigyang-diin niya ang konsepto ng pagmamahal para sa mga tao, kung saan ang kabaliktaran nito ay pagmumura.

“Ang pagmamahal ay ang pagtataas ng halaga, at ang pagmumura ay ang pagpababa nito – that is why ‘pagmumura’ is not just saying bad or cuss words, it is any action that we do to bring the value of a person down,” aniya.

Tinapos ni Timoner ang kanyang webinar sa panghihikayat sa mga tao na ipalaganap ang awa sa puso upang pangunahan sila ng pag-unawa sa kapwa.

Matatagpuan ang webinar sa Facebook page ng CBCP Episcopal Commission on Mission na kanilang proyekto, sa tulong ng Dominus Est. 

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