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Mesa kasama si Sto. Domingo: hapag ng salita ng Diyos – Tiongco

“Inviting them [God and St. Dominic] at our table, our conversations become holy and enervating, and the food we take and share with one another, becomes life-giving,” ani ni Tiongco.

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Rev. Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P., J.C.D. habang pinangungunahan ang huling araw ng paggunita sa Dies Natalis ni Sto. Domingo

Sinabi ng dekano ng Faculty of Canon Law noong Sabado, Agosto 7, na nagiging mesa ng salita ng Diyos ang hapag ng mga tao tuwing iniimbitahan nila rito ang presensya ng Diyos at ni Sto. Domingo.

Sa huling araw ng paggunita sa “Dies Natalis” ni Sto. Domingo, ikinuwento ni Fr. Isaias D. Tiongco, O.P. ang milagrong ginawa ni Sto. Domingo para sa kanyang mga kapanalig sa pamamagitan ng pagpaparami ng tinapay o iba pang mga pagkain na kulang sa kanilang hapag.

“Dominic would answer: ‘Go and pray, for the Lord will provide.’ So the witness would go to the church to pray, often followed by Brother Dominic. God heard them, […] and the Lord supplied what was lacking,” ani ni Tiongco.

Dagdag pa niya, itinuring ang hapag na ginamit ni Sto. Domingo at ng kanyang mga kapanalig bilang relic of contact dahil hindi lamang ito isang simpleng mesa, kundi isang mesa na nahawakan ni Domingo at ng mga anghel na nagdala ng milagro.

Sinabi ni Tiongco na katulad ng mesang ito, ipinagdiriwang si Sto. Domingo hindi lang bilang isang santo na nasa pedestal, kundi isa ring santo na masayang nakakasama ang kanyang mga kapanalig.

“With the same iconic table, we celebrate St. Dominic, not as a saint alone on a pedestal, but as a saint enjoying table fellowship with his brothers, with his family — gathered by the same vocation to preach God’s words and share God’s gift of food and drink,” aniya.

Tinapos ni Tiongco ang sermon sa pamamagitan ng pag-anyaya sa mga tao na gawin ang pagtanggap ng presensya ng Diyos sa kanilang mga hapag gaya ng ginawang pagtanggap ni Sto. Domingo sa kanya.

“Inviting them [God and St. Dominic] at our table, our conversations become holy and enervating, and the food we take and share with one another, becomes life-giving,” ani ni Tiongco.

Kontribusyon ng mga Dominikano

Idiniin ng Arsobispo ng Maynila, na si Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula, sa isang liham na binasa ni Tiongco ang mga kontribusyon ng mga Dominikano sa mga gawain ni Sto. Domingo.

“Dominicans can be seen in their contribution and in [their] missions to schools and institutions of higher learning,” aniya. 

Dagdag pa niya, ipinakita rin ng Dominican Family na hindi lamang sa pedestal nakasalalay ang dakilang karangalang mayroon si Domingo, kundi pati na rin sa synodality – o ang sabay na “paglalakbay” sa misyon ng simbahan at ng Diyos – at pagsasama-sama ng mga Dominikano bilang isang pamilya.

Ani ni Advincula, ngayong idinaraos din sa taong ito ang ika-500 na taon ng pagdating ng Kristiyanismo sa Pilipinas, hindi maipagkakaila ang mga kontribusyon ng mga Dominikano sa bansa. 

Dagdag pa ni Advincula, Dominikano ang naging kauna-unahang Arsobispo ng Maynila na siyang inilarawan ni Pope Francis bilang, “great son of St. Dominic – grounded in the truth of universal human rights, and defended the rights of the native people.”

Ang obispo na tinutukoy ng Santo Papa ay si Bishop Domingo de Salazar. Siya ang unang obispo ng Maynila na kasama ni Miguel de Benavides, ang tagapagtatag ng Unibersidad, sa Espanya noong ika-16 na siglo upang ipagtanggol ang karapatan ng mga Pilipino laban sa pagpapahirap ng mga Espanyol.

Sa pagtatapos ng kanyang liham, binanggit ni Advincula na kanyang pinagdarasal na matuto ang mga tao mula sa gawain ni Sto. Domingo. 

“[…] learn from St. Dominic’s synodal process of preaching – not to glorify the self, but to share the light of truth to others, especially to the poor, the young people, the oppressed, and the marginalized,” aniya.

Isinagawa ang huling araw ng paggunita sa “Dies Natalis” ni Sto. Domingo sa Santissimo Rosario Parish Church na ipinalabas live sa Facebook page ng simbahan. 

Pinamagatang “A Table with St. Dominic” ang pagdiriwang ng misa. – kasama ang mga ulat mula kay Ian Patrick Laqui 

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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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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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