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Thomasians called to unite amid political differences

The Santisimo Rosario Church Parish Priest reminded Thomasians to be united in prayer, despite differences in political beliefs, Friday, at the Plaza Mayor.

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The Santisimo Rosario Church Parish Priest reminded Thomasians to be united in prayer, despite differences in political beliefs, Friday, at the Plaza Mayor.

“Hindi dapat maging cause ng division ang ating opinyon dahil iisa ang ating bansang minamahal. Although we have different opinions, we are united as a people,” Fr. Louie Coronel said in his homily during a prayer vigil for clean, honest and peaceful national elections organized by Aktiboto.

Coronel expressed that his personal prayer would, “be for everyone to remain united regardless of who comes out on top and would lead us to a better Philippines.”

He also emphasized the need to follow one’s conscience and to use the remaining election period by watching debates and scrutinizing candidates’ crendentials.

“Ang pangit na boto ay ang binayaran, ‘yung boto na pinilit ka either by peer pressure o yung pinilit ka talaga, o kaya naman hindi mo binoto dahil nahuhuli siya sa mga survey,” he said.

Prior to the homily, prayers were offered for the intention of dutiful leaders, good governance, clean elections, justice, peace and love.

Aktiboto director Raymond John Naguit, offered his prayers for the intention of the Thomasian community.

“I want them to realize that although – for some – their candidate did not win I hope they still give their full support on the victor because this election has been very divisive,” Naguit said.

“The people have had extremely different opinions and I hope that after elections everything will be peaceful,” he added.

Another prayer vigil, sponsored by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, will be held Friday afternoon shortly followed by a candle lighting ceremony.

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Faithful urged to not rely on human abilities on Red Wednesday

Fr. Magboo stressed that “everyday life is a risk,” considering the plight of frontliners and the continuing persecution of Christians around the world even in recent times.

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The faithful were urged to not rely on their human abilities in dealing with challenges such as the pandemic during Red Wednesday, Nov. 25.

“The troubles that we face are beyond our control. Why should we be anxious to control everything that is beyond our power?” Rev. Fr. Cecilio Vladimir Magboo, O.P. said during the mass in the Santisimo Rosario Parish

Magboo, who is the Pastoral Services Director of UST Hospital, emphasized that people should not pretend that they can handle everything especially during these trying times.

Wala sa ating mga kamay ang maraming pangyayari na hindi maganda sa ating buhay,” he said during his homily.

Magboo stressed that “everyday life is a risk,” considering the plight of frontliners and the continuing persecution of Christians around the world even in recent times.

He said that those circumstances did not occur without God’s will, saying that people will emerge victorious in the way God wants, not in a worldly sense.

“Let God do His work. Let us not dethrone Him and rely on our human abilities that we can solve everything. We do not dethrone God from His place,” Magboo said.

Amid the current difficult circumstances, he pointed out that learning the true meaning of hope and putting it in God is the greatest blessing one could receive.

“Not even the sparrow will fall to the ground without the knowledge of God or without God willing it,” Magboo said.

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Prayers are ‘perceiving God’s will,’ says priest

Diocese of Novaliches priest urged alumni on Saturday, Nov.21, to recognize prayers as a discernment of God’s will in overcoming the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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Diocese of Novaliches priest urged alumni on Saturday, Nov.21, to recognize prayers as a discernment of God’s will in overcoming the challenges brought by the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“Christian prayer is not a wishful thinking and a wishful sharing…[W]e pray on asking him to guide us, and then we walk on that prayer,” Fr. Luciano Felloni said in an annual advent recollection. 

While it is acceptable to have a clear request, people, according to Felloni, must “leave their comfort zones” and have the courage to believe in God. 

He said that regardless of all the doubts and questions people have for God, he will always save and rescue each and everyone of us. 

“He will not let you go down…[T]he lord will be there for you, but he will also sit you down and ask why did you doubt,” Felloni said. 

The Argetenian priest encouraged everyone to go beyond prayers, make tangible actions to find purpose in this pandemic. 

Felloni also reminded everyone to strengthen their faith in this year’s Christmas since it will most likely be “difficult and quiet” due to the global health crisis. 

The recollection titled, “Rediscovering the meaning of Christmas,” was spearheaded by the UST Alumni Association and College of Education Alumni Foundation as a part of the annual advent recollection.

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Combine rosary, action, says UST parish priest

Santisimo Rosario Church parish priest called on the Thomasian community on Thursday, Oct. 22, to combine the promises of the holy rosary with actions that would lead to reflection and “personal conversion.”

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Santisimo Rosario Church parish priest called on the Thomasian community on Thursday, Oct. 22, to combine the promises of the holy rosary with actions that would lead to reflection and “personal conversion.”

“It doesn’t necessarily mean that we just prayed the rosary and that’s it,” Rev. Fr. Paul Raegan Talavera, O.P.  said in a three-day webinar on the holy rosary in the modern age. 

According to Talavera, the 15 promises of the Holy Rosary made by the Blessed Mother which was revealed through St. Dominic, and later to Blessed Alan dela Roche, should guide people to a holier life. 

He also reminded the Thomasian community that the graces from the promises should not be taken literally and will only be granted if it is subject to God’s perfect will. 

“We trust in God’s eternal wisdom but what he gives us is what will benefit us,” Talavera said.

“Palaging may ganon, kasi bakit naman ibibigay ng Diyos ‘yan kahit gusto mo ‘yan kung makakasama naman sayo, diba?” he added.

Talavera was solemnly installed as the 15th parish priest of the Santisimo Rosario Church on June 5, 2019. He replaced Rev. Fr. Louie Coronel, O.P., who served the parish for three years.

The webinar titled, E-PAXUSAPAN:The Rosary and Its Significance in the Modern Age was spearheaded by UST Pax Romana – Faculty of Arts and Letters in commemoration of the memorial of St. John Paul II and the month of the Holy Rosary. 

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