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Manuel V. Francisco, S.J.
Manuel V. Francisco, S.J.
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Pope Francis’ edifying yet disquieting simplicity
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - August 4, 2013 - 12:00am
An attribute of Pope Francis that endears him to us, Catholics and non-Christians alike, is his simplicity.
Marriage, a glimpse of eternity
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - October 7, 2012 - 12:00am
Often, when I am privileged to officiate a wedding, I tell the couple that the sacrament of matrimony is a symbol of eternity.
To become like our self-emptying God
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - June 3, 2012 - 12:00am
During reunions of our extended clan, we go through the ritual of greeting all our elders as we are introduced to them, “O hijo, magmano ka sa pamangkin ng asawa ng pinsan ng lola mo.”
Welcoming the Lord, witnessing to Love
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - November 6, 2011 - 12:00am
I write this in the airport in Amman, Jordan, after a week in the Holy Land. In relation to our Gospel reading today, I asked our Palestinian-Christian guide, Sakher Rizkalla, to explain the context of the ten...
Yearning for communion
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - June 5, 2011 - 12:00am
The mystery of Jesus’ ascension is inseparable from his resurrection from the dead, his glorification as universal judge, and the descent of the Holy Spirit.
Divine teaser-consoler
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - May 8, 2011 - 12:00am
In our ordinary, day-to-day life, we often fail to feel and recognize the presence of the Risen Jesus and his divine sense of humor.
The gift of peace
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - May 1, 2011 - 12:00am
The gift of peace. While the disciples continued to hide in the Upper Room for fear that they, too, might be arrested and executed, the Risen Christ suddenly appears to them declaring, “Peace be with you....
Divine justice unfolding
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - March 6, 2011 - 12:00am
Deeply troubled, a repentant inmate in Muntinlupa asked me if the successive tragedies that have befallen his family were due to his criminal activities in the past. Sunud-sunod ang mga nagkakasakit sa aming pa...
Small man, big heart
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - October 31, 2010 - 12:00am
Zacchaeus was a person of small stature.
Religious pride
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - October 24, 2010 - 12:00am
For centuries in the past, our institutional Holy Roman Catholic Church had been suffering from a position of self-righteousness, with the best of intentions.
Arms
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - October 17, 2010 - 12:00am
The Amorites are losing.
Heartless indifference
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - September 26, 2010 - 12:00am
That rich man in today’s Gospel reading was living a life, not only of self-indulgence, but of heartless indifference.
Mammon
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - September 19, 2010 - 12:00am
I do not even remember her name now.
Up
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - May 16, 2010 - 12:00am
“Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Elections for peace
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - May 9, 2010 - 12:00am
If Christ were physically present with us today as a Filipino citizen, whom would he vote for our national elections? This is a focus of discernment that we need to listen to and follow in our deepest conscienc...
Behold, I make all things new
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - May 2, 2010 - 12:00am
Behold, I make all things new. In the Book of Revelation, John of Patmos, the imprisoned Christian leader, reveals what the Lord had promised the seven early Christian communities in Asia Minor which were being persecuted...
Jesus, our Valentine
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - February 14, 2010 - 12:00am
In faith, let us Christianize this secularized and commercialized celebration today called Valentine’s Day. At the center of it all, if we celebrate it seriously, is nothing less than love incarnate.
Never the same again
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - February 7, 2010 - 12:00am
Jesus Enters Our Boat. Pressed by the crowds, Jesus enters the boat of Peter, dejected after having caught nothing all nightlong. Without Peter’s permission, Jesus enters his boat.
Lumapit, Kumapit, Mahigpit
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - January 31, 2010 - 12:00am
Jesus’ proclamation to bring good news to the poor, release to the captives, sight to the blind, freedom for the oppressed, and a year of favor of the Lord, fell on ears that yearned for these graces.
Today!
by Manuel V. Francisco, S.J. - January 24, 2010 - 12:00am
A continuing today. This is the constant, never-ending Presence of Christ to all who place their faith in him. Today’s Gospel message ends with Christ’s own words: “Today this Scripture passage...
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