Sunday, March 30, 2008
Friday, March 28, 2008
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
The situation that occurred yesterday may really be considered a hard case. The events that had unfolded recently made some faithful and clergy think that the mass is only being used in order to gather people and express their sentiments. Those who are with the cause are however averring that they are also seeing their cause as spiritual. It is a fight against corruption which is an immoral act. The celebration of a mass containing a cause to destroy the evil that is corruption is therefore within the bounds of the purpose of the mass.
It is really hard to know what are in the hearts of men. In this situation, in case of doubt, the best thing to do is to give them the benefit of doubt and proceed to celebrate mass. There are controls and conditions which the priest may impose as a condition. First, nobody will be allowed to speak within the mass. Second, no direct assault or criticism must be made against another person or group. Third, only general prayers will be allowed. Fourth, slogans or streamers are best kept out of the premises where the mass is being held. Fifth, the homily must dwell more on urging the faithful to embrace the Gospel values rather than on politics.
If priests could celebrate mass in penitentiaries, parishes, rallies, offices, and other places with people coming from different walks of life and unsure of their spiritual status, why not with the group of Jun Lozada. With all due respect to the political preference of the priest, he should not deprive others of his ministry because of difference in political views and inclinations. Only God knows what are in their hearts and it is always best to give them the opportunity to come to God and seek inspiration and hopefully, conversion and salvation. Once in the celebration, we would never know what God has in store for them!
Sunday, March 16, 2008
Monday, March 10, 2008
While there was no one who actually saw our Lord resurrect, His disciples saw Him after His death. The meetings of the apostles with the Lord after His death brought back memories of the things He said while He was still with them. The descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles on the day of Pentecost was the turning point of their faith life. The experience of Jesus alive through the Holy Spirit, inspired and gave them the courage to go out and proclaim the Good News of Jesus Christ. Now they are not afraid to face those who threaten them. Now they are set free.