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Fire broke-out in Sto. Niño Parish in Pandacan, Manila around 1:19 pm last Friday, July 10, 2020, that reached third alarm according to the Bureau of Fire Protection-National Capital Region (BFP-NCR). It was declared under control at around 1:44 p.m., according to BFP-NCR.

Sto. NIño de Pandacan Parsh l Photo Credit: Jaypee Villegas

It is still yet to be confirmed whether the historical image of the Sto. Nino de Pandacan, which is an object of devotion to many Filipinos most especially in the old district of Pandacan, was among those that were engulfed by the fire.

The image of the Sto. Nino of Pandacan is believed to be more than 400 years old. It is carved out of dark wood that is similar to the dark Mexican wood of the images of the Black Nazarene of Quiapo and the Black Madonna of Antipolo. It was brought to the Philippines by the Spaniards via galleon trade from Acapulco Mexico to Manila, Philippines.

Bishop Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of Manila personally visited the area and urged the faithful to pray for and support the immediate recovery of the parish. He is thankful that no one got hurt during the fire.

“Ipagdasal natin na sana itong parokya ay makabangon kaagad, mabuti na wala namang nasaktan, wala namang ibang bahay na tinamaan pero yun nga malaki siguro ang damage ng Simbahan kaya titingnan ko ngayon kung papaano ngayon yun,” Bishop Pabillo told Radio Veritas. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC) 


Sa mga pangangamusta natin ngayon, madalas ang natatanggap natin na sagot ay, ang hirap ng buhay. Kahit na nasa lockdown tayo at halos walang ginagawa, pakiramdam natin ay pagod tayo. Ang bigat nito ay hindi dahil sa maraming ginagawa ngunit dahil sa pasaning pangamba - kung ano kaya ang kinabukasan natin? Ano kaya ang kahihinatnan natin? Ng ating business? Ng ating trabaho? Ng ating pag-aaral? Ng ating pamilya?

Yan yung mga mas mabigat na dinadala natin. Iilan lang naman ang nagpapasan ng karamdaman ng sakit ng COVID-19. Mas marami ay nagpapasan ng walang kasiguraduhan sa kinabukasan.

That is why the words of the Lord Jesus today is like a refreshing water on a hot day, “Come to me all you who labor and are burdened and I will give you rest.” We need this comforting words so we long to come to Jesus, we long to receive Him. This is why religious services are essential services.


But we are surprised. Ang karaniwang pagkakaalam natin sa kapagpahingahan at iyun ay walang ginagawa. Natutulog lang. Bakit sabi ni Hesus, nabibigyan niya tayo ng kapahingahan pero kaagad dinugtong niya, “Pasanin ninyo ang aking pamatok.”

Ang pamatok, the yoke, ay ang nakalagay sa leeg ng Kalabaw upang mahila niya ang karga o kaya makapag-araro siya. Kaya ito ay tanda ng trabaho ng pasanin.

Jesus gives us rest but He does not want us to be lazy. To rest in Jesus is to take His yoke and to follow Him. And here, He precisely tells us how to follow him: His meekness and His humility. It is these that will keep us from a burdensome life.

Naging mabigat ang buhay hindi dahil sa pasanin. Naging mabigat ang buhay dahil sa akala natin tayo lang ang nagdadala ng lahat na nakapatong sa atin ang buong responsibilidad. At bakit kasi sinosolo natin? Kasi wala tayong tiwala. Kulang tayo sa kababaang loob na hindi tayo nag-iisa.

This is why Jesus said, “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart.” We have the impression that meekness is weakness, that it is softness.

Nagpapabaya lang kahit na anong gawin sa kanya. Yan nga ba ang mababang loob? Natatanggap ng tao ang mababang loob ang pinaparatang sa kanya at kahit na ang pasakit sa kanya kasi malakas ang kanyang tiwala na hindi siya mababayaan.

We find the picture of the meekness of Jesus in this description of the prophet Isaiah, “I gave my back to those who beat me; my cheeks to those who tore out my beard; my face I did not hide from insult and spitting. The Lord is my help therefore, I am not disgraced. Therefore, I have set my face like flint knowing that I shall not be put to shame.” Hindi siya nag-re-react sa anumang gawin sa kanya – hampasin, duraan, insultuhin kasi napakalakas ang kanyang tiwala sa Diyos. Hindi siya mapapahiya.

Yan ang kababang loob ni Hesus. Yan ay kalakasan. Hindi dahil sa dahas, sa sariling tapang, sandata o lakas kundi dahil sa kanyang tiwala kaya siya’y malakas kaya mababa ang kanyang loob.

Ang ating Unang Pagbasa ay hango sa Aklat ni Propeta Zecharrias na binabasa din natin tuwing Linggo ng Palaspas. Dito inilalarawan ang isang haring matagumpay na pumasok sa lungsod. Pero kakaiba siya sa mga matatagumpay na mga hari at heneral na upang ipakita ang kanilang kadakilaan, sila’y nakasakay sa chariot o sa isang Kabayong pandigma. Matagumpay yata siya. Pero ang haring ito ay nakasakat sa Asno, isang hayop na pangkarga at hindi pandigma. Haring matagumpay pero mababa ang loob. Hindi ba yan si Hesus pagpasok niya sa Jerusalem? Kinikilala siya ng mga tao. Pinupugayan ng mga palaspas pero hindi siya pasikat na sakay lang sa isang hiram na Asno.

Sa totoo lang, ang nagpapahirap sa ating buhay ay hindi ang ating responsibilidad o ang ating pasanin kundi ang ating kayabangan, ang ating mataas na pagtingin sa ating sarili. We always try to live us to the expectation of others that maybe form the boss, from colleagues and friends, the peer pressure or from competitors or even from our family members or relatives who unfortunately, nothing for them is enough.

This is especially true in our world which promote a cult of efficiency and productivity. You are only as good as the work that you can deliver. So, we struggle to show to others that we can produce and so, we are reliable and needed.

Jesus said, “Learn from me for I am meek and humble of heart. And you will find rest for your soul.” Yes, it is not so much our bodies that need rest but our souls. The aches of our soul just manifest psychomatically into our bodily pains. Kailangan natin matanggap ang ating sarili. Gawin ang ating makakayanan at ipaubaya sa Diyos ang ating gawain at ang ating kinabukasan.

Mahal ng Diyos ang mga may mga mababang loob. Hindi ba sabi ni Hesus na kung hindi tayo magkakaroon ng kababaang loob tulad ng isang bata, hindi tayo makakapasok sa kaharian ng langit.

Noong ako’y batang pari pa, sinasamahan ko ang mga seminarista sa kanilang exposure trip at isa sa mga exposure trip na yun ay sa Bundok ng Banahaw. Ang mahiwagang bundok ng mga espiritista.

Minsan, may pinasukan kaming isang maliit na kuweba na ang tawag ay “Pinto ng Langit”. Napakababa ng butas at kailangang talagang dumapa upang makapasok doon at sa loob ay may malaking kuweba na may malinis at magandang ilog na mapaglalanguyan.

Sabi ng guide namin, “Ang tawag dito ay ‘Pinto ng Langit’ kasi kailangan mong magpakababa. Talagang dumapa para makapasok doon tulad ng sa langit hindi makapapasok doon ang mga mapagmataas.”

Jesus prays and thank God in His prayer that we heard today. He praise God and He Himself is happy about it that the Father reveals the secret of the kingdom to the simple and the humble, the learned in the things of God are not those who have doctorate in universities but those who are lowly and who trust God.

We hear His words from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah, “My hand made all these things when all of them came to me oracle of the Lord. This is the one whom I approved, the afflicted one crushed in spirit who trembles at my word.” Ang Diyos na may likha ng lahat ay natutuwa sa mga mababang tao na umaasa sa Kanyang salita.

One of the highlights that we had during this lockdown was a Consecration to Mama Mary that we did on May 13, in the Manila Cathedral led by the five mayors of the cities of Manila, Makati, Mandaluyong, San Juan and Pasay.

May 13, was the feast of Our Lady of Fatima. Noong nagpakita si Mama Mary, nagpakita siya sa Fatima na isang maliit na sitio lang noon at hindi kilala at nagpakita siya sa tatlong maliliit na bata na siyam, sampu at labindalawang taong gulang pa lamang. Mary gave the secrets of Fatima to mere children. Talagang natutuwa ang Diyos sa mga maliliit na bata. Humility attracts God. Maraming mga tao na dahil lang sa kaunting nalaman hindi na naniniwala sa Diyos; hindi na nagdarasal; kaya na niya ang lahat hindi nila kailangan ang Diyos.

Now, in this pandemic, we are shown how fragile the world and its systems that we are trying to build. Dahil lang sa maliit na virus, tumigil ang lahat. Takot na tayo sa kaaway na hindi natin nakikita. At hanggang ngayon kahit na ang ating mga doktor at dalubhasa ay hindi pa rin alam kung ano itong COVID-19 na ito. We thought we know many things that we can explore the stars, that we can thinker with life, that we can…knowledge with our computers and our artificial intelligence. The coronavirus puts us in our place. It humbles us. Our globalized world crumbles. Our economy limpers. We are humbled and we should stay humble if we want to become great.

Kaya yan nga ang kinasasama ng loob natin sa tinatawag na Terror Bill na kapipirma lang ng president ng naging Terror Law ay talagang na-terrorize tayo. Kasi po akala nila malalaman nila kung sino yung terrorista. Sila ang magdedecide kung sino yung may balak na magpabagsak ng gobyerno kaya nakakatakot ang batas na ito. Yan ay batas na tinatanggap ng mayayabang upang maapi ang mga mamayanan.

Kaya tinatawagan tayo ngayon ni Jesus, lumapit tayo sa kanya. Matutuo tayo sa kanyang kababaang loob. Papahingahin niya tayo not only during this time of the lockdown but always even after na bumalik na tayo sa ating mga gawain, patuloy siyang magpapahinga sa atin.

 

If we realize that we are not alone, He carries our burdens not only He carries us. Do we allow Him? Do we trust Him? (Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)



The CBCP Episcopal Commission on Social Communications, together with the Filipino people, watched and listened intently to all the 12 hearings held by the House Committee on Legislative Franchises of the Philippine Congress. And now the final verdict on the future of the ABS-CBN Media Network depends on the votes of the honorable men and women of the 18th Congress of the Philippines. Their votes will affect, not only the network’s future, but also all those who depend on ABS-CBN for their livelihood, the millions who depend on it for their news and information, and even those who consider it their daily leisure and temporary escape from the daily grind of their ordinary lives.

We continue to express our position on ABS-CBN, as well as our belief in the importance of its role as a vital source of information in the Philippine society. The network forms part of the whole Philippine democratic landscape as it continues to help in making the latest news available to Filipinos in the country and abroad, and contributes to the people’s capacity to make informed decisions.

After having listened to the many deliberations during the 12 hearings, we have come to the conclusion that the unbiased and impartial pronouncements and official manifestations of the different resource speakers from various government agencies did not only answer the accusations against the network, but also proved that the network has not violated any law, rule or regulation that would be reason enough not to grant the renewal of their franchise.

Be that as it may, it is not our intention to pressure you, our honorable lawmakers, to vote for the approval of the renewal of the franchise of ABS-CBN. The only thing that we humbly ask of you is that you vote according to your conscience and do what you truly believe is right.

We are aware that there is so much more at stake here than the mere approval of a network franchise. We take to heart the words of the chairman of the House Committee on Legislative Franchises, who, in his closing statement said, “…As our speaker has always reminded us to do what is right, let us continue to live up to the commitment of the 18th Congress to be a relevant, responsible and responsive institution… As we ask that our members be continuously guided by the principles of fairness, justice, honesty and respect, and we cast our final vote on the issue, we shall all vote according to our conscience.”

We pray for the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, to guard all our hearts and minds in Christ Jesus! (Phil 4:7)

 

 

Most Rev. Marcelino Antonio M. Maralit Jr., D.D.
Chairman of the Episcopal Commission on Social Communications
9 July 2020

 

 
Most Rev. Broderick Pabillo, Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Manila, welcomed the non-objection position of the local government of the City of Manila as compliance to the directive given by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) of allowing religious gatherings with congregation of 10% percent of church seating capacity.


This is in lieu of a letter dated July 7, 2020, from the office of Manila Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso which was addressed to Bishop Pabillo. In the letter, the mayor expressed his approval to allowing the more people to participate in religious activities, from the initial 10 people to 10% seating capacity in churches within the City of Manila.

“Please consider this writing as the city’s expression of non-objection to your religious gatherings provided that all the requirements and conditions set forth in the afore quoted provision are duly observed and complied with,” Mayor Isko said.

The IATF-EID Resolution No. 51 issued July 2 allows religious gatherings up to 10% percent seating capacity which is effective after July 10. However, during such gatherings, there will be strict observation and implementation of health protocols, social distancing, wearing of face masks and availability of hand hygiene necessities.

In an interview made by Radyo Veritas with Bishop Pabillo last July 4, the prelate said that the clergy has already been preparing for this day when religious gatherings are allowed.

“So it’s a good development at ang mga kaparian natin ay naghahanda na para sa July 10 ay maka-accommodate na sila ng 10-percent ng capacity ng Simbahan, so it’s a good development congratulations sa IATF na nakita nila ang kahalagahan noon,” he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)


Former Archbishop of Manila Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, and present Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples was appointed as new member to the Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue by His Holiness Pope Francis.

The appointment was announced on Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at the Vatican.

Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l File Photo of RCAM-AOC

Together with the Cardinal Tagle, Cardinal Michael Czerny, SJ, the Under-secretary of the Migrants and Refugees Section of the Dicastery for Promoting Integral Human Development was also appointed member to the council.

The Pontifical Council for Inter-religious Dialogue functions as the Church's central office of the for the promotion of interreligious dialogue in accordance with the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, in particular the declaration Nostra Aetate.

It is also "responsible for promoting mutual understanding, respect, and collaboration between Catholics and followers of other religious traditions; encouraging the study of religions; and promoting the formation of persons dedicated to dialogue."

According to the recent news released by the Vatican, the other newly appointed members of the council were Cardinals Dieudonné Nzapalainga, Archbishop of Bangui; Louis-Marie Ling Mangkhanekhoun, Vicar Apostolic of Vientiane; Ignatius Suharyo Hardjoatmodjo, Archbishop Jakarta and Ordinary of the Military Ordinariate of Indonesia; and Jean-Claude Höllerich, Archbishop of Luxembourg.

A number of Bishops from different parts of the world were also named as members of the Council: Lawrence Huculak, Archbishop of Winnipeg of the Ukrainians; Archbishop Felix Anthony Machado, Bishop of Vasai; George Frendo, Archbishop of Tiranë-Durrës; Mark Tin Win, Archbishop of Mandalay; Jean-Marc Aveline, Archbishop of Marseille; Paul Yoshinao Otsuka, Bishop of Kyōto; Thomas Chung An-zu, Bishop of Kiayi; Raphy Manjaly, Bishop of Allahabad; Ambrogio Spreafico, Bishop of Frosinone-Veroli-Ferentino; Michael Joseph McKenna, Bishop of Bathurst; William Hanna Shomali, titular Bishop of Lidda; Denis Chidi Isizoh, titular Bishop of Legia; Patrick Joseph McKinney, Bishop of Nottingham; James Massa, titular Bishop of Bardstown; Paul Desfarges, Archbishop of Alger; and Joseph Đình Đúc Đao, Bishop of Xuân Lôc.

Cardinal Miguel Ángel Ayuso Guixot is the current President for the council. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


Happy fiesta po dito sa inyong sambayanan. Nakakalungkot kasi alam ko kapag fiesta ay punung puno ng tao ang ating simbahan, dinadayo pa kayo pero ngayon iilan lamang tayo.

Pero alam ko marami rin nasa online ay nakikisama sa atin sa fiestang ito ng Perpetual Help, Inang Laging Saklolo. At lalung lalo na kailangan natin ang tulong ng ating Mahal na Ina sa panahon ng kahirapang ito. Kaya patuloy po tayong tumawag sa kanya, alam natin siya ay ating laging saklolo.

Napakatindi ng karanasan nitong coronavirus pandemic na ito. Binago nito ang takbo ng ating buhay. Hindi lamang sa loob ng isang daang araw ng higit. May mga dalubhasang nagsasabi na maaaring abutin pa tayo ng isa o dalawang taon sa ganitong buhay.

Ang malaking pagbabagong ito ay magdadala rin ng pagbabago sa ating mga ugali, sa ating mga pananaw, sa ating value system, sa ating mga gawi.

Isang asal o ugali na nagbabago dala ng panahon ay ang ating hospitality o pagtanggap sa ating kapwa. We are known to be a hospitable people. Maluwag tayong tumatanggap sa iba ngunit ngayon ay hindi na. Natatakot tayo sa ating kapwa. Hindi na tayo gaanong nagpapapasok sa ating mga bahay kahit na nga mga kakilala o kamag-anak, baka may virus sila. Baka magdala sila ng sakit sa atin. Sana, itong pag-iwas sa kapwa ay pansamantala lamang. At hindi maging isang bagong ugali.


Isa pang pagbabago na dumadating sa atin ay yung ating pananaw sa kamatayan. Bakit ba tayo takot sa virus? Kasi takot tayong madapuan ng sakit na ito na wala pang lunas. Takot tayong mamatay at ang posibilidad ng kamatayan ay malapit kung pati na ang mga doktor at mga nurse ay namamatay, tayo pa kaya? 

So, let us confront ourselves. How do we see death? This question is related to how do we see life. Life and death are related to each other. There is this paradox, “Acceptance of death make us live fully and freely. Whereas fear of death and avoidance of death diminishes our enjoyment of life.”

Hindi na siya nabubuhay kasi wala nang ginawa kundi umiwas sa kamatayan dahil nga sa takot sa kamatayan, hindi na lumabas ng kuwarto. Buhay nga pero nasa loob ng kuwarto. Buhay ba yan? Dahil sa takot sa aksidente hindi na naglalakbay, kinulong niya ang buhay niya dahil sa takot sa kamatayan.

Jesus said, “Whoever finds life will lose it. Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

Yang walang ginagawa kundi nagpapasarap lang sa buhay, masaya ang buhay, ayaw ang hirap, ayaw mag-effort kasi mahirap, ayaw mahirapan sa pag-aaral, mahirapan sa trabaho, hindi yan aasenso. Yung kain ng kain kahit na ano kasi masarap na walang control sa pagkain, yan yung madaling magkasakit.

You have to die to yourself, to deny yourself, to confront yourself so that you will succeed. Para makagawa ng mabuti kailangan paghindian ang ating hiling lalu na kung ang mga yun ay masama.

This is the meaning of the cross for us. The cross is something that is adherent, something that we do not like because it is difficult. Maybe our duties, our assignments, a difficult person we have to deal with but we have to take it up and carry it. Jesus died on the cross and then he got new life. The resurrection is not only a return to his former life. It is new life. We first joined in this process of dying and having new life when we were baptized. We died to our own sinful selves in the waters of Baptism so we will rise up to the life of God.

So, St. Paul wrote, “You must take yourselves as dead to sin and living for God in Christ Jesus. Dead to sins – hindi na nabubuhay sa kasamaan. Tinatalikdan na natin ang anumang masama kahit na itoý masarap.

Living for God, para sa Diyos. Para sa Diyos na ang buhay natin. Handang itaya para sa Diyos at dito talaga natin mararanasan ang buhay na masaya at buong sigla.

Kung handa tayo sa kamatayan, hindi tayo gaanong matatakot sa iba. At magiging bukas tayo sa iba. Every act of generosity and hospitality always brings about some risk - baka maloko tayo, baka magkasakit, baka mawalan tayo.

Unfortunately, we have been so calculating and this prevents us from being generous and open to others. We have to let go, kailangan tayong magbitaw upang tayo ay makatanggap. Kung sarado tayo sa pagbibigay, sarado din tayo sa pagtanggap.

Ito yung sinasabi sa atin na kahit na sa panahong ito ay dapat maging maluwag ang ating loob sa pagbibigay. We need to sow in order to harvest. And the more we sow, the more we can harvest.

St. Paul wrote, “Consider this, whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly. And whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”

In our First Reading, we have heard the generosity of the unnamed woman of influence. May kaya ang babaeng ito at tinanggap niya ang propetang si Eliseo. Palaging pinapatuloy sa kanyang bahay at pinaghahandaan ng kwuwarto upang kapag dumaan doon ang propeta ay may mapagpapahingaan siya. Tulad ng sinabi ni Hesus sa ebanghelyo,”Whoever receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward.

Ang Diyos at ang mga taong malapit sa Diyos ay marunong tumanaw ng utang na loob. Kahit na may kaya ang pamilya, may mga bagay na hindi makukuha ng kanilang kayamanan tulad ng isang anak. Walang anak ang mag-asawa at ito ang ibinigay ng Diyos sa kanila dahil sa panalangin ni propeta Eliseo.

At kung ipagpatuloy natin ang pagbabasa ng kuwento, paglaki ng bata, isang araw ito’y nagkasakit at biglang namatay. Siguro na-heat stroke. Pinatawag ng babae si Eliseo at ito’y dali daling dumating at binuhay ang bata. Talagang sinusuklian ng Diyos ang anumang kabutihan na ginagawa natin sa kanya at sa kanyang mga alagad.

Hindi ba sinabi ni Hesus, “Kung sino mang magbigay kahit na isang basong malamig na tubig sa isa sa mga maliliit na tao dahil sa siya’y alagad ko, hindi siya mawawalan ng gantimpala.

Totoo na mahirap ang buhay ngayon, pero ang kahirapan na ito’y hindi sana maging dahilan na maging sarado tayo sa pangangailangan ng iba. Dapat nga mas maging bukas tayo sa kanila kasi alam natin na mahirap ang panahon. Huwag tayong mag-alala, may isang nakakakita ng bawat kabutihan na ginagawa natin.

Many of us when we were growing up were told by our parents and elders that God can see all the bad things that we do. This often was their way to admonish us so we do not misbehave. It is true but let us not forget that God sees all. Nothing is escape his knowledge but...

Nakikita ng Diyos hindi lang ang lahat ng kasamaan na ginagawa natin. Nakikita din niya ang lahat ng kabutihan kahit ang pinakamaliit na ginagawa natin sa pinaka aba, alam yan ng Diyos.

Kaya yung ating pagpo-Pondo ng Pinoy, yung mga beinte singko na inilalagay natin para sa mga mahihirap, yan ay bilang ng Diyos. Yan ay alam ng Diyos.

Hindi ba sinabi sa Banal na Kasulatan in the Book of Proverbs, “Whoever cares for the poor, lends to the Lord who will pay back the sum in full.” Magbabayad ang Diyos sa kanyang mga utang. Marunong siyang magbayad sa utang nya.

Sana hindi magbago ang magagandang ugali natin ngayong panahon ng pandemic. Ang ating hospitality, ang ating generosity, ang ating pananaw na hiram lang sa Diyos ang buhay natin kaya hindi tayo natatakot o nanghihinayang na ibalik ito sa kanya.

Isa pang bagay na pinapaalaala sa atin ngayon ay ang wastong pag-prioritize. Hindi naman masama ang magmahal sa pamilya, sa ating buhay mismo kaya nga may utos na igalang mo ang iyong mga magulang, mahalin mo ang iyong kapwa, huwag kang papatay at kasama na diyan ang pagpatay sa sarili, ang suicide. Pero alalahanin natin ang unang utos – “Mahalin mo ang Diyos ng higit sa lahat ng buong puso ng buong kaluluwa ng buong pag-iisip.”

Uunahin natin ang Diyos kaya kung inuuna natin ang iba kahit na ang ating pamilya, ang ating buhay mismo, hindi na tayo karapat dapat kay Hesus.

Paalaala ito ni Hesus sa kanyang magulang noong siya’y labindalawang gulang pa lamang. Nagpaiwan siya sa Templo ng Jerusalem at nung makita siya ng kanyang mga magulang pagkatapos ng tatlong araw ng pag-alala ay pinagsabihan siya, “Anak, bakit naman ginawa mo ito sa amin?” sabi ni Maria. “Alalang alala kami ng iyong ama.” At ang sagot ni Hesus, “Bakit ninyo ako hinahanap? Hindi ba ninyo alam na ako ay dapat nasa bahay ng aking Ama?” Conscious si Hesus na mas mahalaga sa kanya ang kanyang relasyon sa Ama. Sa Ama niyang nasa langit kahit na siya ay masunurin sa mga magulang niya sa lupa.

Mahalaga ang katuruang ito. Ang Diyos ang uunahin natin at ibig sabihin nito ay huwag tayong gumawa ng anumang bagay o sumunod sa anumang utos na salungat sa kanya. Sa bandang huli sa kanya naman tayo mananagot at hindi sa kanino mang boss o kahit na sa president pa. Let us be true to God. This means let us be true to our right conscience guided by the Word of God so that we can be true sons of Jesus.

At dito po binibigyan kayo ng halimbawa ng ating Mahal na Ina. Ang kanyang katapatan kay Hesus hanggang sa kanyang pagkapako sa krus, nandoon ang Mahal na Ina.  Sana ganun din tayo katapat kaya hilingin natin ang tulong ni Mama Mary hindi lang sa ating mga pang araw araw na pangangailangan kundi lalo’t higit hingin natin ang tulong niya na maging tapat tayo kay Hesus at hindi mawala ang mabubuting ugali natin ngayong panahon ng pandemya. (Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)


Msgr. Hernando Coronel, rector of the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church) said that Malacañang’s decision to allow religious activities under the General Community Quarantine (GCQ) areas, although still with some limitations, is a welcome development to many parishes in Manila, especially in Quiapo Church.

“Welcome development yun. Dati ten persons. Yang ten percent, bale ang ibig sabihin niyan meron ng makakaupo bawat pew. So, close to two hundred yun from ten to two hundred, matutuwa na ang mga tao,” Msgr. Coronel told the Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications.
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Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
Photo Credit: Quiapo Church Facebook Page


On Thursday, during the Laging Handa program aired over the state-run PTV4, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque announced that the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) has allowed the resumption of mass gatherings including religious activities in GCQ areas but only to ten percent of the church’s seating capacity that will take effect on July 10, 2020.

With the said development, Msgr. Coronel stressed that they will embrace the challenges it entails while complying with the safety protocols provided by the IATF-EID. He said that they will implement strict social distancing, temperature checking, wearing of masks, and hand sanitizing as soon as the new rule takes effect. They will also be disinfecting the pews regularly and the equipment used during the online activities of the church. Consequently, he noted, there might be an increase in the number of lay volunteers who will assist during the new normal.

Quiapo Church prioritizes the protection and safety of its parish workers, the Rector said, as they render their service to the faithful and attend to the needs of the devotees during the religious activities. These, according to him are the two primary concerns the parish recognizes during GCQ.

“Galing kami ng quarantine. Walang trabaho. Wala pati rector’s office, walang finance. Sarado. Isasara ko talga ang simbahan kapag may nag-covid na naman. Yan ang experience namin. On the one hand, proportektahan mo ang health…Sa mga deboto,

maraming makukulit, mga pasaway. Kapag nagbukas…pagsasabihan mo pa. Marami ring elements na basta nagble-bless kusang lalapit yang mga yan, makikipagsiksikan talaga. May mga taong ganun,” Msgr. Coronel said.

Msgr. Coronel, who held position as an officer of the Archdiocese of Manila, continues to recognize the importance of online Masses especially during the quarantine period. He in particular said, that the Quiapo Church's online masses being cross-posted on the Facebook pages of other parishes and religious groups and organizations helped increase viewership and at the same time encourage more faithful to donate online, providing support to the church.

“Ito yung tuluy tuloy na mga bagong tinatawag na pastoral innovation. We have to adapt eh. Kailangan mag-adapt ka sa mga new pandemic circumstances,” Msgr. Coronel said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


The Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene or Quiapo Church reopened to the public on Friday, July 3, 2020, after 14 days of lockdown.

"Ito yung simula nung quarantine, June 19 to July 2. Kasi itong July 3, first Friday ay nagsimula na kami ng Misa," Msgr. Hernando Coronel, Rector of Quiapo Church told the Archdiocese of Manila - Office of Communications.

Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene (Quiapo Church)
Photo Credit: Quiapo Church Facebook Page

The priests and staff of Quiapo Church underwent rapid testing that yielded negative results, and went through a quarantine period after a visiting priest tested positive for the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

After re-opening, Msgr. Coronel said that Quiapo Church has five Masses a day (5 and 6 am, 12 noon, and 3 and 4 pm).

They allow 10 persons to come inside the church to hear Mass as set by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF).

Those who are not able to come inside may watch the mass in the LED monitors placed outside the church while observing physical distancing. Msgr. Coronel added that they have social distancing markers placed in Quezon Boulevard, Plaza Miranda and Carriedo to guide those who will attend mass outside the church.

He also said that those who are not able to attend Mass inside the church may enter every after mass for 15 minutes to say their private prayers before the image of the Black Nazarene.

The Church has started accepting religious services as well like funeral blessings and wedding ceremonies (conducted according to the guidelines of IATF). The Sacrament of Confession is also available in the morning and in the afternoon. Confirmation, however, is not yet celebrated.

Other religious activities like morning and afternoon prayers, praying of the rosary, and novena prayers to the Black Nazarene and San Roque are done online. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle, who celebrated his 63rd birthday on June 21, encouraged the lay faithful to value life by being a 'gift' to one another.

The Cardinal gave the message as he was being interviewed for his birthday by Fr. Reginald Malicdem, his former secretary in the Archdiocese of Manila and Rector of the Manila Cathedral. The interview, or what was called "Kumustahan with Cardinal Chito," was live-streamed on the social media channel of the Manila Cathedral on June 21. 

His Eminence Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle l File Photo by RCAM-AOC


One of the questions asked to the Cardinal, who is the current Prefect of the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, was how the lay faithful can contribute through their own ways in his mission to the Catholic Church.

"Kung nasaan man tayo, lalo na yung mga katulad ko na OFW, na ito yung maging contribution natin na yung sa ating simpleng paraan, ipakita yung ganda ng pananampalataya at seryosohin ang ating pananampalataya. Maging marangal [at] mabuti na tao, na manggagawa. Ipakita natin ang ating community. Iba-iba man tayong isla, iba-iba man lenggwahe, pero puwede tayong magkasama-sama. Iyan ang isang napakalaking tulong sa misyon na aming ginagawa," he said.

He emphasized that the diversity amongst the faithful and their resilience, hard work is helpful and encouraging for him in his work for the Propaganda Fide.

The prelate added that the lay faithful must also look for a person that embodies the Catholic faith who can constantly inspire them in the missionary vision of the Church.

"Kasi, naghahanap lagi ng kumbaga ng model at inspiration na papaano ang mga Kristiyano, lalo ang mga lay, layko, ay maging missionary, maging mga tagapagsaksi sa kagandahan ng Mabuting Balita. Kaya, iyon ang pakiusap ko sa ating mga kababayan," the cardinal said.

Cardinal Tagle appealed for prayers not only for him but also for the whole Catholic Church. He described that his mission is in the service of the Church, especially in the far-flung areas where the Church provides selflessly for missionary work.

"So, yung pananalangin, yung katulad nga ng pananalangin na may kasabay din na acts of charity. So, kung nasaan man kayo, isabuhay yung misyon sa pamilya, sa neighborhood, na maging tagapagdala ng Mabuting Balita," he said.

In his final message, the Archbishop Emeritus of Manila expressed his gratitude for those who greeted him for his birthday. He addressed the faithful to appreciate the gift of life they have received, and to become a source of strength to one another, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ang regalo ay dapat nananatiling regalo. Yung ibinigay sa atin, ibibigay rin. Kapag hindi na iyan naging regalo, wala na, eh. Iyon ang kamatayan. Pero, ang buhay ay ibinigay para maging biyaya na ibibigay din. Kaya, iyan ay panalangin ko para po sa ating lahat. Treasure life, be grateful, nourish it, nurture the lives of other people, and let life be a constant gift to others," he said. (Hazel Boquiren/RCAM-AOC)


Our time now is characterized by fear. Takot sa coronavirus at dahil sa takot sa coronavirus, takot na rin tayo sa isa’t isa na baka may virus sila.

Takot para sa ating hanap buhay. Matatanggal ba ako sa trabaho? May pagkakakitaan pa ba? 

Takot sa kinabukasan. Makakatapos ba ako sa pag-aaral? Makakatapos ba ang aking anak?

Takot sa ating financial situation. Makakabayad ba ako sa aking utang? Mababayaran ko ba ang upa sa bahay?


Itong mga takot na ito ay dinagdagan pa ng mga nangyayari sa ating bayan. Takot para sa ating kalayaan. Ano ba ang maiiwan sa ating kalayaan na nandyan na naka-umang ang Terror Bill. Kahit na sino ay maaaring mapaghinalaan na subersibo or terorista. Nakakatakot ang nangyari sa ABS CBN at kay Maria Ressa ng Rappler. Nakakatakot na ngayon ay magsalita. Anu anong kaso na lang ang ginagawa upang pabagsakin ang mga pinaghihinalaan na kumokontra.

Malaki ang panganib na ang Terror Bill ay gamitin sa mga pagsasalita. Nakakatakot din ang Tsina. Hindi ito gumagalang sa mga international na kasunduan tulad ng paglalabag nila ng kasunduan para sa Hongkong. At ng Law of the Sea sa kanilang pagsasamsam sa ating teritoryo.

Nakakatakot din ang nangyayari sa kalikasan. Patuloy ang pagkasira nito. Hindi naman tumigil ang global warming dahil sa coronavirus. Kung hindi magbago ang ating lifestyle at ang mga business na walang pagsang-alang alang sa kalikasan tulad ng paggamit ng coal o ng iba pang fossil fuel. Tulad ng pagmimina na hanggang ngayon ay pinahihintulutan. Higit pa ang pinsala sa daigdig ang mangyayari kesa dala ng coronavirus.

Yan po ang buhay natin. Nababalot sa lagim ng pagkatakot. Kaya ang Salita ng Diyos sa atin ngayon ay talagang mabuting balita. In only seven verses the gospel reading repeats three times the phrases from the Lord’s mouth, “Do not be afraid.”

Jesus does not hide the problems that His disciples will be subjected. The persecutions even from one’s own families and friends, the life that will be thrown against His disciples and even death. Hindi tinatago ni Hesus ang problema na haharapin natin pero sinasabi niya, “Huwag kayong matakot.”

What are the reasons why we should not be afraid?

One reason is that the truth will come out. Walang sikreto na hindi ibubunyag. Yung mga sinungaling, yung mga paninira, yung mga pagtatakipan, ang lahat ng iyan ay mabubunyag tulad ng nangyayari ngayon. Sisimula nang mabubunyag ang mga korapsiyon sa DOH, sa DBM na ngayong nasa coronavirus tayo, may krisis ngunit patuloy pa rin ang pagsasamantala sa taong bayan, lumalabas na ngayon yan. There is a lot of fear in our times because we do not know the truth, what the real score is.

Unfortunately, even government data and government pronouncements cannot be trusted. Pati na nga ang sinasabi ng Science ay hindi maaasahan. Hindi natin alam kung Science nga ba talaga ang nagsabi nun. O ito ay manipulated na ng mga interested news. But the assurance is given to us. Mabubunyag na ang katotohanan. Truth will...

The Buddha said, there are three things that cannot be hidden: the sun, the moon and the truth. So do not be afraid, the truth will come out.

Pangalawa, huwag tayong matakot sa tao at sa pangyayari sa mundong ito. Hindi nila magagalaw ang iyong tunay na pagkatao, ang iyong kaluluwa. Jesus said, “Do not be afraid of those who will kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the one who can destroy both body and soul and cast them to hell.”

Ang mga martir noon at ngayon at maraming mga martir ngayon at may tapang na humarap sa mga kaaway kasi may takot sila sa Diyos. Kaya mayroon tayong Lorenzo Ruiz na nagsalita, “Na kahit may isang libong buhay man ako ibibigay ko ang lahat para kay Hesus.” Kaya may mga martir na umaawit at nagdarasal habang palapit sa kanila ang mga leon.

Hindi lang ito ang buhay. May kabilang buhay na nag-aantay sa atin. St. Paul wrote, “The sufferings of this present age are nothing compared to the glory that will be ours.” Ang takot sa Diyos ang nagpapalaya sa atin sa mga takot sa mundong ito. Dahil takot tayo sa Diyos, hindi tayo takot sa anumang magagawa ng sino mang tao o ano mang kapangyarihan.

Thirdly, Jesus said, “Do not be afraid. You are worth more than...”  Bilang ng Diyos ang bawat hibla ng ating buhok. Alam ng Diyos ang lahat ng nangyayari sa atin at hindi lang niya alam, nababahala siya. Kung nababahala siya sa bawat maliit na Maya, hindi ba siya mababahala sa bawat isa sa atin? God care. If God is with us, if He has given us His only son, who can be against us? Ang laki na po ng pinuhunan ng Diyos sa bawat isa sa atin. Walang iba kundi ang kanyang anak. ang laki na ng itinaya ni Hesus para sa atin. Ang kanyang buhay. Pababayaan pa ba niya tayo? Bakit tayo natatakot? Nasa kamay tayo ng Diyos.

Sa ating Unang Pagbasa, narinig natin ang mga banta ng mga kaaway ni propeta Jeremias. Nagmamanman sila na magkamali lang si Heremias at siya’y pababagsakin nila. Madulas lang sila, madulas lang siya at lagot siya. Alam ito ng propeta pero malakas ang kanyang loob. Ika niya,”My persecutors will stumble. They will not triumph. In their failure, they will be put to shame.”

Saan nanggaling ang kanyang confidence? “The Lord is with me,” he said. “To Him, I have been casted my cause.” Yan ang paniniwala ni propeta Jeremias kaya matatag ang kanyang loob. Kaya mga kapatid, kailangan ng malaking tiwala upang hindi tayo matangay sa anumang takot.

Sinabi ni propeta Isaias kay Haring Ahaz, “Unless your faith is firm, you will not be hurt.” At the time Jerusalem was about to be attacked by two kingdoms. The kingdom of Syria and the Kingdom of Israel. But the prophet Isiah assured the king that nothing will happen to Jerusalem. But he has to believe that the Lord will help. Unless your faith is firm, you will not be hurt. Ang tiwala sa Diyos ang nagpapalakas sa atin.

Maraming mga dayuhan ang nagtataka sa tinatawag nating Filipino resilience. Nagtaka sila sa ating katatagan nung dinaanan tayo ng pagsabog ng Pinatubo noong 1991. Noong dumaan ang bagyong Sendong at Pablo noong 2011, 2012. Noong lumindol sa Bohol noong 2013. Ang pagdating ng Yolanda after one month, 2013. At marami pang kalamidad na dumadating sa atin. Natutumba tayo ngunit tumatayo ulit. Nadadapa pero hindi nabubuwal. We are a resilient people.

Maraming nag-aaral kung saan ito nanggagaling. Ngunit nakakasigurado tayo na isa sa pinanggalingan nito ay an gating malakas na tiwala sa Diyos. Kumakapit tayo sa kanya. Hindi tayo bumibitaw kaya nahaharap natin ang anumang takot, pangamba at kasamaan.

Narinig natin sa sulat ni San Pablo sa ating Ikalawang pagbasa na galing sa isang tao dumating ang kasalanan at dahil sa kasalanan, ang kamatayan. Ngunit kahit marami nang kasalanan dahil sa isang tao, dumating ang pagpapatawad at ang buhay.

So, where sin increased grace increased all the more.  Hindi natalo ng kasamaan ang kagandahang loob ng Diyos. Nagwawagi pa rin ang grasya ng Diyos. Ang kanyang pag-ibig, kahit gaano na karami at kakapal ng kasamaan. Dito nanggagaling ang ating pag-asa at buhay. And that was our celebration last Friday, the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart that even if that heart of Jesus was wounded, yet it continues to burn. It is steadfast love. And that is our assurance that God’s love is steadfast.

Kaya mga kapatid, sa gitna ng mga takot natin, mas kailangan natin ang Diyos. Kaya sinasabi natin na religious activities are essential services. Mas kailangan nga natin ng Diyos dahil sa mga krisis na dinadaanan natin. Ang nakakalungkot, one sided ang paningin ng ating mga tao sa gobyerno. They are very...

Kapag sinasabi nila na essential service ang tinutukoy nila ay essential economic service kaya kailangan bukas ang bangko, bukas ang business. Kailangan buksan ang manufacturing para ito’y mga essential service.

But man does not live by bread alone but every word that comes from the mouth of God. Hindi lang naman ekonomiya ang kailangan ng tao. Hindi lang naman laman ng tyan ang nagbibigay ng lakas sa tao. Maraming mga tao na busog ngunit mahina ang loob, walang direksiyon sa buhay, walang sigla sa kanilang buhay. Itong lakas ng loob, itong sigla at direksiyon sa buhay ay hindi naibibigay ng ekonomiya. Malalim ang pinaghuhugutan nito. Ito ay galing sa ating kundisyon sa Diyos.

Noong 2012, ako’y napunta sa Diocese sa Mati doon sa Mindanao upang magbigay ng tulong sa mga sinalanta ng bagyong Pablo. Sa isang barangay, ang kwento ng mga tao, may mga nagbigay sa kanilang ng mga materials para sa kanilang pagtatayo ng bahay, natumba ang mga bahay nila. Nagkaisa ang mga tao nag-contribute ng tig-iisang yero sa bawat pamilya upang itayo nila agad ang kanilang kapilya.

Kapag nakita nilang kapilya nila’y nakatayo, lumalakas ang loob nila. Doon sila nagdadasal linggu linggo. Inuna nila ang kanilang kapilya kaysa kanilang mga bahay.

There are values that are beyond material possessions and material needs. These also should be promoted so that we can overcome our fears. Jesus brings to us His clear message, “Do not be afraid that truth will be fully... Do not be afraid. Trust in God who knows you and cares for you. Do not be afraid God is with you and is …you. Do not be afraid the saving grace of God is more powerful than sin and death. Do not be afraid of all these things. Only fear the Lord.”

Ang takot sa Diyos, ang pagsang-alang alang sa Diyos ang magpapalayas sa atin sa lahat ng mga takot. (Archdiocese of Manila – Office of Communications/RCAM-AOC)

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