Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

It seems we can’t find what you’re looking for. Perhaps searching can help.

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

Mary leads our hearts to the Black Nazarene

“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.” Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest of this Minor Basilica of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, here in Quezon City; priests, brothers, sisters, and lay members of the Carmelite Family; other priests concelebrating in this Mass; men and women in consecrated life; devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel; brothers and sisters in Christ:

We thank God for gathering us this evening to celebrate this Holy Mass in honor of our Blessed Virgin Mary in her title, Our Lady of Mount Carmel.  On this special day of your fiesta, I greet all of you, parishioners of this parish and devotees of Our Lady, and most especially the members of the Carmelite Family, maligayang kapistahan sa inyong lahat!

The Carmelites are quite unique because while most of the religious orders and congregations are named after their founders, like the Franciscans, Dominicans, Vincentians, etc., the Carmelites are called based on their place of origin, the holy mountain of Carmel.  This mountain plays an essential role in every Carmelite’s life, spirituality, and mission.  Mary is called the mother and queen of Carmel.  That is why the hermits who lived there were first called “Brothers of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”  And in the life of every Carmelite, there is always a longing, through the help of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, to ascend to the holy mountain, which, according to our Collect at the beginning of the Mass, is no other than Christ.

The devotion to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is also closely associated with wearing the Brown Scapular.  On this day, 771 years ago, the Brown Scapular was presented by Our Lady to St. Simon Stock, who was then the Father General of the Order of Carmelites.  As Mary handed the scapular to him, she made the following promise: “Receive, my beloved son, this habit of your Order: this shall be to you and to all Carmelites a privilege, that whosoever dies clothed in this shall never suffer eternal fire.  It shall be a sign of salvation, a protection in danger, and a pledge of peace.

My dear brothers and sisters, more than just an expression of devotion, wearing the Brown Scapular is a sign of salvation.  It is a reminder of God’s eternal will to save us.  In our second reading today, St. Paul talks about the fulfillment of this salvific plan of God when he sent his Son, born of a woman, to deliver from the law those who were subjected to it and to make us adopted children of God.  That is what salvation is all about.  We are no longer slaves.  We are no longer enslaved by sin and death.  We are saved.  In Jesus, we are made children of God.

Ito ang kahulugan ng kaligtasan na ipinagkaloob sa atin ng Diyos sa pamamagitan ni Hesus.  Mula sa pagka-alipin, iniligtas tayo at itinanghal bilang mga anak ng Diyos.  Kaya huwag na tayong magpaka-alipin pa sa kasamaan, kadiliman, at kasalanan.  Iniligtas na tayo ng Diyos kaya mabuhay tayo bilang marangal, matuwid, mabuti, at banal na mga anak ng Diyos.

According to Our Lady, the Brown Scapular is also a protection from danger.  But this does not mean that the scapular is a magical charm.  It is protection from danger because the scapular should help us to trust in God, who is our protection.  Our first reading today brings us to the holy mountain of Carmel, where Elijah prays to God for rain.  Elijah orders his servant to look out to the sea.  Six times his servant reports to him that there is nothing.  Elijah continues to pray until his servant tells him of a small cloud on the horizon.  Elijah then knew that the drought was over and the rains were coming.  Through the fervent prayer of Elijah, God protected his people from famine.

My dear friends, only God is our protection.  Diyos lamang ang makapag-iingat sa atin.  Katulad ni propeta Elias, nananalangin tayo Diyos para ingatan niya tayo at ang mga mahal natin sa buhay.  Pero madalas inaasa natin sa ating sarili o sa ibang tao ang pag-iingat sa kanila.  We oftentimes act as though we are the protectors and saviors, when, in fact, we ourselves need to be protected and saved.  Sa ating pagpapanggap na tagapag-ingat ng ating kapwa, baka lalo pa silang nalalagay sa panganib at kapahamakan.  Let us allow God to be our protector for only He could protect us in ways that we need to be protected.

Finally, the Brown Scapular is a pledge of peace.  And peace could only be attained in Jesus, the prince of peace.  Our Gospel today brings us to another mountain, Calvary, where Jesus is crucified, and Mary and the beloved disciple are standing beneath the cross.  Amid the violence, injustice, brutality, and scandal of the cross, this scene exudes an aura of peace.  By entrusting Mary and the beloved disciple to each other, Jesus forms a community gathered beneath his cross.  And a community gathered in Jesus will always be in peace.

We all want peace.  We all pray for peace for ourselves, our families, our society, and the world.  But there could be no peace without Jesus.  Kung nais natin ng kapayapaan, ilagay natin si Hesus sa gitna ng ating buhay, ng ating pamilya, ng ating bansa, at ng buong mundo.  Kung nasaan si Hesus, may katiyakan ng kapayapaan.

My dear brothers and sisters, as devotees of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, let us wear the scapular to remind us that God desires our salvation, that God is our protector, and that Jesus is our peace.  Let us wear the Brown Scapular, not just as an external sign of devotion, but as a promise of our commitment to work for the salvation of others, to ensure their protection, especially of the weak, the poor, and the neglected in society, and to strive for true and lasting peace.  Let this be the “habit” that we do not only wear but become part of our lives.

Our Lady of Mount Carmel, pray for us.  Amen. (Photos from Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Facebook Page)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Minor Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Quezon City, July 16, 2022

Very Reverend Father Danilo Lim, OCD, Provincial Superior of the Order of Discalced Carmelites – Philippine Province of St. Teresa of Jesus; Reverend Father Willowyn Andaya, Rector and Parish Priest …

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

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“Bilang deboto ng Nazareno, naniniwala ako na aakayin ni Maria ang puso ng mga tao patungo sa puso ng kanyang anak na si Hesus.”

Michael Vidal, 69, single, a volunteer at the souvenir shop of Our Lady of Mount Carmel or San Sebastian Church in Manila is a devotee of the Black Nazarene. He was not able to come to Quiapo Church because of the restrictions. Instead, he found himself in front of the Basilica of Mount Carmel doing his job of selling souvenir items.

The present situation does not affect his faith or his thoughts about the Nazareno Fiesta celebrations. He believes that Mary, as the Mother of Christ will make way to lead the hearts of the devotees closer to her son, Jesus Christ.

“Mas maganda po na kahit naman po tayo ay deboto ng Poong Nazareno, nandito naman ang mahal na ina, pwede naman tayo dumulog sa kanya, through our Lady of Mount Carmel. Gagabayan niya tayo patungo sa kanyang anak.

Vidal, who has been serving San Sebastian’s souvenir shop for many years mentioned Mary’s unconditional love for her children who are devotees of the Nazareno. He said that Mary’s love is expressed during the “Dungaw” held during Traslacion.

“Pagnagpipiyesta, dito naman nagaganap ang Dungaw, dinadaan naman talaga ang Poong Nazareno sa kaniyang ina. Dito makikita natin na gagawin lahat ni Maria para sa anak niya. Ganun din sa mga buhay natin, isipin natin na walang ina na hindi gagawin ang lahat para sa kanyang anak,” Vidal stressed.

The traditional “Dungaw” is part of the Traslacion or procession of the image of the Black Nazarene carried by the “andas”. It will stop at Plaza del Carmen where San Sebastian Church is located. The Blessed Mother will glance at the Black Nazarene from a window.

This year’s celebration of the Black Nazarene is far different from the previous years said Vidal. All the streets leading to Quiapo Church were clean but empty. No devotees line up to come, touch and pray to the Nazareno last January 9’s fiesta.

“Kaya nga sabi ko sa mga kakilala kong deboto, huwag tayong malungkot kasi kahit hindi man tayo makapasok doon sa mismong Poong Nazareno sa Quiapo ay manalig tayo lalo na ngayon pandemya,” Vidal said.

“Nandiyan pa rin ang Poong Nazareno. Siya ang ating tagapagligtas. Gagabayan niya tayo, proproteksiyunan at hindi niya tayo pababayaan kahit gaano man kabigat ang ating problema,” he said.

“Ang Poong Hesus Nazareno ay mapaghimala kaya manalig lang tayo sa kanya. Kahit saan siya dalhin madarama mo ang pagmimilagro niya,” he added.

The Traslacion was canceled for the second time this year. All activities related to the feast day were also suspended by the government to avoid the influx of devotees at Quiapo Church due to the increasing cases of Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant.

Devotees were earlier discouraged to come to Quiapo Church after the government approved its closure from January 7-9, 2022. Instead, Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula assured the devotees that the fiesta will still be celebrated online through the Holy Eucharist.

“Hindi ako sang ayon na isarado ang simabahn ng Quiapo ng basta basta lang o ng walang dahilan. Yearly naman natin ginagawa iyang debosyon natin. Pero sinabi ng gobyerno na isara para sa kapakanan ng lahat at temporary lang naman hanggat nandiyan ang virus, wala tayong magagawa. Kailangan sumunod tayo,” Vidal said. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of Nuestra Señora del Carmen; dearly beloved in Christ: Happy Fiesta po sa ating lahat!

We gather today in a special way to commemorate the original feast day of our shrine’s patroness, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel. Before Rome designated the 16th of July as her liturgical feast, this parish community, by tradition, celebrated her feast in January, near the feast of San Sebastian. In this Mass, we gratefully recall how the Augustinian Recoletos brought the first image of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel to our country, how they spread the devotion to her among the Filipinos, and how she has unceasingly bestowed her maternal care, protection, and favors upon us since then.

On this 4th Sunday in Ordinary Time, our gospel features the sermon on the mount where we find Jesus teaching the people the secret for God’s reign to be realized, that is, the beatitudes. Today, let us reflect upon these with Mary, who herself enfleshed the beatitudes and helped usher forth the Kingdom of God. Why should these precepts be our attitudes in our Christian living and how do they help establish the Reign of God?

First of all, the beatitudes teach us to depend on God. Contrary to the opinion that religion rationalizes, justifies, or denies the harsh realities of life, Christianity and the Crucified One do not. We are not taught to downplay or escape the suffering caused either by sin or fidelity to God in the world. The beatitudes, in fact, affirm them. Rather, we are taught the proper way to respond to them, that is, total dependence on God.

Why are the poor, mourning, meek, persecuted, and insulted blessed? Why are those who follow God’s will and seek the values pleasing to him fortunate? In the eyes and standards of the world, they may not be. They may even be despised, frowned at, and looked down upon. But, in truth, they are blessed because they are given the chance to perceive the truth of who they are and who God is. Through their predicament, they are able to unmask the false and empty promises of other gods, the inadequacy of other persons and places of refuge, the illusion of self-sufficiency, and the emptiness of a life apart from God. They are blessed because, in their suffering and humility, they are poised to realize their need of God, that they can take refuge in him, and that they are beloved by him. In fact, our psalm affirms that the anawim — the oppressed, hungry, captives, blind, strangers, widows, and orphans — are first in God’s eyes, and that he himself takes care of them.

Here, we find the inbreaking of God’s reign in our lives. When, given the pain of life’s crosses and the humble admission of our lowliness, we seek God, depend on him, and surrender to him, he begins to become our King once again. We thus heed the invitation of the prophet Zephaniah in the first reading to: “Seek the LORD, all you humble of the earth”. Blessed are we when he recognize, serve, and adhere to the true King.

Secondly, aside from dependence on God, the beatitudes also instruct us to be aware of and exercise solidarity with fellow sufferers in the world. The enumeration of all these categories of people is not only so that we can identify with them personally, but also to relate to them interpersonally. The gospel’s invitation to hunger and thirst for righteousness, to be merciful, to be clean of heart, and to be peacemakers are not only personal traits to strive for, but are also oriented for the good and service of others.

Whenever we suffer and go through something in life, we tend to myopically focus on ourselves and our needs. We may fall into self-pity, lick our own wounds, and demand the full attention and care of others. We can excuse ourselves from involvement and isolate ourselves from others in the spirit of self-preservation. In this sense, our sufferings can become obstacles to communion with other fellow sufferers. However, being in touch with our own wounds can actually heighten our sensitivity to and concern for all the other wounded around us. In this manner, our pains can conduct us to each other, and not away from each other. The litany of woes in life should not lead us to self-absorption, but rather, to self-propulsion toward others in need.

The reign of God does not condone our continued suffering. He intends to bring the fullness of life and blessings upon us, and through us. As we concretely act to alleviate the miseries of our brothers and sisters, we make actual the reign of God’s love. We thus follow the exhortation of St. Paul in the second reading to imitate “Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God, as well as righteousness, sanctification, and redemption”. Blessed are we when we help the weak and the wounded because we collaborate in the ongoing project of building up God’s reign on earth

Finally, the beatitudes proclaim the eschatological reversals guaranteed by God’s reign. We find in the gospel the opposites of the circumstances of the faithful in this life and the rewards promised them in some future time. This points, on the one hand, to the variance between the ways of God and the ways of the world; and, on the other hand, asserts how the wisdom and plan of God will ultimately prevail, despite appearances.

We are thus given hope that as we suffer all these on account of his name, somewhere, sometime, somehow, we shall be vindicated for our love. The reign of God is realized in the present through our life witness and confident conviction that everything will make sense and be of value in the fullness of time. Blessed are we when we trust in the will, wisdom, and word of God, against all odds.

We see all these in the life of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Confronted by her seven sorrows, she did not falter in her faith in God. In touch with her own suffering, she showed compassion for her cousin old and pregnant cousin Elizabeth, the couple who ran out of wine at the wedding at Cana, and the fearful apostles waiting for the Holy Spirit in the upper room. At the foot of the cross, she kept standing, solid in her hope in the promise of the beatitudes that she also proclaimed in her Magnificat. In all these, she witnessed to and made actual the reign of God in her life and in those around her.

This is our mission as Church. In the face of life’s troubles, we depend on God and we care for fellow sufferers, always trusting that the faithful shall be ultimately rewarded in God’s reign. As member and mother of the Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel teaches and accompanies us along our pilgrim journey to the kingdom. Her traditional dungaw to her Son during the traslacion, and the love, protection, and blessings promised by her brown scapular, tell us of her constant maternal gaze and guidance upon us her children who still walk through the valley of tears. Amen.

Nuestra Señora del Carmen, pray for us. (Photo by Genieve Genuino/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel de San Sebastian, January 29, 2023, at 6 pm

Rev. Fr. Edgar Tubio, OAR, our rector and parish priest; brother priests and assisting deacons; men and women religious; parishioners of the Minor Basilica of San Sebastian and devotees of …

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