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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

Cardinal Advincula: Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit  

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ: Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our …

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo | Photogallery)

 

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As the Catholic Church entered the season of Lent, Manila Archbishop Jose Cardinal Advincula encouraged the faithful to be generous to the underprivileged through the Alay Kapwa program.

In his pastoral letter on February 12, Cardinal Advincula emphasized that Lent is the right time to exercise “the highest expression of love for Christ” to the needy.

“Every Lenten season is a journey to renew our faith, hope, and love for Jesus Christ. As we deepen our spiritual lives, the sign of the times calls us to exercise compassion – the highest expression of love for Christ – to the sick, homeless and the poor,” he stressed.

As a “channel for generosity” for the archdiocese’s social services, he explained that all donations for Alay Kapwa will be sent to Caritas Manila’s Damayan program, which aims to provide relief assistance and humanitarian aid for the victims of calamities and disasters, feeding programs for malnourished children, and rehabilitation assistance to urban poor families.

“As we continue to provide social services to the poor, it is our fervent prayer that we support Alay Kapwa 2024. In the words of Pope Francis, “A small amount, if given with love, never ends, but becomes a source of life and happiness.” May we be blessings to the poor in our journey to renew our hearts for Jesus Christ this Lenten Season,” the archbishop of Manila added.

Created in 1975 by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of the Philippines, Alay Kapwa was established as the Lenten evangelization and resource mobilization of the Philippine Catholic Church which, according to the official website of Caritas Philippines, aims to “bring about a society enlivened by the Gospel values of justice, peace, and love for our less fortunate brothers and sisters.” (By Lem Leal Santiago/RCAM-AOC | File Photo of RCAM-AOC)

 

 

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Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, and students of the university; dearly beloved in Christ,

Together, we walk for life.

This is the theme we have chosen for our Walk for Life 2024. We want to highlight the fact that in life, we cannot walk alone. As we uphold, promote, and defend the sacredness of life and the dignity of every person, we cannot be alone. We need one another. We need to journey together. An African proverb tells us, “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Indeed, our defense and promotion of a culture of life in our society today is not a short-term engagement or a temporary battle. From experience, we know that as long as there are subtle and not so subtle attacks against the family and human life, we will be there to register our firm objection and make sure that our united stand is heard.

Today, I would like to honor and appreciate all of you who have been at the forefront of our mission to proclaim the Gospel of Life, a message lovingly received day after day by the Church and preached with dauntless fidelity as good news to the people of every age and culture. For some of you, this has been your life-long task and advocacy. Thanks to all of you, missionaries for the Gospel of Life, we can fulfill our prophetic role in a rapidly changing world that is oftentimes more welcoming to a civilization of death and so hostile to a civilization of life and love. I encourage you to continue to be passionate in your ministry. Do not be disheartened if sometimes you feel that what you have been doing is not even noticed or ends up in an apparent failure. Take courage. You are not alone. As the prophet Isaiah said in the first reading, “The Lord will guide you alwaysand give you plenty even on the parched land.He will renew your strength,and you shall be like a watered garden,like a spring whose water never fails.”

The theme “Together, we walk for life,” is also a challenge for us to explore new pathways to respond better to the dominant values of our contemporary times. Kailangan na rin nating harapin ang katotohanan na napakaraming isyu sa pamilya at lipunan ngayon ang hindi na maaaring sagutin ng “Huwag ka nang magtanong. Sumunod ka na lang.” We need to engage in more listening and dialogue. This is part of walking for life. Yes, we are clear about our teachings on the different issues connected with life and family. But we also need to rethink our approaches, methodologies, and strategies. How do we deal with the dilemmas and complexities of modern families, the irregular situations in the home, the diversity in understanding identity and personhood, the wounds caused and inflicted because of polarization even in the home? Pope Francis has pointed us to the style of synodality so we can listen and discern together. It is important that all of us here in this walk must help each other to become a synodal Church in mission.

Jesus, in our Gospel today from St. Luke, gave us the best example of how to walk for life together. He dined and dialogued with the known sinners of His time. He called Levi, a tax collector, to follow Him. He attended the banquet which Levi prepared in his house. He had no problem being on the same table with a large crowd of tax collectors! He told the scribes and pharisees who were complaining about his impertinent behavior, “Those who are healthy do not need a physician, but the sick do.

I have not come to call the righteous to repentance but sinners.” We must have the same boldness and audacity of Jesus. If we want to walk together for life, we must learn to be all things to all as St. Paul would say in his letter to the Corinthians.

Yes, our society today needs teachers that can lead others to the right path and to the right choices. We must not abandon this mission of being teachers and catechists of the Gospel of Life. But we must also seriously consider what St. Paul VI said, “Modern man listens more willingly to witnesses than to teachers, and if he does listen to teachers, it is because they are witnesses.” Families today, including and especially the young people, need accompaniment in their journey. They don’t need more judgments and condemnations. To lead people to the truth, we must do so in love. Truth in charity. Walking together for life. This is where the Holy Spirit is leading us today. May we become active proclaimers of the Gospel of life together. Mabuhay ang pamilyang Pilipino! Sama-sama nating ipagtanggol ang buhay! Together, let us walk for life! Amen. (Photo by Kyler Bernardo/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Walk for Life – University of Santo Tomas, February 17, 2024

Rev. Fr. Filemon dela Cruz, Prior Provincial of the Dominican Province of the Philippines; Rev. Fr. Richard Ang, O.P., university rector; my dear Dominican fathers and brothers; administrators, faculty, personnel, …

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Dear brothers and sisters in Christ:

Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent.  We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ.  And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes.

Para sa pagninilay natin ngayon, alalahanin natin ang dalawang bagay: ang abo at ang krus.

Una ay abo.  Sa buong taon, maingat nating inaalagaan at nililinis ang mga mukha, ulo, at buhok natin.  Gumagamit pa tayo ng sabon, shampoo, at ang kung anu-ano pa para lagi silang malinis, makinis, malambot, at maganda.  Pero sa araw na to, dinudungisan natin ng abo ang mga noo natin, tanda ng pagsisisi at paghahanda ng kalooban.

Naglalagay tayo ng abo sa ulo, bilang paalala ng ating abang kalagayan, paalala ng ating kahinaan, paalala ng ating kamatayan.  Lahat tayo ay mamamatay.  All of us will die, no exceptions.  All of us will one day have the ground above us.  All of us will one day turn to dust.  Kaya naman, wala dapat puwang ang pag-iimbot sa puso.  Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds.  As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God.

Ang abo ay paalala rin ng paglipas ng lahat ng bagay sa mundo.  Mga kapatid, wag tayong mahulog sa maling akala na forever ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Hindi forever ang pera at yaman; pwede itong kitain at ariin pero pwede ring manakaw o mawala.  Hindi rin forever ang poder at posisyon; pwede itong makamit at masungkit pero pwede rin maagaw o manghina.  Hindi rin forever ang kalusugan at itsura;lumilipas sila sa pag-usad ng panahon.  Ang mga feelings natin ay hindi forever; dumarating at nawawala rin.  Pati nga ang mga bundok at dagat, lambak at ilog, mga halaman at hayop, hindi sila forever.

Hindi mafo-forever ang mga bagay ng mundo, kahit pa anong pilit natin.  Pero minsan niloloko natin ang sarili natin.  Tinatago natin ang ating yaman, sa halip na linangin at ibahagi. Sinasakim natin ang poder, sa halip na gamitin sa wagas na paglilingkod.  Inaabuso natin ang kalikasan, sa halip na alagaan.  Nag-aadik tayo sa sarap at saya, o nagtatanim ng galit, o nag-iipon ng lungkot, o nagtatago ng takot, sa halip na magbukas at mag-alay ng sarili sa pagmamahal at pagmamalasakit. Kinukulong natin ang mga relasyon natin sa mga guni-guni nating expectations sa halip na maging bukas sa pag-uusbong ng misteryo ng ating kapwa.

Walang forever dito sa mundo! Dahil wala rito sa lupa ang forever.  Parang abo ang mga bagay ng mundo.  Kapag lalong hinahawakan, lalong nabibitawan.  At nakakarumi lang!

Pero, kahit walang forever sa lupa, alam nating hindi totoo na walang forever.  May forever, ngunit nasaan?Ang forever ang biyayang galing sa langit.  At ito ang dahilan kaya hugis krus ang abo na ipapahid natin sa noo natin.  Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali.  Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin.  Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit. Huwag tayong mag-alinlangan. Tunay na darating ang Diyos na nagmamahal, nagdadalang-awa, at nagliligtas. Hindi niya tayo pinababayaan, dahil Siya ang totoong forever.

Ang paglalagay ng krus sa ating mga noo ay paalala sa nag-iisang totoong forever, paalala na kumapit lamang sa pagmamahal ng Diyos.  Ito lang ang mapapanaligan natin.  Ito lang maaasahan natin.  Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first.  Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies.  Siya lang ang totoong forever.

Dear brothers and sisters, this is the very heart of our Lenten observance.  We pray to turn to God.  We fast to be free from hypocrisy and worldly attachments.  We give alms to the poor to recognize the presence of God in those whose only hope is Him.  Ngayong Kuwaresma, umuwi tayo sa nag-iisang totoong forever.  Let us go home into the warm embrace of our loving God.  Amen. (Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

HOMILY TRANSCRIPT | Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula, Ash Wednesday Mass, Arzobispado de Manila Chapel, February 14, 2024

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The Archdiocese of Manila begins the Season of Lent with Ash Wednesday Mass for the Arzobispado de Manila employees held at the Arzobispado Chapel in Intramuros, Manila, presided by Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula.

“Today, we enter into the beautiful season of Lent. We bless the Lord who has brought us again into this time of preparing our hearts for the solemn commemorations of the Mystery of the Passion and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. And here we are again on our annual observance of staining our heads with ashes,” said Cardinal Advincula.

In his homily, he stressed that the ashes imposed on the faithful’s forehead serves as a reminder of our weaknesses, and to rely on God’s grace.

“Let us not allow the delusions of self-righteousness, self-sufficiency, self-entitlement, and self-grandiosity to eat our hearts and cloud our minds. As the Gospel today reminds us, let us pray and serve with humility, sincerity, and total dependence on God,” he said.

With the Holy Cross as a symbol of God’s eternal love for humankind, the Cardinal reiterated that eternal life enables the heart to experience metanoia or “conversion of the heart.”

“Ang hugis krus ay paalala sa nag-iisang forever: ang pagmamahal ng Diyos, pagmamahal na walang hanggan, pagmamahal na walang pasubali. Ito lang ang mapanghahawakan natin,” he said.

“Ang totoong tumatagal at tumutuloy ay ang mahabaging pagmamahal at ang ganap na katarungan ng ating Ama sa langit,” he added.

The Manila Archbishop affirmed that God’s promise of eternal life for His people is a profession of His unconditional love.

“Even before any rejection or sin was possible, God has loved us first. Si Lord ang first love natin, and first love never dies. Siya lang ang totoong forever,” he said.

On the same day, the Cardinal also celebrated Mass at the Manila Cathedral at noon.

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent. It is a day of universal fasting and abstinence in the Church. Fasting is required from ages 18 to 60, while abstinence is from age 14.

The priest imposes the ash on the faithful’s forehead while saying, “Repent and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust, you shall return”. The ashes came from the palms that were blessed last Palm Sunday. (By Hazel Boquiren and Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC | Photo by Mio Angelo Hermoso/RCAM-AOC | Photogallery)

 

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Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula presided over the mass for the blessing of the new Tabernacle of Ina ng Laging Saklolo Parish, Sta. Ana, Manila, last Saturday, February 10, 2024.

Cardinal Advincula reflected in his homily how the leper suffers from isolation in the society and how religious leaders believe that lepers have no connection with God. After Jesus healed him, not only was he cured from his disease but his dignity was also restored.

“Jesus broke distance. He touched the leper. Ito ang ginagawa natin kapag nagbibigay at nagbabahagi tayo. Pahalagahan. Pansinin. Lapitan. Hawakan. Ito’y magiging kakaibang karanasan – karanasan ng pagpapala, karanasang nagbibigay-buhay,” he said.

“Ipinakita rin ni Hesus na hindi sapat ang awa, na pakiramdam lang, bilang tugon sa pangangailangan ng kapwa. Ang tugon ng Kristiyano ay malasakit,” he added.

Cardinal Advincula also emphasized how the leper becomes an image of every Christian, who has received the grace of God, spreading the news that they were healed. He added that the readings show the importance of a community and companionship among its members.

The Cardinal said, “Ang tabernakulo ay paalala rin ng malasakit ni Hesus at ng Simbahan.”

Ang pangunahing layunin ng tabernakulo ay maging lalagyan ng komunyon para sa mga maysakit, matatanda at bilang pabaon sa pagpanaw.  Ang Katawan ni Kristo na ipinagkakaloob sa mga maysakit at mahihina na hindi nakakadalo ng pagtitipon ng sambayanang Kristiyano ay nagdudulot ng kagalingan, paghihilom, at kapanatagan.”

Cardinal Advincula ended his homily with, “Ang malasakit nawa natin sa isa’t isa ang bumuo at magpatibay ng ating buhay pamayanan. Bumaling tayong lagi kay Hesus.  Sa kanya lamang tayo makakatagpo ng kagalingan, paghihilom, kaganapan, at kapanatagan.” (By: Louise Nazir A. Banzuela/SOCOM | Photo by Maricar Santo |