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Weekly Reflections: Mary and human liberation

September 8 is celebrated by the Roman Catholic world as the birthday of Mary, the mother of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord. Mary’s birthday is not mentioned in the Bible, but nevertheless this is part of the Roman Catholic traditions. Obviously, different religious traditions have varied perceptions about Mary......»»

Category: newsSource: nordis nordisSep 16th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: Theological Education for Humanization

I would like to say at the outset that the basic aim of education in general, and theological education in particular, is not just to accumulate knowledge and information, but to make human beings more human. Education is one of the most powerful instruments for humanization, for enhancing what is truly human in us and among us. A truly educated person is a humane person......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJun 24th, 2018

Weekly Reflections: Politics of Jesus’ death

Religious and political leaders alike had been advising everyone to refrain from engaging in any political activity during the Holy Week as if this celebration is purely religious and has nothing to do with politics. But the truth is that Jesus’ death on the cross is perhaps the most violent political death in human history......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsApr 1st, 2018

Weekly Reflections: Facing the challenges of 2018

A new year brings us new challenges in life. Facing these challenges, as the aforementioned Biblical text would imply, is first and foremost to remember the past. And as we look back to the past, we come to realize that it is real, indeed. For some it was a horrible year due to thousands of killings related to illegal drugs. Series of calamities, both natural and human-made, visited our country that rendered death and destruction to many......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

Weekly Reflections: A Christmas and year-end message 2017

Year 2018 has come! Whenever another year comes, we always consider it a new year. And so, we greet each other, “Happy New Year!” But as we end one year after another it seems that the word new remains an unfulfilled dream. Things remain the same or even worse. The lives of ordinary people are not getting better, despite claims to the contrary. Prices of basic commodities are going up, while the value of human life is going down......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJan 7th, 2018

Weekly Reflections: Christmas and social rejection

Of all the Gospel writers, Luke is apparently the most down-to-earth in terms of describing the events and narrating the whole story of Jesus’ birth (cf. Luke 2:1-21). It begins with the journey of a poor couple, Mary and Joseph, who, according to the Biblical records, were not officially married at that time. They were on their way to Bethlehem from their own hometown of Nazareth to fulfill an imperial decree that all people should register not for election purposes (election at that time were not necessary), but for taxation purposes......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 17th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: When will history come to an end

Our Australian partners in mission recently issued a statement condemning the brutal killing of Fr. Marcelito “Tito” Paez on December 4, 2017, holding President Duterte responsible for the human rights violations in our country. Fr. Paez is the first Roman Catholic priest killed under President Duterte. He was the coordinator of the Rural Missionaries of the Philippines (RMP) in Central Luzon at the time of his death. His pastoral duties were carried out alongside his abiding commitment to social justice and human rights......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 10th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: When a blessing becomes a curse

It is significant to note that the worst typhoon in human history named Yolanda happened in our country in the month of November designated as Stewardship Month. In the light of Yolanda commemoration, let us focus our reflection on the stewardship of creation......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsNov 13th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: Doing God’s mission

August is designated mission month in my church. It is a time to affirm and celebrate the church’s basic nature and characteristics as God’s mission in the world. This is what makes the church different from any human institution for it has been set apart for a holy purpose of making God’s love known in the world......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 12th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: Listening to people’s cry

The Marawi Crisis is still going on. Actually, armed conflict in Mindanao is not something new; it has been there through all these years, although sometimes it’s lying low. Perhaps, the cure applied to resolve it has been ineffective or no serious attempt to really put a stop to it. Now, we see once again human faces of fears and uncertainties, even as thousands of civilians flee from their homes in order not to be caught in the crossfire......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsJul 30th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: The transforming power of God’s word

The celebration of National Bible Week in the month of January is an affirmation of the power of God’s Word to renew human life and transform society. Prophet Isaiah declared that whenever God’s Word is spoken we would never be the same again......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsFeb 4th, 2017

Weekly Reflections: Biblical and theological foundations of human rights

Weekly Reflections: Biblical and theological foundations of human rights.....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsDec 11th, 2016

Weekly Reflections: Meaning of being human (2/2)

Weekly Reflections: Meaning of being human (2/2).....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsSep 24th, 2016

Weekly Reflections: Meaning of being human

Weekly Reflections: Meaning of being human.....»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsSep 17th, 2016

Weekly Reflections: Building our nation’s future with today’s children

September is declared as Children’s Month and September 9 as Children’s Sunday. This is probably to emphasize the importance of children in our nation’s life and future. But actually, every month should always be a children’s month and every Sunday must always be a Children’s Sunday. Caring for children is something that we do every day. Any nation that does not care for the young does not have a future at all......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsSep 9th, 2018

UCCP bishop, staunch Marcos critic, dies in Baguio

BAGUIO CITY - Bishop Emeritus Juan Marigza of the United Church of Christ of the Philippines (UCCP), a vocal critic of dictator Ferdinand Marcos, died this week. He was 89 years old. Marigza spoke out against Marcos and pushed for the organization of Baguio chapters of the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) and the North Luzon Human Rights Organization (NLHRO). He placed Martial Law detainees like the late Corazon Cortel, wife of slain rebel priest Conrado Balweg, under his protection. In 1984, his eldest daughter Mary Lou and six others disappeared. The bishop and his wife visited every military camp for two weeks in search of Mary Lou until soldiers finally admitted arresting the...Keep on reading: UCCP bishop, staunch Marcos critic, dies in Baguio.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 8th, 2018

Weekly PC download charts: ‘SCUM’ and ‘Two Point Hospital’ start strong

A new entry to the Battle Royale genre becomes a new chart-topper on Steam as "SCUM" goes public, while quirky management simulation "Two Point Hospital" performs well in its week of release. Bringing new levels of realism (and toilet humor) to Battle Royale is "SCUM", a 64-player last-person-standing game where everyone is a dangerous prisoner hoping to survive. Its 64-person player count is lower than the genre standard 100, and it drops the typical constricting play area in favor of robotic walking tanks, zombies and a more complex simulation of human physiology. As well as the fragile alliances, scavenging and crafting of a survival sim like "DayZ", there are various nut...Keep on reading: Weekly PC download charts: ‘SCUM’ and ‘Two Point Hospital’ start strong.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 4th, 2018

Kid you not: Goats can read your face

PARIS, France -- Goats can distinguish smiling human faces from frowning ones on photos, and actively seek out snapshots of happier individuals, a study said Wednesday. Shown two pictures of the same person -- one with a happy expression and the other angry -- 20 domesticated goats in an experiment were more likely to approach the smiling image and touch it with their snout, said researchers from Europe and Brazil. "Goats looked and interacted on average 1.4 seconds with the happy faces and 0.9 seconds with the angry faces," study co-author Christian Nawroth of the Queen Mary University of London told AFP. "That means that goats spend approximately 50 percent more time to lo...Keep on reading: Kid you not: Goats can read your face.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsAug 29th, 2018

Weekly Reflections: Ways of being Church

We are in deep crisis politically, economically, and even culturally or spiritually. Our President is contemplating to resign due to endemic corruption in the government bureaucracy. Our economy is also getting worse as prices of basic commodities are going up uncontrolled, while thousands of our people continue to brave the dangers of distant lands in search of much needed dollars to keep their bodies and souls and families alive......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 26th, 2018

Weekly Reflections: Incarnational model of doing mission

August is designated as Mission Month. It is a time for us to reflect on the nature of the church as God’s mission in the world. In an age of fast developing globalized culture, native peoples’ way of life are threatened to be dominated and assimilated by the culture of the global community, particularly by those who control the instruments of culture, especially the mass media. Nowadays, the mass media is perhaps one of the strongest, if not the strongest instrument of cultural formation in our contemporary life. Religion used to be the strongest molder of cultural values in ancient times. But time has greatly changed......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 19th, 2018

Weekly Reflections: Ate Henie: a servant of God and of the People

Many would call her Ate Henie, but she is more than an Ate to my wife Pearl and I; she is a mother to us in many ways than one. I was still a young seminary student at Union Theological Seminary (UTS) when I first met her. She was then serving as a Kindergarten Teacher in an early childhood school on campus......»»

Category: newsSource:  nordisRelated NewsAug 12th, 2018