Easter message on Good Friday

I’m one of those Catholics who don’t anymore observe Lent in the traditional sense. Because, can’t I live my entire life as a ‘sorry’ and at the same time a ‘thank you’ as well such that Lent, Easter, and Christmas are everyday experiences? Does that make me a bad Catholic? Anyway. In other words, while…

Relics of Saints Louis and Zelie Martin @ Baguio Cathedral

A ray of inspiration

I was at a cafe, comfortably ensconced on my high chair having, well, coffee, and indulging in a slice of sinful dark chocolate cake. Earlier in the day, I had planned on hearing the 5 PM Mass after an early afternoon business meeting. I haven’t gone to Mass in weeks, or is it months? But,…

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Friday the 13th musings on faith

Friday the Thirteenth comes early this year. Does the day bid luck or doom, really? I say it depends on one’s past experiences of such days. For me it’s been normal, like any other Fri-yay although in my mind there’s this exchange between my ego- don’t go out! it’s the thirteenth! you might slight and hurt…

Almost a halloween story

This huge one is at the St. Michael the Archangel Church in Irosin, Sorsogon. In the background is Mt. Bulusan. I lingered by it taking in it’s history. Bells jog my memory. It was the day before my wedding and I was staring at the image of St. Joseph on my wall. Mother had put…

Nunspiration

Traditionally, the inherently patriarchal Buddhist monastic system has nuns performing only the most meanial of domestic tasks, while the monks can lead prayers and occupy powerful positions. Nuns are perceived as inferior to monks and usually spend their time working in the kitchens and gardens of Buddhist monasteries…the Gyalwang Drukpa took things even further in…

On the burkini controversy

​ I did wear bloomers in college, for PE. We were the last batch subject to that dress code. Made to distort the female’s figure from waist down it served as a kind of chastity belt which kept us from being ogled at when we’re out on campus stretching, bending, and the like. We didn’t…

“Naming of bones”

​ From the start as dancers, we train from the outward gaze of our teacher. Always checking ourselves, adjusting our bodies to conform to the ideal picture, we grow up as dancers never having to liberate ourselves from this outer gaze. I wanted to ask myself if I could train myself away from this ‘checking’…

Rediscovering the babaylan

In a training with young LGBTQCIs, the scarcity of historical records on the babaylan was cited as an example of the silencing of Filipino LGBTs. I listened intently. It was the first time I heard about the babaylan. The babaylan (rough translation: Oracle) was predominantly a woman priest, healer, and visionary in prehistoric Philippines. They…

Glad for weird

In fact, I feel an equation happening at the edges of my mind. I was laughing saying this to a friend on the phone. I was back to form and had just described the pain in my head I’ve battled with for a week . Like there was lightning inside my head. Like it was…

Easter Message

What difference does Easter make in the life of the Christian? The message of Easter is… nothing is impossible with God. Moreover, that life triumphs over death. Love triumphs over hatred. Hope triumphs over despair. And that suffering is not the last word. excerpt, The Challenges of Easter, Wall Street Journal.

Seeds not fruits

A woman dreamt she walked into a brand new shop at the market place. To her surprise, she found God at the counter. What do you sell here? she asked. Everything your heart desires, said God. Hardly daring to believe what she heard, the woman decided to ask for the best things a human could…