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Fr. Rodel Balagtas

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The world, the nation A house of prayer for all peoples

TO refer to someone as a “dog” during the time of Jesus was the most abominable thing that one could do to a person. This was true in the life of the Jews during the times of Jesus who considered … Continue reading

August 20, 2017

On trusting God’s power

WE have another fascinating Gospel Reading (Matthew 14:-36) this Sunday.  As the disciples were on a boat in the midst of fierce winds and waves, Jesus showed himself to them by walking on the water. Then the disciples shouted saying, … Continue reading

August 12, 2017

On sacred silence

MY spiritual director and I were talking about the image of a “tent” during the past few days of my silent retreat. “Yeah, I feel like dwelling in God’s tent, like Moses in this week’s Scripture Readings,” I told him, … Continue reading

August 05, 2017

Our deepest desire for God

WE have a fascinating Old Testament reading (1 Kings 3-5, 7-12) for this Sunday’s Mass.  The Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night to tell him, “Ask something of me, and I will give it to you.” Worried … Continue reading

July 29, 2017

On being kinder to ourselves 

RONALD Rolheiser, the author of “Sacred Fire: A Vision for a Deeper Human and Christian Maturity,” puts it this way: “The struggle for maturity, to give our lives away in an even more generous way, is a lifelong endeavor. In … Continue reading

July 22, 2017

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