Fr. Rodel Balagtas

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On listening in silence to God’s voice

I heard this beautiful story last week from a group of Lebanese Maronite Catholics during my visit to St. Maron’s Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In a mother’s womb were two babies. One asked the other: “Do you believe in life … Continue reading

March 17, 2018

Only by God’s grace

I ADMIT that there have been times in my life when my faith and prayer have run dry. What do I mean? It means that even in my life as a priest, I have experienced doubt in my faith and … Continue reading

March 10, 2018

On living our faith with passion, zeal, and conviction

REMBRANDT Harmenszoon van Rijn, one of the greatest visual artists in the history of art (1606-1669), portrays this Sunday’s Gospel in his painting, Christ Driving the Moneychangers from the Temple, with vividness, realism, passion, and conviction. It’s the exact message … Continue reading

March 03, 2018

 The challenge and the promise of trust in God

Trust in God is what we need to face the hardships and incomprehensibility of life. It’s what Abraham in this Sunday’s First Reading manifested to us. He trusted in God’s inscrutable command. “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom … Continue reading

February 24, 2018

Lent as Kairos

  “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the covenant between me and you and every living creature with you: I set a bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the … Continue reading

February 17, 2018

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