Fr. Rodel Balagtas

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Our faith and our world

WE can’t escape this world. We can’t isolate or numb ourselves from all its influences and its happenings. Be it a political issue, a natural disaster, or a threat of nuclear war, our personal lives–which includes our spirituality, faith, or … Continue reading

October 21, 2017

To gaze at the promise and hope of God’s kingdom

“ The garment that we need to wear when God invites us to his “wedding banquet” is hope. We can be religious and righteous, but if we don’t have hope for ourselves and others, our faith becomes shallow.” This Sunday’s Scripture … Continue reading

October 14, 2017

A response to the Las Vegas massacre

“THERE is evil in the world.” I heard many people express these words after the Las Vegas massacre last week. It’s one of the statements that help people grapple with violence and senseless death of dozens of people, who were … Continue reading

October 07, 2017

On honesty and integrity

“If you ask me if I’d die for my Christian faith as St. Lorenzo Ruiz did before his torturers, I’ll say I’m not sure,” Deacon Danilo Guinto openly said during his homily to the seminary community on the Feast of … Continue reading

September 30, 2017

Better late than never

“AS Jesus passed by, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the custom post. He said to him, ‘Follow me.” And he got up and followed him.” (Matthew 9:9)  This excerpt from of the Gospel Reading on the Feast … Continue reading

September 23, 2017

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