Fr. Rodel Balagtas

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In these painful times of Christmas season

“Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.”  – Mark 1:3 MANY residents of Southern California may not feel like celebrating Christmas this year. It’s because of the series of wildfires that destroyed numerous homes and devastated the lives … Continue reading

December 10, 2017

The call of Advent: Wake up!

“YES, O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay, and you are the potter: we are the work of your hands” (Is 64:7). These are beautiful words the Scripture presents to us on this First Sunday of Advent … Continue reading

December 02, 2017

The bottom line

WE often speak of “the bottom line” — the bottom line of a financial report, an educational program, or a political speech.  In the grand perspective of life, however, a bottom line does not merely refer to a result or … Continue reading

November 26, 2017

One life to live 

WE’VE heard inspiring stories of men and women in our present time who have overcome their physical disabilities and live their lives to the fullest. The stories of men like Nick Vujicic, the Australian who was born without hands, feet, … Continue reading

November 19, 2017

On keeping the lamps of our faith burning 

WE know people who recovered from a stroke, survived a cancer, or escaped a fatal accident. We may think that they have learned and lived the most spoken lesson that “life is short and we must live each day as … Continue reading

November 11, 2017

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