Monthly Archives: November 2017


God Reveals Himself – 11

VENI DOMINE – Music by Aurelio Porfiri

Liturgical Mass Sheet

INTRODUCTION TO THEOLOGY – Topic 11: Unity and Plurality in Theology (4)

José Morales
José Manuel Fidalgo

3.3 Moral theology

The precedents of moral theology are found in the practical manuals for confessors written in the 13th, 14th and 15th centuries. It appears a relatively autonomous discipline in the 16th century, when the manuals for confessors were perfected and expanded into a complete book, consisting of a part dealing with moral doctrine in general and another part dealing with cases.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (41) – What do we observe in animals and men?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

We were speaking about the capacity of plants to react to stimuli. Aside from response to light (phototropism) and gravity (geotropism), some plants also respond to touch. This is called “thigmotropism.”

KINGSHIP – 26 Novemer 2017, Christ the King (A)

Ez 34:11-12, 15-17; 1 Cor 15:20-26, 28; Mt 25:31-46
Edmond Lo

In celebrating the feast of Christ the King, one would expect the Mass readings to showcase Jesus, the Messianic King, reigning in heavenly glory. The scriptural passages that one would expect to hear would be perhaps the final triumph of Christ, the Word of God, the “King of kings and Lord of lords,” over all forces of evil (cf Revelation 19:11-15); or perhaps the Ascension, in which the exalted Christ was crowned with glory at the right hand of God (cf Mk 16:19).

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (6) – The Mosaic Covenant: In the Wilderness (Numbers)

Joni Cheng

The Book of Numbers covers around 40 years between two generations of Israelites, in which two census were taken by Moses as instructed by the LORD.

APOLOGIA (7) – Can we believe that God is one?


Objection 1:  Why do we need to have only one God? Can’t we have many? If God is infinite he can also decide to have other gods like himself.

Objection 2: What about the Trinity? Are they not three gods?

Objection 3: How do we believe in the Trinity when it is not mentioned in the Bible?

A PILGRIM’S NOTES Be Healthy: Health Ethics (2)

Fausto Gomez OP

As stewards of our own life, we have to care for our health. Our health involves a serious responsibility, the responsibility to live a healthy life. This responsibility implies a moral task, a correct set of values: “To take care of the health of the body, to feed it correctly and to live a healthy life in all its dimensions are not only an art but also a moral task” (José Antonio Pagola, 1996).

MAGISTERIAL AUTHORITY AND LITURGICAL REFORM (2) – Sorting out magisterial pronouncements

Rev José Mario O Mandía

We have seen that Church teachings can be grouped into three. What are the differences among these three?

1. The first difference among the three is in the content of the teaching: (1.1) First group. The Church says that these teachings are found in Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition (especially in the Church Fathers). Simply put, the Church is saying, “This doctrine is from God himself, Jesus said so!” These doctrines are called de fide credenda.

MARIAN APPARITIONS (44) – Burgundy, France

Feastday: November 27

Zoe Laboure was born at Fain-lès-Moutiers, Burgundy, France to farmers Pierre Labouré and Louise Laboure as the ninth of eleven children on May 2, 1806. From an early age she felt a call to religious life.  Many years later, on January 1830, Catherine began her postulancy at Chatillon. On Wednesday, April 21, 1830, Catherine Labouré entered the novitiate of the Daughters of Charity, located at their motherhouse, Rue du Bac 140, Paris, taking the name Catherine.