Daily Archives: March 4, 2018


Aurelio Porfiri

There is no doubt that there is something wrong with education in the way we use this term today. First of all, “education” is used as synonym of “schooling” but, as a matter of fact, they are not the same thing.

NE NOS INDUCAS IN TENTATIONEM – Yes, God allows temptation.

Aldo Maria Valli

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.” Recent statements by Pope Francis (“It is not a good translation. The French have also changed the text with a translation that says, ‘Do not let me fall into temptation’: it is I who fall, it is not He who throws me into temptation and then see the way I fell, a father does not do this, a father helps to get up right away”) reopened an old question.

BITE-SIZE PHILOSOPHY (53) – Why am I me?

Rev José Mario O Mandía

“Why am I me?” I remember asking myself this question as a child. Little did I know that it was a philosophical question, a question about individuality.

WHEN GOD’S HOUSE BECAME A DEN OF ROBBERS – 4 March 2018, 3rd Sunday of Lent

Ex 20:1-17, 1 Cor 1:22-25, Jn 2:13-25
Edmond Lo

This Sunday’s gospel reading could be mind-boggling to many Catholic faithful but is thought-provoking to those who love the Bible.

APOLOGIA (13) – Can miracles by God be explained scientifically?


Objection 1: Recently, with the advancement of science, we have discovered that certain events that were considered miracles are indeed possible also in the framework of a scientific explanation. This removes God as cause of their happening.


Chalons, France

On the night of the Feast of the Annunciation, March 24 in the year 1400, some shepherds tending their flocks were attracted by a bright light coming from the Chapel of Saint John the Baptist near Chalons, France. As they approached the light they saw that it was actually a thorn bush fully engulfed in flames, and they discovered a statue of the Blessed Virgin standing unharmed in the midst of the flames. In fact, though the fire burned brightly, the branches and leaves of the thorn bush were unaffected by the flames.


Tej Francis


Francis canonizing not only Paul VI’s life, but also his legacy

(Crux)  Now that Pope Francis has said out loud what many have long suspected, which is that Blessed Pope Paul VI will be declared a saint within the year, it’s worth asking what the current pontiff seems to have picked up from his recent predecessors.

THEOLOGICAL REFLECTION (12) – The Davidic Covenant: The Davidic Psalm Tradition I (Psalms 1–72)

Joni Cheng

Psalms 1 to 72 comprises Book I and II of the Psalms. Book I includes mostly the lament Psalms by David, while Book II includes additional themes of psalms such as thanksgiving and praises, contributed by David as well as other psalmists, i.e. Sons of Korah (Ps 42:45-48).

GREAT FIGURES OF THE MISSIONARY WORK – Missionaries in Borneo island (1)

Joaquim Magalhães de Castro

With the loss of Malacca in 1641, one year after the restoration of Portugal’s independence (during 60 years the country was under Spanish rule, in a peculiar political system known as “dual monarchy”), communication with the island of Borneo was made by Portuguese adventurers and missionaries and directly connected to the port of Macau – after the loss of Malacca –  the last stronghold in the Far East.


On 12th February 2018, a high-level delegation of Macao Polytechnic Institute