DBCS blog on faith and life matters.

The Eucharist: A Tryst with Our Beloved

Ongoing Formation Series (OGF) AY 2017-2018 Talk 4

“The Eucharist is the secret of my day. It gives strength and meaning to all my activities of service to the Church and to the whole world,” said John Paul the Great. Indeed the Eucharist is the outpouring of God’s love that should be received with joy and gratitude by every Christian. It provides the unfailing divine assistance that enables us to truly fulfill the great work of bringing Christ to others.

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Appreciating the Interplay between Theory and Praxis

Ex Corde 2017 Talk 2

“There is a healthy tension, a reciprocity, between the ideal and the actual, what one says and what one does, theory and praxis — this is something always present in life,” said Fr. Martin Macasaet, SDB, SThD in Talk 2 of Ex Corde 2017 last November 23.

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The Word of God and Church Communion

Ongoing Formation Series (OGF) AY 2017-2018 Talk 3

Fr. Celestino Lingad Jr, SDB, biblical scholar and professor, shared how the bible nourished people of all ages in Tondo when he began holding bible study for them as parish priest many years ago. Fr. Lingad and Mr. Mon Arguelles, who advocates the Liturgical Bible Study, were the featured speakers last November 20 as the Ongoing Formation (OGF) Series on the Year of the Parish in DBCS continued with the Word of God and Church Communion: How the Word of God Nourishes Communion in the Parish.

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On a Roll

Yes, I’m on a roll this week . . . in terms of tasks and commitments, that is! A youth minister’s schedule can indeed get filled up easily -- and in a sense, the same with his life. Over and above the routine, everyday stuff, one-time special assignments time and...

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An Open Letter — to the Writer that Is Me

This entry is inspired by an idea from Andi Cumbo-Floyd, an American writing mentor to whose newsletter I am subscribed. Having just finished a three-part blog entry series on books and reading, I wish now to shift the focus a bit. Before I go back to writing about movies and youth ministry and other topics, this piece can serve as a sort of interlude.

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A Few Prized Finds

The Book Stash Adventures — Part 3

Actually the first one is not really the kind of book that will make you gush and drool. As I already mentioned it previously, the title is A New Kind of Conversation: Blogging toward a Postmodern Faith (edited by Myron Bradley Penner & Hunter Barnes, Authentic Publishing, Colorado Springs, 2006). It’s a bit of a novelty for me, despite my familiarity with both postmodernism and blogging. In fact, the only recognizable name for me in the data about the book is one of the contributors: Brian McLaren, the well-known Evangelical author, speaker, and pastor.

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Harvesting and Salvaging Old Books

The Book Stash Adventures — Part 2

I call the whole thing (as my title above puts it) harvesting and salvaging old books. Trash and treasure mix it up, and it takes a trained eye and an alert mind to sort them out. (Well, okay — add to that a passionate heart.) I can’t help but quote the “trademark” or “signature” of the evangelist Matthew — that “scribe who has been instructed in the kingdom of heaven [who] is like the head of a household who brings from his storeroom both the new and the old” (Mt 13:52).

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Trash and Treasure in an Old Library

The Book Stash Adventures — Part 1

“One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Yes, this can’t be any truer for me as I carry out a book-related chore. It’s not cleaning up the Augean stables or anything herculean, thank God. It’s actually just a revamping of the old mini-library here where I am, in Don Bosco Batulao.

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Three-in-One: Frigate, Time Machine and Rocket Ship

I recently downloaded an e-book that definitely brought about in me a surge of memories. You know, it was one of those Christmases of my childhood . . . . I must have been Grade Five or Six back then. And since Christmas is equated with gifts, it was the first time for me to receive books — yes, books (in a marked departure from toys, cash, clothes, and candies) — as a gift from my mother.

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Birdshot: Worth the Effort

“Good things come to those who wait,” as the popular saying goes. But I add — better things come to those who go all the way to seek! It’s about the movie Birdshot. While it’s really Respeto I have been wanting to watch all this time (and up to now I haven’t succeeded yet), I couldn’t pass up this rare chance to watch this entry of our country to the forthcoming Oscars, for Best Foreign Language Movie. In any case, the reason why I’m interested in both films is that they both have thematic connections with youth.

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