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Yifi Panducot
Jun 02 03:04 PM

Ito po ay magandang gawaing pang simbahan dahil po dito ay nagkakaroon ng pagkakataon ang mga bata na malaman at matutuhan kung sino nga ba si Hesus ❤️

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 02 03:33 PM

Nice, salamat po @yifiofpanducot21 ! Sana one of these days mabisita namin kayo!

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Yifi Panducot
Jun 02 03:39 PM

sure po sir @Paterno Esmaquel II dito po matatagpuan sa aming lugar ang pinaka matandang imahen ng Mahal na Birhen sa buong Lalawigan ng Bulacan ❤️

03:41 PM

sir @Paterno Esmaquel II pwede nyo po ipost ang aming Vacation Church School ❤️❤️

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 03 01:39 AM

Good Monday morning, 🛐 faith channel! And welcome @Lia !

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 03 02:44 AM
Yifi Panducot

hello sir @Paterno Esmaquel II ang taunang Vacation Church School ng Iglesia Filipina Independiente - Panducot, Calumpit, Bulacan. Ito po ay nilalahukan ng mga kabataan na may nais na makinig at matuto ng mga salita ng Diyos. June 02, 2024 ginanap ang Graduation Day na nilahukan ng mga kabataan. Salamat po ❤️

Salamat dito @Yifi Panducot ! Hanapan namin ng magandang tiyempo (para may kasabay siguro na ibang related photos/stories) then i-post namin. Happy Monday sa inyo!

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 03 06:23 AM

Welcome to the 🛐 faith chat room, @juliancirineo ! 🫡

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 03 08:26 AM

Welcome, @Kuya Rex !

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08:27 AM

Sharing with you the latest article I wrote! Wanna take a guess? Clue: It's not the Roman Catholic Church 🤔🤔🤔 @here

https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/filipinos-iglesia-ni-cristo-most-opposed-divorce/

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 03 09:54 AM

Meanwhile... what do you think of this? 😮

https://www.commonwealmagazine.org/god-or-trump

09:57 AM
Jim

Just my opinion on this article here: https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/the-wide-shot-problem-with-i-am-catholic-say-no-divorce/ the thesis lies on the immutability of Doctrine as a foundation of the Catholic faith. While indeed doctrine develops with certain time frame and period its development is organic in nature. It develops not because people forcefully develops it rather because as the church puts it the "Spirit" leads it development. Having said that the immutability of doctrine generally is secured and protected there may have been changes to it but these are not the rule rather the exception to the rule. By and large doctrine remains the same since time immemorial due to the fact that it is guarded by Holy and Sacred Magisterium. Having said that let me address the centrality of the doctrine of indissolubility of marriage in the catholic faith. All doctrine of the catholic faith is deeply founded on the unchanging and permanent lessons or words of Sacred Tradition there being two written and oral, in this particular case it is well founded on written tradition. The Bible, the written words of God mandates the indissolubility of marriage. Matthew 19:8-9 there maybe exception to this rule but the same verse explicit state that exception. It is that simple. This is more than doctrine or dogma. It is biblical and for that reason no catholic can support the indissolubility of marriage. You may support divorce but doing so will not allow you to remain catholic, it being a core belief of the catholic faith.

Hello @Jim ! May we quote this input of yours and post it on Rappler?

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 03 12:11 PM

Welcome to the 🛐 faith channel @Justine Jann Reyes !

12:12 PM

Sharing my latest on Rappler - a Filipino priest from Maribojoc, Bohol, currently serving in the United States, gets a new assignment: https://www.rappler.com/philippines/visayas/pope-francis-picks-boholano-eliseo-napiere-lead-catholics-tuvalu/ @here

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Changed Heart
Jun 03 01:39 PM
Paterno Esmaquel II

Sharing with you the latest article I wrote! Wanna take a guess? Clue: It's not the Roman Catholic Church 🤔🤔🤔 @here https://www.rappler.com/newsbreak/inside-track/filipinos-iglesia-ni-cristo-most-opposed-divorce/

MANY OF US, REASON WHY WE COMMIT SIN, is that we always forget that we are FLESH AND SPIRIT. Without the SPIRIT component of your being, one is no better than a dog or a beast on the street that are here and gone tomorrow. The SPIRIT gives life and meaning to the existence of the FLESH, while the FLESH houses the SPIRIT (1 Corinthians 6:19). ANYONE RULED BY THE SPIRIT attains his full humanity and divinity as CHRIST did. IT IS THE SPIRIT OF LOVE that binds MAN and WOMAN and they BECOME ONE FLESH (Matthew 19:5-6) as they journey towards their God-given gift of Humanity and Divinity. For so many reasons the bond of Marriage is broken definitely a work of the Devil who seduces Man or Woman to commit sins that destroys their bond of Marriage - lust, infidelity, envy, lies, laziness - ALL OF WHICH ARE WORKS OF THE DEVIL. Question is when we INSIST ON DIVORCE, are we not siding with the Devil by making finishing touches for the IMMEDIATE SEPARATION of Husband and Wife???? Are we not providing the TOOLS to make separation easier for the married couple? Matthew: Let no man separate what GOD has bound together. Are we not DISOBEYING GOD when we provide divorce as an option???? IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES may still be remedied. YES WE CAN RECOMMEND giving them SPACE or separation but not divorce. IT WOULD TAKE US months if we discuss here the AWFUL DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF DIVORCE to the Children of divorced parents as has been documented by many studies. WHY INSIST ON DIVORCE if there are options available? WHY NOT MAKE BILLS TO STRENGTHEN THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE INSTEAD OF FILING A DIVORCE BILL that would benefit philandering politicians who flaunt on the number of MISTRESSES And FAMILIES that they have????? WE ARE FLESH AND SPIRIT and not animals.

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Kuya Rex
Jun 03 02:02 PM
Changed Heart

MANY OF US, REASON WHY WE COMMIT SIN, is that we always forget that we are FLESH AND SPIRIT. Without the SPIRIT component of your being, one is no better than a dog or a beast on the street that are here and gone tomorrow. The SPIRIT gives life and meaning to the existence of the FLESH, while the FLESH houses the SPIRIT (1 Corinthians 6:19). ANYONE RULED BY THE SPIRIT attains his full humanity and divinity as CHRIST did. IT IS THE SPIRIT OF LOVE that binds MAN and WOMAN and they BECOME ONE FLESH (Matthew 19:5-6) as they journey towards their God-given gift of Humanity and Divinity. For so many reasons the bond of Marriage is broken definitely a work of the Devil who seduces Man or Woman to commit sins that destroys their bond of Marriage - lust, infidelity, envy, lies, laziness - ALL OF WHICH ARE WORKS OF THE DEVIL. Question is when we INSIST ON DIVORCE, are we not siding with the Devil by making finishing touches for the IMMEDIATE SEPARATION of Husband and Wife???? Are we not providing the TOOLS to make separation easier for the married couple? Matthew: Let no man separate what GOD has bound together. Are we not DISOBEYING GOD when we provide divorce as an option???? IRRECONCILABLE DIFFERENCES may still be remedied. YES WE CAN RECOMMEND giving them SPACE or separation but not divorce. IT WOULD TAKE US months if we discuss here the AWFUL DEVASTATING EFFECTS OF DIVORCE to the Children of divorced parents as has been documented by many studies. WHY INSIST ON DIVORCE if there are options available? WHY NOT MAKE BILLS TO STRENGTHEN THE SACRAMENT OF MARRIAGE INSTEAD OF FILING A DIVORCE BILL that would benefit philandering politicians who flaunt on the number of MISTRESSES And FAMILIES that they have????? WE ARE FLESH AND SPIRIT and not animals.

Amen. I agree. 😊

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 04 01:46 AM

Good Tuesday morning, 🛐 faith channel! And welcome to our community @edurejo ! Thank you for your input. Interested to know the thoughts of the rest!

01:46 AM

Welcome too @ryeleigh !

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Phillippe Tanchun
Jun 04 02:32 AM

@paterno I’d like to share my thoughts as a former member of the Iglesia ni Cristo for two decades. The church has always been rigid in its doctrines. I grew up watching my dad beat my mom every night, creating a hostile environment for us at home. When my mom sought help from the church, they blamed her instead of offering support. What struck me as even more outrageous, despite everything, was that they allowed my dad to serve as a deacon and lead worship prayers. After my parents separated, the church endorsed his transfer to a different district.

Had divorce been an option, my mom could have been spared the abuse, and my siblings and I could have avoided the trauma. It’s so ironic that the Iglesia ni Cristo is so opposed to divorce while lacking measures to address the issues that lead couples to consider it. If, as a kid embroiled in marital violence, I had been asked what I wanted, I would have prayed for peace for my mom. That peace could only have been achieved if the church had given couples the option to get out of their troubled marriages.

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02:33 AM

Quite a long answer but it has to be said. Thinking if I should turn this into an article.

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Tricia
Jun 04 10:06 AM

Hello, faith chat room members @here!

Religious groups are among the most vocal about the divorce bill. Considering that many of them oppose the measure, how can religious groups support families in distress?

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michaelbaltazar
Jun 04 01:28 PM

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Celebrating one year of faith and togetherness at our devotional mass in honor of Mary, Mirror of Justice, at Comembo, Taguig City. Grateful for the blessings and community we've shared. Cheer's to many more years of devotion. ⚖️💙

📷MMJP Social Communications Ministry

01:29 PM

For sharing 😇

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Phillippe Tanchun
Jun 04 01:33 PM

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01:35 PM
Tricia

Hello, faith chat room members @here! Religious groups are among the most vocal about the divorce bill. Considering that many of them oppose the measure, how can religious groups support families in distress?

The Bible is full of stories about rescue. When Daniel and Jonah encountered personal trials, they sought God’s help. Religious groups can emulate what God did. They can act as sanctuaries for troubled families, just as they have for the poor and oppressed. They can offer pastoral care to troubled families, promoting emotional healing. Pastoral care begins with compassion. Where else could they best pick up compassion but from Jesus, who learned it directly from his parents?

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Kuya Rex
Jun 04 01:53 PM
michaelbaltazar

Celebrating one year of faith and togetherness at our devotional mass in honor of Mary, Mirror of Justice, at Comembo, Taguig City. Grateful for the blessings and community we've shared. Cheer's to many more years of devotion. ⚖️💙 📷MMJP Social Communications Ministry

Congratulations! Mary, Mirror of Justice, Pray for Us. 😇

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michaelbaltazar
Jun 04 02:10 PM

Mass Presider: Rev. Fr. Carmelo P. Arada Jr., Vice Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Manila.

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 04 03:02 PM
Phillippe Tanchun

@paterno I’d like to share my thoughts as a former member of the Iglesia ni Cristo for two decades. The church has always been rigid in its doctrines. I grew up watching my dad beat my mom every night, creating a hostile environment for us at home. When my mom sought help from the church, they blamed her instead of offering support. What struck me as even more outrageous, despite everything, was that they allowed my dad to serve as a deacon and lead worship prayers. After my parents separated, the church endorsed his transfer to a different district. Had divorce been an option, my mom could have been spared the abuse, and my siblings and I could have avoided the trauma. It’s so ironic that the Iglesia ni Cristo is so opposed to divorce while lacking measures to address the issues that lead couples to consider it. If, as a kid embroiled in marital violence, I had been asked what I wanted, I would have prayed for peace for my mom. That peace could only have been achieved if the church had given couples the option to get out of their troubled marriages.

@Phillippe Tanchun this is such a heartbreaking story! Thank you for sharing this with us, and I hope all is well now with your family. Does anyone in the chat room share a similar experience?

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03:05 PM
Tricia

Hello, faith chat room members @here! Religious groups are among the most vocal about the divorce bill. Considering that many of them oppose the measure, how can religious groups support families in distress?

Looking forward to hearing from you about this topic! Anyone can share - this is a free space for discussion, where everyone can contribute and everyone can react as well 🙏

03:08 PM
michaelbaltazar

Thank you for these photos @michaelbaltazar ! What is the one year of faith and togetherness about? Good to know you're having this religious gathering on a Tuesday!

03:09 PM
Phillippe Tanchun

The Bible is full of stories about rescue. When Daniel and Jonah encountered personal trials, they sought God’s help. Religious groups can emulate what God did. They can act as sanctuaries for troubled families, just as they have for the poor and oppressed. They can offer pastoral care to troubled families, promoting emotional healing. Pastoral care begins with compassion. Where else could they best pick up compassion but from Jesus, who learned it directly from his parents?

Thank you for this @Phillippe Tanchun ! May we repost an excerpt from this quote of yours? Also - just curious, how do you see your religious group (if any) implementing any of these suggestions?

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michaelbaltazar
Jun 04 03:17 PM

@paterno last year with the same month we launch our Monthly Devotional Mass in Honor of our Patroness Mary Mirror of Justice. It’s 2 decades prepartion and last year was the successful beginning of it. And this year we just celebrated our First Anniversary having the Devotional Mass in Honor of our Patroness. Our parish is the only parish with a titular under the Blessed Virgin Mary Mirror of Justice. That’s why we are starting to promote the devotion to her for us to be known and more devotees to come to our parish.

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Our Devotional Mass is held only every First Tuesday of the Month.

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Phillippe Tanchun
Jun 04 03:24 PM
Paterno Esmaquel II

Thank you for this @Phillippe Tanchun ! May we repost an excerpt from this quote of yours? Also - just curious, how do you see your religious group (if any) implementing any of these suggestions?

Sure, thanks! I’m now a Catholic. While my opinion about divorce and that of my religious group don’t see eye to eye, I’d be glad if they implemented any of my suggestions. It’s difficult to overcome challenges in the family alone—much more challenges in marriage. The least my church could do is mitigate feelings of isolation. 

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Phillippe Tanchun
Jun 04 03:30 PM

So far, I’ve found good support groups at the church I’m a part of. The priest from the parish where I was baptized in 2022 has been supportive of me, even buying copies of my book narrating the domestic violence my mom and I experienced in the past. That validated me.

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Michelle Roque
Jun 04 04:51 PM
Tricia

Hello, faith chat room members @here! Religious groups are among the most vocal about the divorce bill. Considering that many of them oppose the measure, how can religious groups support families in distress?

Personally think churches can offer sanctuaries for troubled families particularly abuse victims but this starts with believing the victim.

Reconciliation is always the desire of God's heart if it's possible but the priority should always be to do so from a place of safety. Remove the victims from the situation and if possible and the parties are ready to try then attempt a slow steady reconciliation. The attitude of just telling victims they need to reconcile with their spouse and sending them back in to the situation with the promise of 'prayers' is irresponsible and dangerous.

The church should be a place of safety.

counselling for victims regardless of if they wish to reconcile or not is important, helping people deal with lasting traumas they carry. We talk about healing but emotional healing is part of that.

The church needs to act more like a sanctuary for the lost and lonely and a hospital for the weak and broken than a court of judgement.

For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Matthew 7:2

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

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Kuya Rex
Jun 05 01:05 AM

Hello, 🛐 faith community and to Catholic friends here in this room. It is the first Wednesday of the month and i'm sure, you have been to Baclaran all throughout your life. Back in 2019, I did not miss this chance to go to the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help during the wee hours of the morning just before attending an event. That was my first time to visit that shrine and it really became my motivation through these few hours of my me time in prayer. Since it is nearing the feast of our Mother of Perpetual Help, did you ever experience encountering with our Blessed Mother, our Mother of Perpetual Help in your life even in some hours of solace and solemnity just like what I did? Your insights and thoughts are welcome.

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 05 02:52 AM

Good Wednesday morning, 🛐 faith channel! Reading all of your comments now. Thank you for sharing your thoughts! For other channel members who would like to weigh in, feel free to do so. We'd love this to be an open, dynamic channel where meaningful dialogue takes place @here

02:53 AM
michaelbaltazar

@paterno last year with the same month we launch our Monthly Devotional Mass in Honor of our Patroness Mary Mirror of Justice. It’s 2 decades prepartion and last year was the successful beginning of it. And this year we just celebrated our First Anniversary having the Devotional Mass in Honor of our Patroness. Our parish is the only parish with a titular under the Blessed Virgin Mary Mirror of Justice. That’s why we are starting to promote the devotion to her for us to be known and more devotees to come to our parish.

Thank you @michaelbaltazar ! What is the meaning of the title of Mary as "mirror of justice"? Is this something that we can also connect to current justice issues in the Philippines?

02:54 AM
Phillippe Tanchun

So far, I’ve found good support groups at the church I’m a part of. The priest from the parish where I was baptized in 2022 has been supportive of me, even buying copies of my book narrating the domestic violence my mom and I experienced in the past. That validated me.

Good to know that your priest was supportive of you @Phillippe Tanchun ! What's the title of your book?

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Phillippe Tanchun
Jun 05 03:08 AM
Paterno Esmaquel II

Good to know that your priest was supportive of you @Phillippe Tanchun ! What's the title of your book?

The title of my books is ‘Gutsy’. It’s a compilation of essays I published on Rappler and The Philippine Daily Inquirer, among many others.

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Changed Heart
Jun 05 04:12 AM
Tricia

Hello, faith chat room members @here! Religious groups are among the most vocal about the divorce bill. Considering that many of them oppose the measure, how can religious groups support families in distress?

COUPLES FROM THE START OF THEIR MARRIAGE should already have built in measures on what to do or what to resort to when they are confronted with MARITAL PROBLEMS. Marital problems are multifaceted and inevitable and when couples come to the point of no return STILL DIVORCE should be the last resort. IF THE DIVORCE BILL IS APPROVED - then it may immediately form part of the built in tools/measures for couples to immediately end their marriage WHICH IS NOT PART OF GOD'S DESIGN (Matthew 19:6). THERE ARE A LOT OF LAY MINISTRIES, ORGANIZATIONS and PROFESSIONAL HELP OUT THERE that cater to supporting Couples undergoing marital problems in any of its stages (and with just few good networks, the tasks or counselling are pro-bono). MARRIAGE IS DESIGNED BY GOD TO SANCTIFY each partner the END-GOAL of which is TO BECOME ONE FLESH - be truly united in Mind, Body and Spirit. This may not have been the goal of couples who are at the brink of separation. IT CAN BE A POSSIBILITY that the CHURCH can be a SANCTUARY of those who are in distress - but unfortunately I haven't heard or seen that it is one of the MINISTRIES of the Church (logically, imagine the resources and logistics you need to cater to such groups). What the Church does is on the PREVENTIVE works. SIMILARLY Couples should be working on the preventive stage - meaning HOW DO THEY WORK OUT OR LIVE OUT THEIR MARRIAGE that they don't arrive to a point of no return? Many have FORGOTTEN that MARRIAGE IS A SACRAMENT (to sanctify the partners), A GIFT (to be appreciated, protected, and taken cared-of), and A PROJECT/TASK (that has to be built/innovated/created/protected).

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Tricia
Jun 05 05:00 AM

Hello @Michelle Roque and @Changed Heart! Thank you for sharing these insights with us 🙏 Would it be okay to share these on Rappler's social media platforms? Thank you!

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Jun 05 05:14 AM
Kuya Rex

Hello, 🛐 faith community and to Catholic friends here in this room. It is the first Wednesday of the month and i'm sure, you have been to Baclaran all throughout your life. Back in 2019, I did not miss this chance to go to the National Shrine of Our Mother of Perpetual Help during the wee hours of the morning just before attending an event. That was my first time to visit that shrine and it really became my motivation through these few hours of my me time in prayer. Since it is nearing the feast of our Mother of Perpetual Help, did you ever experience encountering with our Blessed Mother, our Mother of Perpetual Help in your life even in some hours of solace and solemnity just like what I did? Your insights and thoughts are welcome.

Hi Kuya Rex, nakapagsisimba na po ako sa baclaran minsan. Hindi po ako deboto, pero naalala ko ang nanay ko ay laging nagdadasal kay Ina ng Laging Saklolo. Nung bata pa kami ng dalawang kong kapatid, ipinapasabay kami ng nanay namin sa pagdadasal niya ng rosario. Gabi-gabi nakaluhod kaming sa aming munting altar na merong larawan ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo. Pinalaki kaming tatlong barako ng solong magulang naming nanay, kung kaya marahil gustohin man niya, hindi niya magawa ang pumunta tuwing Miyerkules sa Baclaran.
Ang masasabi ko lang, bagamat solong magulang ang tawag sa sitwasyon ni mommy, inakay siya ng kanyang pananampalataya. Panay ang hiling ni mommy na ipagdasal siya ni Ina ng Laging Saklolo. At dahil doon, hindi nag-solo si mommy sa pagpapalaki sa tatlo niyang anak na lalaki.
Kung tutuusin malaki ang pasasalamat namin kay Ina ng Laging Saklolo. At kahit wala na si mommy, itinutuloy pa namin ang debosyon.

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Michelle Roque
Jun 05 05:50 AM

of course :)

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Tricia
Jun 05 05:54 AM
Michelle Roque

of course :)

Thank you, Michelle! 🥰

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michaelbaltazar
Jun 05 08:09 AM

@paterno The title "Mary, Mirror of Justice" means that Mary reflects God's justice perfectly, embodying righteousness and especially compassion. Mary is often seen as a symbol of compassion; for example, in scripture, we see her always going out of herself to be with those in need. After the Annunciation, she travelled immediately to assist her cousin Elizabeth in her pregnancy. Later, she stood beside her suffering son on Calvary when he lay dying on the cross. Also, Mary as the Mirror of Justice symbolizes moral purity and the sanctity of life. Through this title, we can ask for her intercession for the protection of human rights and the sanctity of every human life, urging the government and society to uphold justice and due process rather than resorting to violence and unlawful actions.

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Dwight
Jun 05 08:46 AM

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. declares Monday, June 17, a regular holiday to mark Eid’l Adha, or the Feast of Sacrifice.  @here

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Kuya Rex
Jun 05 09:13 AM
chito-dlv

Hi Kuya Rex, nakapagsisimba na po ako sa baclaran minsan. Hindi po ako deboto, pero naalala ko ang nanay ko ay laging nagdadasal kay Ina ng Laging Saklolo. Nung bata pa kami ng dalawang kong kapatid, ipinapasabay kami ng nanay namin sa pagdadasal niya ng rosario. Gabi-gabi nakaluhod kaming sa aming munting altar na merong larawan ng Ina ng Laging Saklolo. Pinalaki kaming tatlong barako ng solong magulang naming nanay, kung kaya marahil gustohin man niya, hindi niya magawa ang pumunta tuwing Miyerkules sa Baclaran. Ang masasabi ko lang, bagamat solong magulang ang tawag sa sitwasyon ni mommy, inakay siya ng kanyang pananampalataya. Panay ang hiling ni mommy na ipagdasal siya ni Ina ng Laging Saklolo. At dahil doon, hindi nag-solo si mommy sa pagpapalaki sa tatlo niyang anak na lalaki. Kung tutuusin malaki ang pasasalamat namin kay Ina ng Laging Saklolo. At kahit wala na si mommy, itinutuloy pa namin ang debosyon.

Salamat sa makabuluhang pagsagot. Tama po kayo kung tutuusin na noong araw, ang mga Pilipino noon pagdating ng alas-6 ng gabi, lumuluhod ang lahat para dasalin ang orasyon (Angelus) at ang rosaryo, na kinalakihan nila mula sa mga magulang at mga ninuno nila, At tama din na ipinagpatuloy ang sinimulan ng nanay mo na ipalaganap ang debosyon sa ating Ina ng Laging Saklolo kahit na nasa piling na ng ating Panginoon ang nanay mo, pasalamat ka at hindi ka pumalya sa pagdedebosyon mo. Sa ngayon, ang mga Pilipino ngayon parang tinalikuran na ang mga kinalakihan nilang gawaing pagdedebosyon noong araw pero dahil sa mga taong katulad mo, hindi pa rin kumukupas ang mga ganitong gawain. 😊 😊 😊

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Christa
Jun 05 12:12 PM

The state of the family is central in discussions of marriage and divorce. Seldom mentioned in these conversations are solo parents. What do solo parents think about the proposed divorce law?


In this #RapplerTalk episode, Rappler senior desk editor Chito de la Vega sits down with members of the National Council for Solo Parents and Divorce Philippines Coalition to discuss the experiences of parents who have gone through separation and marital challenges. Catch the episode on Thursday, June 6.


Got thoughts or questions about divorce? Share them here in the 🛐 faith chat room and we may read them during the show. @here

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RJ Mendoza
Jun 06 03:55 PM

@Kuya Rex hi kuya. Bago ko lang nadiskubre ang debosyon noong mga 2022 dahil pinag-aaralan ko yung soccom kung paano sila mag-livestream. Meron kami dati na imahen ni Inay Maria na yari sa kahoy, at may ilaw sa loob. Matagal nang wala yun. May isa pa kaming imahen, pero wala lang bumbilyang maliit. Higit dalawang dekada na rin yata sa amin yun.

Napakapit ako sa debosyon noong nagsisimula mga heartbreaks ko noon, lalo doon sa trabaho ko na yun dati. Binabasa ko yung dasal sa nobena, at napahanga ako. Ang ganda. Yung "Help us to do the same" sa English version, sobrang moving, at tumutugma sa mga Redentorista na tagapalaganap ng nobena-debosyon.

Hindi ko makomple-kompleto ang nobena until last year, at virtual pa yun dahil hinayaan ko lang tumakbo yung livestream sa 75th anniversary ng debosyon sa nobena.

Kaya pamilyar din sakin ang Baclaran kasi common na babaan yan mula sa Cavite, partikular galing ng Imus at Dasmariñas. Kumbaga, may dagdag na mystique personally.

Tsaka yung pagsandig sa hustisya at katotohanan ng mga Redentorista noon pa man ay kahanga-hanga at namumukod-tangi.

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RJ Mendoza
Jun 06 04:02 PM

Churches usually have counselling programs for pastoral care, especially for families. From what I know, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) was one of the first congregations to embrace psychology alongside theology to aid their approach. Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD (some you may be familiar as a face of ABS-CBN's "The Healing Eucharist") is known to combine two and two, especially with his homilies.

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Miguel Prado Abenales
Jun 07 01:08 AM

Good morning! Sharing you the photos I took from the feast of the sacred heart today!

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A procession was held around the town of Imus today in honor of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in anticipation of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is celebrated tomorrow. The event began at the Imus Cathedral following the holy mass this morning.

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Danna Reyes
Jun 07 02:11 AM

Hello po. I just want to share these photos from last night, during the Holy Hour at the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Makati. All photos are taken by the Social Communications Ministry of the shrine.

Happy Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. We pray that our hearts be like His, humble and meek.


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Miguel Prado Abenales

A procession was held around the town of Imus today in honor of the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and in anticipation of the Feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which is celebrated tomorrow. The event began at the Imus Cathedral following the holy mass this morning.

happy feast day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary!

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Kuya Rex
Jun 07 03:52 AM

Hello, fellow Catholic friends in the 🛐 faith community. Indeed, this is the rare First Friday today that will celebrate the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. May we all place our trust in Him. Most Sacred heart of Jesus, Have Mercy on Us.

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Christa
Jun 07 05:23 AM

Hello everyone, and happy Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! 🙏 Thank you @Miguel Prado Abenales and @Danna Reyes for sharing your photos with us. We'd like to post them on our social media channels. If anyone else has photos of feast celebrations in their community, feel free to post them here as well :)

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Tricia
Jun 07 06:26 AM
RJ Mendoza

Churches usually have counselling programs for pastoral care, especially for families. From what I know, the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) was one of the first congregations to embrace psychology alongside theology to aid their approach. Fr. Glenn Paul Gomez, SVD (some you may be familiar as a face of ABS-CBN's "The Healing Eucharist") is known to combine two and two, especially with his homilies.

Hi, @RJ Mendoza! Thank you for this! Can we share your answer on our site and social media pages? Thank you!

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06:27 AM
Changed Heart

COUPLES FROM THE START OF THEIR MARRIAGE should already have built in measures on what to do or what to resort to when they are confronted with MARITAL PROBLEMS. Marital problems are multifaceted and inevitable and when couples come to the point of no return STILL DIVORCE should be the last resort. IF THE DIVORCE BILL IS APPROVED - then it may immediately form part of the built in tools/measures for couples to immediately end their marriage WHICH IS NOT PART OF GOD'S DESIGN (Matthew 19:6). THERE ARE A LOT OF LAY MINISTRIES, ORGANIZATIONS and PROFESSIONAL HELP OUT THERE that cater to supporting Couples undergoing marital problems in any of its stages (and with just few good networks, the tasks or counselling are pro-bono). MARRIAGE IS DESIGNED BY GOD TO SANCTIFY each partner the END-GOAL of which is TO BECOME ONE FLESH - be truly united in Mind, Body and Spirit. This may not have been the goal of couples who are at the brink of separation. IT CAN BE A POSSIBILITY that the CHURCH can be a SANCTUARY of those who are in distress - but unfortunately I haven't heard or seen that it is one of the MINISTRIES of the Church (logically, imagine the resources and logistics you need to cater to such groups). What the Church does is on the PREVENTIVE works. SIMILARLY Couples should be working on the preventive stage - meaning HOW DO THEY WORK OUT OR LIVE OUT THEIR MARRIAGE that they don't arrive to a point of no return? Many have FORGOTTEN that MARRIAGE IS A SACRAMENT (to sanctify the partners), A GIFT (to be appreciated, protected, and taken cared-of), and A PROJECT/TASK (that has to be built/innovated/created/protected).

Hello, @Changed Heart! Thank you for sharing your insights! Can we share this on our site and social media pages? :D

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Tricia
Jun 07 06:56 AM

A group of theologians from Ateneo de Manila University said the Catholic Church should open its eyes to struggles of married couples and not get in the way of “those who truly need” divorce in the Philippines.

Story by @Paterno Esmaquel II – https://www.rappler.com/philippines/kul-admu-theology-center-statement-divorce-bill/

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What are your thoughts on this? Does your religious group have any form of intervention for families or couples in distress? Let's discuss @here!

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Danna Reyes
Jun 07 09:55 AM
Christa

Hello everyone, and happy Feast Day of the Sacred Heart of Jesus! 🙏 Thank you @Miguel Prado Abenales and @Danna Reyes for sharing your photos with us. We'd like to post them on our social media channels. If anyone else has photos of feast celebrations in their community, feel free to post them here as well :)

Hi Christa =) yes, totally. will be uploading a few more photos here =)

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Danna Reyes
Jun 07 10:42 AM

Sharing here some of the photos taken during the 11pm Holy Hour (June 6), and June 7 Midnight Mass and 12:15 afternoon Mass. Photos were taken by Nikko Balbedina, Lucia Martin, Jay-jay Labrador, and Gloria Solis (Social Communications Ministry of the National Shrine of the Sacred Heart)

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Jun 07 12:19 PM

Sharing photos from Sagala in San Juan Batangas with the Alroan Band

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Jun 08 04:40 AM
Tricia

Hi, @RJ Mendoza! Thank you for this! Can we share your answer on our site and social media pages? Thank you!

oops is it too late? lmao, sure

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 10 12:07 AM

Good Monday morning, 🛐 faith channel! Sharing my latest Sunday column here - let me know what you think! Open to people who agree or disagree (as long as we speak in a respectful manner): https://www.rappler.com/voices/thought-leaders/the-wide-shot-in-defense-cafeteria-catholics/ @here

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RJ Mendoza
Jun 11 01:11 AM

We all choose which parts of the faith we adhere. Whether or not it somehow reflects to be orthodox (Sometimes, I surprise myself that I find my opinions similar to many priests during their homilies), that is another story. The problem lies in the faith becoming black and white, and this has always been the crux of disagreement and extremes whenever public policy issues such as reproductive health or divorce are brought up.

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It's not just about communicating which is close to the teachings, but what is practical for the people. Traditions become a problem when it becomes solidified and calcified into an unbending and unseeing monolith. I reckon this is part and parcel why Church abuses have been hidden under the rug for so long; it's convenient.

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Vixey Lema
Jun 11 09:33 AM

This a nice insight @RJ Mendoza and I actually agree with you. Times are changing and there is a need to adapt. How I wish we can have a more accepting and inclusive approach to things that are newly introduced to us, especially if these have potential in making the world a better place for everyone.

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Vixey Lema
Jun 11 09:51 AM

Is it okay with you if we share your insight in our social media accounts? 🙏🏼 @RJ Mendoza

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Kuya Rex
Jun 11 10:17 AM

Hello dearest 🛐 faith community members and to my fellow Catholic friends in this room. From what I read in that column that was a great point of view on what @Paterno Esmaquel II has wrote. For me, being a Cafeteria Catholic is just silence and shutting up from other usual things. But my life as a Cafeteria Catholic like seldomly attending mass and praying devoutly to the usual devotional prayers like the rosary is just a usual menu staple, kind of mix and match. On some of the issues surrounding it, im just neutral so im open to any view of what is happening. Being a Catholic-Christian with a heart of respect to the people is simple, happy, and living a life in the working space without the struggles.

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RJ Mendoza
Jun 11 01:11 PM
Vixey Lema

Is it okay with you if we share your insight in our social media accounts? 🙏🏼 @RJ Mendoza

Yes

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 12 02:30 AM

Good Wednesday morning - and happy Independence Day - 🛐 faith channel! Sorry for the prolonged silence, had to do other stuff for work. But allow me now to give the following a warm (belated?) welcome: @MJ Catequista @Josh Valentin @Danna Reyes @Rance Balbuena @Jing @Rendellv @Blaire Lauren @AxisB @Izabelle Rose Dimzon @Desiree @Tonks @Morey @sannyct @Alroan @Lily @piyeybobyey @lauro74 @Bulaklak @Percy @Junette @DrePlus @lily . Thank you for joining our chat room! @here

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 12 02:42 AM

Backreading all your posts. Thank you to those who shared photos and insights/reflections!

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Jun 12 02:54 AM

Just curious - what stories in your religious communities (or in other religious communities) do you think can we cover? Let us know as we plan the weeks ahead!

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Anton Maria Francesco Carabeo
Jun 13 01:24 AM

Devotees offer and distribute bread at San Antonio de Padua Parish in Parañaque yesterday June 12, in anticipation of the feast of the great miracle worker, Saint Anthony of Padua, today, June 13, 2024.

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Saint Anthony's Bread is given usually to the sick and the poor. The practice of offering bread to Saint Anthony of Padua dates back to the 13th Century, when a mother whose son drowned in a well, promised to bake bread if her son was healed through the saint's intercession.

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In Parañaque, during the 9 days of Novena leading to the feast day, the bread is primarily given to the developing communities of the parish, and then to the parishioners and devotees who attended the novena masses.

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Kuya Rex
Jun 13 01:33 AM

Here's one of my unforgettable moments when the Lord tapped me. It was in 2017 when I was about to do shoots in Greenhills, my phone was left in the chapel inside Shangri-La. I was at the MRT that time and I need to whisper myself in a prayer through St. Anthony of Padua's intercession. My secondary phone was in my pouch and I tried to call the number from the lost phone and it worked since the lost phone rang inside the chapel. I went back to the mall and inside the chapel, that phone was left untouched and unnoticed. It was a miraclulous act. God orchestrated even in unexpected situations to bring important things back. That's why St. Anthony of Padua is the patron of lost things. My adoptive sister introduced me to St. Anthony of Padua. That's why we celebrate it today, his feast day.

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Vixey Lema
Jun 13 10:04 AM

Hi, @Anton Maria Francesco Carabeo! Thank you for sharing your photos 🙏🏼 May we share them on our social media accounts?

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Jun 13 01:27 PM
Vixey Lema

Hi, @Anton Maria Francesco Carabeo! Thank you for sharing your photos 🙏🏼 May we share them on our social media accounts?

hello svlr, yes you may do so po

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XNA
Jun 15 10:07 AM

Earlier today Santuario de La Salle held a Thanksgiving Mass for the March 2024 LET Passers.

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Today, 7 hours ago

Eid Mubarak! A blessed celebration of Eid’l Adha - the Feast of Sacrifice - to the Muslims here and all those who celebrate! @here

01:23 AM

Covered the Eid’l Adha celebration today at UP Bahay ng Alumni, where around 2,000 Muslims participated. The morning prayer started at 7 am and ended 8 am - led by Dean Julkipli Wadi of the University of the Philippines

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Merol
Today, 5 hours ago

𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗞: The Muslim community gathered for Eid’l Adha prayers in Tacloban City to celebrate this year’s Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

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Sharing with you some photos of the Eid Prayer we had earlier here in Tacloban City for the Eid Al-Adha.

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Miguel Prado Abenales
Today, 4 hours ago

Before the end of the Mass at Imus Cathedral, Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista invited the fathers to stand for a blessing in celebration of Father's Day.

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Paterno Esmaquel II
Today, 2 hours ago
Merol

𝗟𝗢𝗢𝗞: The Muslim community gathered for Eid’l Adha prayers in Tacloban City to celebrate this year’s Eid'l Adha (Feast of Sacrifice).

Thanks for these photos @merolsandawa ! May we ask who took these photos? And may we repost on Rappler?

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Miguel Prado Abenales

Before the end of the Mass at Imus Cathedral, Most Rev. Reynaldo Evangelista invited the fathers to stand for a blessing in celebration of Father's Day.

Nice! Were you one of those who stood up? How did it feel to either join those who stood up or watch them as they received the blessing? @notmigueluis

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Merol
Today, 1 hour ago
Paterno Esmaquel II

Thanks for these photos @merolsandawa ! May we ask who took these photos? And may we repost on Rappler?

Hello! I took the photos earlier today. Merol Sandawa of Paulinian Scribe

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Paterno Esmaquel II

Thanks for these photos @merolsandawa ! May we ask who took these photos? And may we repost on Rappler?

Sure!