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Patron of Lost

Friday, 17 June 2016 00:10

(A theology of "sainthood" made simple)

 by. Bishop Ambo David

For the life of me, I have yet to understand how the reputation of the great teacher, preacher, and theologian, St Anthony of Padua, had been reduced to that of an intercessor for the finding lost objects. Honestly, even as a Catholic bishop, I sometimes get scandalized by the way we have allowed the cult of saints in many instances to be relegated to the realm of the magical and the superstitious. In one parish where I celebrated a fiesta Mass years ago, I was shocked to note, as I began the Prayer of the Faithful, that the response after each petition was, "St. Anthony, hear our prayer." I hope it was not the parish priest himself who took the liberties of replacing the heavenly Father with the patron saint. I could still understand if it was an overzealous devotee who did so, and the parish priest just didn't bother to go through the "home-made" prayer of the faithful. On another instance, I was also shocked to hear a special novena song asking the patroness "to save and redeem us". It could only mean that we have been amiss in catechizing even our most devout parishioners (or perhaps even some of our priests?), about Christ as our primary Savior, Redeemer and Intercessor, when we address our prayers to the Father, in the unity of the Holy Spirit. (Note how all our prayers at Mass are formulated in a Trinitarian way.) Even the Blessed Mother is never put on an equal footing with our Lord Jesus Christ in our liturgies, even if she had borne Him in her immaculate womb. Does not the Blessed Mother refer to herself in the Magnificat, merely as "the maidservant of the Lord"? She works for our salvation only by leading us to her Son Jesus. No wonder she often leads visionaries to a Spring... so that they will discover in Jesus her Son the fountain of lifegiving waters.

Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist

Tuesday, 14 June 2016 10:40

By: Atty. Aurora A. Santiago

The institution of the Eucharist started during the Last Supper. It was on the night when our Lord Jesus Christ shared one last meal with his disciples, the night before he was humiliated to suffer on the Cross. It was also during this meal that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Holy Orders to perpetuate this sacrifice of his Body and Blood; to keep alive the Paschal Mystery - sacrifice of the Cross, his death and resurrection. The institution of the Eucharist, the First Mass, is the 5th in the Luminous Mystery of the Holy Rosary.

As the Gospel of Matthew tells us, Jesus eagerly desired to eat this Passover before he suffers: “While they were eating, Jesus took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to his disciples, saying, ‘Take and eat; this is my body.’ Then he took a cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink from it, all of you. This is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for the forgiveness of sins.’” (Matthew 26:26-28).

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