Sunday, November 25, 2012
1. Pope Warns Gaza Conflict Could Spread to Middle East
Vatican City, Nov 21, 2012 / 11:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI is warning violence could spread through the region, after Israel continued bombing Gaza and a suicide bomb rocked Tel Aviv. [Read More]
2. Cardinal Tagle Receives Red Hat
MANILA, Nov. 24, 2012— Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle received the red hat and ring, symbols of his membership in the College of Cardinals from Pope Benedict XVI during a solemn consistory held St. Peter’s Basilica on November 24. [Read More]
3. Behavior Change, Not Condoms, Key to HIV-AIDS Prevention
MANILA, Nov. 24, 2012—No amount of condom can prevent the spread of AIDS unless a person adopts a responsible sexual behavior. [Read More]
4. Critics Find UN Contraception Push Harmful to Women
New York City, N.Y., Nov 23, 2012 / 04:03 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A United Nations population report calling for global contraceptive access has drawn fire from doctors and pro-life advocates who say the funding would better spent preventing maternal deaths. [Read More]
5. Sex: A Gift From God - Not a 'Free-For-All'
Dr. Tony Evans, author of Sacred Sex, says people have wandered so far from God's intention for sex. He hopes to help people get back to it "so that we don't have this free-for-all that's tearing our culture apart." [Read More]
6. 4th Straight Year: Obama Thanksgiving Resolution Doesn’t Thank God
For the fourth straight year, the Thanksgiving resolution from President Barack Obama fails to actually thank God — which is the fundamental reason why Thanksgiving is observed. [Read More]
7. Transhumanism: Taking the Place of Our Creator
There is a dangerous philosophy emerging in our fast-paced, technology-driven world of which most people are totally unaware. And yet, when Francis Fukuyama, economist at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, was asked what idea posed the "greatest threat to the welfare of humanity," his answer was this philosophy. [Read More]
8. Porn One of the Greatest Threats to Christianity: Christian Apologist
November 21, 2012 (Breakpoint.org) - Pornography is out there, and it’s not going away any time soon. So to help your kids guard against it, you have to prepare them. [Read More]
9. Alberta School Boards Association Rejects ‘Sexual Orientation’ Policy
EDMONTON, Alberta, 23 November, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – Alberta parents who support traditional values are breathing a sigh of relief after the Alberta School Boards Association (ASBA) rejected a proposal calling for policies to deal with an alleged “pervasive school-wide culture of homophobia, transphobia, and heterosexism”. [Read More]
10. Rekindling The Fire of Holiness
PHILADELPHIA, NOV. 23, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The Church has many good reasons why people should believe in God, believe in Jesus Christ and believe in the beauty and urgency of her own mission. But she has only one irrefutable argument for the truth of what she teaches – the personal example of her saints. [Read More]
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Forwarded invite from the Bagong Pagasa Ministry
Greetings from Bagong Pag-asa Ministry!
Many of today’s young men and women are confused with their gender identity. One of the reasons is that they grew up without meaningful involvement from the same-sex parent. Because of this confusion, they become easy prey to society’s permissive mores like the use of sex to obtain love. Sadly, many will go where love is, even if it is a counterfeit love. The reality which most people are not aware about is that many have walked out from homosexuality and have pursued change.
We at Bagong Pagasa exist to help people embrace their masculinity and femininity as their true identity in JESUS CHRIST.
This November 24, 2012, we are staging our 4th StarVEbucks, a comedy/musical show aimed at reaching out in love to the homosexual struggler, their family, friends and loved ones. Come and hear real-life stories and reality-based skits about extraordinary men journeying with an extraordinary God.
StarVEbucks 2012 will be shown at 4F Asian Center for Christian Ministries (ASCM) Building, 102 Valero Street, Salcedo Village, Makati City (near RCBC Plaza and Cityland 10). Tickets for the 3pm and 7pm shows are still available at P200/each. Please contact our office numbers below for reservations, purchase or inquiries about the event.
We look forward to seeing you on November 24! Please spread the word by forwarding this email to people who might be interested. Thank you.
Unit 10M, Burgundy Corporate Tower
252 Sen. Gil Puyat Ave., Makati City
Telefax: (+632) 886-4441
Mobile nos.: +63927-5788373 (Globe) ; +63923-6191381 (Sun)
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The biggest Catholic inspirational and learning event of the year is just two weeks away. I'm so excited to be blessed in this two-day event that will happen on November 24-25, 2012, at SMX Convention Center and SM MOA Arena. Below is an outline of the events and lineup of speakers for each stream. If you've got nothing important to do on those dates, you can still buy your tickets or go to the Feast nearest you. You can also buy your tickets online. Visit www.kerygmaconference.com for more details.
Mall of Asia Arena
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 nn
More than a band, emmanuelworship is the worship ministry of the Emmanuel Community, a Catholic mission community in Australia whose vision is to be a force for renewal in the Church and the world. This is where they stem from, where they draw their life and find their mission to renew the Church through the incredible power of music and worship.
Roselle Ambubuyog - Special Guest Speaker
Roselle is the first visually impaired Filipina to become summa cum laude at the Ateneo de Manila University (ADMU) in 2001. She was able to achieve academic excellence despite her handicap and has inspired people with her life story of triumph over the odds.
Main Talk by Bro. Bo Sanchez
Plus special entertainment numbers by surprise guests!
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
SMX Convention Center
Talk 1: Foundation: How to Pray Boldly & Effectively - Mike Joseph, Servant, Ligaya ng Panginoon
Talk 2: Progression: Turbo Charge Your Prayer Life - Bert Miranda, Full-Time Servant, Elim Communities
Talk 3: Repetition: Making the World Your Chapel - Alvin Barcelona, Feast Builder, Marilao & PICC 3rd Session
Talk 1: Inspire: Light a Fire in Your Student's Heart
Talk 2: Innovate: Discover and Develop New Ways of Educating - Alvin Barcelona, President, Barcelona Academy
Talk 3: Illuminate: Be a Beacon Towards a Brighter Future - Msgr. Gerry Santos, President, Catholic Educational Association of the Philippines
Talk 1: Go! Form the Habit of Exercise - Cory Quirino, TV & Radio Host
Talk 2: Grow! Live a Healthy Lifestyle - Raffy Blasco, Servant, Couples for Christ
Talk 3: Glow! Have the Right Disposition - Cito Beltran, TV & Radio Host and Columnist
Talk 1: The Starting Position: Is Your Path Your Purpose? - Benedict Hernandez, President & CEO, Business Processing Association of the Philippines
Talk 2: The Finish Line: Being Happy @ Work - Jon Escoto, President & CEO, Leadlife, Inc.
Talk 3: Find Your Second Wind: Overcoming Challenges in the Workplace - Chinkee Tan, Motivational Speaker & Author
Talk 1: Immerse: Deepen Your Understanding of Worship - Pat Keady, Director, emmanuelworship
Talk 2: Synchronize: Tighten Your Teamwork as a Ministry - George Gabriel, Worship Director, The Feast
Talk 3: Emerge: True Worship Results in Social Justice - Gigi De Jesus, Musical Director, The Feast
Talk 1: Take The Heed: Find the Right Business For You - Pax Lapid, Dean, Entrepreneur School of Asia
Talk 2: Niche-Hitter: Maximize Your Target Market
Talk 3: Home Run! Share Your Profits, Multiply the Blessing - Edward Lee, Chairman, COL Financial Philippines
Talk 1: Wrestling With Your Faith: Ask the Tough Questions - Obet Cabrillas, Feast Builder, Manila & Pasig & Pinky Marquez, International Singer & Stage Performer
Talk 2: Muscle Training: Strengthen Your Conviction - Fr. John Paul Del Rosario, Administrator, Madonna Del Divino Quasi-Parish
Talk 3: Fight The Good Fight: Championing Your Faith - Fr. Mario Sobrejuanite, Society of St. Paul
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., SMX
SOLO PARENTS STREAM
Talk 1: All-Around Player: Being Your Family's Champion - Fr. Dennis Paez, Counseling Ministry Head, St. John Bosco Parish
Talk 2: Huddle Up! (Merged Talk): Let's Talk to Our Kids - Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, Professor, Columnist & Author
Talk 3: Slam Dunk! (Merged Talk): Rise Above the Challenges - Allan & Maribel Dionisio, Founds, LOVE Institute
Talk 1: Plan of Attack: Discern for Your Career, Finances and State of Life - Ardy Abello, President, Business Works, Inc.
Talk 2: Know The King: Deepening Your Spirituality - Mike Joseph, Servant, Ligaya ng Panginoon
Talk 3: Check, Mate! Finding the Right Partner
SINGLE BLESSEDNESS STREAM
Talk 1: Ace: Choosing to Go Solo - Vita Monforte, Founder, Beaconlight Development Center
Talk 2: Serve! Available For a Lifetime - Adrian Panganiban, Feast Builder, Sucat
Talk 3: Love: Always a Winner - Dr. Ryan Capitulo, Operations Head, Feast Manila
INNER HEALING STREAM
Talk 1: Against The Ropes: Crisis Shapes Character - Fr. Peter Coching, Society of the Divine Word
Talk 2: Your Pain, Your Gain: Healing the Child Within - Vins Santiago, Minister and Counselor
Talk 3: Raise Your Gloves! The Victory in Forgiveness - Eng Si, Feast Builder, Quezon City & Valenzuela
Talk 1: Match-Up: It's More Fun When You're a Couple
Talk 2: Huddle Up! (Merged Talk) Let's Talk to Our Kids - Dr. Queena Lee-Chua, Professor, Columnist & Author
Talk 3: Slam Dunk! (Merged Talk): Rise Above the Challenges - Allan & Maribel Dionisio, Founds, LOVE Institute
Talk 1: Swag: Exuding Confidence and Individuality - Bam Aquino, Former Chairperson, National Youth Commission
Talk 2: Stoked: Pumped Up for the World - Obet Cabrillas, Spiritual Director, Light of Jesus Youth Missions
Talk 1: The Game Changer: Transformational Leadership - Boris Joaquin, Master Trainer, Lead Like Jesus
Talk 2: All Heart: What Makes a Champion - Carl Fontanilla, Elder, Light of Jesus Family
Talk 3: Touchdown! Leading Your Team to Victory - Bo Sanchez, Founder, Light of Jesus Family
SMX Convention Center
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Holy Mass by Most Reverend Honesto Ongtioco, DD
Bishop Ongioco is currently the Diocesan Bishop of Cubao & Spiritual Advisor of the Light of Jesus Family. He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 8, 1972 at the Cathedral of the Assumption in San Fernando, Pampanga.
Talk by Bro. Bo Sanchez
Bro. Bo Sanchez founded what was to become the Light of Jesus Family which he led to establish the Feast, a prayer gathering throughout the country and abroad. Bo founded Shepherd's Voice Publications Inc., Shepherd's Voice Radio and Television Foundation, both of which produce inspirational materials through different media. Bo also founded Anawim, a home for abandoned elderly, and has supported various mercy organizations which are now the beneficiary partners of Kerygma Conference.
Plus special entertainment numbers, worship and healing session!
See you all at KCON 2012!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
1. Pope Calls Faith, Reason Dialogue Essential to Human Freedom
Vatican City, Nov 8, 2012 / 04:22 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Benedict XVI said cooperation between science and faith is necessary for world peace and man's destiny, as he addressed the Pontifical Academy of Sciences this morning. [Read More]
2. Pro-Life Leaders to Speak at a National Congress For Life in Cebu
MANILA, Nov. 10, 2012—Cebu City plays host to another big gathering of luminaries and workers in the pro-life movement as the National “Philippines for Life” Congress 2012, organized by Human Life International (HLI) Pilipinas happens on November 16-17. [Read More]
3. Re-Election of Pro-Abortion US President Impetus for PH Pro-Lifers to Intensify Advocacy
MANILA, Nov. 7, 2012—The re-election of the most pro-abortion president in US history, while a major disappointment to conservatives in that nation as well as to life and family advocates in the Philippines, may just be the motivation needed to galvanize the pro-life movement and work double tides to get pro-life candidates into public office in the 2013 elections. [Read More]
4. Washingston State Leads Same-Sex "Marriage" Sweep
Voters in the state of Washington voted to allow same-sex "marriage" Tuesday night, winning 52 to 48 percent, reflecting the blue tide that swept across the nation. [Read More]
5. Gay ‘Marriage Equality’ = Unequal Treatment for Heterosexuals
The homosexual push for “equal marriage,” otherwise known as genderless marriage, can only lead to a ban on heterosexual rights. [Read More]
6. Obama Won, But the Pro-Life Movement is Still Winning [Read More]
7. A Person is More than His Body, and Love is More than Sex
Amidst the hype of the newly “discovered” – and forged – Papyrus scroll that seemingly serves as evidence that Jesus had a wife, it is highly interesting and noteworthy that NBC news chose the following title for one of its articles on the topic: “Too Holy for Sex: The Problem of a Married Jesus.” [Read More]
8. 50 Shades of Pornography Addiction
October 30, 2012 (PornHarms.com) - Men and women view the world differently. That’s no secret. And it’s also no secret the majority of pornography is marketed toward men and it typically objectifies women as highly sexualized beings willing to cater to every whim. [Read More]
9. The Effects of Media Violence
ROME, Nov. 9, 2012 (Zenit.org).- The long-running debate over the effects of violence in the media has received new impetus from some recent studies. [Read More]
10. Christians Must Start Talking Openly About Porn: Creators of ‘Shamed’
LOS ANGELES, November 8, 2012, (LifeSiteNews.com) – Every minute Americans spend more than $3,000 on pornography. The average age of exposure to porn is now 11 years old. An estimated 25 percent of all internet searches are for porn. Every second, more than 28,000 people are looking at porn. And more than half of all divorces cite porn as a contributing factor to the breakdown of the marriage. [Read More]
Thursday, November 8, 2012
Thursday, November 1, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Treatise on Purgatory by St. Catherine of Genoa. You'll gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of what Purgatory is all about after reading this.
Of the necessity of Purgatory. How terrible it is.
When I look at God, I see no gate to Paradise, and yet because God is all mercy he who wills enters there. God stands before us with open arms to receive us into His glory. But well I see the divine essence to be of such purity, greater far than can be imagined, that the soul in which there is even the least note of imperfection would rather cast itself into a thousand Hells than find itself thus stained in the presence of the Divine Majesty. Therefore the soul, understanding that Purgatory has been ordained to take away those stains, casts itself therein, and seems to itself to have found great mercy in that it can rid itself there of the impediment which is the stain of sin.
No tongue can tell nor explain, no mind understand, the grievousness of Purgatory. But I, though I see that there is in Purgatory as much pain as in Hell, yet see the soul which has the least stain of imperfection accepting Purgatory, as I have said, as though it were a mercy, and holding its pains of no account as compared with the least stain which hinders a soul in its love. I seem to see that the pain which souls in Purgatory endure because of whatever in them displeases God, that is what they have willfully done against His so great goodness, is greater than any other pain they feel in Purgatory. And this is because, being in grace, they see the truth and the grievousness of the hindrance which stays them from drawing near to God.
Reproaches which the souls in Purgatory make to people in the world.
And so that blessed soul, seeing the aforesaid things by the divine light, said: "I would fain send up a cry so loud that it would put fear in all men on the earth. I would say to them: 'Wretches, why do you let yourselves be thus blinded by the world, you whose need is so great and grievous, as you will know at the moment of death, and who make no provision for it whatsoever?'
"You have all taken shelter beneath hope in God's mercy, which is, you say, very great, but you see not that this great goodness of God will judge you for having gone against the will of so good a Lord. His goodness should constrain you to do all His will, not give you hope in ill-doing, for His justice cannot fail but in one way or another must needs be fully satisfied.
"Cease to hug yourselves, saying: 'I will confess my sins and then receive plenary indulgence, and at that moment I shall be purged of all my sins and thus shall be saved.' Think of the confession and the contrition needed for that plenary indulgence, so hardly come by that, if you knew, you would tremble in great fear, more sure you would never win it than that you ever could."