BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS

BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS “How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth good tidings…”  Isaiah 52:7 Seeing the mountains             As our Kia van entered the territorial jurisdiction of Jose Abad Santos, the road ushered us into a rugged terrain with steep slopes overlooking the sea. Unlike the mountains of other places…

Welcome to Nuing!

The road in almost all of Sarangani Province is paved. Except for a short unpaved portion approaching the border with Davao del Sur, traversing the province is not much of a problem. But our destination is not Sarangani, we were headed for Nuing, that coastal barangay of Jose Abad Santos, Davao del Sur and the location…

BASTION OF LIFE OR IMPRACTICALITY? by Quinzo

          To the eyes of the world, the Church has become the only remaining bastion of impracticality. This wouldn’t surprise me so much since in almost all sphere of human endeavor, practicality has been the underlying reason. Take marriage for example, while there are those who marry for truly romantic reasons,…

Heavenly Amnesia

          One of the questions about afterlife which I frequently hear from people is that which deals about recognition or the status of our memory in the afterlife. “Will we remember our past life in heaven?” This question too resurfaced in my thoughts after watching the movie THE GIVER. It’s the story of a nation…

When Jesus Came to Birmingham by George Studdert-Kennedy

  When Jesus came to Golgotha, they hanged Him on a tree, They drove great nails through hands and feet, and made a Calvary; They crowned Him with a crown of thorns, red were His wounds and deep, For those were crude and cruel days, and human flesh was cheap. When Jesus came to Birmingham,…

Pee Mak by Quinzo

Pee Mak Quincy Jones L. Ondona             Of all the good things worthy of remembering, watching a movie was the one that just wouldn’t easily leave the seemingly endless heap of my nostalgia.             It happened during my recent pastoral exposure in Catadman Mangga. It was a fine ordinary day; a new day for an…

LESS THAN A POPE, MORE LIKE THE PEOPLE by Quinzo

How are you going to distinguish true humility from false pretenses?                     Search the heart, all the intentions are buried there. But what if we don’t have the capacity to look into someone’s heart? Look for consistency. A real act done out of real intention should be consistent. To arrive at this, look for precedence….

ONCE UPON A TIME by Gabriel Okara

Once upon a time, son, they used to laugh with their hearts, and laugh with their eyes; but now they only laugh with their teeth, while their ice block cold eyes search behind our shadows. There was a time indeed they used to shake hands with their hearts; but that’s gone, son. Now they left…

We are God’s People by Quinzo

                                    One day, Satan and Jesus were in a contest. The rule of the game is to find places where each of their followers frequently gather. It was Satan’s turn. They went to a bar and looking at…

JESUS CHRIST: THE FULLNESS OF GOD’S REVELATION by Quinzo

           Jesus Christ is the fullness of God’s revelation in the sense that through Him God has communicated to humanity the totality of truths He chose to reveal to man though at the same time the Church admits that Christian revelation is not yet completely explicit.  Through Christ it was God…

A HOUSE IS NOT A HOME…

            I remember a line from a song which goes, “And a house is not a home when there’s no one there…” Unfortunately, I don’t know the exact title of the song, but this line has caught me just recently. Why? Because our home has started to become a house….

Did Leonardo Di Vinci Accidentally Used The Same Model for Both Christ and Judas in “The Last Supper?”

from the website http://www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/l/lastsupper.htm#.UcuJzqBh4hA Summary of eRumor:  This email claims that Leonardo Da Vinci spent seven years painting “The Last Supper” in Milan, Italy.  He interviewed hundreds of models to get just the right ones to use for each disciple, choosing the one to portray Christ first.  Six years later, he looked for someone to…