Tu es Petrus! Happy Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul

So I’m one day late on this, but I figured it was more appropriate to post this on the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.

Yesterday was the 65th Anniversary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s Ordination to the Priesthood. Ad Multos Annos!

“Tu es Petrus et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam. Et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum.” ~Matthew 16:18-19

“Thou art Peter; and upon this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. And I will give to thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven.” 

Cardinal Tagle’s Response to Filipino Politics

To be prayed at every Mass in the Archdiocese of Manila.

Oratio Imperata for Government Officials

The Apostle Paul urges us that prayers and supplications be offered for all peoples who are in positions of authority that we may live peaceful and quiet lives, godly and dignified in every way.

Let us say together: Loving God, bless and protect the Philippines.

Jesus said: “If I, the master and teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash another’s feet” (Jn 13:14). Pope Francis said, “Politics is one of the highest forms of charity”. Bless our leaders with true love for the poor and godly humility.

Loving God, bless and protect the Philippines.

St. Paul taught us that “love does not rejoice in wrongdoing but rejoices in truth” (1 Cor 13:6). Pope Benedict XVI said, “Without truth, love can become an empty shell”. Bless our leaders with a passion for truth that liberates and integrity that inspires.

Loving God, bless and protect the Philippines.

Jesus said, “As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. This is how all will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” (Jn 13:34-35). Pope Francis taught is that “The lack of brotherhood is the root cause of poverty”. Bless our leaders with sincere generosity and courageous simplicity of lifestyle.

Loving God, bless and protect the Philippines.

Jesus said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and the great ones make their authority over them felt. But it shall not be so among you. Rather, whoever wishes to be great among you shall be your servant” (Mt 20:25-27). Pope Francis said, “A life of entitlement is the breeding ground of social corruption”. Bless our leaders with the spirit of heroic sacrifice and unyielding fortitude.

Loving God, bless and protect the Philippines.

Jesus said, “I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly” (Jn 10:10). Saint John Paul II said, “Every person is called to share in the very life of God”. Bless our leaders with true reverence for human life and unyielding opposition to the culture of death.

Loving God, bless and protect the Philippines.

Let us pray: Loving God, look with favor on those who rule with authority over us. Through your loving hands, may prosperity and progress be achieved, may peace and harmony be assured, may freedom and justice be preserved and may this nation be healed and protected from harm through Christ, your Son who is Lord forever and ever. Amen.

San Lorenzo Ruiz, San Pedro Calungsod, and all Holy Filipinos, Pray for us.


Happy Anniversary, Pope Francis!

Viva il Papa! Ad Multos Annos!

Today is the third anniversary of the election of His Holiness Francis, Bishop of Rome, Vicar of Jesus Christ, Successor of the Prince of the Apostles, Supreme Pontiff of the Universal Church, Primate of Italy, Archbishop and Metropolitan of the Roman Province, Sovereign of the Vatican City State, Servant of the servants of God. Long may he reign.

Restarting the Lenten Blog

Hello everyone,

This is just an announcement that for Lent 2016, I will be bringing back my daily blog posts, except this time, they will be from the point of view of a working college graduate.

Perhaps you can compare these posts to my daily reflections back when I was an undergrad.

And with that, here’s to a fruitful and blessed Lent.

Easter is coming.