Scientist Warns Of Diminishing Groundwater Supply

Have you ever wondered why some areas in Bulacan and other parts of the Philippines are, like Venice, becoming permanently submerged in water? This was one of the questions posed by Dr. Fernando Siringan of the University of the Philippines Marine Science Institute during the Coffeehouse Environmental Forum held at the Communication Foundation for Asia on July

“Dear Peace” in Pampanga

The video challenged me to believe that peace is possible. If we don’t believe that we can have peace then we can’t work on to achieving it.” “For peace I will accept people for who they are. Yes, there are differences but there are also similarities that we can all work on so we can

Satisfying People’s Hunger

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 14:13-21 REFLECTION The story in today’s Gospel must be considered one of the most important events in the life of the Lord. All the gospel writers mentioned the incident in their narratives. It is necessary to read all the accounts to understand the complete meaning of this miracle. “Christ was careful to

The Night Salome Danced

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 14:1-12 REFLECTION It was the birthday of King Herod Antipas.  The celebrations were at their height, when the king excitedly announced a surprise for his guests. Murmuring, they retreated, to stand around the walls of the beautifully decorated ballroom. The orchestra played soft music, and through the curtains came the dancing girl.

The Return Of The Carpenter

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 13:54-58 REFLECTION During the time of today’s Gospel, Jesus had already established new headquarters in Capernaum, and this, of necessity, led to his removal from Nazareth. However, in such a small country, news of His exploits would travel quickly, and the people of Nazareth would hear with interest of all He said

When God Casts His Net

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 13:47-53 REFLECTION Two kinds of nets were, and still are, used in the Middle East. The first was a casting net, known as the “amphibleestron.” The net is in shape like the top of a bell-tent, with a long cord fastened to the apex. This is tied to the arm, and the

The Treasure Digger

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 13:44-46 REFLECTION “Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field” (Mat 13:44). This text is based upon the fact that in ancient times

Two Sisters Named Mary And Martha

Today’s Gospel:  Jn 11:19-27 or Lk 10:38-42 REFLECTION Historically, the story of Mary and Martha has been given several interesting interpretations. In one influential interpretation, Mary was seen as illustrative of the contemplative life, and Martha of the active, less spiritual life. Sometimes we get the impression that Mary is the spiritual one, while Martha

Never Underestimate Small Things

Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 13:31-35 REFLECTION The common mustard seed of Palestine cited in today’s Gospel is “Sinapis nigra” of the order of “Cruciferae,” the Black Mustard, which is found abundantly in a wild state, and is also cultivated in the gardens for its seed. It is the same as our own mustard, but grows especially