Easter as Wisdom: Seeing the Ups and Downs of Life

Understanding the meaning of Easter Season for Christians is wisdom. Wisdom is different from knowledge, although wisdom needs knowledge. But this type of knowledge called wisdom is neither technical nor scientific about the world or life. A wise person may not be highly educated. He or she can even be illiterate. Wisdom has something to …

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My forthcoming book on clerical sexual abuse in the Catholic Church

Photo Credit: ipsnews.net Responding to the "signs of the times" of providing a sociological explanation concerning the structural roots of the persistent clerical sexual abuse by priests and bishops in the Catholic Church, I wrote a sociological book entitled "Sociological Perspectives on the Clerical Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Hierarchy: An Exploratory Structural Analysis of …

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Best Strategies in Courting Women

Introduction Two things to remember before courting a woman. First, dating is different from courtship, although they are related. Dating can lead to courtship. Second, it is important to court one woman at a time. Finally, courtship is not a game but a preparation for marriage for the Catholic Church. 1. Dating is different from …

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The Limits of Material Happiness: A Christian Reflection

It has been said that happiness is a state of mind and a relative term. Our views on happiness are determined by our mental frames which are reflections of our own cultural orientation as members of a particular community. For Christians, happiness is not only limited to material happiness. The Christian concept of happiness goes …

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Does Poverty Make One Religious and Prayerful?

Introduction In one of my research studies on the religiosity of the victims of Typhoon Ketsana (Ondoy) in the Philippines, one of the strongest typhoons to hit the country, two Filipino mothers who were urban poor and who survived from the disaster, narrated to me vividly on how God saved her and her family from …

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Good Friday and Religiosity of Filipino Catholics

This afternoon, we went to the Sta. Clara Church-Monastery to pray the stations of the cross of Christ on Good Friday. Catholic Christians celebrate the Holy Week to commemorate the crucifixion of Christ on the cross. Why is it called Good Friday? Well, Catholics believe that the Good Friday marks the triumph of good over …

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