“Remember When…”: What Makes Us Happy in Life?

Whenever we hear the opening lyrics of the famous Broadway song “Memory” of “Cats” we would probably feel nostalgic because of the fleeting nature of life. Time flies. Only memories remain in our busy minds: Memory All alone in the moonlight I can smile at the old days I was beautiful then I remember A …

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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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How to Overcome Material Traps

Once we are born in the material world and become members of society, we are thrown into a sea of social norms. These norms can be laws, rules, regulations, customs, traditions, and other forms of behavioral regimes. Social norms when effectively enforced can be coercive to people. Each norm has coercion and sanction. This sanction …

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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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