“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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What is the Relationship between the Material and the Spiritual?

INTRODUCTION Whether we believe it or not, life has two dimensions: the material and the spiritual, the real and the ideal. Life is more than what we eat. That is why religions are born to give meaning to the great tragedies of life such as sickness, accidents, and death, as well as to the realization …

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What is the Relationship between the Material and the Spiritual?

INTRODUCTION Whether we believe it or not, life has two dimensions: the material and the spiritual, the real and the ideal.  Life is more than what we eat. That is why religions are born to give meaning to the great tragedies in life such as sickness, accidents, and death, as well as to the realization …

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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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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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How to Overcome Societal 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 carries with it sanction and punishment. …

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Is There More that Meets the Eye?

Is there more that meets the eye? Is there a life beyond the material world? There has always been a debate on the existence and relationship between the two dimensions of life: the spiritual and the material. For Christians, the material dimension is not the ultimate meaning and purpose of life. Christ said: "For what …

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