The season of Lent is a forty-day journey meant to prepare us for the celebration of the Paschal Mystery, that is to say, the sacred passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This mystery is at the pinnacle of the Christian faith because it celebrates the supreme sacrifice that led to our salvation. It is the purpose of the Lord's Incarnation in the first place. As St Paul said, "if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is empty and our belief comes to nothing" (1 Cor. 15:14).
Lent is a period during which we are called to reflect on our relationship with Jesus, which affects all aspects of our lives. He gently invites us to return to Him, especially through the Sacraments of Confession and the Eucharist. We are also invited to do penance like acts of charity and self-denial, in reparation for the sins with which we have wounded the heart of Jesus.
Lent begins on Ash Wednesday which, this year, falls on February 14. It will be a challenge to invite our brethren to focus on the beginning of the penitential season instead of the modern [and perhaps too secular] way of celebrating St. Valentine's day. Ash Wednesday, like Good Friday, is a day of fasting and abstinence.
Here is the schedule of Lenten activities at Santisimo Rosario Parish - UST. (We've decided to post early so you can plan ahead.)
In its joint board meeting on July 6, 2017, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Laity and the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines) approved the admission of the Dominican Laity - Philippine Province as council member. The decision was reached through the recommendation of Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, Bishop Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD of Bangued (Abra), Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro (Iloilo), and Bishop Guillermo Afable of Digos (Davao del Sur).
(Photo by Eric Paul Guanlao / RCAM Office of Communications)
Here is the full text of Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle's homily during the midnight Mass in honor of Nuestro Padre Jesus Nazareno, held at the Quirino Grandstand on January 9, 2018.
Mga minamahal na kapatid sa Panginoong Hesukristo. Una po sa lahat, magpasalamat tayo sa Diyos, Siya po ang nagtipon sa atin itong mga mga nakaraang araw pa, hanggang ngayon, hanggang mamaya.
Upang bilang isang sambayanan, tayo ay kanyang mapanibago ng kanyang salita, nang kanyang espiritu ng kanyang presensiya. Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa Panginoon sa magandang panahon. Nagpapasalamat din po tayo sa lakas ng katawan, tibay ng loob na pinagkaloob sa atin.