Truly, “the resurrection is at the core of our beliefs as Christians. Without it, our faith is meaningless” (Joseph B. Wirthlin). But as we celebrate this joyful season, may it be clear to us as God’s people that Easter is not simply the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, it is largely our living out with him being the resurrected Lord so that we shall persist and endure to proclaim life and live out hope in our day to day living. Hence, in both gospels we heard the divine imperative to go and to tell others about the life that conquers death and the hope that defeats despair and the love that overcomes evil...

THE CELEBRATION OF CHRIST'S MASS, abbreviated as Christmas or Xmas (X = “chi” [“kai”] in Greek, meaning “Christ” or the “Anointed One,” or “Messiah” in Hebrew) is done by Christendom worldwide at this time of the year. The Philippines has the longest season of this celebration in the world - from the start of the “Ber” months (September, October, November) and finally to December and into Epiphany (The Magi), January 6...

Magkaroon ng mga pag-aaral na ginagamit ang mga materiales na ipinagkaloob ng IFI na bunga ng Konsultasiyon noong Nobyembre 8-9, 2022. Tiyakin na ang mga kandidatong lokal at national ay daraan sa pagsusuri ayon sa alituntunin o gabay na napapaloob sa mga dokumento at Pastoral Letter ng IFI...

Ang Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI) ay may lakas at paninindigan na lumahok sa Halalan 2022 na may kampanyang sawikain: “IFI Boto na May Dangal sa Mayo 2022” (“IFI Vote for DIGNITY in May 2022”). 

Ang PCOS machines ang bumibilang ng boto buhat sa pangalan ng kandidatong nasa balotang minarkahan ng itim [shaded by black].  Ang VCMs (Vote Counting Machines) ang humalili sa pagkuha ng suma-total ng bawat kandidato mula sa precinto at ito’y ipinapadala sa pangkalahatang Centro para maitala ang kabuuang boto ng kandidato.  Bagamat ito’y mga makina, hindi pa rin nakatitiyak na walang maaaring dayaang magaganap....

Sa aming pagpapatotoo, kami ay ginagabayan ng kahulugan ng IFI: “Ang IFI ay isang kalipunan ng mga panibagong tao na nahasik at pinalaya ng katuruan ni Kristo, itinalaga sa pagsamba sa Diyos sa espiritu at katotohanan, hinubog at binuhay ng Eukaristiya, at itinalaga upang magpatunay (magpatotoo) sa pag-ibig ng Diyos sa mundo.”

There is so much to be grateful for all the things that we accomplish and will be accomplishing not only for our lives’ sake but for others, as well, who are unfortunate enough to be given the opportunity to enjoy the chance of experiencing God's bountiful goodness. And yet, “thank you” is simple enough, for we are still enjoying this life.

When the Iglesia Filipina Independiente admitted women into priesthood, it was quite elating to me although I was a bit cynic knowing that the history of the presbytery is patriarchal. As a believer of the equality of men and women, I am in the opinion that female priests can do if not undo the men in doing the task reserved for male priests.

To find context in this daring question, let us reflect on the Letter of St. Paul to the Galatians, chapter 2 verses 1-2, 7-14. This is only a part of the whole passage mentioned above, of which Paul had relayed to the Galatians. It's more possibly understandable but not certainly if we read it in our own language.  Reading the whole passage will give more perspective of what had really happened. Anyway, focus on verses 11-14.

Words are conceived by us. Conception means something that is borne-out from us. We give birth to them. A concept is a notion or idea. Theoretically, words are ideas. Ideas, in Latin derivatively mean "eidos" or "images." We give images to what we think. But the question is, "Is there truth in our words or is it just a bluff?"

Progress is a dynamic, pro-active transformation. To be the leader of approximately 47 dioceses and 55 bishops and to six million members (latest data) or adherents of this "Pro Deo et Patria" nationalist Church, or being an Obispo Maximo is not a "stroll-in-the park" job only waiting for perks and ample pecuniary considerations. Election means putting on his shoulder the yoke, like the beast of burden, and thus bringing the fate of the Church in the leader's six-year term, “Quo Vadis?” Where are we going?

Every passing of an old to a new dispensation, or perhaps a change of leadership in the Church, taking-over ensues. There is another set that reigns supreme. Inescapable, there is a change of people, change of roles, and change of policy directions. Theoretically, change is a concept which is absolute yet sometimes arbitrary. "You can't step on the same river twice,"  a philosopher of old once said. But change always has a looming resistance, a force that contradicts the current to flow in.