Tito Jim you are special to our family and in the hearts of each one here in this Gesu Church today. You celebrated our births, baptisms, graduations and weddings. You held our hands during our darkest moments when we were very sick, heartbroken, or lost. We cried our hearts out to you, telling you stories too sordid to tell our own parents. You did not say much, but you held our hands, because you are an expert hand holder.
Fr. Jaime C. Bulatao, SJ died on 10 of February, 2015. Fr. Mon, 92, entered the Society in 1939 and was ordained a priest in 1952. Requiescat in Pace. The wake, beginning 11 February, will be in the College Chapel of Ateneo de Manila University Campus, Loyola Heights, Q.C. Daily wake Masses will be at […]
From our Jesuit Constitutions. “As in the whole of life, so also much more in death, every one of the Society must make it his effort and care that God our Lord be glorified and served in him, and that those around be edified at least by the example of his patience and fortitude, joined to a lively faith and hope and love of the eternal blessings, which Christ our Lord has merited and acquired for us by the incomparable labours of His temporal life and death.”
Much has been said and will be said of Fr. Bu as the great mentor to generations of psychologists. Fr. Bu is all that and more. He is more than all that has been attributed to him because Fr. Bu has embedded himself in countless lives through the generosity of his heart and soul. If we try to figure out what drives one man to do all that he has done in his lifetime and be all that he has been to to many of us in our lifetimes, we would certainly come to the conclusion that he must have drawn all that energy and inspiration from an Unlimited Source that can only be from a great God. Indeed, Fr. Bu was truly and foremost, a man of God.
If one were to have an anthology of Catholic jokes, a good part of the selection would be about Jesuits and Dominicans, the butt of the joke depending on the sympathies of the narrator. The two orders have many things in common: unswerving love for the Lord and His Mother, the use of study and learning to better defend the Church, and a strong sense of communal identity that unites their members. Yet their approaches, deriving from the spirit and times of their founders, sometimes set them on opposite courses on many issues, such as the problem of grace and the Chinese Rites. In the Philippines, however, young Jesuits and Dominicans have found ways to encounter each other as friends and co-workers in the vineyard.
“One memory I will never forget about Fr. Mara happened when I was still a staff nurse. One of our geriatricians prohibited alcohol intake due to interaction with one of his medications that could cause discomfort and even life threatening complications. When I came on duty, I saw this letter written by Fr. Mara addressed to the doctors. Fr. Mara used several bible verses about wine just to convince the doctors to allow him to continue drinking his wine.”
Early in the afternoon of January 29, 2015, in the Jesus Lucas Infirmary at Loyola House of Studies, Fr. Vicente P. Marasigan, SJ, died of cardiac arrest. Fr. Mara, 96, was hospitalized with pneumonia at the end of December 2014. Since then he had been bed-ridden. Daily wake masses at 8:00PM are offered at the […]
We live in a world that desires “to play God.” It is this desire to play God and to control literally all aspects of human life that is at the root of this sense of entitlement that we see prevalent in many people today. This sense of entitlement is ignited by pride. It rejects that awesome truth that “all is gift.” And, because “nothing is gift.” And, because “nothing is gift,” since supposedly it is the person alone who makes a success or failure of himself/herself, then we do not need anybody, not even God, to thank for anything. The false thinking here is this: “I deserve all the good things I have for they are owed to me.” And surely, such a narcissistic, self-centered attitude toward life harms us even more.
In line with the expanded and improved storage space of the archives, APP-SJ is launching the “Living History Files.” This is to document and keep for posterity records of events in the Philippines in which Jesuits across apostolates and houses have been involved. We will not wait for years or decades to pass before archiving but will begin the archival process while the memories of the events are still alive. This is a new practice for the archives, which has traditionally sourced its documents from the inactive files of institutions and Jesuits who have passed away. This more proactive documenting and archiving is practiced by many institutions today.
“Motherhood of Mary: Gratitude, Peripheries and Hope” Antonio F Moreno SJ 01 January 2015 FaceBook’s controversial year-end gimmick reads: “It’s been a great year! Thanks for being a part of it.” I wonder if we can relate to this idea. Despite losing 10 Jesuits in 2014, it was a year of the Lord’s favor. We […]