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Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter

Year 5 No. 13 Christmas 2010
“Emmanuel”: Kasama natin ang Diyos 
“Emmanuel” is a word which means "God with 
us" (Matthew 1:23). This is the name of the child to be 
born  by  a  virgin  in  the  prophecy  of  Isaiah  (7:14): 
"Behold a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and his 
name shall be called Emmanuel". The characteristics of 
the  child  Emmanuel  are  so  clearly  described  that  we 
cannot  doubt  of  the  child’s  messianic  mission.  The 
prophecy  of  Isaiah  pictures  the  messianic  blessings 
which  the  child  Emmanuel  will  bring  on  earth. 
Moreover,  St.  Matthew  (1:23)  expressly  identifies  the 
Emmanuel with Jesus the Messiah and the Church has 
constantly taught the same doctrine.  
The  question  why  the  Messiah  was  called 
Emmanuel, or "God with us", admits a double answer: 
the  name  is  a  pledge  of  Divine  help  and  also  a 
description of the nature of the Messiah. The promise  “God’s love was revealed in our midst in
of  God  that  He  will  send  a  deliverer  for  His  people  this way: he sent his only Son
from  the  bondage  of  sin  is  encompassed  by  the  very  to the world that we might have life
name  of  Jesus,  “God  saves”  hence,  He  is  indeed  the  through him.” (1 John 4:9)
"Emmanuel". This  implies  the  Divine  presence  among 
his people and of his Messianic mission to save them.  Maligayang Pasko at Mapagpalang
A  number  of  Church  Fathers,  like  St.  Irenaeus,  Bagong Taon!
Lactantius,  St.  Epiphanius,  St.  Chrysostom  and  Merry Christmas and
Theodoret,  regard  the  name  "Emmanuel",  not  merely  a Blessed New Year!
as  a  pledge  of  Divine  assistance,  but  also  as  an 
expression of the mystery of the Incarnation by virtue  presence  to  those  who  obey  Him  and  do  His  work. 
of  which  the  Messiah  will  be  "God  with  us"  in  very  Such  comforting  phrase  is  good  to  bear  in  the  hearts 
deed. (cf. Catholic Encyclopedia: “Emmanuel”)  and  minds  of  many  especially  those  who  deny 
The  connotation  of  the  word  “Emmanuel”  themselves  and  follow  Christ  in  a  radical  way:  the 
gives  people  a  hint  of  assurance  that  God  will  always  religious, and those who minister His people. 
be with them in their life‐journey and assures them of  From the Saint Paul Scholasticate Community, 
His divine assistance. This was His promise during the  MERRY  CHRISTMAS  AND  A  GRACE‐FILLED  NEW 
commissioning of the twelve. God always assures of His  YEAR 2011! Emmanuel: Kasama natin ang Diyos!  
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Solemn Profession of Vows of

Bro. Pat Mandin Golis and Bro. Yohanes Besi Koten
(Bro. Rey Carmelo Ausejo, CRSP)

In the afternoon of the 8th of December,

the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of
the Blessed Virgin Mary, two young confreres of
St. Paul Scholasticate made their definitive and
final act of consecration as religious and
Barnabites. The confreres, Bro. Pat Mandin
Maria Golis and Bro. Yohanes Besi Maria Koten,
pronounced the Vows of Chastity, Poverty and
Obedience in the presence of their families,
friends and confreres. Through their act of
solemn profession or perpetual profession, they
become persons consecrated to God and to the
Church in the Order of the Clerics Regular of St.
Paul for a lifetime. The solemn profession of
Vows is also a stage of formation prior to the
The celebration was held at the Sacred
Heart Chapel of St. Paul Scholasticate and was
presided by Fr. Joselito M. Ortega, the Delegate
superior of the Barnabites in the Philippines. He
was delegated by the Superior General, the Most
Rev. Fr. Giovanni Maria Villa to receive the
profession of the confreres. The Barnabite
Fathers coming from the three religious
Br. Yohanes Besi Maria Koten (left) and communities were all present: Fr. Frank Ma.
Br. Pat Mandin Maria Golis (right)
Papa, the superior of the Scholasticate
community in Tagaytay; Fr. Jimmy George Ma.
The Solemn Profession of Vows  Anastacio, superior of the Barnabite community
in Marikina; Fr. Cirilo Ma. Coniendo, Fr. Jecker
of Bro. Pat and Bro. Yohanes   Ma. Luego, Fr. Michael Ma. Mancusi, Fr.
marks another significant  Michael Ma. Sandalo, Fr. Arvin Ma. Dagalea, Fr.
Jose Nazareno Ma. Gabato, Fr. Ferdinand Ma.
milestone in the life of the  Dagcuta, Fr. Rudyson Ma. Nulo, Fr. Jesus Ma.
Allado and Fr. Crisendo Ma. De la Rosa.
Barnabites in the Philippines   Barnabite deacons Thomas Federick Tabada and
and of the   Jonathan Ramoso also assisted. The Barnabite
scholastics were divided into two groups: one
Saint Paul Scholasticate  was tasked to serve at the Mass and another
provided the music under the direction of Fr.
Community.   Sandalo. Bro. Pat’s elder sister proclaimed the
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first reading and Br. Julimar Pulvera sang the
responsorial Psalm. Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo led
the singing of the litany of the saints. The
scholastics all worked hand-in-hand in the
physical arrangements of the chapel and the
reception area. The flowers were beautifully
arranged by Br. Joseph Bernales and by Fr. Arvin
Dagalea who also led in decorating the refectory.
Bro. Pat’s family traveled from Gingoog
City in Mindanao to witness the once-in-a-
lifetime occasion. While some Indonesian friends
of Bro. Yohanes shared with him the joy of
the event. The Golis family was accomodated in
the convent of the Merciful Sisters. Bros. Pat and John pose for a picture with
their confreres.
Also in attendance were the religious very
close to the Barnabite community in Tagaytay. and Maria Lepang Weruin. Determined and
The Angelic Sisters of St. Paul and the convinced of his vocation, he persevered in his
Dominican Sisters, both from Marikina were also philosophical studies and religious formation
present. The Barnabite novices and the college despite being miles away from home. He is
seminarians of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria presently in his fourth and final year of
Seminary in Marikina also attended the theological studies at the Divine Word Seminary,
celebration. The friends of the professandi, Tagaytay City. He is one of the six Indonesians
especially those coming from Tagaytay, also took who entered the St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria
part in the solemn event. Seminary in 2003. Bro. John made the First
The Solemn Profession may also be Profession of Vows on May 13, 2006 in St.
considered a historic one because of the first Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish, Silangan, San
Indonesian Barnabite, Bro. Yohanes (fondly Mateo, Rizal.
called “John” by his confreres) Koten. Born on Bro. Pat hails from Gingoog City
March 15, 1979, his family comes from Flores Misamis Oriental, Southern Philippines. Born on
Island, Indonesia. He is the ninth in a brood of May 1st 1982, he is the third son in a family of
fourteen (14) children of Bernardus Bera Koten four children of Absalon Golis and Encarnacion
Mandin. Bro. Pat entered the St. Anthony Mary
Zaccaria Seminary in 2000 and obtained his A.B.
Philosophy degree in St. Camillus College
Seminary, Marikina. He finished the canonical
year of the novitiate with the First Profession of
Vows on May 13, 2006. He is presently enrolled
at the Divine Word Seminary taking up the
fourth year of his theological studies. Both Bro.
Pat and Bro. John went to Rome in 2009 to
participate in the preparation period to solemn
profession under the guidance of the assistant
general, the Very Rev. Fr. Francisco Chagas da
To Bro. Pat and Bro. John,
CONGRATULATIONS! We look forward to
Fr. Joselito gives the sign of peace to the confreres. your ordination to the diaconate next year.
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400th Anniversary of Canonization (1610-2010)

Saint Charles Borromeo and the Barnabites
(Fr. Frank Papa, CRSP)

When on November 1, 1610 (only 16

years after his death), St. Charles Borromeo
was canonized as a saint by Pius V, the
Barnabites were in the process of building a
magnificent church in Rome, to replace the
old little church dedicated to St. Blase
all’Anello. In gratitude for the intimate
friendship that had developed between the
Cardinal and the Barnabite Community in
Milan, the Fathers were excited in
dedicating the church to the new Saint, to
be known from then on as “San Carlo ai
Catinari.” The main altar is surmounted by
St. Charles’ emblem “Humilitas” (humility)
which is a portion of the Borromeo shield.
The image of St. Charles is immortalized by
an affresco by the famous artist Guido Reni
depicting the Saint in prayer with the
Crucifix in his hands; indeed usually he is
represented in art in his robes, barefoot,
carrying the cross as archbishop; a rope
round his neck, one hand raised in
blessing, thus recalling his work during an
infamous plague that devastated the city of
Milan. But the painting that is dearest to
the Barnabites is the one commemorating St. Charles Borromeo, secondary Patron of the Barnabites
(painting by Francesco Caccianiga)
the handing down to the Order of the
definitive Constitutions which had been and administrator of the Archdiocese of
composed under St. Charles’ leadership. Milan while he was still a layman and a
St. Charles stands out as one of the young student. Because of his intellectual
great reformers of the troubled 16th century qualities he was entrusted with several
like St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, important offices connected with the
and others. His father was the Count Vatican and later appointed secretary of
Gilbert Borromeo and his mother was a state with full charge of the administration
member of the famous Medici family of of the papal states. The untimely death of
Milan, sister of Angelo de Medici, later to his elder brother brought Charles to a
become Pope Pius IV. The second of two definite decision to be ordained a priest,
sons in a family of six children, Charles was despite his relatives’ insistence to marry. He
born in the castle of Arona on the Lake was ordained a priest at the age of 25, and
Maggiore, on October 2, 1538. soon afterward he was consecrated as
When his uncle became pope in 1559 bishop of Milan. The circumstances of his
as Pius IV, he made Charles cardinal-deacon birth could have easily allowed him to
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join the ranks of corrupt Renaissance-era The Holy father Benedict XVI in his
clergy, instead he took over with fullness of message to the Archdiocese of Milan on the
dedication the spiritual as well as juridical occasion of the 400th anniversary of St.
administration of a diocese which had not Charles’ canonization summarizes
seen its bishop for the past 25 years. beautifully his pastoral zeal: "The time in
One of his great achievements was to which Charles Borromeo lived was a very
implement the decrees of the Council of delicate one for Christianity. In his effort to
Trent. The Council had begun in late 1545, reform the Church, St. Charles did not limit
but experienced many delays. Its twofold himself to deploring and condemning, nor
mission was to clarify Catholic doctrine simply to expressing hope that others would
against Protestant objections, and reform change; rather, he began to reform his own
the Church internally against many life… St. Charles was aware that serious
longstanding problems. As a papal and credible reform had to begin with
representative, Charles participated in the pastors". To this end he focused on "the
council's conclusion in 1563, when he was centrality of the Eucharist, ... the
only 25. He also played a leading role in spirituality of the cross, ... assiduous
assembling its comprehensive summary, participation in the Sacraments, ... the
the Roman Catechism, but his most Word of God, ... and love and devotion for
outstanding accomplishment was its the Supreme Pontiff, readily and filially
practical application in his diocese to obedient to his directives as a guarantee of
become a model for the whole Catholic true and complete ecclesial communion...
world. St. Charles was recognized as a true loving
father to the poor ... He founded institutions
for the assistance and recovery of those in
need. ... During the plague of 1576, the
saintly archbishop chose to remain among
his people to encourage, serve and defend
them with the weapons of prayer, penance
and love".
In his pastoral work, St. Charles
found great cooperators in the community
of the Barnabite Fathers, located in the
church and convent of St. Barnabas (which
gave them the nick name as Barnabites).
The Archbishop had fallen in love
with the Barnabites, due to their holiness
and integrity of life. At the end of his
pastoral visits he used to go to St. Barnabas
to rest, living in the Community with the
Fathers, and also washing the dishes.
Our Fathers experienced the
protection of the Saint right from the
beginning (he was Archbishop of Milan from
1560 to 1584). For example, at the death of
Amico Gritti, Canon of Novara, his nephew
sent Apostolic Letters claiming the church
of St. Barnabas. The Fathers did not trust
St. Charles approves and signs the second those Letters, and the case was sent to
Constitutions of the Barnabites, 1579 Rome. They were supported by the
Cardinal, and toward the end of 1567 the
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All of a sudden, during the summer
of 1576, a plague exploded in Milan. Many
Barnabites became victims of their
assistance to the sick or of the plague itself,
among them James Berna (+ November 15,
1576), considered a saint by St. Charles,
and Cornelius Croce (+ November 16, 1576),
26 years old. The plague caused a halt in
the development of the Order. It was
because of the encouragement of St.
Charles Borromeo that the Barnabites were
able to go back to their apostolic activities
and to the compilation of their Rules.
Indeed, the most decisive work
accomplished by St. Charles in favor of the
Congregation, was the composition of the
Constitutions (1579).
When, after the death of St. Charles,
his cause of beatification and canonization
was introduced, the Barnabites were
solicitous to give their support, especially
through the Barnabite Fr. Charles Bascapè,
by then bishop of Novara. Besides making
depositions as a witness, he drafted the 300
questionnaires of the Trial and in 1605 he
The parish church of St. Charles in Piazza Benedetto was sent to Rome by the Lombard bishops
Cairoli in the heart of the city of Rome. to solicit the cause, which was granted by
(photo courtesy of Fr. Richard Genetiano) Pope Paul V on November 1, 1610. The
same year the Barnabites dedicated to St.
Pope ruled in their favor. Charles Borromeo the magnificent church
On September 5, 1568, St. Charles of St. Charles ai Catinari in Rome. The
was on retreat in St. Barnabas, and on his General Chapter of 1614 proclaimed him
own initiative he consecrated the main altar patron of the Order, prescribing a solemn
and gave to the Fathers a precious celebration of his feast day.
reliquary. When the Cardinal found out that Pope Benedict XVI, in his message to
the Barnabites wanted to open a house in Milan, highlights how "St. Charles
Rome, he recommended them to authorities Borromeo's charity cannot be understood
known to him. without an understanding of his
As his trust for the Barnabites was relationship of passionate love with the Lord
growing, the Cardinal entrusted to them two Jesus". In this context the Holy Father
very delicate and important missions. In refers to "the contemplation of the holy
the summer of 1580 he sent Fr. Charles mystery of the altar and the Crucified
Bascapè to the King of Spain, Philip II, Christ" which awakened the saint's "feelings
because of some tensions between the of compassion for man's misery and
Archbishop and the Governor of Milan, the aroused in his heart the apostolic longing to
Marches Ajamonte. Thanks to Fr. bring the evangelical message to everyone".
Bascapè’s skill the mission had excellent "Let us make the Eucharist the true
results. In 1583, the Fathers Boerio, Adorno centre of our communities, let us allow
and Grattarola were sent in Valtellina to ourselves to be educated and molded by
prevent the spreading of Calvinism.
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Deacon Jonathan Ramoso, CRSP

As  the  year  2010  ends,  a  new  year  ushers  in. 

Reflecting  upon  a  year  of  journey,  we  see  that  many 
memorable events had happened: joys, adventures, success, 
etc. It is a journey mixed with frustrations, failures, sadness, 
brokenness and anxieties. Even if we had experienced those 
negative feelings and situations, life must go on. What pushes 
life  to  continue  to  sail  amidst  the  storms  and  typhoons  that 
toss  our  “small  boat”  is  the  belief  that  God  is  always  in  our 
hearts  to  guide  us.  He  renews  us  and  we  keep  on  renewing 
ourselves to his love and friendship. 
The year 2011 should be welcomed with our hearts 
and minds renewed from the source and fountain of renewal 
through  and  in  Christ.  At  the  beginning  of  his  pontificate, 
Pope Pius X took the phrase, “Instaurare omnia in Christo” as 
his  motto.  It  was  at  this  time  (20th  century)  that  two  deadly 
wars  broke  up  that  cost  the  lives  of  countless  men,  women 
and children. The people sought peace. But what Pope Pius X 
had  in  mind  in  achieving  that  peace  was  through  one’s 
submission  to  God,  “entrusting  everything  to  God  with  filial 
confidence  and  trust  in  Him”  (St.  Augustine).  Pursuing  the 
other sort of peace is in vain. For him, peace without God is 
an absurdity. “For there is but one party of order capable of 
Interior of the church of restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the 
St. Charles in Rome party  of  God.”  In  our  times,  there  are  many  “wars.”  We 
encounter  them  in  various  forms:  it  could  be  wars  between 
that well of charity. Each apostolic and families, wars between friends, wars among religious leaders, 
charitable action will draw strength and wars with our own selves. These wars and conflicts lead us to 
fruitfulness from that source". broken  relationships!  With  all  these,  have  we  tried  to 
The Holy Father concludes his reconcile to these persons with whom we have waged “wars” 
in the years past? Have we tried to forgive and to forget? Do 
message with an appeal to young people:
we submit our own “weapons of war” to God who renews us 
"Like St. Charles, you too can make your
daily in our life? 
youth an offering to Christ and your fellows. St. Paul tells us to renew all things in Christ both in 
... Dear young people, you are not only the heaven  and  here  on  earth  (Eph.  1:10).  To  renew  means  to 
hope of the Church, you are part of her conform  one’s  heart  and  mind  to  the  will  of  God.  To  renew 
present moment. And if you have the means to imitate the love of Jesus Christ made possible at the 
courage to believe in sanctity, you will Cross, flowing with the blood for our reconciliation. Thus, let 
become the greatest treasure of (the) us renew our lives and move one step ahead for another year 
Church, which is built upon saints". of  joy,  adventure  of  faith,  pains,  frustrations,  “war”  and 
peace  that  we  will  encounter.  But  let  us  face  the  year  2011 
with  full  vigor,  full  of  hope  and  joy,  with  hearts  renewed  in 
Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi?
God’s  burning  love.  The  New  Year  2011  is  another  time  to 
reconcile  ourselves  to  God  and  to  our  neighbors  and  to 
anyone with whom we have caused pain. Let us cast off the 
shadow  of  brokenness  and  misunderstanding  and  mend 
broken relationships for another journey of friendship. Let us 
renew ourselves in this New Year 2011. WELCOME 2011! 
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“Thy Word …”
(Fr. Michael Francis Mancusi, CRSP)

Lectio  Divina  is  an  ancient  spiritual  art  that  is 

being  rediscovered  in  our  day.  “It  is  a  way  of  allowing 
the Scriptures to become again what God intended that 
they  should  be  –  a  means  of  uniting  us  to 
Himself”  (Dysinger).  It  is  “an  intercourse  in  which  the 
child  of  God  pours  out  his  soul  before  the  Heavenly 
Father,  and  listens  to  Him  in  order  to  please 
Him” (Marmion).  
Lectio  Divina  refers  to  various  methods  of 
prayerfully reading Scripture. Two ways can be listed as 
discursive  forms  of  prayerful  meditation.  They  are 
dominated  by  an  academic  slant.  The  influence  of 
reason  predominates  and,  at  times,  precedes  our 
address to God. It is a type of discussion internally with God about God. But it leads one to tell God what we 
believe His Word is mean to us.   
  The first venue is Scriptural Exegesis. This is very academic. It would be actually dissecting a verse or 
chapter by the various forms of academic criticism. The second way is what I would classify as Bible Sharing. 
This is what most people do when it comes to biblical meditation. One plans it out ahead of time, often writing 
it down on paper so it may progress logically. Many will use the various types of biblical commentaries to help 
one with an understanding of the particular bible passage. 
  The third venue is what the Church calls LECTIO DIVINA. It is considered an affective form of prayerful 
meditation. Our time here is predominated by loving, thanking, sorrowing, rejoicing, or simply resting in God. 
With LECTIO DIVINA we let God do the work and tell us what God wants to say to us to have or to hear.  Here, 
Scripture becomes ever new, ever alive, and ever active no matter how many times you may read that same 
passage. The Word of God penetrates our hearts and aids in growing in an intimate relationship with God. We 
just  don’t  get  to  know  about  God  but  rather  get  to  know  God.  What  I  am  saying  is  that  the  Word  of  God 
transforms us so that we become one in union with God. 
The term, Lectio Divina ("Sacred Reading"), was first used by Origen (185‐254), who recommended it as 
a way of proceeding in stages through an entire section of the Bible.  The monks, according to St. Benedict, are 
to assimilate from the ongoing reading of the Bible, and from here is born the idea that the life of a monk can 
become the Word of God to his present times. The most famous elucidation of this method of reading comes 
from  a  certain  Carthusian  monk  of  the  twelfth  century  named  Guigo  II,  who  composed  the  booklet  Scala 
Paradisi (popularly known as "The Ladder of Four Rungs"). In it, Guigo II lists the four rungs or pillars of Lectio 
Divina:  Reading,  Meditation,  Prayer,  and  Contemplation.  He  believes  that  Lectio  Divina  “makes  a  ladder  for 
monks  by  which  they  are  lifted  up  from  earth  to  heaven  .  .  .  .  Reading  puts  food  whole  in  the  mouth, 
meditation  chews  and  breaks  it  up,  prayer  extracts  its  flavor,  contemplation  is  the  sweetness  itself  which 
gladdens and refreshes.”  
Scholasticism  shifted  Lectio  Divina  as  a  response  to  philosophical  problems  as  an  analytical  and 
intellectual approach nourished by a fear of personal experience and contemplation. This fear was fed by the 
Devotio Moderna movement as well as the Protestant Reformation. Thus, Lectio Divina moved into the realm 
of  the  head  and  let  go  of  the  prayer  of  the  heart.  The  emergence  and  rebirth  of  Lectio  Divina  found  its 
importance  in  the  Church  with  the  Vatican  II  document  known  as “Dei Verbum.”  This document invites to 
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nourish the spiritual life by listening to the Word of God, which is strength for the faith, food for the soul, and a 
pure  and  everlasting  source  of  spiritual  life.  Commenting  on  this  document  Pope  Benedict  XVI  has  stated:  “I 
would like in particular to recall and recommend the ancient tradition of Lectio Divina: the diligent reading of 
Sacred Scripture accompanied by prayer brings about that intimate dialogue in which the person reading hears 
God who is speaking, and in praying, responds to him with trusting openness of heart (cf. Dei Verbum, n. 25). If 
it  is  effectively  promoted,  this  practice  will  bring  to  the  Church  ‐  I  am  convinced  of  it  ‐  a  new  spiritual 
springtime…  It  should  never  be  forgotten  that  the  Word  of  God  ‘is  a  lamp  for  our  feet  and  a  light  for  our 
path’ (cf. Ps 119[118]: 105).”  
Guigo II reflects the scholastic form of Lectio Divina following a process of four hierarchial consecutive 
steps:  reading,  reflecting,  responding,  and  resting.  The  monastic  form  of  Lectio  Divina  is  a  more  ancient 
method in which reading, reflecting, responding and resting are experienced as moments or movements rather 
than steps in a process. To allow for this spontaneity, Lectio Divina was originally practiced in private.  
“Through  Lectio  Divina  we  can  come  into  a  relationship  with  God  at  the  deepest  level  of 
intimacy” (Binz) that transforms us. We encounter the real presence of God who speaks to us in the sacred text 
as a letter from someone we love and who loves us. The Living Word is a divine presence and has something 
utterly personal to say to us.  
St. Paul tells us that “all Scripture is inspired by God” (2 Tim. 3:16). We understand this term “inspired” 
to  mean  “breathed  in”  by  God.  The  Holy  Spirit  is  the  breath  of  God  that  has  been  breathed  into  Scripture 
through human authors. That breath of God did not just happen a long time ago. It is an ongoing reality and 
presence today by which God addresses His Word to us in the here and now with the same creative power to 
change and renew us as when it was first written. The life‐giving Spirit penetrates the Word making it alive. By 
breathing in the Holy Spirit with each living word of Scripture, the Spirit continues to breathe power and life 
not only into the text but into us today as well. We should therefore begin our Lectio Divina with an invocation 
to the Holy Spirit to breathe into us God’s Word so that we may be enlightened and transformed. 
Setting the mood or ambiance is associated with the “Lectio” (reading) of Lectio Divina and is known as 
the “Statio.” This includes all external and internal aspects which will be conducive to prayer and reading. It is 
recommended that one follows the liturgical readings as it guides 
us progressively into the mystery of Christ (Masini). 
  Although  the  word  “lectio”  actually  means  “reading”  it  is 
more  that  of  “listening”.  The  prophet  speaks  to  us  today  saying: 
“Listen!  Hear,  O  Israel.”  Therefore,  lectio  is  confirmed  in  the 
“auditio”  or  in  the  “listening.”  As  we  read,  we  gently  listen  to  a 
word  or  phrase  which  catches  our  attention.  Normally  this  is  the 
Word of God in this day for us. It should be received as if hearing it 
for the first time. We need to make the effort to meet God’s Word 
for illumination by the Light of God. 
  Reading  in  the  monastic  tradition  involved  placing  the 
divine  word  on  the  lips.  It  was  a  focusing  and  centering  device. 
One  would  gently  read  a  selection  from  the  Bible,  and  when  a 
thought,  line,  or  word  stood  out  and  captured  the  reader’s 
attention,  he  or  she  would  stop  there  and  dwell  on  that  text, 
carefully  repeating  it  over  and  over.  This  repetitious  reading  out 
loud requires full attention and careful listening. Thus it assumes a 
resonance that is both vocal and auricular.  
  To  meditate  means  to  ruminate,  to  chew  the  Word, 
dwelling at leisure on a morsel to extract the meaning of the text 
for us today. This “meditatio”(reflecting)  is the second movement 
or  moment  of  the  Lectio  Divina.  This  ruminating  allows  the  Spirit 
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to  expand  our  listening  capacity  for  its  deeper 
meaning and to penetrate our lives leading to the 
faith experience of the Living Christ and increases 
the  practical  love  for  others  that  flows  from  the 
relationship  (Keating).  This  mastication  is  fully 
digesting  God’s  Word  which  begins  to  transform 
and  open  us  to  that  of  the  Divine.  It  begins  to 
squeeze  all  of  its  juice  so  that  it  may  irrigate  our 
life itself. In this manner one acquires the mind of 
The  “Collatio”  is  an  extension  of  the 
“Meditatio”  introduced  as  a  communitarian  and 
pastoral  experience.  The  purpose  is  the  common 
edification of the faith, a  growth in  charity, and a 
comfort  in  hope.  Thus  it  is  a  contribution  or 
provision, confrontation or dialogue providing fuel  “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Ps. 46:11)
for meditation (Olivera).  
The  “Oratio”  movement  is  the  responding  of  the  heart  to  the  Word  of  God  and  is  the  affective 
component of our whole meditation. Our prayer incarnates the Word into our lives to become a permanent 
attitude of life through the grace of the Holy Spirit. This response can be spontaneous and diverse depending 
on  what  has  been  heard  and  meditated.  Some  choose  to  sing  a  song  or  just  repeat  a  verse  of  a  song  while 
others may refer to one of the Psalms. Our response must reflect what is inside of us as a result of all that has 
just happened.  
Many authors would say that the goal of Lectio Divina is the “Contemplatio.” It may be directed toward 
this but in reality it has no other goal than spending time resting with God through the medium of His Word. 
We  simply  rest  joyfully  in  the  transforming  embrace  of  God  whereby  words  become  unnecessary  for 
communication. It is a transforming mystical union and presence. “The Word is touched, indeed tasted, by an 
affective embrace in which love’s kiss is exchanged” (Downey). Although we are a very pragmatic people, we 
must learn to enjoy the refreshment of simply being in God’s presence. “Be still, and know that I am God” (Ps. 
46:11). It is at this point that one meets the indwelling Blessed Trinity and experiences the God Within. 
In the past the “Operatio” or “Actio” has always been the other side of the coin of the “Contemplatio” 
and  the  “Meditatio.”  Some  authors  consider  this  another  movement  and  thus  it  is  an  extension  of  the 
“Contemplatio.”  It  puts  into  practice  the  fruits  of  the  meditation  and  the  contemplation.  Action  and 
contemplation  are  not  two  distinct  moments  but  rather  one  as  required,  rhythmic,  collaborative,  and 
comparative  compliments  of  each  other.  Any  transformation  that  takes  place  during  our  Lectio  Divina  is 
completed in our daily lives by the way we live. It gives authenticity to our prayer. The virtues flourish having 
been refashioned into what God intends us to become (Bonhoeffer). 
We cannot set limitations or expand the time we spend with each movement. Nor do we need to go 
through all the movements together. Whatever the case, we need to accept gratuitously God’s generous gift as 
we  are  led  by  the  Holy  Spirit.  Give  yourself  time  to  grow  in  this  prayer  form.  It  may  take  years  before  one 
actually sees a change in one’s own spiritual life. The litmus test for our Lectio Divina is “not how to revitalize 
prayer; but, how to revitalize ourselves” (Heschel) by means of a deep and sincere prayer life. 

"…enter into conversation with Jesus Crucified as familiarly as you would with me;
and discuss with Him all or just a few of your problems, according to the time at your disposal.
Chat with Him and ask His advice on all your affairs, whatever they may be, whether spiritual
or temporal, whether for yourself or for other people" (St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria, Letter 3)
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g{x cÉxàËá fÑtvx In Reality …

Br. Julimar Pulvera, CRSP


~Ego Tibi Totus, Totus Tibi Soli~ “Christmas in Our Hearts” 
(St. Alexander Sauli, Barnabite)  
   Christmas is a wonderful and much‐awaited season 
of  the  year.  People  are  busy  buying  gifts  and  are  excited  in 
Eagerness of my heart to be yours making  preparations  to  celebrate  Christmas  with  joyful 
Gently finds its way, Lord hearts. All sorts of Christmas decorations such as the Nativity 
On your providential love scene,  Christmas  tree,    Christmas  lights  and  lanterns  are  all 
seen everywhere. All these remind us of one thing: Christmas 
is here! 
Total dedication of myself   What we actually celebrate at Christmas is the birth 
In your way of living, Lord of our Lord Jesus, the Savior. In this very season, the Prince 
of  Peace,  who  is  Christ,  is  born  in  the  hearts  of  many.  His 
Bring me peace in mind and heart birth  brings  peace  in  the  heart  of  each  person.  This  peace 
In my whole self, my whole life must  be  extended  to  one’s  neighbors,  most  especially  to 
those persons whom we are not at peace with. This is one of 
the messages of the One who will be born on Christmas Day. 
Tenderly nurturing this vocation   “Give  love  on  Christmas  day.”  This  is  what  people 
On your immensity of love often  say  at  Christmas.  One  way  of  expressing  it  is  through 
sharing and giving what we have be it a useful object or even 
Thinking nothing but you, Lord our  time  and  attention.  Our  acts  of  sharing  and  giving  add 
Unshaken my path and faith color and beauty to the Christmas season. This is one way of 
celebrating the season in its true meaning. The driving force 
Sanctifying my life of this is none other than love. Our hearts are moved by love. 
  However,  there  is  a  heartbreaking  reality  when 
Teach me, Lord, your ways Christmas  occurs.  People  usually  give  more  importance  on 
the  external  preparations  of  Christmas  and  forget  its  true 
O guide me with your Holy Spirit essence and meaning. Many spend money to buy expensive 
Take me to be with you in your house decorations  than  to  give  clothing  to  the  “naked.”  People 
Urge me in doing your will spend  a  lot  for  food  for  the  “noche  buena  feast”  but  fail  to 
share  some  food  to  those  who  do  not  have.  For  some,  it  is 
Save me from all evil and satan’s power better  to  attend  and  enjoy  Christmas  parties  than  to  reach 
out and reconcile with their enemies and to bring the peace 
of  Christ  in  human  relationships.  Families  fill  their  houses 
Today, I embrace all your people, Lord with  Christmas  lights  and  decorations  but  do  not  have  time 
I surrender everything for your glory to spend in family bonding activities. What is the meaning of 
Be with me throughout my life Christmas preparations if Christ is not born in one’s heart and 
even in one’s home? 
In you, I trust!   We should not forget, therefore, the core message 
of  Christmas:  it  is  to  give  peace  and  love  rooted  in  Jesus 
Surely, I come to do your will Christ. It is the love that must push us to share and to give to 
people our resources, time and talents especially to those in 
Only with your grace, I offer myself need.  Yet,  it  should  not  happen  only  on  Christmas  day.  It 
Lord Jesus Christ, my travel companion, must be a “daily practice” in our lives. We can make ordinary 
days special like Christmas through our love and concern to 
I am yours, totally yours! each  other.  Jesus  must  always  be  born  in  our  hearts.  With 
this we become visible signs of peace and love to others. This 
is Christmas in our hearts. This is the authentic meaning and 
Br. John Koten, CRSP the spirit of Christmas. Merry Christmas!  
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Barnabite scholastics promote much so that they caught the attention of the young
vocations in Laguna Province individuals who were there. In the late afternoon,
the aforementioned activity ended.
Last September 25, Bro. Roxie Roflo and This particular activity among Religious
Bro. Raphael Laotoco went to Santa Cruz, Laguna Institutions and Dioceses had been a good
together with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy to experience for the two Barnabite Brothers and to
attend the vocation jamboree held at the the Congregation as well. On such occasions, the
Immaculate Conception Parish. The place is 2 to 3 Barnabites in the Philippines are able to introduce
hours drive from Tagaytay City. A “vocation themselves, the spirituality and charism of the Order
jamboree” is a gathering of various religious and so to attract vocations. Bros. Roxie and Raphael
communities and diocesan seminarians and priests. are very happy to have contributed in promoting
The aim of the said activity is to promote vocation vocations. (Br. Raphael Laotoco, CRSP)
to the priesthood and religious life by assisting the
young in discovering their particular call in life. It De La Salle University Graduate School
was organized through the initiative of the vocation
conducts workshop at St. Paul Scholasticate
ministry of the Diocese of San Pablo (Laguna). The
celebration was based on the theme: “Your call …
My call … It’s God’s call.” Br. Pat Golis and the scholastics of the first
Many high school students participated in year class participated in the seminar-workshop
this event especially those who desire to serve God organized by some students of the Graduate School
through the priesthood and religious life. The of the College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle
University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D). The said students
vocation promoters/directors introduced their
are all taking up the master’s degree in teaching
religious congregation and diocese where they with major in English in the aforementioned
belong. Each introduced and explained the history, university. They are classmates of Fr. Michael
charism, the founders and foundresses of their Sandalo who has also been attending the same
Institutes. They distributed posters and brochures to academic program since June. The team of students
those interested to join them. was led by Dr. Merlyn Lee, DALL, the director of the
The enlivening part of this activity was the Graduate School. (Turn to next page)
moment of fellowship with other members of
religious institutions: brothers, sisters, nuns and
priests from different congregations and dioceses.
They were asked to group themelves together with
other religious congregations and it was there that
the Barnabite brothers were able to know some new
friends from other Institutions.
At the end of the program, the Most Rev.
Leo Drona, bishop of the Diocese of San Pablo,
together with some religious and diocesan priests
officiated the concluding Mass. The Reverend
Bishop’s homily was very encouraging and inspiring,
and his thoughts on vocation were also striking.
Before the Mass ended, a deacon and a sister were
asked by the Bishop to share their own vocation
stories. Their vocation stories were very inspiring so Group picture with Dr. Lee and the students of DLSU-D
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The activity was held last September 27 in
the Sala Zaccaria with the title “Seminar-Workshop
on Speech Communication: Making Oneself
Effective in Proclaiming the Gospel through Speech
Competence”. It was organized to help the first year
scholastics improve their oral communication in
English. The three speakers dealt with proper
pronunciation in English, the accent and stress and
intonation patterns in English and building self-
confidence in oral speaking. The brothers actively
took part in the activities by asking questions and
clarifications. They also received certificates in
recognition of their active participation. After the
seminar, the participants and the facilitators shared
some snacks and had the chance to know each
Marian pilgrimage: visit to the Church of
other. Our Lady of Guadalupe, General Trias, Cavite.

St. Paul Scholasticate celebrates Barnabite scholastics join CLAIM

Our Lady of Fatima Marian pilgrimage

The month of October is well-known as a The Barnabite scholastics joined in the

month dedication to the Holy Rosary. Every 13th of Marian pilrimage last October 27 organized by the
the month from May to October, the Barnabite Consecrated Life Association of Imus Diocese
community in Tagaytay and the neighboring friends (CLAIM) and Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA).
gathered together to pray the rosary and meditate The said spiritual activity was part of the
on the message of Our Lady of Fatima. preparations for the golden anniversary celebration
Last October 13, the aforementioned of the Diocese of Imus. The religious from the
monthly rosary had culminated through the various congregations in the diocese took part in
celebration of Our Lady of Fatima. The event began the whole day activity that commenced with a Holy
at around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon with a Mass held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La
procession of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The Salette in Silang, Cavite. Fr. Michael Sandalo, rector
holy rosary was also prayed throughout the of St. Paul Scholasticate also concelebrated. After
procession. Many attended the event although it the Mass, they had breakfast in the refectory of the
was quite rainy. The procession was also made more La Salette Retreat House provided by the La Salette
festive by a group of musical band of drums and Fathers.
bugles that played Marian songs and two groups of After the breakfast, the pilgrims traveled to
caracol dancers. After the procession, a solemn the parishes and churches of the diocese dedicated
Mass was offered in the chapel of the Sacred Heart to the Virgin Mary. Two buses were provided for the
of St. Paul Scholasticate presided by Fr. Reginald pilgrims who were more than a hundred in number.
Recepcion from the Mission Society of the They visited the following churches: Our Lady of
Philippines (MSP). The fathers of the scholasticate Lourdes (Tagaytay City), St. Mary Magdalene
community also concelebrated. The festivity ended (Amadeo, Cavite), Our Lady of Fatima (Binakayan,
at 7:00 o’clock in the evening. Dinner was served Dasmariñas City), Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary
afterwards for all those who participated. The (Rosario, Cavite), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Gen. Trias,
celebrations were made possible thanks to the Cavite). In the churches, they had a 15-minute
efforts of Br. Joseph Bernales and the friends of St. meditation on selected Biblical passages and offered
Paul Scholasticate. prayers. They also had the chance to know the
Hail Mary, full of Grace! historical background of the centuries-old churches.
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The brothers attentively listened to the meditation
and sharing of fellow religious. Br. Rey Carmelo
Ausejo also did a personal sharing. The brothers
took pictures as souvenirs of their visit.
The Marian pilgrimage was another
opportunity for the confreres to know better the
diocese—its parishes and churches and its environs.
It was also another chance to know fellow religious:
sisters, brothers and priests. It was another
experience of Marian devotion.

Scholastics’ institution to the

acolytate and lectorate

The ministries of Lector and Acolyte are

important stages in the formation of those who are
preparing for the Priesthood. Such kind of
ministries prepare the candidates for their future
ministry as priests. These ministries are “to be
received and exercised before the ordination of
diaconate (Can. 1035).”

Br. Raphael Laotoco receives the Holy Bible

during the ceremonies of institution to the lectorate.

On November 4, the memorial of St. Charles

Borromeo, secondary patron of the congregation,
four Barnabite brothers in the first year of their
theological studies received the ministry of Lector or
the ministry of the Reader. They were Bro. Roxie
Roflo, Bro. Benjiemar Salvacion, Bro. Ar-John
Ignalig, and Bro. Raphael Laotoco. While nine
Barnabite brothers in the second year received the
ministry of Acolyte: Bro. Alfredo Dolog, Bro.
Benedict Insigne, Bro. Alvin Libay, Bro. Glenn
Gaabucayan, Bro. Rey Carmelo Ausejo, Bro. Cunan
Adaro, Bro. Mark Anthony Pondoc, Bro. Gerard Sala,
and Bro. John Paul Osip. Bro. Julimar Pulvera,
because of an important appointment in his home
province, received the lectorate last December 8
during the Solemn Profession.
The rites of Institution were held within the
Holy Mass that started around 6:00 o’clock in the
evening in the Sacred Heart chapel. It was presided
by Rev. Fr. Joselito M. Ortega, CRSP, the delegate
superior of the Barnabites in the Philippines,
Br. Alvin Libay receives the paten with bread
together with the Fathers of the scholasticate
and the chalice with wine during the ceremonies of
institution to the acolytate.
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community. Some neighboring friends were also TMPS members hold Advent recollection
present during the blessed celebration. During the
institution of the new lectors, they received the Holy
On the 27th of November, the members of
Bible symbolizing their commitment to the
the Tahanang Mapag-aruga ni Padre Semeria
proclamation of the Word of God and leading the
(TMPS), an apostolate under the care of the
people’s prayers in the celebration of the divine
Barnabites in Tagaytay, had a whole day Advent
liturgy. To the new acolytes, the paten with host and
recollection at St. Bridget’s Convent of the
the chalice with wine were handed over to them
Bridgettine Sisters in Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat,
which symbolize their task and commitment to
Tagaytay City. The recollection was centered on the
assist in the Eucharistic celebration. Immediately
topic “the real Presence and the reverence to Jesus
after their institution, the new acolytes and lectors
in the Holy Eucharist.”
received their assignments. (Br. Gerard Sala)
The group assembled at the TMPS office
located within the premises of the Barnabite
Community midyear excursion compound. Despite the downpour, a rosary
procession was held from the Barnabite compound
Last November 5-6, the scholastics of St. going to the sisters’ convent. The bad weather did
Paul went to Lian, Batangas for an outing in a not cause any anxiety among the participants. Along
private beach resort owned by Mr. Francesco the way, those who happened to see the procession
Patron, a friend of the fathers. The place was came to a halt and made the sign of the cross and
beautiful, surrounded with mountains, and sugar stood in reverence to the image of the Blessed
plantations could be seen at some areas. It was an Virgin Mary in a spirit of prayer.
overnight outing and they stayed in the resort’s The TMPS group were heartily welcomed by
two-storey rest house which was big enough to the Rev. Mother Thomas, a Bridgettine sister and
accomodate them. It was their first time to be in mother superior of the same convent. She gave the
that place. They enjoyed the beach-scenery and venue for the TMPS recollection free of charge.
most especially the companionship among them. Thus, the participants in the said had the
The enjoyment was overwhelming so much so that opportunity to experience a silent atmosphere and a
some of them did not sleep. Some sang overnight prayerful ambience in the chapel as they silently
with the guitar, some played cards and others adored the Eucharistic Lord exposed in the altar and
enjoyed cracking jokes and eating. On the second as they stroll around the convent’s garden.
day, they had the Mass. Meals were served The participants were thrilled on the topic
afterwards. The brothers headed back home, tired especially on the documentary of the Holy Father’s
yet refreshed and enjoyed. Many thanks to Mr. communion crusade which dealt with the
Patron for his kindness! (Deacon Thomas Tabada) communion in the hands and the tongue. After a
group sharing, they proceeded to the meeting hall
for the general sharing. Their ideas with regard to
the importance of reverence to the Holy Eucharist
were opened up. They also shared about their
worries and fears in life.
The recollection concluded with the Holy
Mass. It was a bit different from the ordinary
celebrations the participants attended. It was done
with solemnity: the women wore their best dresses
with their veils and they received communion on their
knees. After the Mass, they were all invited by the Mo.
Thomas to join her in the chapel to pray. The
participants asked her to pray over them which she
gladly did. The recollection finished at 5:30 in the
afternoon. (Br. Joseph Bernales)
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Advent recollection

On the 13th of December, the Barnabite

community had the Advent recollection at the Poveda
House of Prayer in Silang Crossing, Tagaytay. The place
was suitable for holding such activity for its serene
atmosphere and amazing view of the Taal lake and
volcano. The brothers were accommodated well by
Miss Mary Anne Escucha, officer-in-charge of the
house and a member of the Teresian Association
founded by St. Pedro Poveda.
It was quite a different recollection for the
scholastics because of the presence of the Fathers of
the community namely Fr. Frank Papa, Fr. Cirilo
A pose with Fr. Gabriel Pangilinan, OFMConv. Coniendo, Fr. Michael Mancusi and the rector Fr.
community recollection, 3-4 December Michael Sandalo. They all attended the conferences.
Fr. Sandalo had always been with the scholastics
Spiritual recharging at during recollections but this time, all the fathers of
St. Paul Scholasticate the community participated. Fr. Gabriel Pangilinan,
from the Franciscan Conventuals, was the facilitator.
Semestral break recollection He dealt with the theme “Poverty and Incarnation.”
It was his first time to conduct a recollection with
The scholastics dedicated some days of seminarians and priests.
silence with the Lord through a whole day The recollection began in the evening of the
12th with a solemn exposition of the Blessed
recollection. Two community recollections were held
Sacrament. It ended in the afternoon of the following
for the past months. The first was held on
day. There were two sessions held in the second day
November 3-4 during the semestral break in St.
and confession in the afternoon. This Advent
Bridget House of Prayer in Barangay Mag-asawang
recollection concluded with a Mass. (Deacon Thomas
Ilat, Tagaytay. It started in evening of the 3rd and Federick Tabada)
finished the next afternoon. Fr. Bobby Roxas, a
Salesian priest, was the facilitator. He gave the
scholastics a profound reflection on humility based Barnabites in DWS “Honor Roll”
on the charism and the spirituality of the Barnabite
founder, St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria. Fr. Bobby read a “The laborer deserves his keeping.” By the
lot about the congregation and so he was able to sweat of their brows and much prayer, three
relate his ideas with the spirituality of the Founder. Barnabite scholastics made it in the “Dean’s List”.
Moreover, his humorous punchlines gave no dull The office of the Dean of Studies of the Divine Word
moments to the participants during conferences. Seminary (DWS) released the new list of best
The confreres were not only nourished with so much performing students in the first semester of the
spiritual food in these days but also with the academic year 2010-2011. St. Paul Scholasticate
abundant food prepared by the Bridgettine sisters. community has the reason to be proud of the
The recollection also appeared like a “vacation with following confreres: Deacon Thomas Federick
the Lord” because of the much needed time for rest Tabada (4th year class), is in the 5th place with an
and personal reflection. Indeed, the brothers had average of 93.11%; Br. John Paul Osip (2nd year
their intimate moments with the Lord while class) garnered an average of 92.40%, occupies the
reflecting on the aspect of humility in their lives. It 4th place and Br. Julimar Pulvera (1st year class)
was a recollection held a day before the brothers’, in with a general average of 92.50% grabbed the 6th
the first and second classes, institution to the place. Congratulations brothers and keep up the
acolytate and lectorate. good work! (Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo)
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Namamasko po! Barnabites serve the Diocese of Imus
Barnabite scholastics serenade friends
The Barnabite scholastics had made the
Last December 10-11 and 13-14, the Christmas season more meaningful by committing
community of St. Paul Scholasticate serenaded their themselves in the service of the Church in the
benefactors and friends with Christmas carols. The Diocese of Imus. For the first time, the professed
brothers shared their singing talents through seminarians from the second, third and fourth year
Filipino and English Christmas songs to every family classes of St. Paul Scholasticate were assigned in
they visited. The said activity was a way of giving various chapels and communities to lead the faithful
and saying “thank you” to these families who had in the nine-day Christmas novena from December
been journeying with them through their years of 15-24. The said activity was approved by the
formation to the priesthood. They had become a Fathers’ community in response to the urgent
part of their circle of friends. request made by the diocesan seminary of Imus, the
Tahanan ng Mabuting Pastol. The diocese needed
more seminarians to lead the faithful in the
celebration of the liturgy and communion. Together
with some diocesan seminarians and religious, the
brothers were distributed in the chapels of the
following parishes: St. Joseph (Kaytitinga, Alfonso),
Our Lady of the Way (Magallanes), St. Gregory the
Great (Indang), Immaculate Conception (Naic) and
San Pablo Apostol (Langkaan, Dasmariñas City).
While Deacon Thomas Tabada and Br. Pat Golis
were assigned in St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish,
Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal in the Diocese of
The brothers visited thirty (30) families in The said activity had enabled the confreres
this four-day caroling and most of them were to experience pastoral ministry. Some of them
residents of Tagaytay. They went to the houses of stayed in the houses of chapel leaders while some
some members of the city government council. Ed remained in the parish rectory with the parish priest.
and Alma Roa, long-time friends of the community, Aside from the celebration of the Word/Bible
invited the Fathers and the brothers for a dinner in services, they also organized various activities for
their house located just in front of the scholasticate. the benefit of the community such as teaching
The songs of the brothers brought mixed feelings of catechism to children, music lessons to the choir,
joy and gladness not only because of their presence visiting families and giving talks or reflections to
and of the Fathers but because the songs church organizations and movements.
penetrated the hearts of the listeners. Some were After the nine-day pastoral work, they
even moved to tears. They were mostly tears of joy returned to the seminary on Christmas eve filled
and gladness. The Christmas carols, indeed, added with new experiences and insights. Most of them
to the gentle cold breeze of Tagaytay that claimed that the experience had been challenging
whispered into the hearts of every family the because of the daily preparation and oral delivery of
brothers serenaded. Gospel reflections to the people. Some were
The spirit of Christmas was truly felt in the assigned in far-flung areas without electricity and
eyes and in the gestures of every family as the St. even cable signals. But they would never forget the
Paul Scholasticate community shared and hospitality and kindness of the people who loved
celebrated with them the message of Christmas, and took good care of them. In their simplicity and
that is, love. Merry Christmas to all! (Br. Mark meekness, the brothers experienced how it was to
Anthony Pondoc) serve and to witness to their lifestyle as religious.
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Moving Thoughts
Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP

The Church dedicates the Sunday in the octave of

Christmas in honor of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and
Joseph. This feast invites Christian families to take the Holy
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Family as model and pattern of family life. In the
Incarnation of our Lord, he too became a member of a THE CLERICS REGULAR OF SAINT PAUL
family with roles that are proper to him as a son of his
parents, Mary and Joseph.
This humble family of Nazareth lived according to Saint Paul Scholasticate
God’s will. They too were not spared from the many Purok 163, San Jose
difficulties and trials of human living. The Gospel of Tagaytay City, Cavite, the Philippines
Matthew tells us how they tried to escape the wrath of
Herod when he ordered the massacre of babies in the Mailing Address: P. O. Box 32,
whole kingdom (cf. Matt. 2:16-18). I could not imagine how 4120 Tagaytay City, Philippines
much preoccupation and anxiety the parents of Jesus must
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found him the temple amidst the teachers (cf. Luke 2:42-
51). One thing is sure in these circumstances: they did not Director: Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP
waver in their faith. In their humble obedience to God’s Editor-in-Chief: Br. Rey Carmelo A.
plan, they accomplished all that the Father willed for his Ausejo, CRSP
Son-made-man. Mary and Joseph did not hinder God’s plan Associate Editor: Br. Mark Anthony
to happen in Jesus. They knew they were only instruments Pondoc, CRSP
in fulfilling the Father’s work of salvation for all humanity.
As a married couple and parents, they were faithful to each Staff Writers: Rev. Jonathan G. Ramoso,
other and took good care of Jesus who grew in wisdom Rev. Thomas Federick S. Tabada, Br.
and strength. The Holy Family, indeed, is an exemplar of Gerard Sala, Br. John Paul Osip, Br.
living family life in its fullest. Raphael Laotoco, Br. Julimar Pulvera, Br.
Christian families should therefore imitate the Cunan Adaro
humility and faith of the Holy Family—two Christian and Contributors: Fr. Frank Papa, Fr.
human values that are essential in married and family life. Michael Francis Mancusi, Br. John
If humility and perseverance in faith are missing in family
Koten, Br. Joseph Bernales
life, then divorce, separation and broken homes are
possible to occur. Problems remain unsolved,
misunderstandings grow, clashes continue if family
members do not give God a space in their family life. Jesus Typeset in the Philippines by the
should be the center of all Christian families. The Saint Paul Scholasticate, December 2010
fulfillment of God’s will should always be the
preoccupation of every family.
The same holds true for religious life. Religious
communities are considered a family not just an aggregate
of persons with the same ideals. Religious, be it priests,
sisters or brothers did not choose to be together for it was
God who chose them to be together and to witness to His
love. Being so, they are also invited to live in a spirit of
humility and obedience, indeed, to take the Holy Family the
pattern of their lives as a religious family. With this in
mind, religious life would truly become a living hope and a
sign of God’s providence to all broken families and
wounded individuals.
On the feast of the Holy Family, let us celebrate the
beauty of our families and offer prayers for God’s blessings on Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi?
every Christian family.