Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi? An gladius?

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter
Year 5 No. 13
“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  of  God  that  He  will  send  a  deliverer  for  His  people  from  the  bondage  of  sin  is  encompassed  by  the  very  name  of  Jesus,  “God  saves”  hence,  He  is  indeed  the  "Emmanuel". This  implies  the  Divine  presence  among  his people and of his Messianic mission to save them.  A  number  of  Church  Fathers,  like  St.  Irenaeus,  Lactantius,  St.  Epiphanius,  St.  Chrysostom  and  Theodoret,  regard  the  name  "Emmanuel",  not  merely  as  a  pledge  of  Divine  assistance,  but  also  as  an  expression of the mystery of the Incarnation by virtue  of  which  the  Messiah  will  be  "God  with  us"  in  very  deed. (cf. Catholic Encyclopedia: “Emmanuel”)  The  connotation  of  the  word  “Emmanuel”  gives  people  a  hint  of  assurance  that  God  will  always  be with them in their life‐journey and assures them of  His divine assistance. This was His promise during the  commissioning of the twelve. God always assures of His 

Christmas 2010

“God’s love was revealed in our midst in this way: he sent his only Son to the world that we might have life through him.” (1 John 4:9) Maligayang Pasko at Mapagpalang Bagong Taon! Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year!
presence  to  those  who  obey  Him  and  do  His  work.  Such  comforting  phrase  is  good  to  bear  in  the  hearts  and  minds  of  many  especially  those  who  deny  themselves  and  follow  Christ  in  a  radical  way:  the  religious, and those who minister His people.  From the Saint Paul Scholasticate Community,  MERRY  CHRISTMAS  AND  A  GRACE‐FILLED  NEW  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 diaconate. 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 communities were all present: Fr. Frank Ma. Papa, the superior of the Scholasticate community in Tagaytay; Fr. Jimmy George Ma. Anastacio, superior of the Barnabite community in Marikina; Fr. Cirilo Ma. Coniendo, Fr. Jecker Ma. Luego, Fr. Michael Ma. Mancusi, Fr. Michael Ma. Sandalo, Fr. Arvin Ma. Dagalea, Fr. Jose Nazareno Ma. Gabato, Fr. Ferdinand Ma. Dagcuta, Fr. Rudyson Ma. Nulo, Fr. Jesus Ma. Allado and Fr. Crisendo Ma. De la Rosa. Barnabite deacons Thomas Federick Tabada and Jonathan Ramoso also assisted. The Barnabite scholastics were divided into two groups: one was tasked to serve at the Mass and another provided the music under the direction of Fr. Sandalo. Bro. Pat’s elder sister proclaimed the

Br. Yohanes Besi Maria Koten (left) and Br. Pat Mandin Maria Golis (right)

The Solemn Profession of Vows  of Bro. Pat and Bro. Yohanes   marks another significant  milestone in the life of the  Barnabites in the Philippines   and of the   Saint Paul Scholasticate  Community.  

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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-alifetime 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. Also in attendance were the religious very close to the Barnabite community in Tagaytay. The Angelic Sisters of St. Paul and the Dominican Sisters, both from Marikina were also present. The Barnabite novices and the college seminarians of St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary in Marikina also attended the celebration. The friends of the professandi, especially those coming from Tagaytay, also took part in the solemn event. The Solemn Profession may also be considered a historic one because of the first Indonesian Barnabite, Bro. Yohanes (fondly called “John” by his confreres) Koten. Born on March 15, 1979, his family comes from Flores Island, Indonesia. He is the ninth in a brood of fourteen (14) children of Bernardus Bera Koten

Bros. Pat and John pose for a picture with their confreres.

Fr. Joselito gives the sign of peace to the confreres.

and Maria Lepang Weruin. Determined and convinced of his vocation, he persevered in his philosophical studies and religious formation despite being miles away from home. He is presently in his fourth and final year of theological studies at the Divine Word Seminary, Tagaytay City. He is one of the six Indonesians who entered the St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Seminary in 2003. Bro. John made the First Profession of Vows on May 13, 2006 in St. Anthony Mary Zaccaria Parish, Silangan, San Mateo, Rizal. Bro. Pat hails from Gingoog City Misamis Oriental, Southern Philippines. Born on May 1st 1982, he is the third son in a family of 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 Silva. To Bro. Pat and Bro. John, CONGRATULATIONS! We look forward to your ordination to the diaconate next year.

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400th Anniversary of Canonization (1610-2010)

Humilitas: 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 the handing down to the Order of the definitive Constitutions which had been composed under St. Charles’ leadership. St. Charles stands out as one of the great reformers of the troubled 16th century like St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Philip Neri, and others. His father was the Count Gilbert Borromeo and his mother was a member of the famous Medici family of Milan, sister of Angelo de Medici, later to become Pope Pius IV. The second of two sons in a family of six children, Charles was born in the castle of Arona on the Lake Maggiore, on October 2, 1538. When his uncle became pope in 1559 as Pius IV, he made Charles cardinal-deacon

St. Charles Borromeo, secondary Patron of the Barnabites (painting by Francesco Caccianiga)

and administrator of the Archdiocese of Milan while he was still a layman and a young student. Because of his intellectual qualities he was entrusted with several important offices connected with the Vatican and later appointed secretary of state with full charge of the administration of the papal states. The untimely death of his elder brother brought Charles to a definite decision to be ordained a priest, despite his relatives’ insistence to marry. He was ordained a priest at the age of 25, and soon afterward he was consecrated as bishop of Milan. The circumstances of his birth could have easily allowed him to

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join the ranks of corrupt Renaissance-era clergy, instead he took over with fullness of dedication the spiritual as well as juridical administration of a diocese which had not seen its bishop for the past 25 years. One of his great achievements was to implement the decrees of the Council of Trent. The Council had begun in late 1545, but experienced many delays. Its twofold mission was to clarify Catholic doctrine against Protestant objections, and reform the Church internally against many longstanding problems. As a papal representative, Charles participated in the council's conclusion in 1563, when he was only 25. He also played a leading role in assembling its comprehensive summary, the Roman Catechism, but his most outstanding accomplishment was its practical application in his diocese to become a model for the whole Catholic world.

St. Charles approves and signs the second Constitutions of the Barnabites, 1579

The Holy father Benedict XVI in his message to the Archdiocese of Milan on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of St. Charles’ canonization summarizes beautifully his pastoral zeal: "The time in which Charles Borromeo lived was a very delicate one for Christianity. In his effort to reform the Church, St. Charles did not limit himself to deploring and condemning, nor simply to expressing hope that others would change; rather, he began to reform his own life… St. Charles was aware that serious and credible reform had to begin with pastors". To this end he focused on "the centrality of the Eucharist, ... the spirituality of the cross, ... assiduous participation in the Sacraments, ... the Word of God, ... and love and devotion for the Supreme Pontiff, readily and filially obedient to his directives as a guarantee of true and complete ecclesial communion... 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 those Letters, and the case was sent to Rome. They were supported by the Cardinal, and toward the end of 1567 the

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The parish church of St. Charles in Piazza Benedetto Cairoli in the heart of the city of Rome. (photo courtesy of Fr. Richard Genetiano)

Pope ruled in their favor. On September 5, 1568, St. Charles was on retreat in St. Barnabas, and on his own initiative he consecrated the main altar and gave to the Fathers a precious reliquary. When the Cardinal found out that the Barnabites wanted to open a house in Rome, he recommended them to authorities known to him. As his trust for the Barnabites was growing, the Cardinal entrusted to them two very delicate and important missions. In the summer of 1580 he sent Fr. Charles Bascapè to the King of Spain, Philip II, because of some tensions between the Archbishop and the Governor of Milan, the Marches Ajamonte. Thanks to Fr. Bascapè’s skill the mission had excellent results. In 1583, the Fathers Boerio, Adorno and Grattarola were sent in Valtellina to prevent the spreading of Calvinism.

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 was sent to Rome by the Lombard bishops to solicit the cause, which was granted by Pope Paul V on November 1, 1610. The same year the Barnabites dedicated to St. Charles Borromeo the magnificent church of St. Charles ai Catinari in Rome. The General Chapter of 1614 proclaimed him patron of the Order, prescribing a solemn celebration of his feast day. Pope Benedict XVI, in his message to Milan, highlights how "St. Charles Borromeo's charity cannot be understood without an understanding of his relationship of passionate love with the Lord Jesus". In this context the Holy Father refers to "the contemplation of the holy mystery of the altar and the Crucified Christ" which awakened the saint's "feelings of compassion for man's misery and aroused in his heart the apostolic longing to bring the evangelical message to everyone". "Let us make the Eucharist the true centre of our communities, let us allow ourselves to be educated and molded by

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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  restoring peace in the midst of all this turmoil, and that is the  party  of  God.”  In  our  times,  there  are  many  “wars.”  We  encounter  them  in  various  forms:  it  could  be  wars  between  families, wars between friends, wars among religious leaders,  wars with our own selves. These wars and conflicts lead us to  broken  relationships!  With  all  these,  have  we  tried  to  reconcile to these persons with whom we have waged “wars”  in the years past? Have we tried to forgive and to forget? Do  we submit our own “weapons of war” to God who renews us  daily in our life?  St. Paul tells us to renew all things in Christ both in  heaven  and  here  on  earth  (Eph.  1:10).  To  renew  means  to  conform  one’s  heart  and  mind  to  the  will  of  God.  To  renew  means to imitate the love of Jesus Christ made possible at the  Cross, flowing with the blood for our reconciliation. Thus, let  us renew our lives and move one step ahead for another year  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  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! 

Interior of the church of St. Charles in Rome

that well of charity. Each apostolic and charitable action will draw strength and fruitfulness from that source". The Holy Father concludes his message with an appeal to young people: "Like St. Charles, you too can make your youth an offering to Christ and your fellows. ... Dear young people, you are not only the hope of the Church, you are part of her present moment. And if you have the courage to believe in sanctity, you will become the greatest treasure of (the) Church, which is built upon saints". Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi?

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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  Christ.  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.   

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)

"…enter into conversation with Jesus Crucified as familiarly as you would with me;

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g{x cÉxàËá fÑtvx
~Ego Tibi Totus, Totus Tibi Soli~ (St. Alexander Sauli, Barnabite)

In Reality …
Br. Julimar Pulvera, CRSP “Christmas in Our Hearts”   
 Christmas is a wonderful and much‐awaited season  of  the  year.  People  are  busy  buying  gifts  and  are  excited  in  making  preparations  to  celebrate  Christmas  with  joyful  hearts. All sorts of Christmas decorations such as the Nativity  scene,  Christmas  tree,    Christmas  lights  and  lanterns  are  all  seen everywhere. All these remind us of one thing: Christmas  is here!    What we actually celebrate at Christmas is the birth  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  birth  brings  peace  in  the  heart  of  each  person.  This  peace  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.    “Give  love  on  Christmas  day.”  This  is  what  people  often  say  at  Christmas.  One  way  of  expressing  it  is  through  sharing and giving what we have be it a useful object or even  our  time  and  attention.  Our  acts  of  sharing  and  giving  add  color and beauty to the Christmas season. This is one way of  celebrating the season in its true meaning. The driving force  of this is none other than love. Our hearts are moved by love.    However,  there  is  a  heartbreaking  reality  when  Christmas  occurs.  People  usually  give  more  importance  on  the  external  preparations  of  Christmas  and  forget  its  true  essence and meaning. Many spend money to buy expensive  decorations  than  to  give  clothing  to  the  “naked.”  People  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  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  with  Christmas  lights  and  decorations  but  do  not  have  time  to spend in family bonding activities. What is the meaning of  Christmas preparations if Christ is not born in one’s heart and  even in one’s home?    We should not forget, therefore, the core message  of  Christmas:  it  is  to  give  peace  and  love  rooted  in  Jesus  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  need.  Yet,  it  should  not  happen  only  on  Christmas  day.  It  must be a “daily practice” in our lives. We can make ordinary  days special like Christmas through our love and concern to  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  the spirit of Christmas. Merry Christmas!  

Eagerness of my heart to be yours Gently finds its way, Lord On your providential love Total dedication of myself In your way of living, Lord Bring me peace in mind and heart In my whole self, my whole life Tenderly nurturing this vocation On your immensity of love Thinking nothing but you, Lord Unshaken my path and faith Sanctifying my life Teach me, Lord, your ways O guide me with your Holy Spirit Take me to be with you in your house Urge me in doing your will Save me from all evil and satan’s power Today, I embrace all your people, Lord I surrender everything for your glory Be with me throughout my life In you, I trust! Surely, I come to do your will Only with your grace, I offer myself Lord Jesus Christ, my travel companion, I am yours, totally yours!
Br. John Koten, CRSP

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Barnabite scholastics promote vocations in Laguna Province
Last September 25, Bro. Roxie Roflo and Bro. Raphael Laotoco went to Santa Cruz, Laguna together with the Hospitaler Sisters of Mercy to attend the vocation jamboree held at the Immaculate Conception Parish. The place is 2 to 3 hours drive from Tagaytay City. A “vocation jamboree” is a gathering of various religious communities and diocesan seminarians and priests. The aim of the said activity is to promote vocation to the priesthood and religious life by assisting the young in discovering their particular call in life. It was organized through the initiative of the vocation ministry of the Diocese of San Pablo (Laguna). The celebration was based on the theme: “Your call … Many high school students participated in this event especially those who desire to serve God through the priesthood and religious life. The vocation promoters/directors introduced their religious congregation and diocese where they belong. Each introduced and explained the history, charism, the founders and foundresses of their Institutes. They distributed posters and brochures to those interested to join them. The enlivening part of this activity was the 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 much so that they caught the attention of the young individuals who were there. In the late afternoon, the aforementioned activity ended. This particular activity among Religious Institutions and Dioceses had been a good experience for the two Barnabite Brothers and to the Congregation as well. On such occasions, the Barnabites in the Philippines are able to introduce themselves, the spirituality and charism of the Order and so to attract vocations. Bros. Roxie and Raphael are very happy to have contributed in promoting vocations. (Br. Raphael Laotoco, CRSP)

De La Salle University Graduate School conducts workshop at St. Paul Scholasticate
Br. Pat Golis and the scholastics of the first year class participated in the seminar-workshop organized by some students of the Graduate School of the College of Liberal Arts of De La Salle University-Dasmariñas (DLSU-D). The said students are all taking up the master’s degree in teaching with major in English in the aforementioned university. They are classmates of Fr. Michael Sandalo who has also been attending the same academic program since June. The team of students was led by Dr. Merlyn Lee, DALL, the director of the (Turn to next page) Graduate School.

My call … It’s God’s call.”

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 selfconfidence 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 other.

Marian pilgrimage: visit to the Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe, General Trias, Cavite.

St. Paul Scholasticate celebrates Our Lady of Fatima
The month of October is well-known as a month dedication to the Holy Rosary. Every 13th of the month from May to October, the Barnabite community in Tagaytay and the neighboring friends gathered together to pray the rosary and meditate on the message of Our Lady of Fatima. Last October 13, the aforementioned monthly rosary had culminated through the celebration of Our Lady of Fatima. The event began at around 4:00 o’clock in the afternoon with a procession of the statue of Our Lady of Fatima. The holy rosary was also prayed throughout the procession. Many attended the event although it was quite rainy. The procession was also made more festive by a group of musical band of drums and bugles that played Marian songs and two groups of caracol dancers. After the procession, a solemn Mass was offered in the chapel of the Sacred Heart of St. Paul Scholasticate presided by Fr. Reginald Recepcion from the Mission Society of the Philippines (MSP). The fathers of the scholasticate community also concelebrated. The festivity ended at 7:00 o’clock in the evening. Dinner was served afterwards for all those who participated. The celebrations were made possible thanks to the efforts of Br. Joseph Bernales and the friends of St. Paul Scholasticate.

Barnabite scholastics join CLAIM Marian pilgrimage
The Barnabite scholastics joined in the Marian pilrimage last October 27 organized by the Consecrated Life Association of Imus Diocese (CLAIM) and Tagaytay Religious Association (TRA). The said spiritual activity was part of the preparations for the golden anniversary celebration of the Diocese of Imus. The religious from the various congregations in the diocese took part in the whole day activity that commenced with a Holy Mass held at the National Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette in Silang, Cavite. Fr. Michael Sandalo, rector of St. Paul Scholasticate also concelebrated. After the Mass, they had breakfast in the refectory of the La Salette Retreat House provided by the La Salette Fathers. After the breakfast, the pilgrims traveled to the parishes and churches of the diocese dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Two buses were provided for the pilgrims who were more than a hundred in number. They visited the following churches: Our Lady of Lourdes (Tagaytay City), St. Mary Magdalene (Amadeo, Cavite), Our Lady of Fatima (Binakayan, Dasmariñas City), Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary (Rosario, Cavite), Our Lady of Guadalupe (Gen. Trias, Cavite). In the churches, they had a 15-minute meditation on selected Biblical passages and offered prayers. They also had the chance to know the historical background of the centuries-old churches.

Hail Mary, full of Grace!

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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, together with the Fathers of the scholasticate

Br. Alvin Libay receives the paten with bread and the chalice with wine during the ceremonies of institution to the acolytate.

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community. Some neighboring friends were also present during the blessed celebration. During the institution of the new lectors, they received the Holy Bible symbolizing their commitment to the proclamation of the Word of God and leading the people’s prayers in the celebration of the divine liturgy. To the new acolytes, the paten with host and the chalice with wine were handed over to them which symbolize their task and commitment to assist in the Eucharistic celebration. Immediately after their institution, the new acolytes and lectors received their assignments. (Br. Gerard Sala)

TMPS members hold Advent recollection
the Tahanang Mapag-aruga ni Padre Semeria (TMPS), an apostolate under the care of the Barnabites in Tagaytay, had a whole day Advent recollection at St. Bridget’s Convent of the Bridgettine Sisters in Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay City. The recollection was centered on the topic “the real Presence and the reverence to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist.” The group assembled at the TMPS office located within the premises of the Barnabite compound. Despite the downpour, a rosary procession was held from the Barnabite compound going to the sisters’ convent. The bad weather did not cause any anxiety among the participants. Along the way, those who happened to see the procession came to a halt and made the sign of the cross and stood in reverence to the image of the Blessed Virgin Mary in a spirit of prayer. The TMPS group were heartily welcomed by the Rev. Mother Thomas, a Bridgettine sister and mother superior of the same convent. She gave the venue for the TMPS recollection free of charge. Thus, the participants in the said had the opportunity to experience a silent atmosphere and a prayerful ambience in the chapel as they silently adored the Eucharistic Lord exposed in the altar and as they stroll around the convent’s garden. The participants were thrilled on the topic especially on the documentary of the Holy Father’s communion crusade which dealt with the 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

On the 27th of November, the members of

Community midyear excursion
Last November 5-6, the scholastics of St. Paul went to Lian, Batangas for an outing in a private beach resort owned by Mr. Francesco Patron, a friend of the fathers. The place was beautiful, surrounded with mountains, and sugar plantations could be seen at some areas. It was an overnight outing and they stayed in the resort’s two-storey rest house which was big enough to accomodate them. It was their first time to be in that place. They enjoyed the beach-scenery and most especially the companionship among them. The enjoyment was overwhelming so much so that some of them did not sleep. Some sang overnight with the guitar, some played cards and others enjoyed cracking jokes and eating. On the second day, they had the Mass. Meals were served afterwards. The brothers headed back home, tired yet refreshed and enjoyed. Many thanks to Mr. Patron for his kindness! (Deacon Thomas Tabada)

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.

A pose with Fr. Gabriel Pangilinan, OFMConv. community recollection, 3-4 December

Spiritual recharging at St. Paul Scholasticate
Semestral break recollection
The scholastics dedicated some days of silence with the Lord through a whole day recollection. Two community recollections were held for the past months. The first was held on November 3-4 during the semestral break in St. Bridget House of Prayer in Barangay Mag-asawang Ilat, Tagaytay. It started in evening of the 3rd and finished the next afternoon. Fr. Bobby Roxas, a Salesian priest, was the facilitator. He gave the scholastics a profound reflection on humility based on the charism and the spirituality of the Barnabite founder, St. Anthony Ma. Zaccaria. Fr. Bobby read a lot about the congregation and so he was able to relate his ideas with the spirituality of the Founder. Moreover, his humorous punchlines gave no dull moments to the participants during conferences. The confreres were not only nourished with so much spiritual food in these days but also with the abundant food prepared by the Bridgettine sisters. The recollection also appeared like a “vacation with the Lord” because of the much needed time for rest and personal reflection. Indeed, the brothers had their intimate moments with the Lord while reflecting on the aspect of humility in their lives. It was a recollection held a day before the brothers’, in the first and second classes, institution to the acolytate and lectorate.

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 Coniendo, Fr. Michael Mancusi and the rector Fr. Michael Sandalo. They all attended the conferences. Fr. Sandalo had always been with the scholastics during recollections but this time, all the fathers of the community participated. Fr. Gabriel Pangilinan, from the Franciscan Conventuals, was the facilitator. He dealt with the theme “Poverty and Incarnation.” It was his first time to conduct a recollection with seminarians and priests.
The recollection began in the evening of the 12th with a solemn exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. It ended in the afternoon of the following day. There were two sessions held in the second day and confession in the afternoon. This Advent recollection concluded with a Mass. (Deacon Thomas

Federick Tabada)

Barnabites in DWS “Honor Roll”
“The laborer deserves his keeping.” By the sweat of their brows and much prayer, three Barnabite scholastics made it in the “Dean’s List”. The office of the Dean of Studies of the Divine Word Seminary (DWS) released the new list of best performing students in the first semester of the academic year 2010-2011. St. Paul Scholasticate community has the reason to be proud of the following confreres: Deacon Thomas Federick Tabada (4th year class), is in the 5th place with an average of 93.11%; Br. John Paul Osip (2nd year class) garnered an average of 92.40%, occupies the 4th place and Br. Julimar Pulvera (1st year class) with a general average of 92.50% grabbed the 6th place. Congratulations brothers and keep up the good work! (Br. Rey Carmelo Ausejo)

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Barnabite scholastics serenade friends

Namamasko po!

Barnabites serve the Diocese of Imus

Last December 10-11 and 13-14, the community of St. Paul Scholasticate serenaded their benefactors and friends with Christmas carols. The brothers shared their singing talents through Filipino and English Christmas songs to every family they visited. The said activity was a way of giving and saying “thank you” to these families who had been journeying with them through their years of formation to the priesthood. They had become a part of their circle of friends.

The brothers visited thirty (30) families in this four-day caroling and most of them were residents of Tagaytay. They went to the houses of some members of the city government council. Ed and Alma Roa, long-time friends of the community, invited the Fathers and the brothers for a dinner in their house located just in front of the scholasticate. The songs of the brothers brought mixed feelings of joy and gladness not only because of their presence and of the Fathers but because the songs penetrated the hearts of the listeners. Some were even moved to tears. They were mostly tears of joy and gladness. The Christmas carols, indeed, added to the gentle cold breeze of Tagaytay that whispered into the hearts of every family the brothers serenaded. The spirit of Christmas was truly felt in the eyes and in the gestures of every family as the St. Paul Scholasticate community shared and celebrated with them the message of Christmas, that is, love. Merry Christmas to all! (Br. Mark

Anthony Pondoc)

The Barnabite scholastics had made the Christmas season more meaningful by committing themselves in the service of the Church in the Diocese of Imus. For the first time, the professed seminarians from the second, third and fourth year classes of St. Paul Scholasticate were assigned in various chapels and communities to lead the faithful in the nine-day Christmas novena from December 15-24. The said activity was approved by the Fathers’ community in response to the urgent 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 Antipolo. The said activity had enabled the confreres to experience pastoral ministry. Some of them stayed in the houses of chapel leaders while some remained in the parish rectory with the parish priest. Aside from the celebration of the Word/Bible services, they also organized various activities for the benefit of the community such as teaching catechism to children, music lessons to the choir, visiting families and giving talks or reflections to church organizations and movements. After the nine-day pastoral work, they returned to the seminary on Christmas eve filled with new experiences and insights. Most of them claimed that the experience had been challenging because of the daily preparation and oral delivery of Gospel reflections to the people. Some were assigned in far-flung areas without electricity and even cable signals. But they would never forget the hospitality and kindness of the people who loved and took good care of them. In their simplicity and meekness, the brothers experienced how it was to 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 Family as model and pattern of family life. In the Incarnation of our Lord, he too became a member of a 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 God’s will. They too were not spared from the many difficulties and trials of human living. The Gospel of Matthew tells us how they tried to escape the wrath of Herod when he ordered the massacre of babies in the whole kingdom (cf. Matt. 2:16-18). I could not imagine how much preoccupation and anxiety the parents of Jesus must have felt in those trying moments. In another event, Mary and Joseph were almost crazy looking for Jesus and they found him the temple amidst the teachers (cf. Luke 2:4251). One thing is sure in these circumstances: they did not waver in their faith. In their humble obedience to God’s plan, they accomplished all that the Father willed for his Son-made-man. Mary and Joseph did not hinder God’s plan to happen in Jesus. They knew they were only instruments in fulfilling the Father’s work of salvation for all humanity. As a married couple and parents, they were faithful to each other and took good care of Jesus who grew in wisdom and strength. The Holy Family, indeed, is an exemplar of living family life in its fullest. Christian families should therefore imitate the humility and faith of the Holy Family—two Christian and human values that are essential in married and family life. If humility and perseverance in faith are missing in family 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 should be the center of all Christian families. The 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 every Christian family.

Saint Paul Scholasticate Newsletter

Saint Paul Scholasticate

THE CLERICS REGULAR OF SAINT PAUL — BARNABITES — Purok 163, San Jose Tagaytay City, Cavite, the Philippines Mailing Address: P. O. Box 32, 4120 Tagaytay City, Philippines Tel. & Fax: +63 46 413-2837 Email: saintpaulscholasticate@gmail.com Director: Fr. Michael Sandalo, CRSP Editor-in-Chief: Br. Rey Carmelo A. Ausejo, CRSP Associate Editor: Br. Mark Anthony Pondoc, CRSP Staff Writers: Rev. Jonathan G. Ramoso, Rev. Thomas Federick S. Tabada, Br. Gerard Sala, Br. John Paul Osip, Br. Raphael Laotoco, Br. Julimar Pulvera, Br. Cunan Adaro Contributors: Fr. Frank Papa, Fr. Michael Francis Mancusi, Br. John Koten, Br. Joseph Bernales Typeset in the Philippines by the Saint Paul Scholasticate, December 2010

Quis nos separabit a caritate Christi?