[People] The First Christmas. By Fr. Shay Cullen

The First Christmas by Fr. Shay Cullen When I was growing up, Christmas was a lovely childhood story of the baby Jesus born in a clean looking stable surrounded by his loving parents in clean robes, singing angels, adoring shepherds, kings holding gifts and harmless adoring animals. Yet in reality, it was a hard, cold,…

[People] The lost orphans of Yolanda. By Fr. Shay Cullen

The lost orphans of Yolanda By Fr. Shay Cullen November 12,2013 Besides the thousands that have been killed, injured, and made homeless by the most devastating typhoon known to humankind, the orphaned children are the most vulnerable. Their towns and villages and homes are no more and their parents are dead. They are threatened by…

[People] The living and the dead By Fr. Shay Cullen

The living and the dead By Fr. Shay Cullen In the Philippines, death is accepted as a part of living, to be coped with as inevitable, postponed if possible; grief is short lived but memories are for life. The cemetery on All Saints’ Day is a thriving celebration of life and family. On November 1st,…

[People] The greatest storm By Fr. Shay Cullen

The greatest storm By Fr. Shay Cullen The rains would not stop even after the winds had died down. Rachel was terrified for her children and herself. Juanito, her husband had gone looking for food. The typhoon blew wild and wickedly across the Philippines leaving behind rising flood waters, mangled huts and shacks, and toppled…

[People] A Mission in Life By Fr. Shay Cullen

A Mission in Life By Fr. Shay Cullen We have to have a mission in life, to make it meaningful,with purpose and to live more fully.The mission can be to accomplish any good work,motivated by a spiritual value of compassion, love of justice, care of others,empathy and solidarity with the sick, the oppressed and lonely.…

[In the news] Lawmakers: Pinays still poor, abused -PhilStar.com

Lawmakers: Pinays still poor, abused By Paolo Romero, The Philippine Star March 9, 2013 MANILA, Philippines – Women lawmakers yesterday called on fellow Filipino women to assert their rights, saying many of them remain hungry, poor and abused under the Aquino administration. Gabriela party-list Representatives Luzviminda Ilagan and Emmerenciana de Jesus issued the statement as…

[From the web] Krus ng Sierra Madre -savesierramadre.ph

Krus ng Sierra Madre savesierramadre.ph Ang Krus ng Sierra Madre ay gawa sa mga pinagsama-samang drift woods ng punong mulawin na hinanap sa kabundukan ng Ingrid-Angelo na bahagi ng Sierra Madre sa Pantabangan, Nueva Ecija Sinasagisag ng Krus na ito ang mga nasira at sinirang mga puno sa kabundukan. Sa kabilang dako ang krus ding…

[Statement] “Everyone Especially the Government Should Be Concerned With the Welfare of the Poor” -Visayas Clergy Discernment Group

“Everyone Especially the Government Should Be Concerned With the Welfare of the Poor” A Lenten Message We, the bishops and clergy of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group are one with Pope Benedict XVI in his Lenten message to be “concerned for each other, to stir a response in love and good works” (Heb 10:24). This Lenten…

[People] Helping Others is Our Path to Happiness by Fr. Shay Cullen

Helping Others is Our Path to Happiness (Fr. Shay’s columns are published in The Manila Times, in publications in Ireland, the UK, Hong Kong, and on-line.) http://www.preda.org/en/news/fr-shays-articles/helping-others-is-our-path-to-happiness/ What brings out the crowds to cheer on a hero, a liberator, a Messiah like Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Gandhi, Martin Luther King and the greatest of all, Jesus…

[Press Release] Visayas Clergy, Bishops’ Lenten Message: Aquino Government Should be Concerned with the Poor’s Welfare

Visayas Clergy, Bishops’ Lenten Message: Aquino Government Should be Concerned with the Poor’s Welfare Bishop Gerardo Alminaza, head convenor of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group (VCDG), in a Lenten Message, called on the Aquino Government to show its concern for the poor Filipinos by taking steps to address the unabated oil price increases. Quoting Pope…

[People] Clerical Abuse of Children Must Rooted Out by Fr. Shay Cullen

Clerical Abuse of Children Must Rooted Out by Fr. Shay Cullen The conference recently held at the Vatican’s Gregorian University brought together cardinals, bishops, priests from over 100 countries and the heads of thirty-three religious orders to tackle the sexual abuse of children by catholic priests. Marie Collins from Ireland, abused at 13, by a…