[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.…

[People] Supporting the good, honest NGOs by Fr. Shay Cullen

Supporting the good, honest NGOs by Fr. Shay Cullen These days the good name of non-government organizations (NGOs), church charities and people’s organizations in the Philippines have been dragged into the mud and disrepute by the corrupt acts of politicians who used fake NGOs and charities and even government agencies to launder stolen public funds…

[People] New laws needed to block child porn by Fr. Shay Cullen

New laws needed to block child porn by Fr. Shay Cullen When a German national child abuse suspect was arrested and jailed in Butuan city, Mindanao earlier this year, police found incriminating evidence in his laptop computer, of horrific photos of small Filipino boys as young as 8 years old being sexually abused by the…