In its joint board meeting on July 6, 2017, the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) Episcopal Commission on the Laity and the Sangguniang Laiko ng Pilipinas (Council of the Laity of the Philippines) approved the admission of the Dominican Laity - Philippine Province as council member. The decision was reached through the recommendation of Bishop Honesto Ongtioco of Cubao, Bishop Antonio Tobias of Novaliches, Bishop Leopoldo Jaucian, SVD of Bangued (Abra), Archbishop Angel Lagdameo of Jaro (Iloilo), and Bishop Guillermo Afable of Digos (Davao del Sur).
By Sis. Belen L. Tangco, O.P.
We are happy to share that the Dominican Month of Peace was launched yesterday (2 December 2017) at the St. Lorenzo Ruiz Parish Church, Dagatdagatan, Navotas, Metro Manila.
At 3:00 p.m , Rev. Fr. Butch Bombase (Asia-Pacific Coordinator for Justice & Peace) presided over the Eucharistic celebration, with Concelebrants Prior Provincial V. Rev. Fr. Napoleon Sipalay (Homilist); Rev. Fr. Victor Calvo (DPP Coordinator for JP), Rev. Fr. Dolfo Canceran, Rev. Fr. Pablo Tiong, (UST Vice-Rector for Religious Affairs), Rev. Fr. Bienvenido Trinilla, (Former JP Coordinator), and Rev. Fr. Ogie Quirao (Superior of St. Lorenzo Ruiz Dominican House).
This is the homily delivered by Fr. Cielito R. Almazan, OFM, minister provincial of the Order of Friars Minor (Province of San Pedro Bautista), during the celebration of the solemnity of our holy father, St. Dominic de Guzman (8 August 2017, Santo Domingo Church, Quezon City).
The gospel informs us, Jesus’ disciples, that “we are the salt of the earth. We are the light of the world.” Jesus says this right after the beatitudes when he was preaching in Galilee. This passage belongs to a bigger context, in chapters 5-7, entitled Sermon on the Mount. The Sermon on the Mount does not stop at the eight Beatitudes.Thus when I come across these affirmations, “You are the salt, you are the light of the world,” I am scared because I cannot truly become the salt and light of the world, if I am not completely living the beatitudes. How can I be the salt and light of the world if I am not poor in spirit, not merciful, not meek, not single-hearted, not peacemaker, etc.? It is not only me or single individuals who is addressed here, it is the community. That you is plural, not singular, in Greek. It is us, Dominicans, Franciscans and all other Christians.