A Pilgrim’s Notes: VIRTUE FASCINATES

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP      In life, virtues are necessary and attractive sources of goodness and happiness. In classical ethics, in moral and spiritual theology, the study of virtue constitutes a fundamental significant chapter. Hereafter I wish to reflect on virtue and...

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A Pilgrim’s Notes: THE ENCHANTING WORLD OF DIVINE GRACE

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP          Who is a Christian? A Christian may be correctly defined as a baptized person, who is loyal to the Blessed Trinity – to the grace of the Holy Spirit. Divine grace is the foundation of our being and acting as Christians, who are called to a...

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Significant Work of Mercy: FRATERNAL CORRECTION

                FAUSTO GOMEZ OP (faustogomezb@yahoo.com)    Through Christian tradition, the corporal works of mercy were generally focused on almsgiving while the spiritual works of mercy on admonishing the sinner, usually understood as fraternal correction or...

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Remembering Saint John Paul II

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP On October 22, 2016 the Church celebrates the feast of Saint John Paul II: October 22 (1978) was the day of his papal inauguration. The Polish Pope was proclaimed a Saint by Pope Francis on April 27, 2014. Earlier, Pope Benedict XVI proclaimed him...

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A PILGRIM’S NOTES: Education and Moral Education

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP      We are told that about 70 million children worldwide do not go to school and around 1.7 million teachers are needed to provide “a qualified primary education at a global level.” As Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistani girl wounded by the Taliban...

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The powerful sound of SILENCE

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP When I was a student of philosophy, we had a holy and wise Master of Students, Fr. Luis López de las Heras. He gave us a lecture every Saturday morning. One lecture that lingered in my mind for life was his talk on silence, a silence he practiced in...

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Mary, Mother of Mercy

FAUSTO GOMEZ OP        The mother, our mother, is the icon and model of mercy and tenderness. Saint John Vianney, a lovely soul, says that the Blessed Virgin is better than the best of mothers. Hence, Mary is the Mother of Mercy, Mater Misericordiae.        Mary is...

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An Educator’s Reflection on God’s Love

Time flies! It was a quarter of a century ago when I graduated from high school. 25 years is not a short period, and indeed a period I dare not take for granted. I always wonder will I be the same if I have never received the education I have received, or if I have...

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