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February 15, 2014 at 09:21 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
February 16, 2014 A poor man asked a priest, “Why am a poor? The priest answered, “Because you have not learned to give? “What can I give, I don’t have… (read more)
December 15, 2013 at 11:41 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
December 8, 2013 The 8th of December is important and meaningful for those of us who were raised strongly in the Catholic faith. It is the Solemnity of The Immaculate… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:54 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel Balagtas, D.Min
It was eight o'clock on a quiet night in the municipality of Izalco in Sonsonate, El Salvador. The parish priest, Padre Napo and his vicar, Padre Jorge, invited me to… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:52 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
  I still think fondly about my enjoyable trip to Guatemala and El Salvador. I think not so much about the places that I visited but the warm encounters that… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:21 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
If we only knew fully what were getting into, perhaps we may not have taken a path or decided on a kind of life. It could be a marriage, a… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:18 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
We get a treat of three parables in this Sunday's Mass. The first and second parables are preparatory to the third one, a much longer parable. The first one is… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:13 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel Balagtas
  "There is so much arrogance in this society," my friend complained when the receptionists of the gym where she exercised regularly treated her rudely. On that day she didn't… (read more)
October 13, 2013 at 10:05 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
"We are worthless servants, we have only done our duty," a secretary of a Cardinal referred to these words of the Gospel years ago during a dinner-tribute for his superior.… (read more)
March 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
Third Sunday of LentFebruary 24, 2013“Amour” (French for “love”) is an Oscar contender for best foreign film that you would want to watch if you’re looking for a dramatic movie… (read more)
January 26, 2013 at 06:01 PM PST
by Rev. Rodel G. Balagtas
The circumstances, consequences, and services of my father’s death and all the gatherings and prayers of families and friends are still vividly present in my mind. I’m sure that it’s… (read more)
November 9, 2012 at 05:01 PM PST
by Rev. Rodel G. Balagtas
  We began this month of November with two feast days that are close to our hearts as Catholics: All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. These subsequent feast days… (read more)
July 28, 2012 at 03:09 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
Joining the Goliaths of the world choirs! That’s what I thought as our children’s choir sung in front of the international judges of the World Choir Games in Cincinnati, Ohio… (read more)
July 28, 2012 at 03:03 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
We tend to think that we are different from people of other races, cultures, and tongues. At times, we may even feel inferior to them. But as we become more… (read more)
July 28, 2012 at 03:02 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
First, the admiration, then, the rejection. “Where did this man get all this? What kind of wisdom has been given him? What mighty deeds are wrought by his hands? Is… (read more)
July 28, 2012 at 02:41 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
At times, we become blind to the enormous graces that are around us. It’s because we tend to measure grace according to the vain values of the world, particularly popularity,… (read more)
May 19, 2012 at 07:38 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
“Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands and put my finger into the nail marks and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.”… (read more)
May 19, 2012 at 07:10 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
During the Chrism Mass last Monday at the Cathedral of Los Angeles, Archbishop Jose H. Gomez told us priests of the archdiocese to value our priesthood, for God has given… (read more)
May 19, 2012 at 06:42 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
I’ve been preaching about Jesus’ popularity lately. The Gospel of Mark relates how people sought him anywhere he went to listen to his preaching, to witness and to experience his… (read more)
May 18, 2012 at 09:31 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
I still think fondly of the intimate Mass I celebrated last Saturday with my family on my ailing father’s 80th birthday. It was a moment filled with depth, intimacy, laughter,… (read more)
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