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April 19, 2014 at 08:35 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
April 20, 2014, Easter Sunday I always remember what my spiritual mentor, Nim Gonzales, once said, “At times, the unpleasant things that we reject in our lives, such as our… (read more)
April 5, 2014 at 09:56 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
April 6, 2014FifthSunday of Lent  The Pope broke another protocol. Usually, he confesses to a priest in private, but two weeks ago, he surprised everyone at St. Peter's Basilica. He… (read more)
March 29, 2014 at 04:49 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
March 30, 2014 Can we all be amazed by what God can do for each of us? Can we believe in God that anoints, heals, calls, invites, and sends? Can… (read more)
March 22, 2014 at 11:24 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
In challenging and difficult times, how can we maintain peace? What we can we do to keep our minds sane and our spirits high? “We’ll just have to keep hoping… (read more)
March 16, 2014 at 11:07 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
March 16, 2014 I feel immensely inspired in my Catholic faith and in my vocation as priest after I attended the LA Archdiocese's 2014 Religious Education Congress at the Convention… (read more)
March 1, 2014 at 09:04 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
March 2, 2014 “Do not worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will take care of itself.” These words of Jesus are wise and unburdening but they’re challenging. It’s because for many of… (read more)
February 22, 2014 at 01:20 PM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
February 23, 2014               When Jesus said in the Gospel that he came not to abolish the Law but to fulfill it, he meant it well. In fact, he wants… (read more)
February 15, 2014 at 10:39 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min
February 16, 2014   In his homily on Valentine’s Day, Pope Francis reminded all that love is “not a mere emotion, a psycho-physical state…it is a relationship, a growing reality.”… (read more)
January 19, 2014 at 08:23 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
January 19, 2014 The cool and refreshing wind of Naga caresses my face and reminds me of my youthful days in the minor seminary. I remember those days vividly, particularly… (read more)
January 11, 2014 at 08:59 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel Balagtas, D.Min
January 12, 2013Have you been in a place with people from around the world? If so, you must have found it to be an amazing experience. You must have realized… (read more)
December 22, 2013 at 08:42 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
December 22, 2013 Once again, the Simbang Gabi Masses in our parish have been filled with excitement, joy and faith. Each early morning has been a period of reflection, heartfelt… (read more)
December 15, 2013 at 11:36 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
December 15, 2013 I was in awe of the beauty of the liturgies and the devotion of our parishioners during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe last Thursday. I… (read more)
November 22, 2013 at 01:46 PM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
We’ve all heard the urging of the Holy Spirit to help victims of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines. We’ve all been moved with compassion and kindness as we saw pictures… (read more)
November 15, 2013 at 04:46 PM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
Archbishop Socrates Villegas has written a prayer in behalf of Filipinos on the tragic devastations of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. Here’s an excerpt of his prayer: Lord we are in great need.… (read more)
November 9, 2013 at 09:46 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
November 10, 2013The First Reading of last Sunday’s Mass from the Book of Wisdom still echoes in my mind. “For you love all things that are and loathe nothing that you… (read more)
November 2, 2013 at 09:52 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
November 3, 2013 Some time ago, a parishioner caught my attention when she expressed her concern about the “forgotten souls”: those who have no one praying for them anymore. They… (read more)
October 26, 2013 at 09:45 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
I’ve said many times in my homilies that our Christian spirituality or piety is not just about receiving grace but also about sharing grace. It’s not just about the Church… (read more)
October 18, 2013 at 02:48 PM PST
by By Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
Many of us need to have a wider understanding of the concept of prayer. Some of us think that prayer is just coming to church for an hour on Sunday,… (read more)
October 12, 2013 at 03:18 PM PST
by Rev. Fr. Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
"The word of God is not chained," St. Paul says in his letter to Timothy as he was suffering in prison, chained because of his passion for spreading the Gospel… (read more)
September 20, 2013 at 12:39 PM PST
by Rev. Rodel G. Balagtas
One of my great mentors in the seminary taught me and my peers not only to be holy but also to be prudent, not in the sense of acquiring a… (read more)
August 24, 2013 at 09:18 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel Balagtas, D.Min.
August 25, 2013It 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… (read more)
August 17, 2013 at 03:21 PM PST
by Rev. Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
He is a 52 years old parish priest like me. He is Padre Carlos Enrique Castellano, who  works tirelessly as pastor of San Miguel Febres Cordero in Guatemala City. Despite… (read more)
August 10, 2013 at 08:39 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
August 11, 2013A priest flew thousands of miles to spend a month with the community of Mother Teresa in Calcutta, India. He was in a stage of discernment for God's… (read more)
August 3, 2013 at 08:37 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
August 4, 2013"Vanity of vanities. All things are vanities!" Some thinkers say that these words from the Book of Ecclesiastes are the harshest words of the Old Testament Bible and… (read more)
July 27, 2013 at 08:32 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
July 28, 2013God knows those of us who work so hard and who patiently fulfill our responsibilities and obligations. God knows our fidelity to him and our persistence to live… (read more)
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