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June 15, 2014 at 08:37 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
June 15, 2014 The words of St. Paul in 2 Corinthians 13: 11-13 would always relevant to us: “Brothers and sisters, rejoice. Mend your ways, encourage one another, agree with… (read more)
June 8, 2014 at 08:28 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
June 8, 2014 Fr. Andrew Chung’s words during his First Mass as a newly ordained priest still ring in my ears: “New vestments, new chalice, newly ordained priest…These are all… (read more)
June 1, 2014 at 08:24 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
June 1, 2014 When I see people praying ardently in church, I would remember Edith Stein, also known as St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a German Jewish philosopher who… (read more)
May 24, 2014 at 10:41 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
May 25, 2014 The advice of St. Peter to new converts to Christianity in the Second Reading this Sunday, 1 Peter 3:15-18, resonate with many us: “For it is better… (read more)
May 24, 2014 at 10:39 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
May 18, 2014 “Life can be messy,” I told my friend the other day as we were talking about the problems and challenges of people in families, parishes, and other… (read more)
May 24, 2014 at 10:36 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
May 11, 2014 While enjoying a quiet dinner with the monks of St. Andrew’s Abbey in Valyermo, California during my day-off last Thursday, Fr. Francis, the former abbot, was on… (read more)
May 24, 2014 at 10:31 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas
May 4, 2014 Yes, it’s official! Archbishop Jose H. Gomez has appointed me as a Member of St. John’s Seminary Faculty beginning the 1st of July this year. As I… (read more)
May 24, 2014 at 10:27 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
Palm Sunday 2014 It’s been five weeks since Malaysian Airline 370 was reported missing and, still, it has not been found despite massive search of several countries. Families have been… (read more)
April 26, 2014 at 09:51 AM PST
by Reverend Rodel G. Balagtas, D.Min.
April 25, 2014    We commemorated three principal mysteries in our liturgy last Holy Week during Holy Thursday Mass:  the institution of the Eucharist, the institution of the priesthood; and… (read more)
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)
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