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A saint for April: Blessed Margaret of Castello, O.P. – Rejected by people but a beloved of God

In our society, where medical testing can be done to assure that only children without defects are born, those who are born with handicaps are often regarded as “tragic” oversights. In this light, the “unwanted” of the world have a patron saint in a medieval woman who was born a crippled, blind and hunchbacked dwarf. […]

Men hurt, too

A few days before we celebrated the National Day of the Unborn last March 25, I received a text message from Anton (not his real name) inquiring if I could talk to him about the abortion that his girlfriend had.  I gave him my landline number and we talked for a few minutes, and arranged […]

Teaching sexuality to teens

One of the most challenging things that high school teachers face is handling questions of teens on sexuality.  In fact, as early as Grade 5 and 6, the students already shock the teachers when they blurt out comments that the teacher herself/himself had never dared to even think of at that age.   There is also […]

From those who put rice on our table

Have you ever walked through rice paddies? The other day was the first time for me to tread on the pilapil. In spite of all the care I took to follow the footsteps of the woman ahead of me who would kindly look back every so often to see if I was still there, then […]

“They lied to me”

“They lied to me” were the words of Luana Stoltenberg, guest speaker at the Nurses for Life Forum on “Dealing with abuse and pregnancy-related trauma” last February 24.  Over 200 nursing students and registered nurses listened to Luana and Kay Painter, her co-speaker, relate how the legalization of abortion in the USA has made it […]

Abused and harassed

Abuse and harassment often go hand in hand in violent situations.  In my work with physically and sexually abused girls and women, one of the pains experienced by the victim and her family is not only the acts of abuse but the harassment that follows for many days, weeks or even months.  Observers often wonder […]

The tongue can be a deadly sword

“Gossip, gossip, gossip” — that is the title of a tiny pamphlet I saw in a bookshop. I bought it and read in half an hour but I have been thinking about it for several days as it contains so much wealth for reflection.  The author is Jean E. Laird, and since most of you […]

You knit me together in my mother’s womb

“It was you who formed my inmost part and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Even my bones were known to you when I was being formed in secret, fashioned in the depths of the earth. I thank you for the wonders you have done.” (Psalm 139:13-15) I like to knit.  I knit bags, […]

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The Truth About Human Love – Orientations on Conjugal Love, Gender Ideology and Family Legislation

“By its very nature the gift of the person must be lasting and irrevocable. The indissolubility of marriage flows in the first place from the very essence of that gift: the gift of one person to another person. This reciprocal giving of self reveals the spousal nature of love. In their marital consent the bride […]