Corazon Damo-Santiago

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Santiago is a former regional director of the Department of Education-National Capital Region. She is currently a faculty member of Mater Redemptoris Collegium in Calauan, Laguna, and of Mater Redemptoris College in San Jose City, Nueva Ecija.

Angels in the world

Philosophers stress the rationale for angels. “A perfect God would necessarily create the best of all possible worlds. So He created angels who do not belong to man’s concept of matter, time and space.”

From the Garden of the Cross

Who can fathom the love of God for men? He created a perfect world for man’s first parents, Adam and Eve, endowed them with wisdom of immensely high order and freedom from suffering and death. But, they still committed the “pride of life” and wanted to be gods.

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Most Holy Name of Mary

God destined the Blessed Virgin Mary, the epitome of sanctity, to be the Mother of Christ, so she was fashioned with exceptional holiness. She found “favor with God” (Luke 1:30), which she acknowledged with total humility.

Saint Lutgard of Aywieres, mystic

The Sacred Heart is Christ, the Savior, the Word Incarnate, the Redeemer, the Son of God. Through the ages, Jesus appeared to saints, with assigned tasks to honor His Sacred Heart. To Saint Lutgard (Lutgardis) of Aywieres is attributed the “first mystic revelation of Christ’s heart.”

The Holy Trinity

God, through the centuries, revealed Himself to holy people to inspire them in their works for His kingdom. Although Jesus, while on earth, alluded to the Holy Spirit in some events in His discourses and teachings, never was it fully revealed.

Mary, Mother of the Church

There were 162 statues of saints in Saint Peter’s Square but not one image of Our Lady. This was Msgr. Josemaria Escriva’s side remark to Pope John Paul II during gathering of university students from different part of the world in Rome in 1980.

May for Mary’s queenship

Mary is the queen of May—the month of flowers and new growth. The ancient Greeks dedicated the month of May to Artemis, the goddess of virginity, chastity, childbirth and fertility, among others.

Saint Julie Billiart, foundress

The French Revolution targeted the nobility and the Catholic Church.  Considered as a Reign of Terror, anti-Catholic Church provisions outlawed public and private worship and religious education, closed churches, forced abjuration of priests of their religious vows and even forced the clergy to marry.  

Saint Blaise, Bishop and Martyr

A queue stands at the center aisle of the altar in churches every February 3. The faithful await for the Sacramental Rite to be administered by the priest. The priest rests two long candles in the form of a Saint Andrew’s cross on the neck, prays for the intercession of Saint Basil to heal sore and other throats ailments believers.

Emmanuel: God is with us

Jesus was born on the first Christmas Day. His coming to the world in man’s likeness was not without unreparable consequences. Lucifer, the greatest of all angels, could not accept the “undignified plan to bow to a God of flesh and bones.”

Immaculate Conception

On December 8, 1854, the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was declared a dogma, although the Holy Mother was acknowledged as the most holy of person on earth by the early Church.

Purgatory for purification

“Eternal Father, I offer Thee, the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus in union with the masses said throughout the world today for all the Holy Souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my home and within my family. Amen.”

Our Lady of the Rosary


Mother of Penitent Sinners

“You sinners, when you want my help, call me Mother of Mercy, yet at the same time, do not cease by your sins to make me a Mother of sorrows and anguish” (Saint Alphonsius de Liguori in the Glories of Mary).

Saint Oscar Romero, Bishop and Martyr

Archbishop Romero concluded his sermon on the Parable of the Grain of Wheat: “Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ will live like the grain of wheat that dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies…. We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.”

Our Lady of the Rosary

First of two parts

Saint Pope Pius V declared October 7 as the Feast of Our Lady of Victory. He later changed it to Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary after the Holy League defeated the Turks in the Battle of Lepanto, off the coast of Greece, in a place now called Naupactos.

Martyrs of September 2 

France was populated with Catholics prior to social and political upheavals in 1787. The agitations reached initial climax in 1789, thus, the expression Revolution of 1789 to denote the end of ancient regime in France.

Saint Elizabeth of Portugal

Peace means serenity, calmness, quietude or stillness. But during the early times when the rulers of countries desired to acquire foreign lands or settle disputes, they go on invasions and conquests. So peace is the absence of war.

Saint Ephrem, Deacon and Doctor of the Church

“Lord, who can grasp all of the wealth of just one of Your words? What we understand is much less than we leave behind, like thirsty people who drink from a fountain. For Your word, Lord, has many shades of meaning, just as those who study have many different points of view.

Saint Boniface, bishop and martyr

Mother Earth is man’s home. Thus, man ought to live in harmony with nature. The Celtics, Frisians and Saxons of Europe in the Middle Ages did not only take care of nature. They revered, worshipped and performed devotional rituals to honor trees.

Saint Dymphna, Virgin and Martyr

After Saint Dymphna’s death, some lunatics wandered in the countryside of Gheel in Belgium. They slept there and woke up cured. Since then she was called the “patron saint of people afflicted with mental and spiritual afflictions” (Saint Dymphna, Many miracles were recorded at her shrine in Gheel.

Our Lady of the Abandoned

‘IN this city one finds many very important pious and charitable works. However, there is one great need, and that is a hospital or a house where the innocent, the poor and the mad can be cared for. There are many such people wandering this city.”

The Good Shepherd

The sheep is an animal that cannot survive on its own. It is a species with an “intelligence quotient close to the bottom of the scale,” said David Murray in HeadHeartHand.

We are the Easter people

EASTER is derived from the word Eostre, the pagan goddess of the season of the sun and rebirth during Ostarum, a pagan spring festival. It was a spring of the nomad Jews, who coated their tent poles with blood of animals to frighten hostile spirits.

Redemption for all

At early morning on the first day of the week while still dark, Mary of Magdala went to the tomb of Jesus. She carried burial clothes and spices so Jesus can be buried properly in accordance with Jewish custom.

Saint Paul, Apostle to the Gentiles

Saint Paul is one of the two pillars of the church together with Saint Peter, the first pope. While in prison, Paul wrote to Timothy to express his firmness in faith even in adverse situations: “I have fought the good fight to the end. I have run the race to the finish. I have kept the faith” (2 Timothy 4:6-7). Good is an understatement, for Paul lived his life only for Christ after his conversion.

The incorruptible saints

Ash Wednesday is a ritual of truth. The priest makes the sign of the cross on the forehead of everyone on the queue. He tells each one: “For you are dirt and to dirt you shall return” (Genesis 3:19). Simply said: Man is a corruptible being.

Saints Francisco and Jacinta Marto, the children of Fatima

Francisco and his younger sister, Jacinta, with their cousin, Lucia de Jesus dos Santos, have walked on holy grounds at Cova da Iria, saw and spoke with the Angel of Peace thrice in the fields of Casa Velha, spoke several times with the Blessed Mother on the holm tree at Cova da Iria and witnessed the miracle of the sun at Fatima.

Saint Agnes, virgin and martyr 

Dismal and pathetic it was to be a woman before the advent of Christianity. Dreary and frightful, as well. In societies where husbands enjoy patria protestas (paternal power) as head of a family or families, they had the power of life and death over their wives and children.

The Black Nazarene

Millions of Filipinos venerate the Poong Itim na Nazareno (Black Nazarene), a life-sized statue of Jesus fallen under the weight of the cross on his way to calvary.

‘Simbang Gabi’ in PHL

An old European folklore narrates that Jesus was born at the stroke of midnight on December 25. To the rooster was assigned the honorable task of announcing Jesus’ birth. So, the rooster flies to the roof of the stable to proclaim “in a human voice—Christ is born.”

Saint Eligius: Bishop 

Eligius was tasked to shod the hoof of a horse. But the horse was reluctant. A mystique, he thought that the horse is possessed by a demon. He cut the leg while the horse remained standing on three legs. After he has reshod the amputated leg, he made the sign of the cross and connected it without difficulty.

Saint Josaphat Kunseyvc, bishop and martyr

Orthodox is derived from the Greek word Orthodoxia, which means the right opinion or adherence to correct or accepted creeds. The Orthodox Church, founded by Jesus Christ and his apostles on Pentecost Sunday of 33 AD, witnessed the descent of the Holy Spirit. For decades the Church has been divided between the Latin-speaking West with Rome as its center, and the Greek-speaking East with Constantinople as its seat.