SHIT in the time of COVID

SHIT in the time of COVID

The following was forwarded to me, and instead of trashing it because of its title and its unknown origin (although its references are mostly Christian), I gave it a chance—and I am thankful I did. It’s not as offensive as its “cover” made it seem. So I urge you to...
‘My daughter is a lesbian’

‘My daughter is a lesbian’

What do you say when your only daughter admits to being a lesbian? You say nothing; your tears say everything. For my friend “Leila,” it is a moment no mother—or father—is ever prepared for. She and her husband “Orly” were thrilled to be treated to lunch at a high-end...
A letter lights a candle in the dark

A letter lights a candle in the dark

Sometimes my email inbox yields something so precious that I feel it must reach as many eyes and ears as possible.  One example is this one sent to me by my dear nuns at the Sœurs de la FamilleMissionnaire de Notre-Dame convent in Cannes, France. It is a letter from a...
Ningas-kugon

Ningas-kugon

Are Filipinos that forgiving or are we simply forgetful?In our Social Studies (in the 50s in my case), we were taught about the destructive habits or attitudes of the Filipinos—the Manana Habit, Talangka Mentality, Filipino Time, Ningas-kugon, Colonial Mentality,...
Living the ‘holiness of normality’

Living the ‘holiness of normality’

At an age when people, especially millennials, seem to seek personal fulfilment through high-profile accomplishments, one woman has just been recognized as a model of sanctity through devoting her life to teaching chemistry—without fanfare. She is Guadalupe Ortiz de...

How do we solve the problem of Duterteeeeee?

EIGHTEEN months into office and still, Rodrigo Duterte escapes identification; well, at least as far as my little world is concerned. Whenever two or more people are gathered, and the discussion drifts into politics, there Duterte is in the midst of them. Whether it’s...