St. Catherine of Siena – The Apostolate of Public Opinion
In the book “Tiempo de Caminar”, Ana Sastre describes how important it was, in the life and teachings of the Founder, St. Josemaria Escriva, to do an intense “Apostolate of Public Opinion”.
“The Father has always encouraged us to write and speak, with ‘gift of tongues’, in order to spread the truth about the Church and about Opus Dei. He has always insisted that one of the greatest evils is ignorance: and we have to talk courageously and truthfully about what we have in our heads and in our hearts… This ‘apostolate of public opinion’ can be done in several ways: from a Theology lecture, to an article in a newspaper, to a simple conversation with a friend, say, while walking along the corridor…”
On this Feast of St. Catherine of Siena, I’m doing a brief and simple ‘Apostolate of Public Opinion exercise’ with my friends, via the social networks. I have made them choose any among the following topics:
(1) “Civic Responsibility and the Elections” [show sample on slideshare.net]
(2) “Pope Francis”:
(3) Opus Dei (the Founder, Venerable Bishop Alvaro, Bishop-Prelate Javier, etc. etc.)
(4) any apostolic activity.
I gave them the following REFERENCE to READ: http://opusdeitoday.org/2012/07/cyberapostolate-and-pinterest/
Here are the outputs:
Recently, Judge Rowena Tan gave a talk on voting wisely in the upcoming election to young professionals in Mayana Center. She underscored our responsibility to vote for candidates who are pro-life and will defend the rights and dignity of the person. It’s crucial to know the background and track record of the candidates.The attendees found her talk very inspirational.
Mentoring in the University
I didn’t realize how great an impact mentoring would do, until we started this coaching activity with a small group of mentees from among our students in the Insitute of Tourism and Hotel Management. Taking it from the encouragement of and the help of Dr. Navie Veloria, the proprietor of the Philippine Association of Life Coaches, we used the mentoring materials like the Personal Development plan, modules on time management, the hedgehog principle, etc. the bi-monthly, one-on-one meet-ups with the students became fruitful. An interesting feedback we got from the students who used the love and relationship workbook, said that it has helped them value more their relationships with their loved ones. They have seen how they have to make their relationships more God-centerd, the the value of human dignity and the respect they owe the other person.
Civic Responsibility in the Coming Elections
One of a citizen’s indispensable rights and duties is the right to vote, the right to choose in conscience, one’ s choice of candidates of future government leaders. With this in mind one has to go out and vote or exercise the right of suffrage. We cannot just abstain or leave this to chance. First, one has to know and be aware of our country’s current political situation, her choice of candidates: their educational background and competence, moral background and their platform. Voting with a right conscience would mean choosing candidates with moral integrity and concern for the public good. Our country’s good governance and future depend a lot on the voice of the people. Let us put our good intentions to action.
Pope Francis on the Priesthood
by: Mimi Fabe
Pope Francis constantly upholds the missionary character of the Church focusing on the fact that the very nature of the Church is reflected in the palpable presence of Christ in the world. An excerpt of his writings: “Teachers of the faith need to get out of their cave,” and the clergy “out of the sacristy.” From this assertion, we can glean two things within the elements of Pope Francis’ understanding of the mission of the priesthood: greatness and nothingness.
First, on nothingness. Pope Francis wanted that his parish priests to live and empathize with their people, and to experience the same conditions as their people, deep within the context of radical simplicity and poverty. This status, he contended, is apt both for the continued pedagogy of the gospel, and the inspiring mediating role of the priest. Furthermore, it reflects the vibrant witness of the early mendicant orders within the environment of a world that was deeply hostile to the gospel.
Second, the greatness. Pope Francis wants priests to rediscover their liturgical–theological core in their everyday life. Francis has warned priests against the dangers of ambition, clericalism, and careerism within the Church. Instead, he led the way with his example of directness and strength. Finally, Francis highlighted the need for “purity of heart.” Conformity to Christ through purity of heart allows the priest to be in the world by means of the active mediation of grace through the sacraments, and through the tireless giving of self in a myriad of ways.
by: Elaine Sarmiento
The month of May begins tomorrow. The bookstores and newspapers will remind us of Mother’s day on May 12. Let’s not forget to bring a little something. What about roses – the flower symbol of May?
May has also been traditionally dedicated to our heavenly Mother Mary. One of the wonderful traditions of Filipinos is a pilgrimage to Our Lady of Antipolo – that ‘panata’ (commitment) of many to visit Our Lady of Antipolo, even if they have to wake up early in order to find an inch of space or so in or just outside the Church which is usually packed to the choir loft every single day of May.
I’m sure Mother Mary smiles lovingly at all her Filipino children who try to honor her in that way.
Humble as he was, St. Josemaría would tell his followers not to imitate him in any way. But he made an exception my saying that we can imitate him in his love for Mother Mary, whom he reverently called ‘Our Lady’. He taught us to pray the rosary with devotion, and to honor her every Saturday by doing something special for her, like a visit to the sick or poor people of Our Lady.