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Being a Priest Is a Grace, Not a Privilege

December 1, 2016

Two new Columban priests were ordained in Chile – Rafael Ramírez and Gonzalo Borquez

"The priesthood is a grace. It is not a privilege. It is not a means to get something better for oneself. It is an undeserved gift, where Jesus Christ, the one Eternal High Priest allows us to participate in his ministry. You have been called to announce the Good News of the Gospel. To this, you have been called."

Indo-Fijian Fire-walking at Nadera Temple

December 1, 2016

Today I went to take photos of the fire-walking at the Hindu temple at Nadera, a few miles from Suva. In the early 20th century, the British colonial government brought indentured laborers from to Fiji from South India. The laborers brought their ancient practice of fire-walking with them. I arrived to find a large crowd already seated on the benches parallel to the 30 foot long fire pit. In this pit there were smoldering ashes, six inches deep, of logs which had been burning for the previous twelve hours. A dozen men and women of different ages had undergone purification rituals for nine days and, on returning from bathing in the sea, would be led across the hot ashes by the Hindu priest.

The Philippine War on Drugs

December 1, 2016

The war on drugs initiated by President Rodrigo Duterte on July 1, 2016, has made headlines around the world. The 5th commandment, “Thou shall not kill” while widely promoted, is ignored. Most of the extra judicial killings take place among the poor. Even women are killed. Children also caught in cross-fire.


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