Reflection Archive

  • For the last three years, three typhoons have devastated parts of Mindanao and the Visayas. Typhoon Yolanda was the latest and most destructive. Thousands have lost their lives and many more lost their houses and means of livelihood. Among those affected were Basic Ecclesial Communities  (BECs). Relief operations continue and the work of rehabilitation is just starting. The response coming...

    Disaster Relief & Rehabilitation: The Role of Affected BECs

    For the last three years, three typhoons have devastated parts of Mindanao and the Visayas. Typhoon Yolanda was the latest and most destructive. Thousands have lost their lives and many more lost their houses and means of livelihood. Among those affected were Basic Ecclesial Communities  (BECs). Relief operations continue and the work of rehabilitation is just starting. The response coming...

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  • By Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR   Before he was elected pope, Benedict XVI already envisioned a Church that would act as a creative minority, appropriating the idea of the historian Arnold Toynbee: “Here we must agree with Toynbee that the fate of a society always depends on its creative minorities. Christian believers should look upon themselves as just such...

    BECs as Creative Minorities

    By Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR   Before he was elected pope, Benedict XVI already envisioned a Church that would act as a creative minority, appropriating the idea of the historian Arnold Toynbee: “Here we must agree with Toynbee that the fate of a society always depends on its creative minorities. Christian believers should look upon themselves as just such...

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  • Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, SThD   A  few days before Christmas, I went to Cagayan de Oro to preside at the funeral  mass and burial of my cousin who perished in the flashflood  brought about by Typhoon Sendong. A few days  after Christmas I  visited Iligan  to celebrate the coming of the New Year with my sisters and their...

    To Care for the Earth

    Fr. Amado L. Picardal, CSsR, SThD   A  few days before Christmas, I went to Cagayan de Oro to preside at the funeral  mass and burial of my cousin who perished in the flashflood  brought about by Typhoon Sendong. A few days  after Christmas I  visited Iligan  to celebrate the coming of the New Year with my sisters and their...

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  • A New Way of Being Priest for a New Way of Being Church Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR During the National Gathering of Diocesan BEC Directors held last October 11-12, 2011 in Taytay, Rizal, the result of the initial survey on the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in the Philippines was discussed. One of the findings was the vital role that the...

    A New Way of Being Priest for a New Way of Being Church

    A New Way of Being Priest for a New Way of Being Church Fr. Amado Picardal, CSsR During the National Gathering of Diocesan BEC Directors held last October 11-12, 2011 in Taytay, Rizal, the result of the initial survey on the Basic Ecclesial Communities (BECs) in the Philippines was discussed. One of the findings was the vital role that the...

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  • In a book  which he wrote almost 40 years ago entitled “The Shape of the Church to Come,” Karl Rahner made a prediction: “The church in the future will be one built from below by basic communities as a result of free initiative and association. We should make every effort not to hold up this development, but to promote it...

    BECs: The Shape of the Church to Come

    In a book  which he wrote almost 40 years ago entitled “The Shape of the Church to Come,” Karl Rahner made a prediction: “The church in the future will be one built from below by basic communities as a result of free initiative and association. We should make every effort not to hold up this development, but to promote it...

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