LEARN TO LIVE, LIVE TO LEARN
“To know much and taste nothing-of what use is that?” ―St. Bonaventure of Bagnoregio
"Dear Kuya Jeff, reminiscing about the times you dubbed me your favorite Bible student at Greenbelt Chapel brings a smile. You're my go-to faith guide, effortlessly unraveling intricate aspects for someone like me. By the way, what defines an International Shrine, and how does it differ from a Basilica? Eager for your insights. Wishing you a swift recovery, and blessings to you." - Net O.
"Dear Kuya Jeff, I'm so thrilled about the Lenten pilgrimage to Rizal that you are spearheading in March in view of the 2024 Year of Prayer announced by Pope Francis. I'll be bringing my co-teacher to this prayerful event. We always appreciate learning from you and enjoy the journey. I have a question about the customs and traditions we observe at the beginning of each year, such as the Feast of the Black Nazarene in Quiapo and the Feast of the Sto. Nino in Cebu, Tondo, Pandacan, and various cities and towns nationwide. Are the Black Nazarene and Sto. Nino considered idols? Do Catholics engage in statue worship? Thank you for taking the time to address my query, and we look forward to reconnecting with you this Lenten season. God bless you and your family." - Agnes C.
"Hello Kuya Jeff, I hope you're having a joyful start to the new year. I participated in the Advent pilgrimage to Zambales last December and am excited about joining more of the Catholic formation programs you'll be leading this year. I've been curious about something and wanted to ask you. I've observed a mathematical expression displayed on the doors of some houses. While the symbols are consistent, the calculations vary. Does it somehow relate to the sizes of the rooms inside? Could you enlighten me on its meaning and whether it holds any religious significance? I appreciate your insights in advance. May God bless you!" - J.M.
"Dear Kuya Jeff, I came across your post exploring the parallels between Augustus and Jesus, and it truly opened my eyes to the importance of not overlooking details in the Gospel narrative. Your insights consistently inspire the Bible student within me, and I appreciate your willingness to share your thoughts. I've been pondering a question lately and would love your input. Regarding the infants massacred in Bethlehem, it seems they couldn't have desired martyrdom, given their infancy and lack of understanding. Can we consider them true martyrs, the Holy Innocents? I'm eager to hear your perspective, ideally before the Feast of Holy Innocents. Wishing you a swift recovery and a joyful Christmas!" - Inocencio T.
"Dear Kuya Jeff, besides the decree for a census in the Roman world during Jesus' birth, is there any additional importance or significance to the inclusion of Caesar Augustus in the Christmas narrative?" - R.V.
"Dear Kuya Jeff, I attend your Bible Studies in Makati, and I appreciate the opportunities you provide for addressing our pressing questions. Ako po yung nagask about biblical foundations of Mama Mary's immaculate conception. Hoping to receive readings about this topic. Thank you and Merry Christmas." - C.G.
"Hey Kuya Jeff, I was wondering if you could help me explain the concept of Nephilim to my friend. We had a pretty intense discussion earlier, and he strongly believes that Nephilim are the offspring of fallen angels and humans. This topic came up during our Bible Study at DBP, and I felt that the text was actually referring to the intermarriage between the descendants of Seth and Cain. However, I'm not sure how to address my friend's belief without making him feel like I'm attacking his perspective. I'd really appreciate it if you could share some Catholic documents and references that can shed light on this matter." - Yanyan G
"Kuya Jeff, with reference to the third commandment, we grew up believing that Sunday "replaced" the day of the Sabbath after Jesus' resurrection. Could you please provide additional discussion on this? Initially, related results that I got from the web either (a) refutes Sunday as the day that Jesus rose from the dead or (b) states that the Bible did not explicitly intend such replacement. Thank you for understanding." ~Erwin B.
"And with Mary, our Mother, we sing our song!"
Faced with absence of leadership and membership decline in 2014, remnant members of New Life Children's Choir and Our Lady of Fatima Youth Choir continued to provide musical leadership and support for the weekend liturgical services in the Our Lady of Fatima community chapel in Mauban Street, Manresa, Quezon City. During its forming stage, the group had nine members namely, Angielo Gargante, Ace Gutierrez Nini Labagril, Charina Leona, Lulu Baclayo, Marriane Gacuma, Evelyn Salagubang and siblings Princess and Rench Ladrillo. In the following year, vissionary youth leader Angielo Gargante assumed leaderhip of the group and sought seeking assistance from different mentors for the group's spiritual formation and various conductors for its choral training.
"Kuya Jeff, my purpose for writing is to ask about Mary Magdalene. Was she Jesus' love interest? Was she a reformed prostitute? If so, is there biblical support for this persistent view? Talk to you soon Kuya." - R. Mendoza
Jeff Jacinto, PhD, DHum