Written on 22 July 2014, 19.59 by Gene C.Alberto

 (faith matters)

By: What does the Church teach about divorce?

When the Song of Songs speaks of marital commitment as a love that “deep waters cannot quench…nor rivers sweep…away(8:7), it reminds us of an important reality to which the Catholic Church bears witness:  A valid sacramental marriage between two baptized Christians is permanent.  No power on earth can dissolve it.  It remains until death of one of the spouses.

Does this teaching apply in our culture today?

This may be an unpopular position to take in our culture today, but it’s based on the explicit teaching of Jesus.  He said with regard to married couples:  “They are no longer two, but one flesh.  Therefore, what God has joined together, no human being must separate” (Mt. 19:6).  For this reason, the Catholic Church opposes divorce.

Jesus went on to say that those who have been validly married commit adultery if they attempt to remarry by taking another partner (see Mt 19:9) Why?  Because they are still married to the original spouse.

Nevertheless, Jesus noted a special case:  When a first marriage is “unlawful,” He said, the ban on remarriage doesn’t apply, because the first union was not valid (see Mt 19:9).  A true, “lawful” marriage didn’t exist in the first place.

In this light, the Church recognizes that not all attempts at marriage are valid, even if they have been legally recognized by civil authorities.  Certain conditions invalidate attempts to marry.  For example, if a woman were forced to take vow against her will, or a man attempted to take his sister as wife, the resulting “marriage” would be invalid.

When does the Church grant an annulment?

When the Church grants an annulment, therefore, it’s not providing a “Catholic divorce.”  Rather, the Church is declaring an instance of the special case Jesus noted: Civil authorities may have legally recognized a...


The Dirt of the Streets

  My ideals caught me into nothing. I am ashamed. It’s late at night when my friends and I left school. A boy came begging. I just made a gentle tap on his head and said sorry. Then came another boy whose eyes were lifeless. I froze and stared intently. The window where his poor soul could see is trapped in gray lines – there is not even a glow. My friends say that I should be careful as he was about to unzip my bag. I ignored them and my mind was imprisoned by the eyes of nothingness. My nose even betrayed me so as not to smell the scent of rugby floating in the air (as my friends also say.) Should I fear? Well, surprisingly not. Part of me somewhat say I am negligent or partly liable. Should it be proper to give him a coin? He will probably have another bottle of rugby. Since I didn’t give him anything – I felt better. Am I guilty? The boy and his friend are still in Buendia tonight. They are probably lost in the dark corners of the city stretching their arms with opened palms. Strangers like I am won’t even bother to take a look at their faces, only but cold or even harsh treatment. Besides, the area is a busy district where millions are created in short a span of time. Indifference has turned a sprouting bud into a dried piece called dirt of the streets.

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Come Holy Spirit

As I am writing this article, I still can’t believe I did it. I passed our most feared nursing licensure exam. It is the summary of our four years of sleepless nights, everything we’ve learned, and everything we’ve sacrificed for. Now it is real, finally, we can attach the letters “RN” after our names.


Looking back, I realize the very reason why I made it. It is not me; it is God’s Holy Spirit that worked through me. Some may find it unbelievable, but I find it very true because I have experienced it myself.  Through the years that I believe in the triune God and make the sign of the cross as a Catholic, It is just lately that I’ve realized that I never really called upon the Holy Spirit that much. For me, it was enough that I believe in God’s third persona, but I never made an effort to get to know how much it can do or what it is really like to be filled by it. Not until it had revealed itself to me during the time of my preparation for the Board exams.


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SAAP LeComs Recognized for their years of Service


Last June 7, 2014, an Archdiocesan Recognition Day for Lay Liturgical Ministers was held at the Minor Basilica of the Immaculate Conception (Manila Cathedral).


St. Andrew the Apostle Parish is very fortunate that 2 members of the Liturgical ministry were recognized that day. Ms. Corie Gomez and Ms. Ging Santos have tirelessly served various ministries, and are still serving as Lectors/Commentators of the parish.



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