On Empty Stomach (Reflection on JN 6:44-51)

by Johanne Arceo When the lockdown was announced, I found it quite interesting to witness how we are quick to differentiate our basic needs from our excesses. It has become common to hear the terms “essential” and “non-essential” in describing our purchases and activities. Faced with the looming uncertainty of this lockdown’s extent and the... Continue Reading →

“Father, why have you forsaken me?”

Photo by Noel Celis/AFP Reflection written by Johanne Arceo It still baffles me why they wanted to kill Jesus so much. Why would they go as far as torturing him? What could have possibly caused such outrageous hatred? All these unsettling questions lead me to a more unsettling realization: Evil is real. Evil -- the... Continue Reading →

Of Crazy Decisions and Coming Home

Written by Johanne Arceo The 18th afternoon of chilly January 2018 saw me on an unusually nostalgic state. I was packing up my things after a day’s work, ready to begin my 30-minute walk from Ateneo to our house, when it suddenly hit me that it was not just another ordinary day. That day marked... Continue Reading →

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