Archive for December 3rd, 2009

Another AgustinongPinoy

Rev. Fr. Gilbert Centina III, OSA of the Province of the Most Holy Name of Jesus has his website called “Restless Journey: Nulla Die Sine Linea”. He is an accomplished writer, a poet, in other words, an artist. The sub-title of his website is most apt “No day without a line”. He writes daily. He has a column called “Silver Linings” in a widely circulated Metro Manila tabloid, and he has published books on poetry.

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Augustine, Science and Bible Reading

Here is a reading of Augustine’s “De Genesi ad Litteram” in the light of the problem of homosexuality in the US. The article is not about homosexuality per se but on an issue that is related to it: the relationship between science and Scriptures.

The author, Dr. Daniel Beck enumerates three Augustinian principles taken from De Genesi ad Litteram on how a Bible-reading Christian should confront issues raised by science. Here are the three principles:

  1. Biblical interpretation according to human passion only harms the faith.
  2. Don’t presume to speak as an authority in everything simply because you read your Bible; and
  3. The truth of Scripture will never contradict right reason; right reason confirms the truth of Scripture

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Donald X Burt, OSA

The Rev. Donald X. Burt, OSA, a published author on Augustinian topics and professor at the Villanova University holds court in this website. When you see a real scholar making his lectures accessible on the web, then you know, online research is well worth it. 😀

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Awit 129 Nananalig Ako Sa Iyong Salita, Maghihintay Ako at Patuloy na Aasa

Ang Awit ika-129 ay isa sa mga salmo ng pagsisisi. Kasama ng Salmo ika-51
ito ay isa sa mga pinakakilalang awit sa salteryo. Ito’y kinikilala sa pamagat niyang Latin, ang “De profundis.” Madalas itong gamitin sa mga libing nguni’t madalas din siyang ginagamit bilang salmo responsoryo sa mga misa ng Adbiyento at Kwaresma.

Ang mga paliwanag para sa pagsasaling ito ay matatagpuan sa Otium Sanctum1. Read the rest of this entry »

  1. Ito ay naisulat noon Marso 10, 2006

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Awit 138: Aawitan Kita sa Harap ng mga Anghel

Ang sumusunod ay saling ginawa ko mula sa tekstong Hebraico ng ika-138 na Salmo. Ang katagang “anghel” ay wala sa Hebraico pero matatagpuan naman sa Septuaginta. Ginamit ko rito ang saling ito dahil hindi na ito kailangang ipaliwanag pa. Ang saling “aawitan kita sa harap ng mga diyoses” bagama’t tapat sa tekstong Hebraico ay kailangan pang ipaliwanag. Ito at ang iba pang problema sa teksto ay aking ipinaliwanag (sa wikang Inggles) sa Otium Sanctum1
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  1. Ito ay sinulat ko kasabay ng artikulong naturan, moon Marso 8, 2006

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Isaias 61: Ang Awit ng Jerusalem

Nakuha ng TPV (Tagalog Popular Version, Mabuting Balita) ang ibig sabihin ng Isa. 61:101. Ang awit ay mula sa Zion/Jerusalem na nagagalak dahil sa mga ginawa ng Diyos para sa kanya. Kaya nga lamang ay nabawasan ang ganda ng talata nang ito’y ilipat sa third person mula sa first person. Kunsabagay, ang salin na ito ay salin din mula sa Inggles ng Good News Bible na sa paggamit ng dynamic equivalence ay maraming bagay sa orihinal na talata ang binawasan nito.

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  1. Isa pa ring artikulong para sa Adbiyento na isinulat ko noong 2005.

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At Ang Kagandahang-Loob at Katapatan ay Magtatagpo

Ang kagandahang-loob at katapatan ay magtatagpo
ang katarungan at kapayapaan ay magyayakap.
Ang katapatan ay sisibol sa lupa,
at mula sa langit ay tutunghay ang katarungan.
(Salmo 84[85]: 10-11)

Nang kanina’y1 sinusulat ko ang isang paliwanag tungkol sa Salmong ito, naitanong ko sa aking sarili kung ano ang ibig sabihin ng mga katagang kinopya ko sa itaas.

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  1. Sinulat ko ang artikulong ito para sa panahon ng Adbiyento apat na taon na ang nakakaraan.

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Aumann on Augustine’s Theology of Ministry

Jordan Aumann, OP, a long time professor of theology at the University of Sto. Tomas Manila has an article online entitled “Augustine’s Theology of Ministry.1 He discusses Augustine’s idea of his own presbyteral ministry and reflects on the possibility of a ministry of the laity based on the following quotation from Sermon 46

There are many who, as Christians and not leaders, attain to God, traveling maybe an easier road, and the more speedily, perhaps, the lighter the load they carry. But I, besides being a Christian, and for this having to render an account of my life, am a leader also, and for this shall render to God an account of my ministry.

Fr. Aumann writes

Holy bishop that he was, Augustine had a loving concern for the laity as well as for priests and religious. In view of the Synod on the laity, held in Rome in October, 1987, it is interesting to note how closely Augustine’s ideas run parallel to those of Vatican Council II. One passage from his commentary on John’s Gospel will serve our purpose.

When you hear the Lord saying: “Where I am, my servant also will be” (Jn 12:26), you are not to think merely of good bishops and clerics. Be yourselves also, in your own way, ministers of Christ by the goodness of your lives, by giving alms, by preaching his name and doctrine to the extent that this is possible for you.

Let every father of a family likewise acknowledge in Christ’s name the affection he owes his family as a parent. For the sake of Christ and for the sake of eternal life, let him admonish, teach, encourage, correct and show kindness to all his household. In his own home he will be filling an ecclesiastical role and, if you will, the duty of a bishop, ministering to Christ so as to be with him forever.

More here.


  1. This article was originally posted on March 8, 2006.

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Church Documents on the Internet

the fundamental question is this: “From this galaxy of sight and sound will the face of Christ emerge and the voice of Christ be heard?” (Message for World Communications Day 2002, n. 6). For in all our planning, we can never forget that Christ is the Good News! We have nothing to offer but Jesus, the one mediator between God and man (cf. I Tm 2,5). To evangelize is simply to enable him to be seen and heard, for we know that if there is no room for Christ, there is no room for man.

I1 am looking for the documents of the Church on the Internet that have influenced me to stay on in the World Wide Web. It would be useful too I guess for anyone who would be interested to do what I’m doing. These are only links. Perhaps later I can come up with an article on this.

This last article is important because historically, it is the first mention of the “internet”. The Pope called it “computer networks” then.


  1. This article was originally posted on October 25, 2005

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