Prayer Before Reading Our Blog

Come Holy SpiritCome Holy Spirit, fill the hearts of your faithful and kindle in them the fire of your love.

V. Send forth your Spirit and they shall be created.

R. And You shall renew the face of the earth.

O, God, who by the light of the Holy Spirit, did instruct the hearts of the faithful, grant that by the same Holy Spirit we may be truly wise and ever enjoy His consolations, Through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

Prayer for Enlightenment

O Holy Spirit, divine Spirit of light and love, I consecrate to Thee my understanding, my heart and my will, my whole being for time and for eternity. May my understanding be always obedient to Thy heavenly inspirations and the teachings of the holy Catholic Church, of which Thou art the infallible Guide; may my heart be ever inflamed with love of God and of my neighbor; may my will be ever conformed to the divine will, and may my whole life be a faithful following of the life and virtues of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, to whom with the Father and Thee be honor and glory for ever. Amen.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tower of David

Jesus in the Lap of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Sagot natin sa banat ni Ingkong (Presiding Minister of Ang Dating Daan)
Sabi kasi ni Ingkong ang mga katoliko daw ay humihingi ng panalangin sa isang "TORE". Nabasa niya ito sa Litaniya ng MahaL na Birhen...

wokeiz ito sagot natin...

Why Mary called "Tower of David"?

We know that Jesus the son of Mary is a descendant of King David. Pero and sumunod na mga hari sa hanay ni David ay hindi na matitino (David was also committed sin).
But God promised this kingdom will be perfected


1 Chronicles 17:12-14 (New International Version)

12 He is the one who will build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13 I will be his father, and he will be my son. I will never take my love away from him, as I took it away from your predecessor. 14 I will set him over my house and my kingdom forever; his throne will be established forever.' "

Dahil ang mga successor ni David ay hindi matitino it means the kingdom is not perfect

Sino ang mag-peperfect sa Kingdom ni David???

saGot: walang ibA kundi si Jesus...

Si JeSus bah talga?

Sagot: YES... here's the evidence...


Matthew 1:1-20 (New International Version)

Matthew 1
The Genealogy of Jesus
1A record of the genealogy of Jesus Christ the son of David, the son of Abraham:
2Abraham was the father of Isaac,
Isaac the father of Jacob,
Jacob the father of Judah and his brothers,
3Judah the father of Perez and Zerah, whose mother was Tamar,
Perez the father of Hezron,
Hezron the father of Ram,
4Ram the father of Amminadab,
Amminadab the father of Nahshon,
Nahshon the father of Salmon,
5Salmon the father of Boaz, whose mother was Rahab,
Boaz the father of Obed, whose mother was Ruth,
Obed the father of Jesse,
6and Jesse the father of King David.
David was the father of Solomon, whose mother had been Uriah's wife,
7Solomon the father of Rehoboam,
Rehoboam the father of Abijah,
Abijah the father of Asa,
8Asa the father of Jehoshaphat,
Jehoshaphat the father of Jehoram,
Jehoram the father of Uzziah,
9Uzziah the father of Jotham,
Jotham the father of Ahaz,
Ahaz the father of Hezekiah,
10Hezekiah the father of Manasseh,
Manasseh the father of Amon,
Amon the father of Josiah,
11and Josiah the father of Jeconiah[a] and his brothers at the time of the exile to Babylon.
12After the exile to Babylon:
Jeconiah was the father of Shealtiel,
Shealtiel the father of Zerubbabel,
13Zerubbabel the father of Abiud,
Abiud the father of Eliakim,
Eliakim the father of Azor,
14Azor the father of Zadok,
Zadok the father of Akim,
Akim the father of Eliud,
15Eliud the father of Eleazar,
Eleazar the father of Matthan,
Matthan the father of Jacob,
16and Jacob the father of Joseph, the husband of Mary, of whom was born Jesus, who is called Christ.

17Thus there were fourteen generations in all from Abraham to David, fourteen from David to the exile to Babylon, and fourteen from the exile to the Christ.[b]
The Birth of Jesus Christ
18This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about: His mother Mary was pledged to be married to Joseph, but before they came together, she was found to be with child through the Holy Spirit.

Luke 1:32 (New International Version)

32He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David,

See? Jesus the Son of the most High then Jesus is GOD! and we all know that God is perfect.

Dahil ginawang perfect and kaharian ni David through Jesus but this cannot be done without the "FIAT" of Mary

We all know that Jesus is KING....

When he (Jesus) took flesh from Mary (without Mary Jesus couldn't have a flesh)

So this King (Jesus) tumahan sa isang babae (womb of Mary)... Therefore the king was in the womb of Mary

That's why we call Mary tower of David because she bore the King of kings in her womb. We know that the King has kingdom. right? So, masasabi natin na si Maria ay isang kingdom (symbolic)

And every Kingdom has palaces...and palaces has its towers..dbah?

What's the function of its towers???

Sagot: Para magbantay kung merong panganib na darating sa kaharian...

Ganyan din si Mary at the same time siya ay tore para bantayan niya ang kanyang Anak (Jesus)
Just like our own mother nung tayo ay nasa sinapupunan pa nila ay nag-iingat talaga sila pra hindi tayo malaglag (o makunan)...dahil ang gawain o function ng isang tower ay to take care (to announce or to warn) the kingdom.
Para hindi masakop at sirain ang nasa loob ng kaharian.

This kingdom is the Body of Christ according to St. Paul


Ephesians 5:23 (New International Version)

23For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior.

and this kingdom (church) will not be perish or will destroy...

Matthew 16:18 (New International Version)

18And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.

Bakit hindi na ito mawala o will be overcome by the gates of hell??

Sagot: Because this kingdom is already perfected by Christ

Tower of David is one of the titles given to Mary... not literally Mary is a tower but she is the tower of her Son when Jesus still in her womb.

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Immaculate Conception

Saint Anne conceiving the Virgin Mary
Douai, Musée de la Chartreuse

What do we mean by the Immaculate Conception?
  • From the Latin word "Immacula" means "without any stain".

  • This Doctrine states that from the very beginning of her origin, Mother Mary was previledged to be out of "original sin" or it's "stain".

  • Mary was "preserved" from original sin from the first instant of her conception. (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church#96; see also CCC#487-492,508)

Biblical Basis of Immaculate Conception (Old Testament)

  • The first book of the Bible that is "Genesis", after the fall of Adam and Eve; God mentions another "woman" that her offspring will strike or crushed the head of the serpent (Satan)

Let us read Genesis 3:15

Genesis 3:15 (New International Version)

15 And I will put enmity between you (Serpent) and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel."

  • Here, it is clear that God was speaking about the "Savior", whom He plans to send, and that savior was none other than "Jesus". The woman who is mentioned in that passage is "Mary" because "the Savior" our Lord Jesus, is her offspring..

  • In Gen.3:15 talks about the word "Enmity". Let us read our dictionary what the said word means.

en⋅mi⋅ty  /ˈɛnmɪti/
Show Spelled Pronunciation [en-mi-tee] Show IPA
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noun, plural -ties. a feeling or condition of hostility; hatred; ill will; animosity; antagonism.

  • If God put enmity between the woman and the serpent this means that Mary is "free from original sin" because she is the Mother of the Savior.

  • If we believe that Jesus is God and we all know that God is Perfect(Mat.5:48) and there's nothing stain of sin in Him, it is rightfully that Mary is also "free from original sin" because she bears in her womb the "Holy of Holies"

In the Old Testament, God placed his presence on the Ark. The Ark was made up of pure gold.

Let us read Exodus 25:11-21

Exodus 25:11-21 (King James Version)

11And thou shalt overlay it with pure gold, within and without shalt thou overlay it, and shalt make upon it a crown of gold round about.
12And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it.
13And thou shalt make staves of shittim wood, and overlay them with gold.
14And thou shalt put the staves into the rings by the sides of the ark, that the ark may be borne with them.
15The staves shall be in the rings of the ark: they shall not be taken from it.
16And thou shalt put into the ark the testimony which I shall give thee.
17And thou shalt make a mercy seat of pure gold: two cubits and a half shall be the length thereof, and a cubit and a half the breadth thereof.
18And thou shalt make two cherubims of gold, of beaten work shalt thou make them, in the two ends of the mercy seat.
19And make one cherub on the one end, and the other cherub on the other end: even of the mercy seat shall ye make the cherubims on the two ends thereof.
20And the cherubims shall stretch forth their wings on high, covering the mercy seat with their wings, and their faces shall look one to another; toward the mercy seat shall the faces of the cherubims be.
21And thou shalt put the mercy seat above upon the ark; and in the ark thou shalt put the testimony that I shall give thee.

  • If the Ark is pure because the Lord of Host DWELLED in it... Then, Mary is also pure!

What will happen if someone will touch or hold the Ark in UNWORTHY manner?

Let us read 2 Samuel 6:7

2 Samuel 6:7 (King James Version)

7And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.

  • The Ark of God is Holy and Pure. This shows that the Ark is "UNDEFILED", this also shows that defiled people are NOT WORTHY to touch or to hold the Ark of God UNWORHTILY.

If the Ark of God is UNDEFILED, therefore Mary is also UNDEFILED so that she would become WORHTY to bear the "Son of the Most High." (Lk.1:35)

Biblical Basis of Immaculate Conception (New Testament)

Is there a Biblical evidence that Mary is Immaculate in the New Testament?

Yes!. When Angel Gabriel greeted or salutes Mary at the annunciation...

Let us read the Gospel of Luke 1:28

Luke 1:28 Douay-Rheims
28 And the angel being come in, said unto her: Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.

  • The word "Full of Grace" is used only twice in the Bible and this refers to Jesus in the Gospel of John 1:14 and Mary in the Gospel of Luke 1:28

Let us read the Gospel of John 1:14

John 1:14 (King James Version)

14And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.

  • The original greek word that being used in Luke 1:28 is "Chaire Kecharitomene"

The Angel Gabriel, addressing the Virgin of Nazareth after the greeting, chaire, "Rejoice", calls her Kecharitomene, "full of grace". The words of the Greek text, chaire and Kecharitomene, are deeply interconnected: Mary is invited to rejoice primarily because God loves her and has filled her with grace in view of her divine motherhood! (Pope John Paul II, General Audience May 8, 1996)

Kecharitomene: this term addressed to Mary seems to be the proper way to describe the woman destined to become the mother of Jesus. Lumen gentium appropriately recalls this when it affirms: "The Virgin of Nazareth is hailed by the heralding angel, by divine command, as 'full of grace'" (Lumen gentium, n. 56).

  • The said verse above (Lk.1:28) proves that Mary is conceived without original sin because she is full of grace.
  • Even St. Paul wrote to the Romans 3:23 that "All have sinned and fall short of God." Mary is EXEMPTED because God preserves her to be pure and worthy to bear the Son of God our Lord Jesus.

If Mary is NOT EXEMPTED from the original sin , Jesus our Savior is also a sinner!.

Let me quote what Martin Luther said about Immacualte Conception:

"The infusion of Mary's soul was effected without original sin...from the first moment she began to live she was free from all sin." (Martin Luther, Sermon: On the Day of the Conception of the Mother of God)


Kapatid na Marwil N. Llasos

Dalawa sa mga pangunahing panalangin ng mga Pilipinong Tagalog sa Mahal na Birheng Maria mula pa noong mga sinaunang panahon ay ang Aba, Ginoong Maria at ang Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari. Mula pa sa panahon ng mga Kastila ay inuusal na ng mga Tagalog ang mga nasambit na panalangin sa Ina ng Diyos.

Sa kasalukuyan, marami ang mga tumututol sa mga nakagawiang panalangin. Ayon sa iba, hindi wasto ang pagkasalin sa Tagalog ng mga panalanging ito. Nilalayon ng ilan na dapat diumano’y mas literal ang pagkasalin ng Hail, Mary at Hail, Holy Queen sa wikang Tagalog.

Ang mas maiingay na tumutuligsa sa Aba, Ginoong Maria at Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari ay ang mga pinuno at kaanib ng iba’t ibang sektang pundamentalista sa Pilipinas. Anila: “Bakit tinawag na ‘Ginoo’ si Maria samantalang siya ay babae. Dapat ‘Ginang’ ang tawag sa kaniya.” Ang wika pa ng iba: “Hindi dapat na ‘hari’ ang itawag kay Maria kundi ‘reyna’ sapagkat siya ay babae.”

Mapapansin na karamihan sa mga bumabatikos sa dalawang nakamulatan, nakalakhan at nakagawiang panalangin ng mga Tagalog ay hindi naman mga dalubhasa sa pilolohiya (philology) o dili kaya’y sa lingguistika (linguistics). Ang iba ay namimilosopo lamang at nagdudunung-dunungan. Wala rin silang malalim na alam sa kasaysayan ng wikang Tagalog. Hindi rin nila gamay ang sinauna o makalumang wikang Tagalog (classical Tagalog). Kaya nga, sa mga ganitong mapagpaimbabaw, mapagbalatkayo at mapagmapuring Pariseo ng makabagong panahon natupad ang sulat ng mga Apostol na sina Pedro at Santiago. Anila:

"Datapuwa’t ang mga ito, gaya ng mga kinapal na walang bait, ipinanganak na talagang mga hayop upang hulihin at lipulin, na nagsisialipusta sa mga bagay na hindi nila nalalaman ay walang pagsalang lilipulin sila sa kanila ring pagkalipol" (2 Pedro 2:11).

"Datapuwa’t ang mga ito’y nangalipusta sa anomang bagay na hindi nila nalalaman: at sa mga bagay na talagang kanilang nauunawa, ay nangagpakasira na gaya ng mga kinapal na walang bait" (Judas 1:10).

Kalimitan sa mga tumutuligsa sa panalanging Aba, Ginoong Maria at Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari ay mga Protestante na ang pinanggalingang bansa ay ang Estados Unidos. Maliban sa salat sila sa kaalaman sa pinagmulan, pinag-ugatan at paglago ng wikang Tagalog, sila rin ay talaga namang walang pagpaparangal sa Ina ng Diyos. Kahit na kagyat nating alisin ang salitang ‘Ginoo’ o ‘Hari’ patungkol sa Mahal na Birhen, hindi pa rin sila titigil sa kanilang pagtuligsa sa ating mga Katolikong Pilipino sapagkat ang talagang hangarin nila ay tuluyan nating iwaksi ang pagpaparangal sa ating Mahal na Inang Birhen. Iyon po ang lundoy ng usapin.

Maari po nating itanong sa kanila: “Kung sakaling baguhin namin ang Aba, Ginoong Maria at gawin namin itong Aba, Ginang Maria at saka palitan din namin ang Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari ng Aba po, Santa Mariang Reyna, kayo po ba ay magsisimula nang magdasal sa Mahal na Birhen ng mga nasabing panalangin?” Naturalmente ang sagot nila ay tumitiling HINDI! Malinaw na ang pagtuligsa nila ay hindi naman talaga nakatuon sa mga salita ng panalangin kundi doon mismo sa pananalangin at pagpaparangal sa Inang Birhen. Para ano pa kung papalitan natin ang mga salita ng panalangin para lamang mapagbigyan sila yaong hindi rin naman pala sila sasama sa atin sa taimtim na pagdarasal at marubdob na pagpaparangal sa Ina ng Panginoong Hesus? Marahil nga, kung papalitan natin ngayon ang mga salita ng mga panalanging Aba, Ginoong Maria at Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari ay lalabas na nagtagumpay yaong mga lapastangan, tampalasan at nangagduduwahagi sa ating Mahal na Ina.

Nakalulungkot isipin na dahil sa walang-humpay na pagtuligsa sa ating mga Katoliko ay minarapat ng ilan sa Simbahan na pagbigyan ang kagustuhan ng mga hindi kaanib ng Simbahang Katoliko. Ito diumano ay ayon sa diwa ng isinusulong na ekumenismo.

Minsan ay naiulat na nagpulong ang Komisyong Rehiyonal para sa Tagalog sa Liturhiya para pag-aralan ang diumano’y kinakailangang gawin sa pagpapalit sa Tagalog na salin ng Aba, Ginoong Maria. Ito ay alinsunod sa isang lider ng Simbahan na nagsasabi na dapat daw kumilos ang mga Obispo upang mapalitan na ang mga pananalita ng dasal natin sa Mahal na Birhen na Aba, Ginoong Maria sapagka’t si Maria raw ay hindi isang Ginoo kundi isang Ginang.1 Ani ng sumulat:

"Out of respect for the Word of God from which it is addressed by millions of Filipinos day and night, we should rid the prayer of erroneous and superfluous words which add nothing to its meaning or beauty but only serve to distract those who reflect on its verbal content."2

Ang mungkahing ito ay binigyang pansin ng mga kinauukulan sa Simbahan. Ngunit, lumalabas na hindi pala madaling isakatuparan ito. Puna ng The Knight of the Immaculata sa nasabing mungkahi:

"Totoo nga’t ang ating wika ay nagbabago dahil sa ito ay ‘buhay.’ Sa paglipas ng panahon ang kahulugn ng mga salita ay maaaring magbago. Ngunit hindi sapagka’t ito’y napapansin ng ilan ay napapansin na rin ng lahat. Sa mga mabilisang pagsasaliksik sa mga kaisipan at pakiramdam ng mga tao, lumalabas na higit na marami ang hindi sumasang-ayon na palitan ang kasalukuyang mga salita ng “Aba, Ginoong Maria.”"3

Ang may-akda ng sanaysay na ito ay tahasang tumututol at lubos na naninindigan laban sa mungkahing palitan ang mga salita sa Aba, Ginoong Maria at Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari. Una sa lahat, walang sinumang Pilipino ang mag-iisip na si Maria ay lalaki at hindi babae nang dahil lamang sa titik ng mga panalanging nabanggit. Isang kabalintunaang isipin na maliligaw ang mga Pilipino, lalo na ang mga Tagalog, kung literal nilang uunawain ang mga salita sa panalangin. Ito po ay walang batayan sa totoong buhay. Marahil na ang mga kapos lamang sa pag-iisisip o pang-unawa ang makapagsasabing nagkakamali sila sa pag-akalang si Maria ay lalaki at hindi babae dahil lamang sa mga panalanging nakagisnan at nakalakhan na nilang usalin.

Ang Aba, Ginoong Maria ay unang nalathala sa Doctrina Christiana4 na nalimbag noong taong 1593. Ito ang kaunaunahang aklat na nailathala sa Pilipinas. Ito ang pagkakasulat sa aklat na yaon:


"Aba, guinoo Maria matoua cana, napopono ca nang gracia, ang panginoon dios, ae, nasayyo. Bucod cang pinagpala sa babying lahat. Pinagpala naman ang y yong anac na si Jesus. Santa Maria yna nang dios, ypanalangin mo cami macasalanan ngaion at cun mamatai cami. Amen Jesus."5

Ang mga nagsalin ng panalanging Aba, Ginoong Maria ay mga Kastila. Sila ay gumamit ng mga salitang Tagalog na ginagamit noong mga panahong iyon. Ito ang dahilan kung bakit ang Pasiong Mahal na unang nailathalala noong 1884 ay may ‘Panalangin ng Taong Kristiano kay Ginoong Santa Maria.’6 Maliwanag na ang pagtawag sa Mahal na Birhen ng ‘Ginoo’ ay bahagi na ng ating panitikang panrelihiyon at nakasanayan na ng mga naghahalihaliling salinlahi sa Katagalugan.

Huwag nating kakalimutan na nagbabago ang wika sa pagtagal ng panahon sapagka’t ito nga ay ‘buhay.’ Sa katotohanan, maging ang wikang Filipino ay lumalago at pinagyayaman ayon sa Saligang Batas ng Pilipinas (1987) na nagsasaad:

"The national language of the Philippines is Filipino. As it evolves, it shall be further developed and enriched on the basis of existing Philippine and other languages."7

Magbalik tanaw tayo sa kasaysayan. Isinalin ng mga Kastila ang Aba, Ginoong Maria (Dios te salve, Maria) sa wikang Tagalog. Kanilang ginamit ang mga salitang umiiral noong siglong iyon. Ginamit nila ang salitang ‘Ginoo’ tanda ng paggalang sa Mahal na Birhen. Ayon sa mga dalubhasa sa wikang Tagalog, ang Ginoo ay may mas malalim na kahulugan. Ang salitang ‘Ginoo’ ay ginagamit sa pagtukoy sa isang lalaki o babaing may karangalan. Ang ating pambansang bayaning si Gat Jose Protacio Mercado Rizal Alonzo y Realonda na isang taal na Tagalog mula sa Calamba, Laguna ay sumulat ng Sa Mga Kababayang Dalaga ng Malolos na ganito ang kanyang tinuran:

"Pukawin ninyo ang sigla at sipag, maginoong asal, mahal na pakiramdam at huag isuko ang pagkadalaga sa isang mahina at kuyuming puso."8

Malinaw na para sa pambansang bayani, ang maginoong asal ay hindi lamang para sa mga lalaki bagkus ay marapat din para sa mga babae. Sa madaling sabi, ang mga babae ay dapat na mga maginoo rin. Ang sulat ni Dr. Jose Rizal sa mga dalaga ng Malolos, Bulacan9 ay hindi lingid sa kaalaman ng mga mag-aaral sa mataas na paaralan at kolehiyo sapagkat ito ay isinasama sa mga babasahing itinatakda ng mga guro sa asignaturang Ang Buhay, mga Gawa at mga Sinulat ni Rizal na bahagi ng kurikulum sa ating mga paaralan. Lumalabas na ang tunay na kahulugan ng ‘Ginoo’ ay marangal o ikinararangal, maging lalaki man o babae.

Ayon sa Tagalog-English Dictionary ni Leo James English, ang isa sa ibig sabihin ng ‘ginoo’ ay “a title of respect or honor.”10 Ang ‘maginoo’ naman ay kasinhulugan ng “marangal, mapitagan, magalang at mapagbigay.”11 Gayundin sa Vicassan’s Pilipino-English Dictionary, ang maginoo ay kasinhulugan ng ‘marangal.’12

Samantala, ayon naman sa UP Diksyonaryong Filipino ng Surian ng Wikang Filipino, ang ‘maginoo’ (pangngalan) ay isang “tao na magalang, matapat, at may mabuting kalooban.”13 Ito rin ay isang “taguring pamitagan sa isang tao.”14 Maalala natin na ang salitang ‘maginoo’ ay hango sa unlaping ‘ma’ at sa salitang ugat na ‘ginoo.’

Ang The Filipino Filipino with English Dictionary ay nagsasaad na ang ‘maginoo’ [ginoo] ay ang “sinumang nagtataglay ng ugaling matapat sa kanyang sinasabi” at ito rin ay “taguring pamitagan sa isang tao, ng marangal niyang lipi o angkang pinagbuhatan at ayon pa rin sa taas ng karunungan kanyang pinag-aralan at tinataglay.”15

Malinaw na sa pasimula ang ginoo (o maginoo) ay ginagamit na patungkol sa mga taong mararangal, maging lalaki man o babae. Hindi nagbago ang kahulugan nito sa kasalukuyan ayon sa mga talatinigang Tagalog bagamat mas angkop na gamitin ito na patungkol sa mga lalaki ngayong makabagong panahon. Hindi dapat kaligtaan ang katotohanang bago pa man nagkaroon ng talatinigan ang wikang Tagalog o maging ng wikang Pilipino (na ngayon ay tinatawag na “Filipino”) ay naisulat na at nailathala ang Aba, Ginoong Maria noong taong 1593. Lalung-lalo na, wala pang mga nagsisipagsulputang sekta nang magkaroon ng Aba, Ginoong Maria.

May mga tumututol din sa pagtawag kay Maria na Ginoo sapagkat anila ang ibig sabihin ng ‘Ginoo’ sa salitang Bisaya ay ‘Panginoon.’ Tila baga wala sa katinuan ang pagpunang ito. Magkaibang-magkaiba ang balarila ng Tagalog at Bisaya kaya hindi dapat na gamitin ang panuntunan ng isa para sa isa. Hindi dapat paghambingin ang duhat sa durian. Tulad ng ang Tagalog lamang ay may “opo” sa halip na “oo,” gayundin namang ang Tagalog lamang ang gumagamit ng Ginoo sa pagtukoy sa Mahal na Birhen. Ito ang sariling kagandahan ng wikang Tagalog.

Hindi rin tumpak na sabihing labag sa Banal na Kasulatan na tawagin ang isang babae na ‘panginoon.’16 Sa katunayan, sa Genesis 16:8-9, si Sarai ay tinawag na ‘panginoon’:

"At sinabi, Agar, alila ni Sarai, saan ka nanggaling? At saan ka paroroon? At kanyang sinabi, Ako’y tumatakas mula sa harap ni Sarai na aking panginoon.

At sinabi sa kanya ng angel ng Panginoon, Magbalik ka sa iyong panginoon, at pahinuhod ka sa kaniyang mga kamay."

Sa kabilang dako, ang Mahal na Birhen ay tinawag na ‘hari’ sa panalanging Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari. Mali diumano ang pagtawag kay Birheng Maria ng ‘hari’ bagkus ang dapat diumanong itawag sa kaniya ay ‘reyna’ sapagkat siya ay babae. Ngunit, kung papalitan natin ang Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari ng Aba po, Santa Mariang Reyna ay hindi pa rin ito dadasalin ng mga Protestante’t mga pundamentalista. Hindi rin kasi nila matanggap na si Maria, ang ina ng Hari ng mga Hari, ay isang reyna.

Mahihinuha natin sa kasaysayan ng Pilipinas na tayo ay may dati nang lipunang patriyarkal. Ito marahil ang dahilan kung bakit wala tayong katumbas sa Tagalog ng salitang ‘reyna.’ Ang reyna po ay hindi galing sa katutubong wikang Tagalog ngunit ito po ay hango sa wikang Kastilang reyna na siyang asawa ng hari (rey) o dili kaya’y ang babaeng pinuno ng kaharian (halimbawa, ang reyna regente kung wala pa sa hustong gulang ang prinsipeng kahalili ng hari). Dahil sa kawalan ng katumbas na salita sa reyna ay ginamit ng mga Kastila ang salitang hari sa halip na reyna sa panalanging Salve Regina (Hail, Holy Queen). Kaya nga, sa Doctrina Christiana, ganito ang pagkakasulat:


"Aba po sancta Mariang hari yna nang aua, ycao ang y quinabubuhai namin, at ang pinananaligan. Aba ycao nga ang tinatauag namin pinapa panao na tauo anac ni Eva, ycao din ang ypinagbubuntun hininga namin nang amin pagtangis dini sa lupa baian cahapishapis. Ay aba pintacasi namin, ylingon mo sa amin ang mata mong maauain. At saca cun matapos yering pagpapanao sa amin. Ypaquita mo sa amin ang yyong anac si Jesus. Ay Sancta Maria maauain, maalam, virgen naman totoo, yna nang Dios. Cami ypanalangin mo, nang mapatoloi sa amin ang panga ngaco ni Jesuchristo. Amen Jesus."17

Sa Pasiong Mahal, mayroon ding panalangin sa Mahal na Birhen na kung saan siya ay tinawag na hari: “At ikaw, Birheng Maria, Ina’t hari ng awa ka.”18 Malinaw na hindi magkakamali ang mga Tagalog na mag-aakalang si Maria ay lalaki bagama’t siya ay tinawag na hari sapagkat siya ay isang ina.

Sa Ang Biblia,19 ang isang babaeng nagngangalang Athalia ay sinasabing naghari sa Israel. Hindi binabanggit na siya ay nagreyna. Pansinin na ang salitang ‘naghari’ ay ang pinagdugtong na unlaping ‘nag’ at salitang ugat na ‘hari.’ Sa 2 Hari 11:3 at 2 Cronica 22:12 ganito ang ating mababasa:

"At siya’y nakakubling kasama niya sa bahay ng Panginoon na anim na taon: at si Athalia ay naghari sa lupain."

Sa mas makabagong salin ng Magandang Balita Biblia (Tagalog Popular Edition) ay ganito ang ating mababasa:

"Pagkatapos, dinala niya ito sa bahay ni Yahweh at doon itinagong anim na taon habang si Atalia ang naghahari sa lupain" (2 Hari 11:3, MBB).

Sa mga talatang ating nabasa, walang ni isa man ang nagsabing si Athalia ay “nagreyna” o “nagrereyna” sa lupain ng Israel.

Anupa’t sa wikang Tagalog ang salitang “royal” ay isinasalin na “makahari” bagamat hindi lamang ang mga lalaki ang may dugong bughaw kundi maging ang mga babae rin naman. Kaya nga sa 1 Pedro 2:9 ganito ang ating mababasa:

"Datapuwa’t kayo’y isang lahing hirang, isang makaharing pagkasaserdote [royal priesthood], bansang banal, bayang pagaaring sarili ng Dios, upang inyong ipahayag ang mga karangalan niyaong tumawag sa inyo mula sa kadiliman, hanggang sa kaniyang kagilagilalas na kaliwanagan."

Ayon naman sa makabagong edisyon ng The Filipino Filipino with English Dictionary ang ‘hari’ ay ang “pinakamataas na puno ng bansa na may malawak na kapangyarihan sa mga nasasakupan.”20 Malinaw na ang ‘hari’ maari ring pantawag sa isang babae.

Bilang panghuling salita, ang may-akda ay mariing tumututol sa pagbabago ng mga panalanging Aba, Ginoong Maria at Aba po, Santa Mariang Hari. Ang mga ito ay bahagi na ng kasaysayan ng ating pananampalatayang Pilipino at nakatala na rin sa panitikang panrelihiyon na ating nakamulatan at nakalakhan. Papayag lamang ang inyong lingkod na palitan ang mga panalanging ito kung ang mga nagmumungkahing mga Protestante’t kaanib ng iba’t ibang sekta ng relihiyon ay sasama sa ating mga Katoliko sa pagdarasal, pagbibigay-galang, pagtatanghal, pagdedebosyon at pagmamahal sa Mahal na Inang Birheng Maria, ang ina ni Hesus at ina nating lahat.

Magsipagtupad nawa lahat ng mga Kristiano sa hula ni Maria na siya’y tatawaging mapalad ng lahat ng salinlahi (Lk. 1:48).

* Ang kapatid na Marwil N. Llasos (lalong kilala sa tawag na “Bro. Mars”) ay ang dating Pangulo ng Kapisanan ng mga Mag-aaral sa Filipino (KAMAFIL) ng Dalubhasaan ng Sining at Agham, Pamantasan ng Bicol, 1992-1993. Siya’y naging guro sa kolehiyo noong 1996-1998 na kung saan siya’y nagturo ng Agham Panlipunan, Kasaysayan ng Pilipinas at Rizal Course (Rizal’s Life, Works and Writings). Nagtapos siya ng abogasya sa Dalubhasaan ng Batas sa Unibersidad ng Pilipinas noong 2003. Siya ay Pangulo ng Anno Domini Foundation, kasapi ng Defensores Fidei Foundation at naging lingguhang tagapagturo ng St. Peter’s Men Society na pawang mga samahang layko na tagapagtanggol at tagapaghatanod ng ating pananampalatayang Katoliko. Siya ay nahirang at naatasan bilang laykong mangangaral ng Obispo ng Novaliches, Lungsod ng Quezon.
1 Sinipi sa sanaysay na Aba, Ginoong Maria, The Knight of the Immaculata, Vol. VII, No.1 (Enero-Pebrero 1990) 26.
2 “Aba, Ginoong Maria,” The Knight of the Immaculata, Vol. VII, No.1 (Enero-Pebrero 1990) 26.
3 Ibid.
4 “Doctrina Christiana, en lengua española y tagala, corregida por los Religiosos de las Ordenes. Impresa con licensia, en S. Gabriel, de la orden de S. Domingo. En Manila, 1593.”
5 Ito ay halaw sa Tagalog na teksto ayon sa bersiyon ng Kastila.
6 Awit at Salaysay ng Pasiong Mahal (1884) 205.
7 Par. 1, Sec. 6, Art. XIV, 1987 Constitution.
8 Jose P. Rizal, Sa Mga Kababayang Dalaga ng Malolos, Nilo S. Ocampo, ed., Si Rizal at ang Wikang Tagalog (Quezon City: UP Press, 2002) 526.
9 Ang lalawigan ng Bulacan ay nasa hilaga ng Kalakhang Maynila. Hanggang sa panahong kasalukuyan, ang mga Bulakeño ay kilala sa pagiging matatas sa pagsasalita ng wikang Tagalog.
10 Leo James English, CSsR., Tagalog-English Dictionary (Manila: National Book Store, 1986) 534.
11 Ibid, 535.
12 Vicassan’s Pilipino-English Dictionary Abridged edition (Manila: Anvil, 2006) 274.
13 Virgilio S. Almario, ed., UP Diksyonaryong Filipino (Quezon City: Surian ng Wikang Filipino, 2001) 532.
14 Ibid.
15 The Filipino Filipino with English Dictionary (Hong Kong: Encleare Foundation, 2007) 334.
16 Sa salitang Bikol, ang Aba, Ginoong Maria ay Tara, Cagurangnan Maria. Ang cagurangnan sa Bicol ay nangangahulugang ‘panginoon’ ngunit inilapat ito patungkol sa Mahal na Birhen sapagkat walang katumbas na pambabae sa salitang Bikol ang cagurangnan. Ang salitang señora (lady) ay Kastila na siyang pambabaeng katumbas ng “señor” (lord). Ang Bikol ay may sariling kakanyahan (gaya ng Tagalog) na wala sa ibang wika. Halimbawa, ang mga Bikolano lamang ang nagsasabing “Dios mabalos” sa halip na “salamat” at “Dios marhay na aldaw” sa halip na “magandang umaga.” Pansinin na laging bukambibig ng mga Bikolano ang salitang “Dios” maging sa pagbati.
17 Ito ay halaw sa Tagalog na teksto ayon sa bersiyon ng Kastila.
18 Awit at Salaysay ng Pasiong Mahal (1884) 4.
19 Ayon sa Paunang Salita ng Ang Biblia-King James Version Tagalog-English Diglot (Philippine Bible Society: Manila, 1995):
Ang Ang Biblia ay lumang salin ng Bibliang tagalong sa salita at istilo ng klasikong wikang Tagalog. Ito ay pormal na salin na sumasalamin sa mga katangian ng wikang Hebreo at Griyego ayon sa mga bahagi ng pananalita, kaayusan ng pangungusap, pagkakasunud-sunod ng salita, at haba ng mga pangungusap. Ang salin ay ibinatay sa American Standard Version (ASV) ng Biblia na inilathala noong 1901.
Ang kumpletong Bagong Tipan ng Ang Biblia ay inilahala noong 1902 sa ilalim ng pamamahala ng American Bible Society (ABS) at ng British and Foreign Bible Societies (BFSBS). Ang kumpletong Biblia ay inilathala noong 1905. Ito ay unang binago noong 1915, at isa pang pagbabago ay ginawa noong 1933 sa ilalim ng PBS.
Ayon sa tala, ang Ang Biblia ay 23 ulit nang inilimbag mula noong 1981, na pagpapakita na ang saling ito ay higit na ninanais ng marami lalo na ang mga konserbatibong gumagamit ng Biblia.
20 The Filipino Filipino with English Dictionary (Hong Kong: Encleare Foundation, 2007) 161.

Source: 'Aba Ginoong Maria! Aba po Santa Mariang Hari!'

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Pope Benedict XVI; Elevation of the Body of Christ

By: Fr. Abe P. Arganiosa, CRS

Mt 23: 8–10 …Call no man your father…

If this passage was meant to be taken literally, then we all offend the Scripture. We all have used “father” to designate our birth father; and we refer to as “teacher,” our instructors at school. On the other hand, the meaning of the scripture is that no person should be given the respect and honor exclusive to God the Father.

* If we will follow the reasoning of the Anti-Catholics it means that the Protestants, Born Again, Iglesia ni Cristo, ADD who put the name of their biological parent in 'Father' on Birth Certificates and School records will go to hell because they have committed abominable crime against the Lord. They called someone 'father'! [What will they call their male parent then? Well, they can call them 'Dogs' if they want.] I'm not referring to them as dogs; I simply show the absurdity of their position.


If the Protestant interpretation of Mt 23:9 is to be followed the entire GODHEAD SHALL BE DESTROYED!

1. THE FATHER ALMIGHTY Himself will be dishonored because He called people ‘father’. GOD THE FATHER IS GUILTY OF THE CATHOLIC CRIME.

Gen 12:1 He asked Abram to leave his father’s house.

Gen 17:5 He made Abraham father of many nations.

Gen 28:13 He called Abraham father of Jacob.

Ex 3:6 …I am the God of thy FATHER…

Ex 3:16 …say…The LORD God of your FATHERS…

Ex 20:12 HONOUR THY FATHER and thy mother… (Also, Dt 5:16)

Ex 22:17 If her FATHER utterly refuse to give her…

Ex 22:22 Ye shall not afflict any widow, or FATHERless.

Ex 40:15 …anoint them, as thou didst their FATHER…

Lev 18 Yahweh used ‘father’ for people 9 times.

Lev 19:3 Ye shall fear every man his… FATHER…

Num 12:16 If her (Miriam) FATHER had but spit in her face… (also in Num 13:2)

Jer 7: 7, 14, 18, 22, 25-26 Yahweh called people ‘fathers’ 6 times.

Jer 31:32 Not according to the covenant that I made with their FATHERS in the day that I took them by the hand… [Heb 8:9 Not according to the covenant that I made with their FATHERS in the day I took them by the hand to lead them out of the Land of Egypt…]

Ezek 36:28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your FATHERS; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

2. JESUS TOO WILL BE GUILTY OF THE CATHOLIC CRIME; He is violating His own word.

Mt 10:21 And the brother shall deliver up the brother to death, and the FATHER the child…

Mt 10:35 For I am come to set a man at variance against his FATHER…

Mt 10:37 He that loveth FATHER or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.

Mt 19:29 And every one that hath forsaken houses, or brethren, or sisters, or FATHER…for my name’s sake, shall receive a hundredfold, and shall inherit everlasting life.

Lk 12:53 The FATHER shall be divided against the son, and the son against the FATHER…

Lk 14:26 If any man come to me, and hate not his FATHER, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren…he cannot be my disciple.

Lk 16:24 [Jesus narrating ‘The Rich Man and Lazarus’] And he cried and said, FATHER Abraham, have mercy on me… (See also v. 27 & 30)

Lk 18:20 HONOUR THY FATHER and thy mother.

Jn 6:58 This is the bread which came down from heaven: not as your FATHERS did eat manna, and are dead…

3. THE HOLY SPIRIT SHALL BE GUILTY TOO OF THE CRIME because people prophesied by His inspiration and called people ‘father’.

(a) Lk 1: 67 Zechariah was FILLED with the HOLY SPIRIT and later he said:

Lk 1:72-73 ‘To perform the mercy promised to OUR FATHERS, and to remember his holy covenant. The oath which he sware to OUR FATHER Abraham.

(b) Acts 7: 55 referred to St. Stephen as ‘full of the Holy Spirit’ and yet he called people in that same chapter ‘FATHER’ a record of 18 times. If calling people ‘father’ is wrong it presupposed that the Paraclete misled the proto-martyr.

(c) Since the Letter to the Hebrews bear no human authorship the full responsibility goes to the Holy Spirit who inspired it.

Heb 1:1 God who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the FATHERS by the prophets…

Heb 3:9 When your FATHERS tempted me, proved me, and saw my works for forty years.

Heb 7:3 [Melchizedek] Without FATHER, without mother…

Heb 7:10 For he [Levi] was yet in the loins of his FATHER, when Melchizedek met him [Abraham].

Heb 12:7 …for what son is he whom the FATHER chasteneth not?

Heb 12:9 Furthermore we have had FATHERS of our flesh which corrected us…


Gen 28:21 So that I come again to my FATHER’s house in peace… [KJV]

Gen 49:2, 4, 25, 28 Jacob spoke the word ‘father’ or ‘fathers’ for people 5 times.


Gen 50:5 My FATHER made me swear…Now therefore let me go, I pray thee [pharaoh], and bury my FATHER…

6. THE BENEVOLENT PHARAOH [Master of Joseph the Dreamer] IS GUILTY

Gen 50:6 And Pharaoh said, Go up, and bury thy FATHER…


Gen 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his FATHER and his mother, and shall cleave to his wife…[Moses, by tradition, is the human author of the book of Genesis] See also Gen 4: 20-21/ 9: 18, 22-23/ 50: 1, 8, 14-15, 22.

Dt 4:1 …go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your FATHERS giveth you.

Dt 5:3 The Lord made not this covenant with OUR FATHERS, but with us…

Dt 8:1 …and go in and possess the land which the LORD sware unto your FATHERS.

See also Dt 6: 3, 10, 18, 23/ 7: 8, 12-13/ 8: 3/ 10: 11, 15/ 33: 9


Josh 24: 2-3, 6, 14-15, 17 He called people ‘fathers’ six times.


1 Sam 24:11 Moreover, my FATHER [he was talking to King Saul], see, yea, see the skirt of thy robe in my hand… Jewish Tradition ascribed the Book of Psalms to King David then this statement could be attributed to him under Divine Inspiration: (a) Ps 22:4 (b) Ps 27:10 (c) Ps 44:1 (d) Ps 45:10,16 (e) Ps 49:19 (f) Ps 68:5 (g) Ps 78:3,5,12,57 (h) Ps 95:9 (i) Ps 103:13 (j) Ps 106:6-7 (k) Ps 110:9,14


2 Chron 6:4,7-8,10,15-16 Solomon delivered this ‘sacrilegious’ speech during the completion of the Temple. Imagine he called David ‘my father’ 6 times. 2 Chron 6:25,31,38 Solomon called other people ‘fathers’ 3 times. N.B.: In 2 Chron 7:1 the Sacred Scripture states that Yahweh responded with FIRE FROM HEAVEN , but not out of anger in order to kill Solomon for calling people ‘father’ right inside the sacred Temple. Instead, the fire consumed the offerings as a sign of divine acceptance. Moreover, the glory of the Lord (Shekinah) filled the house. If Solomon committed a sin against the Holy Name of Yahweh by calling others as ‘father’ why did God accept his sacrifice? See Prov 1: 8/ 4: 1,3/ 13:1/ 17:6,21/ 19:13-14,26


2 Chron 19:8 Moreover in Jerusalem did Jehoshapat set of the Levites, and of the priests, and of the chief of the FATHERS of Israel…


2 Kgs 2:12 And Elisha saw it, and he cried, My FATHER, My FATHER [referring to the prophet Elijah], the chariot of Israel… [It means that a Man of God can be referred to as 'Father'].


Is 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing FATHERS…


Jer 25:5 …Turn ye again now every one from his evil ways…that the Lord hath given unto you and to your FATHERS forever and ever.


Job 29:16 I was a FATHER to the poor: and the cause which I knew not I searched out.


Neh 9:2,9,32,34 Nehemiah called people ‘father’ 4 times.


Dan 9:8 O Lord, to us belonged confusion of face, to our kings, to our princes, and to OUR FATHERS…

Dan 9:16 …for our sins, and for the iniquities of OUR FATHERS…


Jgs 6: 13,15, 25,27 Speaking to Gideon, the Angel of the Lord called people ‘father’ 5 times.


Mal 3:7 Even from the days of your FATHERS…

Mal 4:6 And he shall turn the heart of the FATHERS to their children, and the heart of the children to their FATHERS.


Lk 1:55 As he spoke to our FATHERS, to Abraham, and to his seed forever. [KJV]


Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our FATHERS… (Peter’s speech at the Temple Gate). v. 22 For Moses truly said unto the FATHERS…v.25 Ye are the children of the prophets, and of the covenant which God made with OUR FATHERS…

Acts 5:30 The God of OUR FATHERS raised up Jesus…

Acts 15:10 Now therefore why tempt ye God, to put a yoke upon the neck of the disciples, which neither OUR FATHERS nor we were able to bear?

1 Pet 1:18 …ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your FATHERS.

2 Pt 3:4 And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? For since the FATHERS fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.


Acts 13:17 The God of this people of Israel chose OUR FATHERS…

Acts 13:32 And we declare unto you glad tidings, how that the promise which was made unto THE FATHERS…

Acts 13:36 For David…was laid unto his FATHERS, and saw corruption.

Acts 22:1 Men, brethren and FATHERS, hear ye my defence which I make now unto you.

Acts 22:3 I am verily a man which am a Jew…and taught according to the perfect manner of the law of the FATHERS…

Acts 26:6 And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made of God unto OUR FATHERS.

Acts 28:17 …Men and brethren, though I have committed nothing against the people, or customs of OUR FATHERS…

Acts 28:25 …Well spake the Holy Ghost by Isaiah the prophet unto OUR FATHERS…

Rom 4:1,12,16 & 18 In these passages St. Paul called Abraham ‘father’ 4 times.

Rom 9:5 Whose are the FATHERS, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came, who is over all, God blessed for ever. Amen.

Rom 9:10 …but when Rebecca also had conceived by one, even by OUR FATHER Isaac.

1 Cor 10:1 Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all OUR FATHERS were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea.

Gal 1:14 And profited in the Jews’ religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my FATHERS.

Efeso 3:14-15 Dahil dito, ako’y naninikluhod sa Ama, na siyang pinagtutularan ng PAGKAAMA sa bawat sambahayan sa langit at sa lupa. [Magandang Balita Biblia]

Eph 5:31 For this cause shall a man leave his FATHER…

Col 3:21 FATHERS, provoke not your children to anger…

1 Tim 1:9 Knowing this, that the law is not made for a righteous man…for murderers of FATHERS…


Mt 1:2-16 The Genealogy (FATHER is used 39 times in NIV, NRSV, NLT, Magandang Balita Biblia, NAB and The Jerusalem Bible).

Mt 2:22 But when he heard that Archelaus did reign in Judaea in the room of his FATHER Herod…

Mt 4:21-22 …James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their FATHER…And they immediately left the ship and their FATHER…


Mk 15:21 And they compel one Simon a Cyrenean, who passed by, coming out of the country, THE FATHER of Alexander and Rufus, to bear his cross.


Lk 1:59 And they named him Zacharias, after the name of his FATHER.

Lk 1:62 And they made signs to his FATHER…

Lk 1:67 And his FATHER Zechariah was filled with the Holy Ghost…

Acts 16:1,3 …Timothy, the son of a certain woman, which was a Jewess, and believed; but his FATHER was a Greek… for they knew all that his FATHER was a Greek.

Acts 28:8 And it came to pass, that the FATHER of Publius lay sick…


Jn 4:53 So, the FATHER knew that it was at the same hour…

1 Jn 2:13-14 I write unto you, FATHERS, because ye have known him that is from the beginning… I have written unto you, FATHERS…


Lk 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elijah, to turn the hearts of the FATHERS to the children…


Acts 7 He called peoples FATHER 18 times.

29. ZECHARIAH [The Father of John the Baptist] IS GUILTY

Lk 1:72-73 ‘To perform the mercy promised to OUR FATHERS, and to remember his holy covenant. The oath which he sware to OUR FATHER Abraham.


Jn 4:20 OUR FATHERS worshipped in this mountain…

31. ANANIAS [the man sent by God to baptized Paul] IS GUILTY

Acts 22:14 And he said, The God of OUR FATHERS… • Catholic Christians call the priests “father” with the sense understood by St. Paul. 1 Cor 4:14–16 I am writing you this not to shame you, but to admonish you as my beloved children. Even if you should have countless guides to Christ, yet YOU DO NOT HAVE MANY FATHERS, for I became your FATHER in Christ Jesus through the gospel. Therefore, I urge you, be imitators of me. [NAB]

1 Cor 4:14–16 As ye know how we exhorted and comforted and charged every one of you, as a FATHER doth his children…

1 Tim 5:1 Rebuke not an elder (Presbuteros, Priest), but entreat him as a FATHER… Phil 2:22 But ye know the proof of him, that, as a son with the FATHER, he [Timothy] hath served with me in the gospel.


Is 22:21,23-24 …he [Eliakim, the keeper of the key] shall be a FATHER to the inhabitants of Jerusalem…and he shall be for a glorious throne to his FATHER’s house…And they shall hang upon him all the glory of his FATHER’s house.

Bear in mind that The Book of Isaiah is a prophetic book. It is particularly a prophesy concerning the coming of the Messiah and His Kingdom. The above chapter (Is 22) if will be read completely will lead us to Mt 16: 18-19.

Like Eliakim, St. Peter received from Jesus the Keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, thus making him the Prime Minister of the Kingdom with the power to bind and to loose above any other with the exception of the King Himself.

One of the title given to the Holder of the Keys is that he shall be called FATHER. The Pope, as successor of Peter, is called HOLY FATHER... With the adjective ‘Holy’ because he is the Prime Minister of the Kingdom of Heaven not just of the Davidic kingdom.


• Biological Father • Patriarchs • Ancestors • Kings (as David did to Saul, 1 Sam 24:11, Isaiah 49:23) • Government Leaders (e.g., Eliakim, the Royal Steward – Is 22: 21, 23-24) • PETER & his SUCCESSORS (The Keeper of the Keys) Mt16: 18-19 & Is 22: 21, 23-24 • APOSTLES & BISHOPS (1 Cor 4:14–16/ 1 Cor 4:14–16/ Phil 2:22) • PRESBYTERS AND PRIESTS (Judges 17:9-10/ 1 Tim 5:1)

N.B. The Catholic word ‘priest’ was a shortened version of the Presbyter. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary provides the etymology [ME preist, fr. OE preost, ultim. fr. LL presbyter elder, priest, fr. Gk presbyteros, fr. compar. of presbys old man, elder].


Source: 'The Splendor Of the Church'

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Catholics Worship Images???

St.Francis praying before a crucifix by El Greco

Messenger wrote on Tue, 29 September 2009 23:40

Pag napatunayan mo AYON SA BIBLIYA na hindi diosdiosan ang mga rebulto ng mga KATOLIKO, talo na ako.

Tandaan mo lang na ang patutunayan mo ay mga rebulto ng mga katoliko at ang gagamitin mo ay bibliya.



Walang problema kapatid.

Unang punto:

Balikan muna natin yaong tanong ko:

Kung inutos ibig sabihin may "EXEMPTED" na mga imahe na aprubado ng Dios?

Sagot mo naman ay:

Ah Oo.

di ba?

Tinatanggap mo na may mga imahe na "EXEMPTED" at sa madaling sabi ay "HINDI LAHAT" na imahe ay dios-diosan.
Meron palang mga "APRUBADO" na mga imahe at "HINDI" labag sa unang utos ng Dios.

Papatunayan natin according sa Turo ng Iglesia Katolika, kung dios-diosan ba talaga ang mga imahe na siyang ginagamit ng mga katoliko.

The Christian veneration of images is not contrary to the first commandment which proscribes idols. Indeed, "the honor rendered to an image passes to its prototype," and "whoever venerates an image venerates the person portrayed in it."70 The honor paid to sacred images is a "respectful veneration," not the adoration due to God alone: (Catechism of the Catholic Church #2132)

At may nakasulat rin sa Banal na Kasulatan na yaong mga imahe ay niluhuran o nakadapa.

Joshua 7:6

6 Then Joshua tore his clothes and fell facedown to the ground before the ark of the LORD, remaining there till evening. The elders of Israel did the same, and sprinkled dust on their heads.

Sa ginawa ni Joshua na nakadapa sa harapan ng Arka ibig sabihin ba nun ay "Worhsip"? Syempre hindi because "Worship" is due to God alone, at kasi bawal na iyan sa utos ng Dios. Tinatawag namin itong "Veneration" - para sa mga SAGRADONG Gamit sa pagsamba.

For example: nakaluhod ka sa harapan ng Biblia ibig sabihin ba nun ay SINASAMBA mo yaong Biblia na siyang kaharap mo? alam ko na sagot mo. Hindi.

At yaong ginagawa naming mga katoliko na nakaluhod sa harapan ng mga imahe ay hindi ito dios-diosan. Ang ginawa naming mga katoliko ay kapareho sa ginawa ni Joshua.

At siguro alam mo na yaong pag-luhod o pag-bow - shows "RESPECT". Lalo na sa ibang bansa.

Ikalawang punto:
Sinabi mo na:
"lahat ng imahe na ipinagpruprusisyon at dinadasalan ng katoliko ay diosdiosan."-------------------------------------------------------------------------

Sinabi ko na sa unang punto ng pahayag ko at sayo mismo na may Exmepted na mga imahe. Yaong sinasabi mo na dinadasalan ay cover na sa unang punto. Kaya pagbibintang nalang yaong sinabi mo na dios-diosan ang mga imahe sa mga katoliko.

Pero baka hindi mo ma-gets e-review natin; sa talatang binigay ko sa taas Joshua 7:6 ano ba ginawa ni Joshua sa harap ng Arka? di ba nagdadasal? ganyan lang din ang ginagawa naming mga katoliko.

Kukunin natin yaong sinabi mo na ipinagpruprusisyon.

Hindi mo siguro nabasa sa Biblia na yaong mga imahe na Exempted ay pinoprosesyon din ng mga tao.

2 Sam. 6:1-51 David again assembled all the picked men of Israel, thirty thousand in number.
2 Then David and all the people who were with him set out for Baala of Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD of hosts enthroned above the cherubim.
3 The ark of God was placed on a new cart and taken away from the house of Abinadab on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, guided the cart,4 with Ahio walking before it,
5 while David and all the Israelites made merry before the LORD with all their strength, with singing and with citharas, harps, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals.

Yaong pinoprosesyon nilang Arka na sinakay sa mga kerubin ay dios-diosan? Hindi.
Yaong pinoprosesyon ng mga katoliko dios-diosan ba? Hindi pa rin.

Dahil yaong mga imahe naming mga katoliko ay "NAKAPANGALAN" sa Dios at sa mga santo. So ang naka-Represent pala sa mga imahe namin ay ang Dios, at hindi yaong mga dios-diosan, tulad ni Baal, Zeus, Venus etc. ito sabi ni San Pablo tungkol sa mga imahe ng mga dios-diosan.

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1 Corinthians 8:4

4So then, about eating food sacrificed to idols: We know that an idol is nothing at all in the world and that there is no God but one.

1 Mga Taga-Corinto 8:4

4Patungkol sa mga pagkaing inihain sa mga diyos-diyosan, alam nating walang halaga ang diyos-diyosan sa sanlibutan. Alam nating wala nang ibang Diyos maliban sa isa.

Ayan, yaong mga dios-diosan ay WALANG HALAGA, it means na nag-representa sa "WALA".

Totoo ba si Baal, Zeus, Venus, etc.? Hindi.
Sino ba ang ni-representahan nila? Yaong mga planeta.
Yaong mga planeta Dios ba? Hindi.

Pero sa aming mga katoliko, sino ba ang ni-REPRESENTAHAN sa aming mga imahe? si Baal, Zeus, Venus, Mercury..etc. ba? Hindi. Kasi yaong ni-representahan ng mga imahe naming mga katoliko ay ang Dios mismo. Tulad sa nakasulat sa taas; the ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD of hosts enthroned above the cherubim.

Kung Hindi mo ma-gets yaong paliwanag ko. hehe! nasa sayo yan.
alam ko naman na hindi ninyo talaga tanggapin paliwanag namin.
But at least naka-share ako sa inyo at sinagot ko yaong mga maling paratang tungkol sa mga imahe namin.

Ave Maria!