About the Author

IMG_6938Part-time Bible blogger, full-time priest.

Educator by profession, scholar by accident.

“You will know life
and be acknowledged
by it according to your degree of transparency–
your capacity, that is, to vanish as an end
and to remain purely as a means.”

– Dags Hammarskjold

 

Fr. J has published four books.

Halina’t Masdan Si Hesus sa Ebanghelyo
A Translation of Donald Senior’s Jesus: A Gospel Portrait
Co-Authored with L Catalan SJ and M Tan SJ

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The Parable of the Elder Brother
Winner: Best Book for Family, Life, Children, 2007 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards

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50 Something: Pieces of Prayer and Reflection
Finalist: Best Book in Theology, 2011 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Award

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Quick Questions and Uneasy Answers: Reflections for the Lost and Found
WINNER: Best Book in Spirituality, 2013 Jaime Cardinal Sin Catholic Book Awards

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Fr. J has also been conducting an annual online Holy Week retreat since 2007. He claims it’s good for his soul.

Muir Woods (March 2016)
Muir Woods (March 2016)

16 thoughts on “About the Author”

  1. That picture of you inside the gut of a giant tree in Muir Woods illustrates how small we are in the face of God’s wonderful creation–an analogy for the humility you so eloquently speak of. I don’t know if I qualify as an Atenean (took up my MA there but ran short of a thesis–come to think of it, Father, can one call himself an Atenean who dropped out, failed or was expelled in grade/high school ? just asking–like it mattered) but I do sometimes feel “above the rest” just for attending Ateneo for two years–the Ateneo ego at work, as you put it. Nakakahiya. . .

    Am interested in your online retreat. How does someone like me who is without a facebook account join?

    Loved your homily. Thanks, Father, for knocking a good dose of sense–and humility–into our heads.

  2. Father J, have been center for ignatian spirituality Holy Week retreats for over a decade. But during 5 day retreat in Sept 2014, was able for the first time to do contemplative scripture prayers where i became one of the characters. Since then my holy week retreats were having i believe conversations with God. I need to be enlightened if these were real or just my mind doing tricks on me. Because my SD in these individually guided retreats said they dont know if am having talks with God. Pls enlighten me. Can elaborate when needed. Thanks!

    1. Hello! God uses our imagination for deep prayer. But of course it is possible that what happens is just a result of our own imagination. The only way to know whether the prayers are authentic religious experiences coming from God is through their fruits: Do they make you love God more? Do they lead you to a greater selflessness, etc.?

  3. I would like to get a link to retrieve “HOLY WEEK FOR BYSTANDERS AND FENCE SITTERS:
    MARTHA. SIMON OF CYRENE. THOMAS.
    Online Lent Recollection 2012”
    Thank you Fr. J.

  4. Hi fr. j,

    I came across your blog in my Facebook page.

    I read some of the homilies and questions therein.

    I find the articles therein very interesting and thought provoking. It is also helps me to understand my faith better.

    Thank you and may God bless you.

    Anthony

  5. Hi Fr J, I am an ICAn Alumni and working in Plano Texas. Would like to join you online recollection. please advise the link?

    Thank you very much!
    Cecile

    1. Hello, Cecile! It will be on this website, but it’s probably best to LIKE the pinsoflight facebook page. Click here. :) Thanks for your interest!

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