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Author Archive: Ramon Antonio A. Aldana

Mon hails from the Philippines and currently works as a school head in an affordable private high school in Manila. His passion lies in bringing educational opportunities to young people who have less in life. Someday, he dreams of writing his own book that relates the Gospels to the daily life of teachers and educators.

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Philippine Drug War: For Whom the Bells Toll

September 21, AD2017 2 Comments
Philippine Drug War: For Whom the Bells Toll

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend’s or of thine own were: […]

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Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

August 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

Is there a way to practice the virtue of truth and charity when one navigates the world of social media? The advent of the use of social media has truly democratized the way we receive information and news nowadays. In the past, knowledge and current events have always been dependent on institutions that had the […]

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Muslim Good Samaritans in War-Torn Marawi

July 14, AD2017 2 Comments
Muslim Good Samaritans in War-Torn Marawi

As I write this article for Catholic Stand (July 6, 2017), the battle to free one of the cities in the southern part of the Philippines from the presence of an ISIS-inspired organization, the Maute group, has just entered its sixth week. Marawi City, located in Mindanao, has been under siege for more than a […]

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Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

May 18, AD2017 0 Comments
Easter and Building a Curriculum of Hope

I have been working in the field of education for more than twenty years now. And every time I come to reflect upon the fruits of Easter, I always try to connect it to the work of educating young people. This month, I have decided to write about the relationship between the Resurrection story and […]

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God Hanging on the Gallows: A Prayer This Good Friday

April 14, AD2017 2 Comments
God Hanging on the Gallows: A Prayer This Good Friday

A few years ago, the BBC news channel presented an interesting documentary regarding Jewish life in the first century. In the course of that documentary, they showed the skull of a man, who was believed to have lived during that time. Using modern technology, scientists and archaeologists were able to recreate what they say was […]

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The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

February 13, AD2017 6 Comments
The Brewing Philippine War Between Duterte and the Church

A war is brewing in the Philippines. And it is not a war of guns (although, much of the cause of this brewing war has been the indiscriminate death of some Filipinos). The brewing war is a battle for the minds and hearts of Filipinos regarding the right way to combat the rising drug problem […]

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St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

January 16, AD2017 1 Comment
St. John Bosco, Education, and the Youth of Today

Can the ideas of a nineteenth-century saint, known for his work among young people, say something relevant to educators of the twenty-first century? Don Bosco and Young People Every January 31st, the Church marks the feast day of St. John Bosco, who died January 31, 1888.  He is known in the Church as the Father […]

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This Christmas, Set Out in Haste to Meet Our Lord

December 14, AD2016 0 Comments
This Christmas, Set Out in Haste to Meet Our Lord

One of the Gospel stories that we shall  hear in the coming days will be about the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. The passage speaks about the encounter among cousins. Mary with her first cousin Elizabeth; Jesus with his second cousin John the Baptist. In the Gospel account of the Visitation, Luke describes […]

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Restitution and National Reconciliation

November 14, AD2016 2 Comments
Restitution and National Reconciliation

Last November 8, as the citizens  of the United States of America were making a beeline to choose their next president, we, here in the Philippines, received  the news about the final resting place of a former president. For 27 long years, the issue whether Ferdinand Marcos would be allowed to be buried in the […]

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“Where Were You, God, When We Needed You?”

October 14, AD2016 2 Comments
“Where Were You, God, When We Needed You?”

Rodrigo Duterte, the President of the Philippines, has been quite vocal in his effort to re-impose the death penalty in our country’s legal system (it was abolished in Philippine law in 2006). In a speech he delivered to the members of the Press Corps of in front of the Official Residence of the President of […]

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Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Finding Reasons to Celebrate the Triumph of the Cross

  Every 14th of September, the Catholic Church, celebrates the Feast of the Triumph of the Cross. It is also known as the feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross. The history of this celebration centers on the story of how Queen Helena, the mother of Emperor Constantine, was supposed to have found the […]

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The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

August 13, AD2016 1 Comment
The Search for Justice and the Devil’s Dare

One of my favorite TV shows is the Netflix series about the Marvel Comics superhero Daredevil.  What I truly like about the series is how it attempts to capture the moral dilemma that Matt Murdoch faces concerning justice every time he wears his red suit and is transformed from the blind lawyer to the hard-hitting […]

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Rodrigo Duterte and the Silence of the Lambs

July 14, AD2016 7 Comments
Rodrigo Duterte and the Silence of the Lambs

On June 30, 2016, the Philippines witnessed the inauguration of Rodrigo Duterte as the country’s sixteenth president. He is the first president from the island of Mindanao. Out of five candidates, he won with 16 million votes. He ran with a platform based on ending criminality, ending the illegal drug menace and stopping corruption. Duterte […]

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A Father Creates an Image of God in His Child

June 15, AD2016 0 Comments
A Father Creates an Image of God in His Child

Father’s Day is fast approaching. It is that time of the year when we stop to thank and celebrate the wonderful role that our own fathers have had in our lives. For this month’s article in Catholic Stand, allow me to honor the fathers among you. A Father Who Listens A few years back, I […]

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Learning to Appreciate Church Documents

May 19, AD2016 2 Comments
Learning to Appreciate Church Documents

On the day that the much awaited apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, came out, one of the leading evening news channels here in the Philippines immediately had an editorial piece about the document. While listening to the commentary of the news reporter, I was asking myself, how much of the document did the […]

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The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

April 20, AD2016 1 Comment
The Journey to Emmaus: A Model for Educators

One of my favourite readings during the Easter Season is the Gospel reading on the journey of Jesus  together with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. It is a personal favourite since it speaks directly to me as an educator. I have always seen this story as a good model for teachers. The […]

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Life After the Ministry: Finding God’s Blessings in Life’s Changes

March 23, AD2016 12 Comments
Life After the Ministry: Finding God’s Blessings in Life’s Changes

The philosopher Heraclitus once said: “No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and he is not the same man.” Change is inevitable in life. But no matter how true that is, there are many times that change will jolt us. There are many times that change […]

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