Marriage is a bond where two people are bound to love each other for eternity, and religion is a belief of faith to one supernatural being they call GOD. With two people who love each other, despite having different religions, was blessed with respect on their different beliefs.
Both Christian and Muslim religions strictly follow their belief and practices that sometimes lead to misunderstanding and arguments. Some would have avoided having a relationship with those from other religions, because one must sacrifice to which belief should be followed.
Unlike this couple, whose belief was taken over by love after many years of relationship, and finally got married.
Twitter user @itsairidesu posted on twitter the story of her sister’s wedding to her long-time Muslim boyfriend. What was unusual is that they both held Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies. The couple received so much respect that both families have decided to unite, as she also wished that the world could do the same.
My sister got married to her long-term Muslim boyfriend yesterday and we held both Islam and Catholic marriage ceremonies and I'm so happy that there was so much respect from both sides and I just wish the world could do the same.
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 18, 2019
Conflicts among religious denominations, especially Catholics and Muslims, have been one of the problems not only in our country, but also the whole world. Because of this conflict, many civilians have lost their loved ones and home.
And you know what makes it even better? It's knowing that my dad and the groom's father, both known to be strict with their respective religious practices, agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children. And that's a win for love, if you ask me.
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 18, 2019
Though the government is already having their blueprint to solve this conflict, until now, it hasn’t been agreed upon and, thus, have not united in peace.
Cheers to the kind of love that conquers differences! pic.twitter.com/oZwJckZS45
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 19, 2019
The wedding of Airi’s sister gives us hope that someday both religions would learn to compromise with each other, and respect each other’s belief for the love of its people.
She wasn't wearing a hijab. She was wearing her white wedding gown, which of course was first consulted with the groom and groom's father. pic.twitter.com/KcPUtR5FQA
— airi (@itsairidesu) March 21, 2019
Like both the fathers of the couple, who are known to be strict with their respective religious practices, have agreed to compromise for the wedding of their children.
Truly, love conquers everything.
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The continuously increasing suicide rates has been alarming but a group of practicing Catholics appears to have resisted the actions of self-harming and despair.
According to a study published by JAMA Psychiatry, between the years of 1996 and 2010, those who attend any religious service once a week or more has five times less of a risk to commit suicide. However, it is not clear if the study can be applied to a diverse population of Americans.
A study made up of nurses and dominated by Catholic or Protestant women, the suicide rate was observed was about half of U.S women as a whole. Out of more than 89,000 participants aged 30 to 55, 36 women committed suicide in the span of 15 years.
The church attendance is not the only factor to be considered. It also matters which church they attend. For example, it was found out that Protestants who worshiped weekly at church were far less likely to commit suicide compared to those who only attended services once a while. On the other hand, these same Protestant women were still seven times more than the devout Catholics. Among the 6,999 Catholic women who said they attended mass more than once a week, there was not a single suicide.
Tyler J. VanderWeele of Harvard’s T.H Chan School of Public Health stated that “Religion and spirituality may be an underappreciated resource that psychiatrists and clinicians could explore with their patients, as appropriate,”
A new study documented a steep rise in suicides in the U.S between 1994 and 2014. The rates climbed among men and women in all age groups between 10 and 74. However, women remain less likely to take their own lives compared to men. Between the ages of 45 and 64, the rate of suicide increased by 80% over 1999’s rates.
According to Dr. Aaron Kheriaty, an associate professor of psychiatry at UC Irvine, “Religious convictions and practices can help people foster a sense of hope, even in the midst of major crises or adversities. Religious faith can help people find a sense of meaning and purpose even in suffering, It is safe to assume that religious conviction and faith must be genuine and sincere if they are to provide the mental and physical health benefits that several studies have suggested.”
Most of the time, whenever people encounter street kids who are using rugby, they would do everything to avoid them afraid that these kids might cause ruckus in the streets. In worst cases, resort to stealing or extortion.
For this reason, no one wants to talk or even go near them as they fear that these rugby kids might do something bad to them.
However, one citizen named Jocen Gonzales Gatela was brave enough to have a conversation with a group of kids using rugby.
Gatela shared this incident to his Facebook account and revealed why street kids spoil themselves on rugby.
Read the life-changing story below:
“Habang naglalakad ako pauwi galing sa gym, nadaanan ko ang mga batang ito na nagra-rugby
Ako: Bat kayo nagraragbi?
Bata1: Pampatanggal po ng gutom.
Ako: Nag-drugs ako dati pero diko natikaman ang rugby. Anong feeling niyan?
Bata2: Nawawala po sa sarili.”
Gatela asked them why the kids were using rugby and how it feels. Given the fact that they are mere street kids, food is not always accessible to them which is why they resort to rugby to erase the feeling of hunger.
“Ako: Nagnanakaw ba kayo?
Bata3: Hindi po. Di bale na mamalimos wag lang magnakaw.
Bata4: Di bale na matakaw wag lang magnakaw. (Sabay tawa)
Bata1: Kuya pengeng okra. Ikaw yung nagbigay ng okra sakin dati nung bumili ako sa inyo.
Ako: (minumukaan yung bata) ah oo. Ikaw nga yun. (Umuwi ako kumuha ng okra tapos bumalik.)
Ako: Pano mo kinakain ang hilaw na okra?
Bata1: Sinasawsaw sa asin minsan sa toyo.
*At this point, masaya na durog ako sa loob ko. Masaya kase nakakausap ko pa sila ng matino pero durog na ako kase ang saklap pero wala akong magawa para sakanila.
Ako: Kumain na kayo?
Bata1: Hindi pa po.
Ako: Kaen tayo.”
He was curious whether they steal from people just like what the other street kids would do, but the kids told him that they are nothing like them. Despite their status, they would choose to feel the hunger rather than to do wrong.
Ako: Mula ngayon gabi-gabi na tayo magmi-meet dito ah. Magba-Bible study tayo.
Bata5: Sige kuya. Ngayon na!!
Bata4: Bukas na. Walang dalang Bible si kuya.
Ako: (Hagalpak ng tawa. Oo nga naman.) Tara pag-pray ko nalang kayo.
Ako: Tara picture tayo. Post ko sa fb.
Bata1: Kuya oppa posing.
Ako: Ano yun?
Bata1: Ganito oh. (heart sa daliri)
Ako: Ah sige. Hahaha (Wala akong alam kaya nakiuso nalang ako)
Ang akala ko, ako lang ang tutulong. Ang hindi nila alam, mas natulungan nila ako at mas naturuan nila ako. Na-refresh ako sa presence nila. Salamat mga tropa, kitakits bukas!:)
Gatela encouraged the kids to do Bible study with him every day, which the kids gladly agreed to. What’s more amazing is that they know what Bible looks like as they were the ones who noticed that Gatela wasn’t carrying one, which simply proves that poverty isn’t a hindrance to be a believer of religion.
On the other hand, the netizens who had seen the post praised the street kids for being just and for proving that not all street kids are the same.
What are your thoughts on this matter? Did it change your perception about street kids?
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It’s the most colorful time of the year, and everyone’s celebrating. A special day and event for our loving LGBT+ Community. Set in Plaza De Los Alcaldez in Marikina City, queers from all over the metro gathered to celebrate love.
Since the beginning of time, we have come a long way in battling discrimination and misogyny.
From being considered as a mental disorder to the legalization of same-sex marriage in different countries, the rainbow federation is getting stronger and stronger every year. That is all because of the collective efforts and action of the community.
And for this year, June 24–Philippines celebrated its annual Metro Manila Pride March for the first time ever in Marikina!
It’s all love and fun until a certain group of religious protesters started to make a scene. In front of a kissing crowd, they began raising hateful placards. Despite the momentous event, one can only imagine how people take courage in doing this. If they truly believe in God, why do they have to spread hate? They even had a noise barrage condoning ‘sinful’ acts of these gays, lesbians, and queers.
But you sure know that a coin has two sides, right? Guess what, beliefs do too. Religion and gender qualifications are like water and oil, it has been an ongoing battle as to how homosexuality can be considered as ‘normal’.
And despite how Leviticus firmly condones ‘unlawful sexual relations’ of humans, many believers still believe that it is acceptable to choose who you will love.
It just shows that despite having haters that try to drag the LGBT+ Community down, there will always be allies that will help them rise again. But the community will not be contented to just tolerance, they are still shouting for acceptance.
May we all get the support we need from our government.
We understand if you don’t have any clue that such thing exists. But yes, Catholic Church actually discourages people getting married to hold the ceremonies in an open space. Do you want to know why? Read on.
If you have dreamt of tying the knot in an outdoor venue, don’t let this Church prophecy affect your faith. They are not ruining your plans for that one special day. Looking back at the Sacrament of Marriage, you would know that the feast is not just about grandiose preparations. Instead, it is about taking a life-long commitment to God and your future spouse. Unfortunately, media has instilled us ideal wedding preparations that do not match with the sanctity of marriage.
In a Youtube video, Fr. Mike Schmitz gives us great insights that feature today’s status quo. He provided information that could help you further understand the importance of getting married inside the Church. Skip to 4:54 to hear the truth bomb he dropped.
In an article of Cleveland Diocese, Fr. Joe Krupp shares an advice as to where a wedding should take place. According to him,
“As Catholics, we believe that marriage is a sacrament: a sacred moment given to us by Jesus. When you celebrate this wonderful Sacrament, we hold it in a space that is dedicated, sacred and consecrated. We have these three requirements because marriage is so important to us, so let’s take a look at each of them.
To be fair, there are circumstances in which the Bishop of a diocese may grant special permission for a couple to wed in another location, but that would only be for serious reasons. Most likely, your reason for desiring to be in the midst of God’s creation will not be a strong enough argument to sway your Bishop.”
Now you know. Any thoughts?
This is a typical story of false prophet spreading false faith in his believers, but what he does is something that’s very disgusting in our eyes.
The 24-year-old ‘prophet’ from Mountzion General Assembly created a buzz online when pictures of him spraying what seemed to be an insect spray circulated on social media.
Lethebo Rabalago, the ‘prophet’ in the pictures was a preacher of a church in Limpopo, South Africa. The pictures were taken during their church service. It was identified that the repellent that he used to spray on his followers’ faces was the Doom Super Multi-Insect Killer.
Brand Tigers, creator of the spray, was quick to release a statement that spraying their product into faces is dangerous. The package has an instruction and the information about the spray.
After his ways were questioned, he proclaimed that many of his followers were actually cured. He explained that no injury was declared, but he declined to admit how many of his believers were actually healed by his treatment.
See, people, this is what fanaticism does to everyone. Beware of these religious ‘prophets’ that are spreading false faith, they know that they have ‘blind’ followers. Keep safe and don’t believe instantly in what people say.
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For some Filipino kids, lent is a nightmare. They are deprived of doing things they usually do, like playing and most especially, eating meat. Religious or not, you’re still not eating meat.
Yes, we know your hardships, and we created a list of things every Filipino kid had to go through during Holy Week.
Lady Gaga will be disappointed.
There are still things in this world that even science can’t explain. Even though it’s not the first case of a crying saint statue, people in Cebu witnessed this images weep in blood.
Now that the Lenten Season is here, God from above just gave us sightings that might prove they are real. Everyone was shocked when a laminated photograph of Jesus and the Virgin Mary was seen crying blood in Carcar City, Southern Cebu. Later that night, the statue of St. Veronica started to weep as well. Residents gathered at the house and prayed for what seemed to be a miracle.
The owner of the house, Val San Diego, is a devoted Catholic, and according to him, he was on his way to Dumanjug, a nearby city, with his family when their maid shouted. He then rushed to the dumbfounded main, and, he, too was shocked. He saw the statue shedding tears of blood.
“We were more than halfway when our maid called, telling us nga naghilak og dugo (crying in blood),” San Diego said.
The man claimed that the statue belonged to his great grandparents for 130 years now. He said that he is prepared to whatever God’s message to him was. He was unsure though as to how his statues wept blood.
Based on religious beliefs, St. Veronica was the woman who wiped Jesus Christ’s face when he carried the Cross. The local parish has already seen the photos of the weeping images, but their mouth is still shut.
Hoax or miracle? Share your thoughts with us.
As part of the Lenten tradition in the Philippines, Visita Iglesia is one of the most anticipated events of the Roman Catholic Church’s Holy Week.
Part of everyone’s visita iglesia is that you should go to at least 7 churches and ask for the Blessed Sacrament. For every church you visit, you should pray 2 stations of the cross.
Plus, there’s no harm if you believe in a superstition that once you complete the visit, any wish of yours will be granted.
We all know that Manila City is one of the oldest cities in the Philippines, and it has the oldest churches in the country. But despite being an old city, the churches in it have been maintained well.
We set up 7 churches to complete your #VisitaIglesiaGoals!
Located in Plaza Miranda, Quezon Blvd., the Minor Basilica of the Black Nazarene is the home of the respected statue of Black Nazarene. Quiapo church, as we call it now, was destroyed a couple of times but it was secured in 1988.
Built in Carriedo Street, Binondo, Our Lady of the Pillar Parish Church stood tall. It was founded in 1619, but was built in 1957.
The Minor Basilica of Saint Lorenzo Ruiz and Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary Parish is located in the District of Binondo, Manila founded by Dominican priests in 1596. Destroyed in 1762 because of the British bombardment, it was reconstructed and completed in 1852.
Dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Minor Basilica and Metropolitan Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception is located in Intramuros. It was governed by Mexicans first in 1571, but the construction was completed in 1958.
Dubbed as the Immaculate Conception Parish Church of San Agustin, it is located also inside the walled city of Intramuros. The groundbreaking of it was way back in 1586, but was completed in 1607. This is known to be the “simbahan ng mga mayayaman”.
This Baroque-styled church can be found in front of the Manila Bay in Malate. Our Lady of Remedies Parish Church, was consecrated in 1588, and completed in 1624.
For the last leg of our Visita Iglesia in Manila.
Known as the Our Lady of the Abandoned Parish Church of Santa Ana, is a Spanish-built church located in Sta. Ana, Manila. It was founded in 1720 and designated in 1936.
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In a deeply religious country like the Philippines, growing up Godless is almost unimaginable. Most would even say sinful. Predominantly Catholic, part and parcel of growing up here is learning one’s prayers. So how do children of non-religious parents—atheists, even—turn out?
Do they become soul-less criminals? Do they grow up to be individuals who lead hedonistic lives without drive and direction? Or worst of all, do they become Satanists? A recent article published in the Los Angeles Times would like us to think otherwise.
The article quotes University of Southern California Professor of Gerontology and Sociology Vern Bengston as saying, “Far from being dysfunctional, nihilistic and rudderless without the security and rectitude of religion, secular households provide a sound and solid foundation for children.”
Bengston oversees the Longitudinal Study of Generations, which for 40 years and counting, is the largest and possibly the longest-running study of religion and family life spanning generations of families in the US.
Upon observing non-religious families and examining how parental influence trickles down to non-religious children, Bengston was surprised to find that non-religious families had high levels of familial solidarity and close emotional bonds. The strong ethical and moral principles the parents held were also passed on to the children.
“Many non-religious parents were more coherent and passionate about their ethical principles than some of the ‘religious’ parents in our study… The vast majority appeared to live goal-filled lives characterized by moral direction and sense of life having a purpose,” Bengston stated.