Spirituality A Quest for Depth the Power of Prayer

February 2017

In This Issue


The post-truth era

For Christians who believe in the truth and that, ultimately, God is the truth, this post-truth era poses threats and challenges. More formation and critical observation are called upon so as to stand by the concept of truth no matter what.

WM Special

The power of prayer

Prayer is a powerful resource in human life, yet many do not know how to practice it, even finding it burdensome and only turning to it as a last resort. A sincere longing of the heart for God lies at the origin of prayer that must be accompanied by daily perseverance and self-discipline.

WM Reports

Heroes of faith

The beatification of 17 new martyrs, in the Laotian capital, was a historic event for a tiny minority Church in a country ruled by a communist regime. For the good of the people of Laos, Church authorities affirmed their willingness to cooperate with the civil authorities.


No to death penalty

The Association of Major Religious Superiors in the Philippines issued a statement expressing their opposition to a bill that will re-impose capital punishment. Human life is sacred, “must never be taken away, even in the case of someone who has done great evil.”

Asian Focus

Young laity engage in transforming Asia

Fondacio Asia is implementing formation programs for a diverse group of young people to enable them to be leaders of projects and missions for the Church and the society. Friendship with Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of the missionary zeal that animates them.

In Focus

How missionaries help victims of war

The current three-year-old conflict in South Sudan has forced more than 2.3 million people to flee their homes. These war-affected populations also need psycho-social and spiritual help to mitigate the effects of war traumas and to enable them to move on with their lives.

Extraordinary People

Words of a literary craftsman

Poet, historian and journalist, Nicomedes Márquez Joaquín (1917–2004) is best known for his short stories and novels in the English language. Considered the best writer after national hero José Rizal, he was conferred the title of National Artist for Literature of the Philippines. In the centenary of his birth, the interest in his body of work is undergoing a strong revival.

Follow Me

A failed encounter

In Nicodemus’ dialogue with Jesus, we recognize the beauty of the encounter. But we also see how the dialogue can be derailed by parallel paths and abort the encounter. Our encounter with Christ can be left half-way and His grace ends up hostage of our ambiguities.

Life's Essentials

Best practices at work

Through work, humans participate in God’s creation. Work is necessary for the self-fulfillment of the person; it enhances his/her dignity and self-worth. Here are some practical tips to help improve the quality of work.

Strategies for Evangelization

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