About Fr. Wilfredo Manalo Samson SJ

Fr. Wilfredo Manalo Samson, SJ is the Assistant to the President for Formation in Ateneo de Zamboanga University.

Befriending Sadness

Yesterday was the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross and today is the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. Why celebrate these feasts? If the cross brings pain and sadness – sorrow, why should we ex...

Are you a ‘fig tree’ person? Be one.

  A person under the fig tree. This is a symbol of someone praying and meditating on the Word of God. It’s those moments we spend our time with God in silence, contemplation, and discernme...

Facing Our Shadows

I used to play with my shadows when I was a young. It was amusing to seeing the shadows follow me wherever I go, and I couldn’t even run a away from them. And yet, when I face my shadow and dec...

An Evening Prayer

“Almighty and ever living God, We come into your loving Presence, Begging for your comfort and protection. Cast out from our hearts all fears and anxieties. Cleanse our hearts from anger, frust...

Pray hard in the middle of the storm

In the years between 60 to 70 AD, the Christian communities were living in a very difficult situation. They did not see any hope for their future. Nero persecuted and killed many Christians in 64 AD....

Healing Souls

I just finished hearing confessions of our students in Ateneo de Zamboanga. I am back in my room. Resting. And praying for them. I cannot deny — it’s very tiring to listen to the sins of ...

NAZARENO: PATRON NG MGA SIGA AT MATON

  Malaking palaisipan sa akin ang Kapistahan ng Nazareno ng Quiapo tuwing Enero 9. Dito lamang ako nakakakita ng laksa-laksang kalalakihan ng may debosyon sa ating Panginoong Hesus. Dito lamang ...

Give your all, then trust

We can’t deny that when we look at our life, we see two things: The problem in front of us and our limitations to effectively respond to the situation. On the other hand, God sees two things: T...

How much do you know yourself?

One of the things that struck me in our Gospel yesterday is John’s ability to tell everyone with certainty who he was: “I am the voice of one crying out in the desert, make straight the w...