“Hashtags for Seekers – the title speaks of what is contemporary yet age-old. In concise but nuanced and penetrating reflections on the Sunday liturgical readings, Harold unpacks the vitality of the Word of God in dialogue with some of our most real yet unrecognized questions and longings…Words proclaimed and written centuries ago sound like a hashtag meant for me now.”

+ Luis Antonio G. Cardinal Tagle,
Archbishop of Manila

About Hashtags for Seekers

“The earliest pieces featured in this collection of homilies first appeared at Facebook around the year 2011. They were posted at the request of some friends from Italy and the US, members of Filipino communities to whom I have ministered in the course of my graduate studies. The actual audience of these homilies when these were actually delivered, however, were often the faithful of St. Francis Xavier Church in Cagayan de Oro City…These communities, and many others, with all their strife, struggles and celebrations, have helped form these pieces, as God’s Word cannot be effectively proclaimed in a vacuum.”
“While this collection naturally anticipates preachers as audience, the publishing team has taken meticulous steps to make it palatable to a wider readership. From the conceptualization workshop to the process of selecting the pieces, there is a conscious and deliberate effort to make it accessible, even appealing, to a larger audience, especially the young. Among other things, the millennials are thoughtful seekers who may, hopefully, obtain spiritual benefit from the insights and stories presented. Should any of the pieces here succeed in consoling a seeker or in providing spiritual sustenance, it would be worth all the effort invested in the production of this collection.”

– From the Introduction

About the Author

Ordained to the priesthood in 2003, Fr. Harold Anthony S. Parilla finished his theological studies at the Loyola School of Theology in Quezon City.  After some years of work at the local seminary and in the chancery of the Diocese of Tagbilaran, he left for Rome to obtain a licentiate degree in canon law at the Pontifical Gregorian University.  His academic résumé also includes masteral degrees in pastoral ministry and educational management from two Jesuit universities in the Philippines.  For the most part, his ministry in the Church involves teaching and formation work.  When circumstances allow, he also facilitates at spiritual retreats for various groups.  Currently, he is formator and lecturer at St. John Vianney Theological Seminary in Cagayan de Oro City.

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A Glimpse of the Book

“The good news continues to stand: God’s extravagant loving. It clings tenaciously to us and never lets go despite our ambivalence, even in our ignorance and false pride, amid our senseless anxiety and restlessness.”
“At a time when we stand on very flimsy foundations of security, when no amount of money or advancement in technology seems adequate to calm away our fears, we have no one better to cling on than the God whose faithfulness knows no bounds.”
“Whenever we do something loving or compassionate, that gesture creates ripples after ripples of similar acts of love.  Conversely, our indifference can also generate waves after waves of coldness and lack of empathy.”

#NeverAlone“The Lord is truly with us.  We may not understand why he seems asleep, but he is always there present in our storms.  We may not agree with the timing of his interventions but in faith we hold his wisdom to be always beyond us.” #LivingFaith
“When we encounter God, we acquire the desire to do something.  We become dissatisfied with the way things are.  We are driven to contribute to something bigger than ourselves.”
“Christians do not give up; we only surrender.  We surrender to the mercy and wisdom of the God who transformed human history into the story of our redemption.”

“If we want joy to find us, we help create it in others first.  The same goes true with love, peace, forgiveness, and other sublime things.  It is difficult to miss the wisdom behind the words of Jesus, ‘It is in losing the self that we actually find it’.”

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Excerpts from the chapter:

“To be a prophet for our times stands as the invitation for us today.

By our baptism, we have become sharers in the three-fold mission of our Lord – to be priest, king and prophet. Today we are being reminded that advocacy for the truth is part of our Christian responsibility. We are being reminded that in whatever situation we find ourselves, we need to stand up for what is right and what is true, even when it is for others a hard pill to swallow.

This is a difficult thing to do. It is a feature of our culture that we desire to keep our relationships smooth. It is often more convenient to turn a blind eye or shut one’s mouth up than to rock the boat as it were. But God gives an assurance in the First Reading. He tells the prophet Jeremiah: They will fight against you but they will not prevail over you, for I am with you to deliver you.”

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Order & Pricing

Full Color Greyscale

We have ensured that the book is affordable without sacrificing print quality.  You can buy either the full color version or the greyscale.

Full Color Greyscale
Price at Launch Php 499.00 Php 319.00
Pick-up Price Php 499.00 Php 319.00
Regular selling price (includes mailing) Php 619.00 Php 439.00
Bulk orders (10 pieces or more, with mailing) Php 569.00 Php 389.00

Bookselling and signing (CDO launch) in Cagayan de Oro is on Easter Sunday, 16 April 2017 at 6:00 – 9:00 AM  at the St. Francis Xavier Church, and at the Lady of Guadalupe Chapel at Xavier Estates at 11:30 AM to 12:00 noon.

Tagbilaran launch will still be scheduled but books will be available for pick-up beginning 19 April 2017 at Door 4, K of C Building, K of C Drive, Tagbilaran City.  Please look for Marilou Sale. To arrange for pick-up time, please contact (038) 501-0373.



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