3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |
3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

This past May 31, our daughter, Lucy Benedicta, was born, changing our lives forever.  From learning how to hold a baby, to changing a diaper, to installing a car seat, I have had many new experiences as a first-time dad. So far, fatherhood has had its share of highs and lows, but mostly exhaustion in […]

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Natural Family Planning is Hard

[ 1 ] August 20, AD 2014 |
Natural Family Planning is Hard

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

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Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 5 ] August 19, AD 2014 |
Depression, Despair, and Hope

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as […]

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Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

[ 1 ] August 17, AD 2014 |
Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28), Jesus said to the Canaanite woman, “O woman, great is your faith!” There are many people in our Church, community, and world, who have great faith. In my own spiritual journey I have encountered the great faith of people in varied ways, from pilgrimages, to parish life, to ordinary and […]

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The Pope is Coming to My Country!

[ 3 ] August 13, AD 2014 |
The Pope is Coming to My Country!

By now, most Filipinos already know the good news that Pope Francis will visit the Philippines from January 11-15, 2015. Here are my thoughts about what this means. For My Fellow Filipinos I still remember the excitement of World Youth Day 1995 when Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines. It is, indeed, a rare […]

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Martyrdom in Mosul

[ 4 ] August 13, AD 2014 |
Martyrdom in Mosul

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce evil. After […]

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ISIS, Robin Williams, and “Those Who Mourn”

[ 9 ] August 12, AD 2014 |
ISIS, Robin Williams, and “Those Who Mourn”

The descriptions are many, the adjectives are abundant. Travesty. Horrific. Incomprehensible. Senseless. You can’t scroll down one page on Facebook without seeing a shared link of the pain, suffering, and death of people around the world. The implications of such extreme evil and despair are difficult to wrap our minds around. We want to grieve […]

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New Religious Communities Supported & Encouraged by Archbishop

[ 1 ] August 11, AD 2014 |
New Religious Communities Supported & Encouraged by Archbishop

Both Communities to Hold Joint Discernment Retreat in October CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has offered his support and encouragement for the formation of two new communities of men and women religious in southeast Michigan. The women’s community, known as The Sisters of Jesus’ Merciful Passion, already has two women in formation […]

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Why I Ride the Metro Backward

[ 4 ] August 10, AD 2014 |
Why I Ride the Metro Backward

Every day I spend about an hour on the Metro train going to school, and another hour coming home. I leave during rush hour in the morning, which isn’t really a big deal because I live at the second-to-last stop on our line so I can almost always find a seat. Once seated, I pull […]

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7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

[ 17 ] August 10, AD 2014 |
7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

Last night, I asked my family what percentage of religious persecution in the world they thought was directed at Christians. They guessed about 30%. After all, they said, Christians are about one-third of the global population so that would make sense, right? When I told them it was closer to 80%, they initially refused to believe […]

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“You Complete Me” and Other Lies We Tell

[ 4 ] August 8, AD 2014 |
“You Complete Me” and Other Lies We Tell

For the first 7 years of our marriage, I tried my darndest to be the best husband on the planet. “Get over yourself, Nic” was my mantra. Whatever she asked for, whatever she needed, whatever she wanted, I would do everything within my power to provide it. I wanted to be what I should be […]

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Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

[ 1 ] August 7, AD 2014 |
Called to Be Saints, Called Home: Lessons on Sainthood from the Parenting Trenches Part 2

(This post is part of a series. Read Part 1 here.) Until I put it into the context of the child and parent relationship, I never understood how desperately God wants sainthood for every human being. I knew that God was my Father, but my concept of that love was based entirely on my experience as a […]

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A Path to Freedom and Peace for Young People With Addiction

[ 3 ] August 7, AD 2014 |
A Path to Freedom and Peace for Young People With Addiction

The culture of death has many pillars and many faces. One such pillar, surely is the tragedy of drug and alcohol addiction. Not only does addiction slowly kill the addict (physically, spiritually and emotionally), but sexual impurity is often associated with drug and alcohol abuse, which leads to many unplanned pregnancies and abortions. A friend […]

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9 Mistakes for Making a Good Confession

[ 3 ] August 6, AD 2014 |
9 Mistakes for Making a Good Confession

Not choosing to do an examination of conscience. There are plenty of good sources to help examine the conscience. I like the one provided in this prayer book. Intentionally withholding mortal sins. Similar to going to a physician and telling him all of the symptoms affecting you, it is important to tell Jesus all the […]

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Redemptive Suffering

[ 6 ] August 5, AD 2014 |
Redemptive Suffering

The fear of suffering, pain, and death may seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain, loneliness, and death. Money, power, and other earthly […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |
Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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