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On St. Paul, Sports, and Sanctity

January 17, AD 2018 0 Comments
On St. Paul, Sports, and Sanctity

My high school batch at St. Paul College of Pasig, a Catholic school for girls here in the Philippines run by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, just celebrated its homecoming.  We prepared for it for a year, a year that was spent reminiscing about high school memories and organizing a grand celebration dinner. […]

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The Holy Spirit in the Fast Food Restaurant

January 10, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Holy Spirit in the Fast Food Restaurant

By guest writer Susan Windley-Daoust. Recently I accepted a new position to work more directly in evangelization, and while I am excited and grateful, there are a lot of days where there is spiritual warfare going on in my head. Today was one of those days I was not feeling great (an understatement) about my […]

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Cardinal Pell’s response to his charges

January 9, AD 2018 0 Comments
Cardinal Pell’s response to his charges

The sexual abuse crises in Catholic dioceses from the USA to Ireland have created great distress and fomented considerable media attention. It is a sickening tragedy and grave injustice, always and everywhere, when adults in positions of trust take advantage of vulnerable children and young adults under their supervision. However, it is also a tragedy […]

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The Blind Man & the Child

January 5, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Blind Man & the Child

By Ann Tran as told to Jean Seah. Some years ago in Adelaide, I was struggling with my faith and with attending Mass. One day in the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier, I was kneeling in prayer when I felt a tap on my leg, a sign that someone had entered the pew. I moved […]

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St. James and Our Lady of Del Pilar

January 2, AD 2018 0 Comments
St. James and Our Lady of Del Pilar

Today, January 2, is the 1,978th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. James the Greater at the pillar in Zaragoza, Spain in the year A.D. 40. I never have been particularly devoted to St. James the Greater, but for some reason, he seems to be devoted to me. I heard […]

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Fr. Douglas Bazi: Praying the Rosary in ISIS Captivity

January 2, AD 2018 1 Comment
Fr. Douglas Bazi: Praying the Rosary in ISIS Captivity

Fr. Douglas Bazi (a.k.a Abouna Douglas Joseph Shimshon Al-Bazi) recently spoke at the 2017 Spirit in the City conference in Brisbane. He spoke of how his people, our Christian brothers and sisters, have been systematically killed or driven out of their homeland since the 2003 Iraq War destabilized his country. He told us how his […]

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Catholicism is Impossible

December 29, AD 2017 1 Comment
Catholicism is Impossible

Earlier this week a friend of mine shared an article on Facebook, written by Melinda Selmys of Catholic Authenticity on Patheos. In the blog she describes some of the challenges surrounding the use of NFP, particularly the issues that arise when the risk of an unintended pregnancy are so high as to be unacceptable, but […]

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Cuisine or Chaos

December 27, AD 2017 0 Comments
Cuisine or Chaos

Some memories stick with you forever, for good or ill.  The mind is such so that even if you can laugh about sad moments a long time after they occur, often you still feel a sense of dread and sorrow whenever the event is called to mind.  That being said, I will never forget my […]

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Instantly Now

December 22, AD 2017 0 Comments
Instantly Now

Once upon a time — that is how all the old stories start.  And they do have a certain inkling of romance attached to them — the sound of a roaring wind — chestnuts cracking in a great stone hall — the smell of lavender and jasmine in the opal air — the sweet taste […]

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The Security Peg: Virtues vs Sins

December 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Security Peg: Virtues vs Sins

No man can enter into the house of a strong man and rob him of his goods, unless he first bind the strong man, and then shall he plunder his house. – Mark 3:27 (cf. Matthew 12:29) A few Fridays ago, my friend invited me to exit the house via the garage since she was […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

December 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

Together with “exciting” and “joyful”, “stressful” is a word that is associated with the days leading up to Christmas and with the Christmas season itself. Increased rush hour traffic, shopping lists and parties to squeeze into tight budgets and schedules, tasks lists in the preparation of the Christmas dinner, caroling rehearsals, and year-end work to […]

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Hundreds form a Human Prayer Chain against Café Plans for Villa Maria Chapel

December 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
Hundreds form a Human Prayer Chain against Café Plans for Villa Maria Chapel

By guest writer Catherine Toomey. Circa 200 people of all ages and races formed a human chain down the wall of Brisbane’s Villa Maria heritage property on Wednesday evening. “We are here to prayerfully rally against plans to put a café in one part of our Villa Maria chapel,” said event spokesperson, Peter Bond. In […]

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