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Walking on My Knees with Mother Mary

February 21, AD 2018 0 Comments
Walking on My Knees with Mother Mary

By guest writer Ann Tran. Last year in August, I went on a pilgrimage to Portugal for the Centennial Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima. Often, I struggle to pray with the distractions of daily worries of family, friends and making ends meet, so in going on a pilgrimage I hoped I would be able […]

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An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

February 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

One of my friends was a Buddhist when she and her family narrowly escaped being raped or killed by riots against the Chinese in the May 1998 riots of Indonesia, which saw over 1000 murdered. She told me about the miraculous survival of a Catholic family living in the vicinity. They tied a rosary to […]

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The Beggar on the Bus

February 13, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Beggar on the Bus

One afternoon, I was on a bus to the city when a disheveled young man boarded the bus. He was in gray pajamas, barefoot, and looked like he hadn’t had a shower in awhile. “Can I please get on? I only need 60 more cents,” he begged the driver. The driver demurred, probably adhering to […]

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A Lesson for a Chaotic Soul

February 9, AD 2018 0 Comments
A Lesson for a Chaotic Soul

Recently I learned a hard lesson. It was a concept that I knew was coming, as people close to me had informed me of the changes I needed to make. But because I am basically an infant in the spiritual realm, it took me awhile to really get it. It was worth it though because […]

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St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Cult of Numbers

February 9, AD 2018 2 Comments
St. Gregory of Nazianzus on the Cult of Numbers

About Gregory St. Gregory of Nazianzus (c. 326/330 – 390), nicknamed since antiquity as ‘The Theologian’, was a fourth-century bishop, born in the rural setting of modern-day central Turkey. He is venerated as a Father of the Church, and is one of the Cappadocian Fathers, along with Ss. Basil of Caesarea and Gregory of Nyssa. Gregory […]

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Villa Maria Chapel Upgrade Creates Controversy

February 7, AD 2018 0 Comments
Villa Maria Chapel Upgrade Creates Controversy

By guest writer David Ryan. New South Wales based aged-care organization Catholic Healthcare has become embroiled in controversy over renovation plans for the Villa Maria Hostel in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, especially its chapel. The controversy hinges on proposed modifications to the chapel within the hostel complex to turn part of it into a café and […]

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Romantic Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

January 31, AD 2018 1 Comment
Romantic Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

“Terminate torment Of love unsatisfied The greater torment Of love satisfied.” — T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday Can Catholics celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, considering that Ash Wednesday this year falls on the same date? Is the feast of love compatible with the beginning of Lent? When the obligation to do penance conflicts with the convention […]

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Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

January 23, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

The Christian movie King’s Faith (2013), available on Netflix, is a beautiful and moving story of faith and redemption. Best of all, it manages to convey the reality of faith without being corny or trite, examining complex human issues like death, crime, divorce and abortion with tenderness, displaying the full reality of the pain and […]

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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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