About Cristina Montes

Cristina Montes Cristina Montes, from the Philippines, is a lawyer, writer, amateur astronomer, a gardening enthusiast, a voracious reader, a karate brown belter, an avid traveler, and a lover of birds, fish, rabbits, and horses. She is a die-hard Lord of the Rings fan who reads the entire trilogy once a year. She is the eldest daughter in a large, happy Catholic family.



Author Archives: Cristina Montes

The Witness of Our Lives

February 26th, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

The image of the ISIS’ beheading of Egyptian Coptic Christians has provoked various reactions: sympathy, outrage, exhortations to prayer, demands


Reflections from the Crowds

January 16th, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

I volunteered to be part of the “human barricade” in one of the scheduled events during the current papal visit


Dealing with Anti-Catholicism

January 15th, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

My country is now in a frenzied mood because of Pope’s arrival. Families, friends, and church groups are making plans


An Open Letter to Priests

December 4th, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

Dear Fathers, In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis wrote, “The Church must be a place of mercy freely given, where everyone


Misconceptions about Saints

November 6th, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

Many people, including Catholics, have misconceptions about the saints. Consider the following incidents: A journalist interviews the producer of a


Patron Comics

October 9th, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

Much has been commented on the evangelizing power of painting, sculpture, music, literature, theater, and film. What about comics? Anthony


A God-Centered Romance

September 11th, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

“Choose someone God-fearing, and make God the center of your relationship.” When this advice was given in a talk for


St. John Paul II on Depression

May 22nd, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since this website features the Catholic perspective on young adult concerns, and since depression


Nothing Changes

April 10th, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

By now, those who have been monitoring the events in the Philippines know that the Supreme Court upheld as constitutional


Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

January 2nd, 2014 | by Cristina Montes

In the Philippines, while the well-to-do families feast on traditional ham, roasted suckling pig, steak, or turkey on Christmas Eve,


Reflections on Generosity

December 5th, 2013 | by Cristina Montes

The past month has been, for me, a month of humbling lessons in generosity as millions worldwide answered calls to


Issues With Pope Francis

October 4th, 2013 | by Cristina Montes

By now, a lot has been written about the recent controversial interviews of Pope Francis – what the media think


Offering Them Alternatives

September 12th, 2013 | by Cristina Montes

In this excellent blog entry about Muslim child brides and the lost innocence of children, blogger Quirino Sugon asks, “We


Lorenzo

August 15th, 2013 | by Cristina Montes

Lorenzo, a contemporary opera about the life of St. Lorenzo Ruiz, oozes with all the human drama that can be


The Religious Art of Daniel Mitsui

May 22nd, 2013 | by Cristina Montes

Intricate details and deep meaning characterize Daniel Mitsui’s religious art, which he renders by hand using ink on paper or



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