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

Attending Mass While Traveling

November 24th, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

When planning a trip, Catholics must consider when, where, and how to insert Sunday Mass into the itinerary. During these

Constructing Heaven on Earth

September 3rd, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

I became fascinated with old churches during my one-year stay in Europe. While I realize that Christ is no less

The Silence of Christ

July 16th, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

(SPOILER WARNING: This article refers to climactic plot points in Shusaku Endo’s novel Silence.) I am a pessimist by temperament

Popular Piety

May 6th, 2015 | by Cristina Montes

One of my favorite childhood memories is that of participating in the Flores de Mayo during the month of May.

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

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