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Author Archive: 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.

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A Vicarious Grief Observed

August 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
A Vicarious Grief Observed

On the recent Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, my priest-uncle-spiritual-director, Father Jim, suddenly lost his brother Allan. Father Jim was abroad teaching a short course in Canon Law when Uncle Allan had a massive myocardiac infarction. I have never met Uncle Allan, since he lived far from Metro Manila. But Father Jim said […]

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Single but Full of Love

June 3, AD 2017 3 Comments
Single but Full of Love

Judging by the varying reactions to us women who remain single by choice or by necessity, we are a misunderstood lot. On the one hand, many people cannot believe a normal woman would be happy neither marrying nor dating — hence, the insensitive questions we endure during family reunions; or the well-meaning reassurances that if we just […]

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My Chrism Mass Experience

April 14, AD 2017 2 Comments
My Chrism Mass Experience

After having been curious for so many years about how it is to experience a Chrism Mass, I finally got a chance to attend one. From all that I heard about it, I expected that it would be an awesome experience:  the spine-tingling sight of a multitude of priests simultaneously consecrating the bread and wine, […]

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Learning About the Sacraments

March 1, AD 2017 0 Comments
Learning About the Sacraments

One good plan for Lent is to spend some minutes a day studying the faith more, or at least one aspect of it, like the sacraments. In fact, it is recommended that Catholics continuously study and review the faith throughout their lifetime, in order to acquire what St. Josemaria Escriva calls “the piety of children […]

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A Plan for Studying the Bible

January 27, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Plan for Studying the Bible

The chaplain of the pilgrimage I joined to the Holy Land repeatedly told our group that after the pilgrimage, we will never read the Gospels the same way again. I did not realize how true this was until I received an e-mail from the alumni mailing list of the Universidad de Navarra announcing, among others, […]

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Running to Bethlehem

December 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
Running to Bethlehem

One of the sites included in the itinerary of the Holy Land pilgrimage I joined was the Chapel of the Angels, a Catholic church located in the shepherd’s field where, according to tradition, an angel appeared to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds. Internet research reveals that the Chapel of the Angels is […]

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Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

November 30, AD 2016 2 Comments
Not Alone: At the House of Mary Near Ephesus

I was a solo traveler in the pilgrimage I joined to the Holy Land and Turkey. Most of the others in the pilgrimage were traveling with their spouses, their friends, or their relatives. Those who were not seemed to have known each other previously. Although everyone else was very nice, fun even, at times I […]

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Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

November 11, AD 2016 0 Comments
Inviting Christ and Mary to Your Wedding

One of the highlights of a pilgrimage to the Holy Land that I was on recently, was witnessing married couples renew their marriage vows in Cana of Galilee, the site where Jesus turned water into wine during a wedding feast to which He and Mary were invited. A church now stands at the site. It […]

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#PrayForTheWorld

July 24, AD 2016 8 Comments
#PrayForTheWorld

It has become harder and harder to keep track of the places to #prayfor with so much violence occurring all over the world within a short period of time. Most of us realize that posting such hashtags can do only so much for world peace. Just as futile too is the exercise of complaining about […]

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Our Beautiful New Church

June 9, AD 2016 0 Comments
Our Beautiful New Church

Last year, I wrote about how excited I was for the construction of our new parish church. Now, I am very happy that the construction of the church has been finished and the new church is as beautiful as I expected it to be. As I attended Mass for the first time in the finished […]

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Book Review: Saintly Youth of Modern Times by Joan Carroll Cruz

April 14, AD 2016 1 Comment
Book Review:  Saintly Youth of Modern Times by Joan Carroll Cruz

When I was growing up, stories of child- and teenager- saints made me feel uncomfortable. These spiritual prodigies loved the Mass and the Rosary, rarely quarreled with others, and died smiling as they offered up cancer pains for the conversions of sinners. I, on the other hand, preferred listening to music over praying the rosary, […]

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Human Devices as Reminders of God’s Presence

March 17, AD 2016 0 Comments
Human Devices as Reminders of God’s Presence

Part of the battle to live Lent is to not forget that it is Lent. It is especially hard for busy Catholic professionals caught in a daily whirlwind frenzy of work, social life, current events, and family duties. This only means that we busy Catholic professionals must take pro-active strategies to remind ourselves of our […]

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