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Cristina Montes

An Open Letter to Priests

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

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Cristina Montes

Misconceptions about Saints

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

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Cristina Montes

Patron Comics

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

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Cristina Montes

A God-Centered Romance

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

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Cristina Montes

The Pope is Coming to My Country!

By now, most Filipinos already know the good news that Pope Francis will visit the Philippines from January 11-15, 2015. Here are my thoughts about

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Cristina Montes

Frustrations in the Apostolate

“If you want to serve the Church, be prepared to be disappointed” said one of the heads of a local apologetics organization for which I

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Cristina Montes

Dealing with the Dark Side of History

The Dark Ages, The Crusades, the Inquisition, Galileo, the mistrial of St. Joan of Arc, sales of indulgences during the Renaissance, Catholics massacring Protestants, the

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Cristina Montes

St. John Paul II on Depression

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

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Cristina Montes

Easter Triduum Family Traditions

This year, the biggest feast of Christendom happened to fall on the date of our parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary. I find the coincidence fitting. The

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Cristina Montes

Nothing Changes

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

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Cristina Montes

When Attending Mass is Tedious

Even the most devout Catholics have to drag themselves to mass on some days. What should we do when attending mass seems more like a

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Life
Cristina Montes

Reflections on Generosity

The past month has been, for me, a month of humbling lessons in generosity as millions worldwide answered calls to help my fellow-Filipinos who survived

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Cristina Montes

Issues With Pope Francis

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

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Cristina Montes

Offering Them Alternatives

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

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Cristina Montes

Lorenzo

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

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The Religious Art of Daniel Mitsui

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

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