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How does His dying save me?

April 12, AD 2017 0 Comments
How does His dying save me?

By guest writer Nick Chui. The following was a response to an inquirer who was troubled by the Christian language of Jesus’ saving death. How is it possible that God can be “appeased” by the death of His innocent son? I have organized this in a Q& A format. Why did God create creatures capable […]

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Can talkative people make it to Heaven?

March 31, AD 2017 1 Comment
Can talkative people make it to Heaven?

By guest writer Nick Chui. The title of my post might sound a bit weird but this thought comes to me whenever I finish an enriching conversation with somebody. My definition of enriching means that the conversation contained no gossip, was intellectually stimulating and humanly deep, and done in an atmosphere of mutual listening and […]

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I am a Catechist. I am not God’s lawyer

March 29, AD 2017 2 Comments
I am a Catechist. I am not God’s lawyer

By guest writer Nick Chui. Sophia Cavalletti (1999, p. 4), writes that “a plan has always existed in the mind of God, the aim of which is to bring humankind to the full enjoyment of God”. The Christian confesses that in the fullness of time, that plan has a human face; His name is Jesus […]

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Nietzsche, Barney the Dinosaur & the Word of God: On catechesis for young people

March 27, AD 2017 0 Comments
Nietzsche, Barney the Dinosaur & the Word of God: On catechesis for young people

By guest writer Nick Chui. Friedrich Nietzche was reported to have said that if Christians wanted him to believe, they had to “sing him better hymns”. Whether Nietzche would have converted if he had the opportunity of hearing Mass in B minor conducted by Karl Richter is of course a debatable question. Nevertheless, the point […]

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There is no such thing as a Christian doormat

March 24, AD 2017 3 Comments
There is no such thing as a Christian doormat

By guest writer Nick Chui. There is a very insidious theological idea around, especially among conscientious Christians who dearly desire to love Jesus and follow His teachings, that somehow, Our Lord’s injunction in the Sermon of the Mount to “turn the other cheek” and His shameful death on the cross means that to be a […]

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The New Evangelization: What’s new, why now?

March 10, AD 2017 3 Comments
The New Evangelization: What’s new, why now?

By guest writer Nick Chui. Evangelization: Why is the Gospel good news? The word “evangelization” comes from the Greek “Euangelion” meaning the announcing of good news. St Paul and the apostles were excited about the person and message of Jesus. They had encountered Jesus as a Savior, who by His cross and resurrection, has triumphed […]

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Found

March 3, AD 2017 1 Comment
Found

By guest writer Benny Seah. Public life began for me in a neighborhood public school. Two years on, my father transferred me to his former school at the behest of an aunt; she chided him for not having enrolled me in St. Joseph’s Junior School (SJJS) which offered a better education. On the third year, […]

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A Journey Home

February 22, AD 2017 4 Comments
A Journey Home

By guest writer Louis Felix Figueroa. My body was strung out on the couch and pain filled every part of me. This was the changing point of my life. I had thoroughly been a product of modern society, relativistic, an adherent to indifferentism, a modernist in many respects. Many until this point had regarded me […]

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The Archived Life: On Scrapbooking, Catholic Liturgy, and Transitional Justice

February 10, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Archived Life: On Scrapbooking, Catholic Liturgy, and Transitional Justice

By guest writer Melvyn Foo. On all my holidays this year, my routine when I return to our accommodation is the same. I transfer the photos from my camera’s SD card to my laptop, I edit and select them, and then I upload them to Bonjournal1 and complete my travel log. In the course of this […]

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Losing my religion: How Church music causes unbelief

February 8, AD 2017 9 Comments
Losing my religion: How Church music causes unbelief

By guest writer Nick Chui. Imagine for a moment you are an enemy of the Catholic Church. You wish everybody could just leave this horrible institution. Yet you know that a full frontal intellectual attack on the tenets of Catholicism would probably only provoke a defensive reaction. Rather, your method has to be more sophisticated. […]

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Words please, not only actions: Catholics and Evangelization

February 3, AD 2017 2 Comments
Words please, not only actions: Catholics and Evangelization

By guest writer Nick Chui. During a teacher training course last week, I caught up with an old colleague who is a devout Protestant. As we were chatting, he commented that I was the only Catholic he has met who has ever talked to him about Jesus and the importance of evangelization. He asked if […]

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Family Dinners

February 1, AD 2017 1 Comment
Family Dinners

By guest writer Dominic Cooray. I came across an idea over at Art of Manliness that I took for granted as a kid: In his farewell address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan declared, “All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen, I hope the talking begins.” Reagan was […]

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Bags of Water

January 26, AD 2017 2 Comments
Bags of Water

By guest writer Jason K. From a purely scientific point of view, we are all slightly-discolored bags of water, contaminated with a smattering of minerals and various carbon-based organic compounds. These carbon-based compounds are in turn wondrously-complex. Query any chemist on the likelihood of these appearing by chance on the street, and he would maintain […]

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Extraordinary Jubilee: Extraordinary Divine Mercy

November 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Extraordinary Jubilee: Extraordinary Divine Mercy

This year is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. I am sure that many of us still recall the Jubilee song of 2000: It’s a time of joy, a time of peace/A time when hearts are then set free…/It’s the time to give thanks to the Father, Son and Spirit/And with Mary, our Mother, we sing […]

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The Third Option

March 26, AD 2016 3 Comments
The Third Option

The other night, as I was leaving the St. Joseph Cathedral having attended the Chrism Mass, I saw a homeless woman sitting on the steps to the Cathedral’s parking lot. Everyone kept walking past her as if she didn’t exist, as if they didn’t see her. Everyone. We had all just celebrated the Mass and yet […]

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