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

March 10, AD 2017 5 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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Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

February 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
Risen Movie Review: A Jerusalem X-File

Every Lent and Easter brings up movie adaptations of Jesus’ life, and this year’s new installment is Risen, produced by Sony’s Affirm Films faith-based division. Recently I was able to attend a premiere screening of Risen at the Sheen Center for Thought and Culture in New York City. A roundtable discussion afterwards with the star, […]

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Detachment

January 5, AD 2016 1 Comment
Detachment

  I recently attended a live performance of the Dickens classic, A Christmas Carol. The cast did an excellent job portraying the well known tale in a new and creative way while remaining diligently faithful to the book. This fidelity to the authentic work allowed for the original themes, the ones that Dickens intended to […]

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Forget Islam – Christianity Is Violent

December 21, AD 2015 13 Comments
Forget Islam – Christianity Is Violent

Following the Paris and San Bernardino attacks, we are once again embroiled in the perennial question of whether or not Islam is a religion of violence or a religion of peace. The question is often posed as if other world religions are more passive, even pacifist, and do not pose the kind of existential threat […]

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Our Misguided Obsession with Islam's Perspicuity

November 27, AD 2015 18 Comments
Our Misguided Obsession with Islam's Perspicuity

In the wake of the Paris attacks, voices across the West are once again debating whether or not Islam is an inherently violent religion.  One side, represented by Muslims, Western Islamic scholars, and political liberals, argues, to quote Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton, that Islam is peaceful and has “nothing to do with  terrorism.” The […]

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Charity for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

November 1, AD 2013 2 Comments
Charity for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

We ran this lovely guest column from Jessamine last year on All Saints Day. Here it is again. Several years back, I ordered some green scapulars from a Catholic apostolate. Upon reception of the package, not only the green scapulars were in the envelope, but a booklet came with it. I was pretty sure I didn’t order […]

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