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Author Archive: Jean Elizabeth Seah

Jean Elizabeth Seah is a 28-year-old law and liberal arts graduate. She has had several adventures with Our Lord and Our Lady, including running away to join a convent after law school. The journey is tough and the path ahead is foggy, but she knows that as long as you hold firmly onto Our Lady’s hand, you’ll make it through! She blogs at http://signum-crucis.tumblr.com/ and http://allthingscatholic.tumblr.com/.

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Identity in Relationship

June 8, AD 2017 5 Comments
Identity in Relationship

Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one. – Jane Howard Etymology: identity (n.) c. 1600, “sameness, oneness, state of being the same,” from Middle French identité (14c.), from Medieval Latin identitatem (nominative identitas) “sameness,” ultimately from […]

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The Parable of the Talents

May 9, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents is a Kingdom Parable couched in terms of reward and punishment,1 outlining the consequences awaiting those who have been entrusted with God’s word and given the freedom and ability to make it bear fruit. God seeks the active cooperation of the faithful in the establishment of His kingdom,2 and failure […]

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What Makes a Book Great?

May 8, AD 2017 2 Comments
What Makes a Book Great?

(Warning: spoiler alert for A Tale of Two Cities after the image.) ___ Franz Kafka, author of the highly disturbing The Metamorphosis, wrote: “If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? Good God, we would also be happy if […]

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Charity

May 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Charity

O my Jesus, Thou who art very Love, enkindle in my heart that Divine Fire which consumes the Saints and transforms them into Thee. O Lord our God, we offer Thee our hearts, united in the strongest and most sincere love of brotherhood; we pray that Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament may be the daily […]

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The Two Kingdoms

May 1, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Two Kingdoms

No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will hold to the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon. – Matthew 6:24/Luke 16:13 (The Sermon on the Mount) God is Love (1 John 4:8), and we are made in the […]

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

April 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was prefigured in the sacrifices of the Old Testament, which had polyvalent significance. Animal and plant sacrifices were used to atone for sins, offer thanksgiving and worship to God, and seal covenants, entering into communion with the Almighty.1 The Mass, as the true sacrifice of Calvary, is the fulfillment […]

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The Church of Jesus Christ

April 18, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Church of Jesus Christ

To love and believe in Jesus is to obey Him.1 When one searches the Scriptures, it is readily apparent that Jesus established a Church founded on the rock of Peter,2 a corporeal and spiritual community to which all His followers were to belong. Examining history,3 we see that it is the Catholic Church which alone […]

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The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

April 11, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Silence of Mary vs Endō’s “Silence”

In the Martin Scorsese film Silence, based on the book by Shūsaku Endō, the Jesuit protagonists face a terrible choice: to renounce their faith and trample on the image of Christ, or to let their flock of Japanese faithful suffer torture and death. In saving their flock in the temporal realm, did they not risk […]

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It is Right and Just: Spending on Glorious Architecture

April 7, AD 2017 5 Comments
It is Right and Just: Spending on Glorious Architecture

Truth is recognized by the beauty in which it manifests itself. Singapore’s Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was recently renovated after suffering massive cracks from nearby construction which destabilized the building. Among the positive comments, one person wrote: “God doesn’t need this. It’s all just human vanity.” Sure, God doesn’t need grand buildings. He doesn’t […]

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Exorcism: Spiritual Pest-Control

April 4, AD 2017 4 Comments
Exorcism: Spiritual Pest-Control

Be sober and watch: because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, goeth about seeking whom he may devour. —1 Peter 5:8 In my Singaporean Catholic all-girls’ primary school, the teachers trusted us to not be namby-pambies. We were shown a film on the reality of abortion – my non-Catholic schoolmates remain pro-life to […]

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The Humor of Miracles

March 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Humor of Miracles

When reading about the time Jesus awoke from His nap, calmed the stormy sea, and chastened His disciples for being afraid (Matthew 8:23-27), one just has to suppress a grin. Picture the scene: the disciples mortally alarmed in their storm-tossed craft; God in human form slumbering peacefully astern (maybe snoring, even), and then the Creator […]

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The Efficacy of Prayer: Not Just Nice Thoughts

March 22, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Efficacy of Prayer: Not Just Nice Thoughts

The monastery ain’t a hideout. A mug wants to come in here, take the vows, he should come because he wants to open himself to somethin’ bigger than the world, not because he wants to close himself up in a little ball like a pill bug. – Dean Koontz, Brother Odd For me prayer is […]

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Seeing God

March 14, AD 2017 0 Comments
Seeing God

Blessed are they that have not seen, and have believed. – John 20:29 A friend of mine was disappointed when he visited Nevers. There was a massive crowd around St. Bernadette’s incorrupt body, whereas the adoration chapel was almost empty. We humans are more easily drawn to things we can sense. We are also more […]

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Masterpieces are Made by Many

March 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
Masterpieces are Made by Many

He who has himself for a guide has a fool for a disciple. I had a lapsed Catholic friend who expressed skepticism about our devotion to saints, because she had read that it originated in the worship of pagan gods. Well, if you walk into the Pantheon in Rome today, you will see that it […]

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Sin, Slavery, and Identity

March 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
Sin, Slavery, and Identity

“Abuse (and the trauma that results from it) causes not only the anxiety of meaninglessness and the anxiety of guilt, but also the anxiety of non-being. …mind-control is the perfect metaphor for emotional abuse. Maybe it’s because the human will is so core to what it means to be, that if you take it away—whether […]

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