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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 4 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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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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The Narrow Path Through Reality

February 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Narrow Path Through Reality

Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat. How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it! – Matthew 7:13-14 (The Sermon […]

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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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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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Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

January 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

I adore Dorothy Day. That’s the reason why I picked up this book. Like Dorothy Day, when I first met Thérèse of Lisieux, I wasn’t very impressed. Day describes Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul as “pious pap” the first time she read it. But as life goes on and wisdom is gained, opinions change. […]

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A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

January 4, AD 2017 1 Comment
A Review of Benedict XVI’s Shortest Book

Yesterday I finished the first book I’ve ever read by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. I’m quite proud of myself. This isn’t the first one I’ve started. One of the Lay Dominicans in my chapter has made the argument that Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI will one day be declared a Doctor of the Church. To be declared […]

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Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

December 30, AD 2016 0 Comments
Walk In Her Sandals: A Book Review

Plan now to get some of your favorite girlfriends together this Lent to read this book! Walk in Her Sandals is a deep and unique look at Christ’s Passion and the events after His death from a woman’s perspective. Each chapter contains numerous reflections on various aspects of Holy Week and beyond. There is something […]

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Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

December 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Mothers of the Church: A Book Review

I ❤️ this book. It was over far too soon, but it will encourage you to read more about these awesome women. You hear about the Fathers of the Church, the early leaders and scholars who contributed so much to our understanding of God and His Son. But you don’t hear much about the Mothers of […]

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Rogue One: An Advent Story

December 22, AD 2016 1 Comment
Rogue One: An Advent Story

If you are a Star Wars fan, you have likely felt either excitement or apprehension when considering the release of “Rogue One”. This is uncharted territory for the Star Wars universe. A movie without an episode number, without an opening scroll, and independent of a trilogy to tell the story. We knew it would be […]

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A Christmas Carol & Detachment

December 21, AD 2016 0 Comments
A Christmas Carol & 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 highlight, to shine […]

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Sacramental Vision: Seeing God’s Handiwork in Everything

December 20, AD 2016 2 Comments
Sacramental Vision: Seeing God’s Handiwork in Everything

There is so much in the world for us all if we only have the eyes to see it, and the heart to love it, and the hand to gather it to ourselves – so much in men and women, so much in art and literature, so much everywhere in which to delight, and for […]

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Love, Henri: A Wonderful Collection of Letters from Henri Nouwen

December 16, AD 2016 1 Comment
Love, Henri: A Wonderful Collection of Letters from Henri Nouwen

When I first opened Love, Henri, it annoyed the heck out of me. I don’t know what I was thinking when I requested this book. I’m not a big fan of this genre (collected letters). All I knew was that one of my professors at Aquinas Institute was obsessed with this man. She frequently assigned […]

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Better Off, Not Better

December 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Better Off, Not Better

A long time ago in my college dorm room, I was showing a friend the blog Creative Minority Report. It takes its name from Pope Benedict’s exhortation, “Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind […]

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