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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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Road to Emmaus, Part 2

April 28, AD 2017 4 Comments
Road to Emmaus, Part 2

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of a novel that I have been working on for a year and a half. Neither could say just how long the stranger had been standing near them. He was tall, a little above the average, but other than that not very out of the ordinary. He […]

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The Look

April 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Look

After arresting him they led him away and took him into the house of the high priest; Peter was following at a distance. They lit a fire in the middle of the courtyard and sat around it, and Peter sat down with them. When a maid saw him seated in the light, she looked intently […]

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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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Road to Emmaus, Part 1

April 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
Road to Emmaus, Part 1

The following is an excerpt from the manuscript of a novel I have been working on for a year and a half. “So you are leaving, Clophas?” Old Clophas looked up from the sack that he was packing. “Yes, Cephas. Miriam is not as young as she used to be and she wants to reach […]

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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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We Need the Voice of St. John Paul II

April 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
We Need the Voice of St. John Paul II

We need the voice of St. John Paul II in this day of superficiality, where we seem to care about how things look more than how they actually are, we experience the breakdown of the human person to the point of public approval of the objectification of men and women as a form of entertainment, and […]

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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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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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Temptation and Lenten Penance

March 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
Temptation and Lenten Penance

During the Lenten season, we seek to turn back from sin and to God. Each of the practices of Lent—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—helps us to do this. While Lent is not a season of merriment in the Church, it should nevertheless be a season of hope, and one of joy. Sin is a turning away […]

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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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