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Minimalism

March 4, AD 2015 4 Comments
Minimalism

Minimalism takes work and effort. It is an exercise of saying no to many things in order to focus on saying yes to the important ones. It is well worth it since minimalism also brings many benefits to both body and soul. Lent is a season for minimalism, both inside and out. We are invited […]

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What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

December 19, AD 2014 13 Comments
What Begging for Money Taught Me About the Richness of Poverty

$30,000. 3 days. We had 3 days to raise $30,000, and I had no idea how we would pull it off. It was my senior year at Franciscan University, and I was blessed to be co-leading a mission to Ecuador that is so near to my heart. Plane tickets were beyond expensive that year, and […]

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The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

September 17, AD 2014 1 Comment
The Laity’s Call to Gospel Poverty

When we think about poverty, we usually think about starving children in the third world, the homeless, or the elderly living on fixed incomes. We may feel badly for these people and occasionally drop a donation for them in the collection basket or hand a beggar a few dollars. Rarely do we seek to help […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

July 20, AD 2014 3 Comments
Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

Living my vocation is hard. So, so hard. However, when I truly invest myself completely in loving and serving these humans that God has given me, the graces flow and joy abounds. Its true, what they say: If mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy. To that end, over the last few years I’ve been seeking […]

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The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

May 9, AD 2014 2 Comments
The Dignity of The Wolf of Wall Street

I enjoyed the movie The Wolf of Wall Street…sort of. Now, before I am put on trial and judged as being a terrible Catholic for such a statement, allow me to explain. Was the movie full of vulgarity and immorality? Absolutely. In fact, I’m having trouble thinking of another mainstream movie where I have seen […]

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Reflections on Generosity

December 5, AD 2013 0 Comments
Reflections on Generosity

The past month has been, for me, a month of humbling lessons in generosity as millions worldwide answered calls to help my fellow-Filipinos who survived Typhoon Haiyan. I learned, for example, that one need not be rich or powerful in order to be generous. Stories abound of such examples as a pre-schooler who donated his […]

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Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

December 4, AD 2013 8 Comments
Cardinal Dolan, Can You Please Clarify?

So I have to admit I’m pretty confused about something one of the leaders of the Church recently said. It seems to be the thing to do lately, so I might as well hop on the bandwagon. I’m not mad about something Pope Francis said, though. I know he’s been in the press a lot […]

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Tyrannical Charity

November 6, AD 2013 1 Comment
Tyrannical Charity

Among the many things that Christ taught His disciples, charity is one of the principles focus groups in office buildings would label as a “core value.” He told us to love one another as we love ourselves, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry. Through a parable, He admonished those of us who ostentatiously […]

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The Poor in Spirit

August 5, AD 2013 11 Comments
The Poor in Spirit

Did anyone else hear a homily yesterday about the dangers of greed and affluent American lifestyles and the need to support the Church and give alms to the poor? With readings like these, no wonder! And of course there is ready correspondence with the words of Pope Francis, from his inaugural homily to his homily […]

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How to Invest…Like a Catholic.

August 5, AD 2013 6 Comments
How to Invest…Like a Catholic.

When Christ was made flesh in this world through the Incarnation that meant that no facet of human existence was to be set apart from God’s redeeming grace. This message is needed now more than ever, particularly in the West, in the area of economics and finance. A Catholic outlook on economics necessarily does not […]

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Catholic and Infertile

April 29, AD 2013 1 Comment
Catholic and Infertile

“The English language lacks the words ‘to mourn an absence.’ For the loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful, some not. Still, we are conditioned to say something, even if it is only ‘I am sorry for your loss.’ But for an absence, […]

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Prayer Joined to Sacrifice

April 11, AD 2013 0 Comments
Prayer Joined to Sacrifice

I wanted to write about prayer because I love to do it. What I really enjoy is when God answers prayer. That would be my favorite part of praying but still, I do immensely enjoy talking to God. I will admit that kneeling is not on my top 10 things to do when praying but […]

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The NFP Generation

December 31, AD 2012 3 Comments
The NFP Generation

I’m 24 years old and two years out of college, which puts me at that age when nearly all my friends are getting married. It seems to me very common that young married couples of the “good Catholic” variety are beginning their marriage with a year or two (or a few) of NFP. Our generation […]

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