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Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

August 15, AD 2017 0 Comments
Fatherhood and Redemption in “Pirates of the Caribbean 5”

[Caution: spoilers ahead] Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales is a moving paean to fatherhood. The entire movie centers around Henry Turner’s quest to release his father Will from a curse damning him to eternal servitude on The Flying Dutchman. The movie opens with 12-year-old Henry locating the sunken ship which holds […]

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A Vicarious Grief Observed

August 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
A Vicarious Grief Observed

On the recent Feast of the Transfiguration of Our Lord, my priest-uncle-spiritual-director, Father Jim, suddenly lost his brother Allan. Father Jim was abroad teaching a short course in Canon Law when Uncle Allan had a massive myocardiac infarction. I have never met Uncle Allan, since he lived far from Metro Manila. But Father Jim said […]

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Review of “Christian Dating Simplified”

August 8, AD 2017 1 Comment
Review of “Christian Dating Simplified”

Aaron K. Torch’s Christian Dating Simplified: A Short, Practical Guide to the only Four Questions You Need to Ask is an enjoyable read, weaving scriptural exegesis and personal experience into a compelling analysis of how to date in a holy and healthy manner. As a Catholic who has studied scriptural theology, I have quibbles with […]

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The Vocation of Motherhood

August 4, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Vocation of Motherhood

One of the most insidious and harmful ideas that mothers labor under is the idea that we can raise flawless children. Rationally we know this isn’t true, but emotionally we throw ourselves into this impossible task. It is honorable and understandable to try to always do best by and for your children. But this can […]

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The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

July 11, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Seven Deadly Sins in “The Jungle Book”

The Jungle Book (2016) is a masterful adaptation of Kipling’s book, paying due homage to the classic Disney film with its meshing of the familiar soundtrack with exquisitely-rendered new visuals. It is also a tale of growing up in a dangerous world, of fulfilling one’s telos or true end, and of choosing to practice virtue […]

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Witness to Love

July 3, AD 2017 2 Comments
Witness to Love

A few years ago I had the opportunity to give a talk at John Paul the Great Academy in Lafayette, Louisiana. While I was there I enjoyed the hospitality of Ryan and Mary-Rose Verret, a young Catholic couple with three children. It was a wonderful stay, a great experience of traditional Cajun hospitality. The Catholic […]

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Not the man of my dreams

June 26, AD 2017 7 Comments
Not the man of my dreams

It is a gift to grow up in a happy, healthy marriage. By the time I truly started to pay attention to how my parents interacted with each other, they were closing in on twenty years of marriage. By the time I married, my parents were wrapping up their thirtieth year of marriage. It can […]

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Of Mountains and Molehills

June 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
Of Mountains and Molehills

One of my favorite throwaway phrases is “first world problems.” It never fails to make me laugh. Whether it’s my sister and a friend complaining about having to replace the batteries in her battery-operated wine opener, or my friends and I griping about too many fashion images and not enough fitness pins in our Pinterest […]

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Divorce Affected Me, Even Though It Wasn’t Supposed To

June 12, AD 2017 6 Comments
Divorce Affected Me, Even Though It Wasn’t Supposed To

Guest post by Anonymous I was seven when my entire world changed. The life I knew, the life I thought was coming. Gone. You may be thinking… gosh, what kind of awful tragedy happened to this girl? Abuse? Tragic accident? Death of a loved one? Abandonment? Terrible medical diagnosis? None of those. Divorce. My parents separated. And divorced. Their marriage ended. A […]

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Identity in Relationship

June 8, AD 2017 11 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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Single but Full of Love

June 3, AD 2017 3 Comments
Single but Full of Love

Judging by the varying reactions to us women who remain single by choice or by necessity, we are a misunderstood lot. On the one hand, many people cannot believe a normal woman would be happy neither marrying nor dating — hence, the insensitive questions we endure during family reunions; or the well-meaning reassurances that if we just […]

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Impossible Causes

May 30, AD 2017 0 Comments
Impossible Causes

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37 St. Rita of Cascia is the patron saint of impossible causes. During her life, St. Rita faced countless situations that seemed hopeless and impossible. As a girl, her desire was to enter the convent, but instead she was forced to enter an arranged marriage with an […]

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Mary-ing Our Marthas

May 15, AD 2017 2 Comments
Mary-ing Our Marthas

I was at a high school soccer game recently. I didn’t know the girls playing, but my second daughter was collecting the balls hit out of bounds with the rest of her soccer team. At least she was supposed to. They were focused, at first. But as the game wore on, the girls seemed more […]

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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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