Category: Religion

Depression, Despair, and Hope

Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 5 ] August 19, AD 2014 |

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as […]

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Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

[ 1 ] August 17, AD 2014 |

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28), Jesus said to the Canaanite woman, “O woman, great is your faith!” There are many people in our Church, community, and world, who have great faith. In my own spiritual journey I have encountered the great faith of people in varied ways, from pilgrimages, to parish life, to ordinary and […]

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The Pope is Coming to My Country!

The Pope is Coming to My Country!

[ 3 ] August 13, AD 2014 |

By now, most Filipinos already know the good news that Pope Francis will visit the Philippines from January 11-15, 2015. Here are my thoughts about what this means. For My Fellow Filipinos I still remember the excitement of World Youth Day 1995 when Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines. It is, indeed, a rare […]

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New Religious Communities Supported & Encouraged by Archbishop

New Religious Communities Supported & Encouraged by Archbishop

[ 1 ] August 11, AD 2014 |

Both Communities to Hold Joint Discernment Retreat in October CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has offered his support and encouragement for the formation of two new communities of men and women religious in southeast Michigan. The women’s community, known as The Sisters of Jesus’ Merciful Passion, already has two women in formation […]

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7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

[ 17 ] August 10, AD 2014 |

Last night, I asked my family what percentage of religious persecution in the world they thought was directed at Christians. They guessed about 30%. After all, they said, Christians are about one-third of the global population so that would make sense, right? When I told them it was closer to 80%, they initially refused to believe […]

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Redemptive Suffering

Redemptive Suffering

[ 7 ] August 5, AD 2014 |

The fear of suffering, pain, and death may seem like unconquerable mysteries. My time here at CPE [Clinical Pastoral Education] has helped me to understand, via experience, that they are not necessarily things that need to be conquered. No amount of faith excludes us from experience pain, loneliness, and death. Money, power, and other earthly […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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God Only Helps Whom?

God Only Helps Whom?

[ 2 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

Have you ever heard the story of the man who prayed that God would save him in a flood?  He stood on top of his roof, praying that God would save him.  Three different rescue teams tried, and when each asked if he was okay and offered to bring him to safety, he turned them […]

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Hail Mary: The Catholic Gateway Drug

Hail Mary: The Catholic Gateway Drug

[ 2 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

Once upon a time I was a teenage Catholic who wanted to go to heaven when I died, someday. I figured I would get the going to heaven thing taken care of and then get down to the business of living life, knowing that I had the afterlife under control. I suppose there was a […]

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Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

Five Tips for Parishes from Pope Francis

[ 40 ] August 2, AD 2014 |

Everything Pope Francis says is always so heartfelt, so quotable, so real. Reading through all of the speeches, homilies and messages that he gives is a real treat. If you don’t already, I recommend reading up on his activities at the Vatican website. Or check out news on Vatican Radio, News.Va or get the free Pope App. Whatever way you choose to […]

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Choosing the Better Part

Choosing the Better Part

[ 2 ] August 1, AD 2014 |

Choosing the better part: Lessons from St. Martha Life is full of decisions. There are small decisions, such as choosing what type of toothpaste to purchase or what shirt to wear in the morning. Then there are major decisions like purchasing a house, choosing a career, and discerning a vocation. The freedom that we have […]

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In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

[ 7 ] July 28, AD 2014 |

Writing in the 2nd century, Tertullian once famously said that the blood of martyrs if the seed of the Church. If this is true, then the consequences of this are even more acutely felt today in the 20th century, where more Christians have been martyred than in all the previous centuries combined. Earlier in June […]

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<em>Embracing Edith Stein</em>: A Review

Embracing Edith Stein: A Review

[ 4 ] July 27, AD 2014 |

Anne Costa’s book, Embracing Edith Stein, was my traveling companion on my recent trip to Missouri. I wish I had spent more than a few hours with the book. I fully intend to revisit her someday when I have several days to digest her teachings. Anyone who has followed my blog for any length of time […]

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Love is Patient, Love is Kind

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

[ 1 ] July 25, AD 2014 |

My baby woke me up at 11, 2, 4 and 6:30 am. The bug bites keep me uncomfortable. I miss my husband – we’ve been apart for almost one month. I am surrounded by my family, the people who I love the best and who know all my buttons. They fix me breakfast and take […]

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Religion, Relationship, and New Life

Religion, Relationship, and New Life

[ 6 ] July 23, AD 2014 |

“Christianity, it is said, owes this, that, and the other to Judaism. It has borrowed this, that, and the other from Hellenism. Or from Essenism. Everything in it is mortgaged from birth…. Are people naive enough to believe, before making a detailed study, that the supernatural excludes any possession of earthly roots and any human […]

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Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

Five Books for the Catholic Mom’s Soul

[ 3 ] July 21, AD 2014 |

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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