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Water

January 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Water

God is closer to us than water is to a fish. – St. Catherine of Siena Water is weird. Have you ever had that thought? I’ve been having it lately as I sip from my glass. Water is this transparent, tasteless substance that our bodies naturally thirst for; it composes 71% of the world and […]

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Making a Prayer Fan: Sacramentals

January 16, AD 2017 0 Comments
Making a Prayer Fan: Sacramentals

On my onomastica or name day, the feast of my Confirmation patroness St. Elizabeth of Hungary, my friend Anne gave me a blank paper fan to decorate. I mused aloud about possible designs. “Noah’s Ark? Our Lady of Guadalupe?” “I know, I’ll make it a prayer fan! I’ll write all the names of people I’m […]

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10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

January 11, AD 2017 2 Comments
10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

There is good reason that St. Francis de Sales is the patron of writers—he really had a way with words. During his lifetime, he wrote pamphlets defending the faith that actually converted many people away from heresy. He also wrote books advising laypeople in the spiritual life, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. […]

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Unforgivable Sins/Invincible Ignorance

January 10, AD 2017 5 Comments
Unforgivable Sins/Invincible Ignorance

“Ever since the days of Adam, man has been hiding from God and saying God is hard to find.” –Archbishop Fulton Sheen “We do what the heart tells us, and then we go to confession.” –Cara, Brideshead Revisited (2008) The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it? –Jeremiah 17:9 God […]

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Being in Relationship with God

January 5, AD 2017 7 Comments
Being in Relationship with God

An Anglican friend told me that she does not bother to cultivate deep friendships with non-Christians—although she certainly treats them civilly and shares the Gospel with them when they are curious—because she knows she won’t see them in Heaven, unlike her Christian friends like me, with whom she anticipates eternal friendship. This is a logical […]

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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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Time in Prayer this Year

January 2, AD 2017 0 Comments
Time in Prayer this Year

One of the questions I struggle with sometimes is how much time I ought to be spending in prayer on a daily basis. This is not surprising: my personality has been shaped by an ingrained emphasis on the value of time since I was a child. My dad especially shaped my notions of the proper […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

December 27, AD 2016 2 Comments
Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

Prayer is not worship. Worship is a subset of prayer. Worship, properly speaking, entails sacrifice, a gift of something precious to honour the deity worshipped. The Mass is the one and only perfect sacrifice, offered by God on behalf of man. With the Mass, the Hebrew sacrifices of animals and crops, and the pagan sacrifices […]

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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 1 Comment
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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The Economy of Mercy

December 19, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Economy of Mercy

If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him. —Luke 17:3–4 Sr. Febronie served as subprioress during Therese’s early years in Carmel. She reproached Therese for teaching the […]

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Running to Bethlehem

December 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
Running to Bethlehem

One of the sites included in the itinerary of the Holy Land pilgrimage I joined was the Chapel of the Angels, a Catholic church located in the shepherd’s field where, according to tradition, an angel appeared to announce the birth of Christ to the shepherds. Internet research reveals that the Chapel of the Angels is […]

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Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

December 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

During Advent and Christmas, I often think of the Holy Family. I look at the poor and homeless in my community in relation to Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. Glancing at manger scenes, I contemplate the poverty of the Holy Family, and the impoverished in my community. I ponder their flight […]

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