Category: Religion

I wonder…

I wonder…

[ 3 ] September 2, AD 2014 |

I wonder if Mary had seen angels before the Annunication. She was troubled by Gabriel’s words but nothing is mentioned about just being in the angel’s presence. Was she already used to being with angels? I wonder what other great things God has done for Mary. In her Magnificat, she says “He who is mighty […]

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Reconsider the Chapel Veil

Reconsider the Chapel Veil

[ 3 ] September 1, AD 2014 |

Over the summer my dear friend and roommate put together a gorgeous video about why many Catholic women are returning to the old custom of wearing a chapel veil to Mass.  I personally started wearing a veil in high school, and often thank the Lord that He lead me to do so.  I highly encourage those […]

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New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality?

New Language for Speaking about Homosexuality?

[ 5 ] August 30, AD 2014 |

One of the more popular, misunderstood, and challenging problems Catholics face today is the topic of homosexuality. I think of the many great strides we as a Church and as a culture have taken in speaking about it. In the same way, neither side whether secular or religious, has spoken more clearly on the subject. […]

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The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

The Expectant Couples Guide to Praying the Joyful Mysteries

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |

As my wife and I await the arrival of our second child, our first daughter, we have been filled with many similar emotions and feelings that stirred within us during our first pregnancy. In May 2012, we found out we were expecting our son, Noah, who was born in January of 2013. As I reflect […]

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A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone (besides you, of course)

A Little Redemptive Suffering Never Hurt Anyone (besides you, of course)

[ 1 ] August 29, AD 2014 |

I have a confession to make: the majority of my friends aren’t Catholic. Many are, indeed, Protestant and for some reason, they all look at me strangely when I ask them if they have heard of redemptive suffering. I should back up a bit. You see, when I throw the big RS out onto the table, […]

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Blessing is in Obedience

Blessing is in Obedience

[ 4 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

It was my last class of my senior year of college, and I listened intently as my professor wrapped up his final lecture. I sat amongst my fellow Catechetics majors, all of us eager to begin setting the world on fire with love for the Lord. All semester, our professor had been teaching us how […]

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Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

Seven More Books for Catholic College Students

[ 2 ] August 28, AD 2014 |

The college semester is upon us again, and at most universities the new academic year is either now beginning or has recently begun [1]. For the returning students, this means a return to familiar stomping grounds and reunions with friends before the courses really buckle down into the semester grind. For the new students, it […]

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Depression, Despair, and Hope

Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 7 ] 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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