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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

April 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was prefigured in the sacrifices of the Old Testament, which had polyvalent significance. Animal and plant sacrifices were used to atone for sins, offer thanksgiving and worship to God, and seal covenants, entering into communion with the Almighty.1 The Mass, as the true sacrifice of Calvary, is the fulfillment […]

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My Chrism Mass Experience

April 14, AD 2017 2 Comments
My Chrism Mass Experience

After having been curious for so many years about how it is to experience a Chrism Mass, I finally got a chance to attend one. From all that I heard about it, I expected that it would be an awesome experience:  the spine-tingling sight of a multitude of priests simultaneously consecrating the bread and wine, […]

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Temptation and Lenten Penance

March 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
Temptation and Lenten Penance

During the Lenten season, we seek to turn back from sin and to God. Each of the practices of Lent—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—helps us to do this. While Lent is not a season of merriment in the Church, it should nevertheless be a season of hope, and one of joy. Sin is a turning away […]

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Nietzsche, Barney the Dinosaur & the Word of God: On catechesis for young people

March 27, AD 2017 0 Comments
Nietzsche, Barney the Dinosaur & the Word of God: On catechesis for young people

By guest writer Nick Chui. Friedrich Nietzche was reported to have said that if Christians wanted him to believe, they had to “sing him better hymns”. Whether Nietzche would have converted if he had the opportunity of hearing Mass in B minor conducted by Karl Richter is of course a debatable question. Nevertheless, the point […]

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The Efficacy of Prayer: Not Just Nice Thoughts

March 22, AD 2017 1 Comment
The Efficacy of Prayer: Not Just Nice Thoughts

The monastery ain’t a hideout. A mug wants to come in here, take the vows, he should come because he wants to open himself to somethin’ bigger than the world, not because he wants to close himself up in a little ball like a pill bug. – Dean Koontz, Brother Odd For me prayer is […]

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What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

March 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

Ash Wednesday is a fairly busy day in many places. People cram into churches and receive ashes in the form of a cross (or a big blob, depending on who is distributing them) on their foreheads. Many churches offer small midday services with readings from Scripture and a distribution of ashes for people who cannot […]

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Learning to Listen to the Divine Whisper

March 8, AD 2017 4 Comments
Learning to Listen to the Divine Whisper

It has been a crazy past few months here. I have been facing the usual high school senior dilemmas regarding the “afterlife”, so to speak, of high school — whether to go to college or not, whether I should go immediately or postpone it, what I would do in the meantime, and to which colleges […]

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Understanding Our Dustiness

February 24, AD 2017 0 Comments
Understanding Our Dustiness

You are dust and to dust, you shall return. Each time I hear this phrase at Ash Wednesday, I think of a little prayer that was given to me by a sister a while ago. It was created by St. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor, as a member of the […]

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Miserere Mei, Deus, Domine et Pater

February 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
Miserere Mei, Deus, Domine et Pater

O Father, Brother, Lord, And God, Spouse of my soul, Forgive my many sins, my crimes. Lave my wriggling, red, whinging soul And wipe away the deeply layered grimes, The residue that clings The stench that stings Your nostrils. Take sandpaper To the corroded rust Of all my lies, my pride, My many acts of […]

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Healer of Souls

February 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Healer of Souls

Over the past week, the Gospel readings have contained many scenes of healing from Jesus’s public ministry. We know that Jesus performed many miraculous healings during His life and continues to do so today. The healing springs of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast we celebrated on Saturday, have brought about countless healings that have […]

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Order

February 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Order

Most of the liturgical year is comprised of “Ordinary Time”, when the Gospels follow the earthly ministry of Christ. This does not mean that the time is humdrum or nondescript; rather, it refers to ordinal numbers – first, second, third, and so on. Humans have a compulsion to order things, and Catholics are no exception […]

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Novenas: The Mathematical Harmonies of Prayer

January 31, AD 2017 0 Comments
Novenas: The Mathematical Harmonies of Prayer

And which of you, if he ask his father bread, will he give him a stone? or a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he reach him a scorpion? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, […]

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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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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 3 Comments
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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