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Sacraments

Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Life of Grace

June 21, AD 2018 0 Comments
Pier Giorgio Frassati’s Life of Grace

By guest writer Lauren Winter. This morning I listened to the always enlightening Bishop Barron talk about Frassati. First of all, Bishop Barron is a national treasure and I 10 out of 10 recommend the Word on Fire Show. Secondly, let’s take a minute to talk about our boy, Frassati. Frassati’s life is an example […]

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Book Review: Rizal Through a Glass Darkly by Fr. Javier de Pedro

June 12, AD 2018 0 Comments
Book Review: Rizal Through a Glass Darkly by Fr. Javier de Pedro

Conversion and reversion stories never fail to fascinate. Stories of how and why a person freely decides to embrace the Catholic Faith, or return to the Catholic Faith of his or her childhood after having freely rejected it, are intriguing. Such stories edify Catholics in their Faith, giving them more reasons to love it. For […]

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The Sanctifying Cross of Marriage

June 7, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Sanctifying Cross of Marriage

Mark 10:1-12 In this Gospel passage, Jesus talks about Divorce. Growing up I never thought much about the sacredness of married life. My family was pretty much dysfunctional (this MIGHT be an understatement) and I never thought much about the importance of family — in fact I detested it. I (shamefully) remember asking my mom […]

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Divorce

June 6, AD 2018 0 Comments
Divorce

James 5:7-12, Psalm 103, Mark 10:1-12 The Gospel on 24 May teaches a Hard Truth about Divorce. I’m going to spell it out because I won’t distort the Church’s teaching: Divorce, understood as the dissolution of a marriage, is NOT possible between two baptized persons. Guess who said this? Jesus Christ Himself (c.f. Mt 19:6, […]

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The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

June 3, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

By guest writer Victor R. Claveau, MJ. Let me tell you a story that will illustrate one of the many reasons why the Catholic Church teaches that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Not long ago, I was invited to address the Bible and Philosophy students at a Protestant High School. The teacher and […]

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Music at Mass: Fewer Guitars, More Chant

June 2, AD 2018 0 Comments
Music at Mass: Fewer Guitars, More Chant

By guest writer Sarah Coffey. This is a post that’s been brewing for months but I didn’t quite have the right words to say until recently. In the past year, I’ve gone to several Masses at several different parishes (which are wonderful parishes, by the way) and the music was altogether disappointing. Loud. Overdone. Reminiscent […]

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Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

May 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity

Deuteronomy 4:32-40, Psalm 33, Romans 8:14-17, Matthew 28:16-20 CCC 234: “The Most Holy Trinity is the central mystery of Christian faith and life. It is the MYSTERY OF GOD in himself. It is therefore the source of all the other mysteries of faith, the light that enlightens them. It is the most fundamental and essential […]

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Bringing Good out of Evil

April 3, AD 2018 0 Comments
Bringing Good out of Evil

After going to Confession at the Cathedral, on several occasions my boyfriend and I have been blessed to be able to bring blessings to others there. For instance, we met a middle-aged man who had suffered two strokes and found it very difficult to walk, but he perseveres in going to Confession and Mass every […]

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With All Your Heart

March 16, AD 2018 0 Comments
With All Your Heart

Sixteen years ago today, I stood in a white robe before the bishop as he anointed me with chrism and spoke the words of Confirmation: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.” I still remember the joy I felt walking into the church that day, feeling the presence of so many saints rejoicing […]

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The Blind Man & the Child

January 5, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Blind Man & the Child

By Ann Tran as told to Jean Seah. Some years ago in Adelaide, I was struggling with my faith and with attending Mass. One day in the Cathedral of St. Francis Xavier, I was kneeling in prayer when I felt a tap on my leg, a sign that someone had entered the pew. I moved […]

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I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

December 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

Together with “exciting” and “joyful”, “stressful” is a word that is associated with the days leading up to Christmas and with the Christmas season itself. Increased rush hour traffic, shopping lists and parties to squeeze into tight budgets and schedules, tasks lists in the preparation of the Christmas dinner, caroling rehearsals, and year-end work to […]

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The Extra Jar of Oil

November 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Extra Jar of Oil

By guest writer Rev. Fr. Michael Chua. I returned last month from a pilgrimage to Western Europe. As usual, I was bombarded by the same question countless times: “How was it?” I replied, “It was very good, but challenging.” Lost luggage right at the very start, pilgrims having to cut short the journey due to […]

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