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Two Charcoal Fires

May 17, AD 2018 0 Comments
Two Charcoal Fires

By guest writer Noel Tan. There are only two charcoal fires (Greek: anthrakia) mentioned in the whole Bible, and they are both in the Gospel of John. The first anthrakia mentioned was in the high priest’s courtyard, where the gatekeeper said to Peter, “You are not one of this man’s disciples are you?” and Peter […]

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Nothing Will Be Wasted

April 19, AD 2018 0 Comments
Nothing Will Be Wasted

When I saw last Friday’s Gospel reading, I thought, I’m pretty sure I’ve already written a reflection about this story before. Turns out—yep. Twice. So I tried to think about what new aspect I could bring to light from this story of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes. What stood out most to me from John’s […]

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Do We Interpret the Bible Literally?

April 4, AD 2018 0 Comments
Do We Interpret the Bible Literally?

By guest writer Nick Chui. During Religious Moral education (RME) lessons in school, the question was asked: “Do we take the Bible literally? If we don’t take the Bible literally, then does it mean that it’s not true?” I replied inviting the students to compare the following texts: “Looking into a patient’s eyes can provide […]

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Human Brotherhood

March 30, AD 2018 0 Comments
Human Brotherhood

In Matthew’s Gospel (5:20-26), Jesus urges us to seek true resolution and reconciliation in our anger, always maintaining a spirit of brotherhood toward others and not allowing that anger to fester. Sometimes we read this passage and think it means we’re supposed to be completely at peace all the time, never having an ounce of […]

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Truth Is a Person

March 25, AD 2018 0 Comments
Truth Is a Person

The Jews picked up rocks to stone Jesus. Jesus answered them, “I have shown you many good works from my Father. For which of these are you trying to stone me?” The Jews answered him, “We are not stoning you for a good work but for blasphemy. You, a man, are making yourself God.” Jesus […]

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Lent is not about what you are doing for Lent

March 21, AD 2018 0 Comments
Lent is not about what you are doing for Lent

By now, you’ve probably been asked, “What are you doing for Lent?” And, whether you’re willing to share, you likely have an answer. You probably know what you did last year for Lent and may even be able to recall the most memorable or challenging thing you ever did for Lent. But what if the […]

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Death is Not the End

March 15, AD 2018 0 Comments
Death is Not the End

Now the green blade rises from the buried grain, Wheat that in the dark earth many years has lain; Love lives again, that with the dead has been: Love is come again, like wheat that springs up green. — John M. C. Crum, Now the Green Blade Rises A number of my young friends have […]

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He Noticed

March 2, AD 2018 0 Comments
He Noticed

For so many of us, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the multitudes. In the crowds of people at malls and stores, the workplace and schools, we lose sight of others, and maybe even more so, we ourselves feel truly lost in the crowd. Jesus was familiar with swarms of people. It was a […]

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A Lesson for a Chaotic Soul

February 9, AD 2018 0 Comments
A Lesson for a Chaotic Soul

Recently I learned a hard lesson. It was a concept that I knew was coming, as people close to me had informed me of the changes I needed to make. But because I am basically an infant in the spiritual realm, it took me awhile to really get it. It was worth it though because […]

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On St. Paul, Sports, and Sanctity

January 17, AD 2018 0 Comments
On St. Paul, Sports, and Sanctity

My high school batch at St. Paul College of Pasig, a Catholic school for girls here in the Philippines run by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, just celebrated its homecoming.  We prepared for it for a year, a year that was spent reminiscing about high school memories and organizing a grand celebration dinner. […]

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St. James and Our Lady of Del Pilar

January 2, AD 2018 0 Comments
St. James and Our Lady of Del Pilar

Today, January 2, is the 1,978th anniversary of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary to St. James the Greater at the pillar in Zaragoza, Spain in the year A.D. 40. I never have been particularly devoted to St. James the Greater, but for some reason, he seems to be devoted to me. I heard […]

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The Old Testament and the Karate Kid

November 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Old Testament and the Karate Kid

It is a common charge against Christians that we ignore the unpalatable parts of the Bible, in particular the rules set down in Mosaic law as recorded in the Pentateuch. Firstly, the Old Testament is a pre-Christian record of the development of the Jewish people as a nation. It’s also an account of how mankind […]

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