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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Ora et Labora

St. Benedict gives us a remarkable example of discipline. His simple motto, Ora et labora—pray and work—is still relevant to our own lives, so many centuries after his death. We need both prayer and work in order to live a truly Christian life and finish the race. If we were to embrace prayer without also embracing […]

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Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

November 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

My small feet stepped across the sidewalk and my blue eyes widened as I took in the sights and sounds of Times Square. I had seen this bustling hub of activity often on television or in movies, but this time, I was visiting it myself. Today, many years later, I can still remember the awe […]

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Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

November 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

One day, a home-schooled Anglo-Australian made a rather ill-informed statement on Asian education to his house mate, despite my presence: “Asians can’t be creative because they go through rote learning.” Interiorly, I thought of all the great poems I was expected to memorise in primary school back in Singapore: immortal lines by Wordsworth, Shelley, Stevenson, […]

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Giving Our Crumbs

November 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Giving Our Crumbs

But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and […]

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Blind Spots

November 14, AD 2016 2 Comments
Blind Spots

Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you […]

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

November 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

“Cimourdain was a pure-minded but gloomy man. He had ‘the absolute’ within him. He had been a priest, which is a solemn thing. Man may have, like the sky, a dark and impenetrable serenity; that something should have caused night to fall in his soul is all that is required. Priesthood had been the cause […]

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Perception and Pain

November 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
Perception and Pain

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. —G. K. Chesterton When I was little, one of my favorite fairy tales was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a deeply Christian story. In short, it is about two children, Kay and Gerda, who are best friends until […]

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Extraordinary Jubilee: Extraordinary Divine Mercy

November 4, AD 2016 0 Comments
Extraordinary Jubilee: Extraordinary Divine Mercy

This year is the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. I am sure that many of us still recall the Jubilee song of 2000: It’s a time of joy, a time of peace/A time when hearts are then set free…/It’s the time to give thanks to the Father, Son and Spirit/And with Mary, our Mother, we sing […]

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Hallowmas Day

November 1, AD 2016 0 Comments
Hallowmas Day

Supermarkets in Australia have been full of Hallowe’en décor since early September. One could join in the laments about how Christmas decorations appear unseasonably early in October, hot cross buns are available in the middle of Lent, plus Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the great Apostles to the Slavs, keep being so impolitely overlooked in the […]

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A New Creation Flowing from the Side of Christ

October 28, AD 2016 1 Comment
A New Creation Flowing from the Side of Christ

In the Byzantine rite October 16 brought the feast of the centurion Longinus, who pierced the side of Christ and said, “Surely, this man was the Son of God.”  His feast coincided with the feast of the fathers of the seventh ecumenical council, which condemned iconoclasm.  In response to Byzantine emperors stripping churches and smashing […]

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Words

October 27, AD 2016 0 Comments
Words

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21 And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’ s religion is vain. —James 1:26 Speaking to a friend recently about verbal abuse, I […]

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Read the Bible By Going To Mass

October 26, AD 2016 0 Comments
Read the Bible By Going To Mass

I remember an impactful talk given by Dr. Scott Hahn in an Atlanta home a little less then a year ago. In it he compared Catholics’ knowledge of the Bible to children’s knowledge of the streets in their hometown, not so much by knowing the street names, but from the memory of walking through them […]

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Two Icons of Christ

October 25, AD 2016 0 Comments
Two Icons of Christ

In the Gospels we never see Jesus as an attendee at a funeral.  He attends festivals, weddings, and so many dinner parties that people consider him a drunkard.  In the Gospel for October 9, He accidentally encounters a funeral procession of the only son of a widowed mother.  They meet in the road, and death flees in […]

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Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

October 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy will come to a close with the end of the liturgical year on November 20. How can we make the most of the final month of this Jubilee Year? Here are some ways to finish out with a bang: 1) If you haven’t yet made a Holy Door Pilgrimage, now is […]

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The Disfigurement of Sin

October 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Disfigurement of Sin

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces    he was despised, and we held him in low […]

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