Category: Spirituality

Modern Day Saints

Modern Day Saints

[ 1 ] April 22, AD 2014 |

This upcoming Sunday we will celebrate the canonization of two historical Popes, men who not only contributed greatly to the church but have loved with such passion and zeal, they illuminated Christ himself. As we look to their canonizations, we are reminded that we are all called to be saints. Every single one of us. […]

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More of the Same

More of the Same

[ 0 ] April 21, AD 2014 |

Recently, as I was driving home, I was reflecting on the day and what a chaotic week it was going to pan out to be. Then I thought to myself, is this how it will always be?  It seems since getting engaged that each week has had its own project. Week 1: Pick a date, find […]

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Into the Garden We Walk

Into the Garden We Walk

[ 0 ] April 19, AD 2014 |

Gardens behold a breath-taking beauty that cannot be described by words. They elicit a response not from the mouth, but a reaction from the soul. The delicacy of flowers with the surrounding colors of nature create a mural that is pure glory. But even though one person can experience the garden’s language piercing the soul, […]

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A Day Without Him

A Day Without Him

[ 1 ] April 17, AD 2014 |

One of the few memories I have of both of my grandfathers is of their reverence for the Blessed Sacrament.  When we would drive past a Catholic Church, my dad’s dad would always tip his hat (I love that he always wore hats) and my mother’s father would inevitably cross himself. I can remember my […]

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Christ Teaches Us How to Die

Christ Teaches Us How to Die

[ 3 ] April 17, AD 2014 |

For to this you have been called, because Christ also suffered for you, leaving you an example that you should follow in his footsteps. (1 Peter 2:21) There are many, many lessons to be learned in the example Christ left for us in his suffering and death on the cross. One of those, I believe, […]

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Two Rivers

Two Rivers

[ 1 ] April 14, AD 2014 |

I had seen General Santos City from the air before, but one sees things differently from a fixed wing aircraft than from a helicopter. The choppers fly much lower, much more slowly, never above any but the lowest clouds. The landscape of southern Mindanao is always visible, much as it would be from any of […]

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The End of Lent Question

The End of Lent Question

[ 2 ] April 12, AD 2014 |

Well, this Lent has been hard. Not that I have ever had an easy Lent since I started taking the spiritual life seriously, so I am not sure what I expected. I think I selfishly wish that my Lent would be full of consolations and insights, but usually right around this time I start to […]

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The End of the Anonymous Church

The End of the Anonymous Church

[ 7 ] April 11, AD 2014 |

One of the key issues in our church today is that we are disconnected. Regardless of whether the church is full or its empty on a Sunday, most of the attendees hardly say a word to the people next to each other. Much of St. Paul’s epistles are spent documenting the growth and life of […]

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Making Every Friday “Good”

Making Every Friday “Good”

[ 1 ] April 11, AD 2014 |

Easter is coming; fast! I mean the action, not the adjective.  It’s a command. Once Easter comes, it seems, we forget about this wonderful act of self-denial. We break our fast and indulge in whatever it is we gave up for the past 40+ days. (Yes, Lent is longer than 40 days, and actually ends […]

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When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

[ 2 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

Life, in all its glory, is pretty messy. Sin skips and trips us through life as we try to be faithful and nothing halts us up more than the compare and contrast game. You know the game: Why did she do that? Can you believe he said that? I would never… You would never… lie or cheat, commit […]

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Walking the Walk, After Talking the Talk

Walking the Walk, After Talking the Talk

[ 1 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

News broke a few days ago that Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta has issued an apology following the disclosure that he spent 2.2 million on his new residence. Catholic Culture points out that when Archbishop Gregory realized that he “had caused scandal by spending over $2 million on a new residence”, he was quick to take responsibility […]

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Fast from Success

Fast from Success

[ 5 ] April 2, AD 2014 |

If I look deep, I find my inner self hooked up to a drip IV of success. I heard once at a summer retreat that we all look to the three “P”s to wrongly satisfy our inner desires and insecurities: power, prestige or popularity. It is natural to want good things for ourselves and loved […]

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Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

Resist the Temptation to Make Easter an Empty, Cultural Ritual

[ 0 ] April 2, AD 2014 |

Nearly everything human (and worthwhile) is ritual if you think about it. A purely utilitarian approach to family dining, for example, would consist in standing around a pot on the stove, each person with a spoon in hand – that way we all eat at once and “efficiently” save the most time (it might even be […]

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The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

The Difference Between Hockey, Football, and Soccer is Catholicism

[ 17 ] April 1, AD 2014 |

*Warning* I’m an unabashed fan of hockey. I am biased, and I do believe hockey is not only the best sport but the most analogous to Catholicism. Imagine my delight when I discovered Alyssa Bormes book, “The Catechism of Hockey,” which is published by The American Chesterton Society. It’s a delightful book, but maybe more […]

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Searching for Love

Searching for Love

[ 2 ] March 30, AD 2014 |

Our world is filled with a lot of hatred. One must only turn on talk radio or the nine o’clock news to see this. For whatever reason, it seems so easy to hate or dislike other people. This hatred can spew over into our daily conversations with others about certain individuals. But why do we […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

Catholic Youth, Unite! Part III

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

As I’ve discussed in the first two parts of this series, Pope Francis has made it clear that he wants to see the Catholic youth mobilized, spreading the Gospel, and bringing the truth of the Church to the world. So far I’ve discussed two ways the youth can answer the Pope’s call: through being active […]

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