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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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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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God Can Even Overcome Our Imperfect Parenting

February 27, AD 2017 3 Comments
God Can Even Overcome Our Imperfect Parenting

“Things were in God’s plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that – from God’s point of view – there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God’s divine providence and makes complete […]

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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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100% for God

February 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
100% for God

But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. —Apocalypse 3:16 When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. —Mark 6:20 Someone once asked me: “From a scale of zero to a hundred, with zero being the […]

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Water

January 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Water

God is closer to us than water is to a fish. – St. Catherine of Siena Water is weird. Have you ever had that thought? I’ve been having it lately as I sip from my glass. Water is this transparent, tasteless substance that our bodies naturally thirst for; it composes 71% of the world and […]

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10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

January 11, AD 2017 4 Comments
10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

There is good reason that St. Francis de Sales is the patron of writers—he really had a way with words. During his lifetime, he wrote pamphlets defending the faith that actually converted many people away from heresy. He also wrote books advising laypeople in the spiritual life, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. […]

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Being in Relationship with God

January 5, AD 2017 7 Comments
Being in Relationship with God

An Anglican friend told me that she does not bother to cultivate deep friendships with non-Christians—although she certainly treats them civilly and shares the Gospel with them when they are curious—because she knows she won’t see them in Heaven, unlike her Christian friends like me, with whom she anticipates eternal friendship. This is a logical […]

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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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Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

December 27, AD 2016 2 Comments
Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

Prayer is not worship. Worship is a subset of prayer. Worship, properly speaking, entails sacrifice, a gift of something precious to honour the deity worshipped. The Mass is the one and only perfect sacrifice, offered by God on behalf of man. With the Mass, the Hebrew sacrifices of animals and crops, and the pagan sacrifices […]

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