Category: Spirituality

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 21 ] March 15, AD 2014 |

Pope Francis’ Lenten message for 2014 calls all Catholics to confront destitution in its varying forms of extreme poverty, spiritual destitution, and moral destitution. He writes: “Moral destitution…consists in slavery to vice and sin. How much pain is caused in families because one of their members – often a young person – is in thrall […]

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Made You Look

Made You Look

[ 0 ] March 9, AD 2014 |

I recently had the opportunity to take my one and a half year old son out for the day. On a rainy, cold afternoon, the mall was my best bet. He had a field day strutting about the stores, and especially loved the life-sized, pink polka-dotted dog at a particular women’s lingerie store. While he […]

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Five Ideas for Lent

Five Ideas for Lent

[ 1 ] March 5, AD 2014 |

In case you are still needing some inspiration for Lent, here are some ideas you could find interesting. Lent isn’t only (or even mainly) about “doing things”, but I do think it’s good to plan and prepare such an important season.  1.     Crown of thorns I found the idea of a homemade crown of thorns […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite!

Catholic Youth, Unite!

[ 1 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

Throughout his papacy, Pope Francis has engaged the youth and young adults of the Church, speaking directly to them numerous times, and encouraging them to become significantly more active in their spiritual lives. As a 24-year-old millennial myself, I feel blessed to be among the vast audience of Catholic young people that the Pope is […]

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Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

Five FREE Activities for Lent 2014

[ 2 ] February 27, AD 2014 |

Need something to do for lent? How about these FREE activities. Some are from the best Catholic Universities and Colleges, others are for you and your family. Enjoy 1. Lenten Journey with Jesus: A Virtual Tour of the Geography of Jesus (March 5 – April 17, 2014) Absolutely free course offered by Holy Apostles College […]

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What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?

What Are You “Exchanging” for Lent?

[ 2 ] February 26, AD 2014 |

As Lent approaches, everyone is asking their kids, and deciding for themselves, “What are you going to ‘give up’ for Lent?” Why am I putting “give up” in quotation marks? “Give up” is in quotation marks because it is not the most appropriate term for the action that we perform during Lent.  Instead, as Venerable […]

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It’s Okay If You Don’t Get It

It’s Okay If You Don’t Get It

[ 2 ] February 5, AD 2014 |

In my last article I talked about a personal revelation from God dealing with the Eucharist. I mentioned that while, at the time, I understood and believed Church teaching on the Sacrament, it took me a while to really get it. I ended by saying that this revelation helped me to understand that it’s totally […]

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Charismatics in Context

Charismatics in Context

[ 21 ] January 30, AD 2014 |

“Certain signs point to a weakening in the sense of mystery in those very liturgical celebrations that should be fostering that sense. It is, therefore, urgent that the authentic sense of the liturgy be revived in the Church. The liturgy…is a means of sanctification; it is a celebration of the Church’s faith, and a means […]

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Is Religious Life Repulsive?

Is Religious Life Repulsive?

[ 31 ] January 18, AD 2014 |

The vows of religious life are repulsive, at least according to an article Br. Justin Hannegan recently wrote in Crisis Magazine provokingly titled: Sacrificing Religious Life on the Altar of Egalitarianism. He writes: All forms of religious life, at their very core, consist of three vows—poverty, chastity, and obedience—and each of these vows is repulsive […]

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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 3 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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7 Reasons Pope Francis Makes Me Want to Be a Saint

7 Reasons Pope Francis Makes Me Want to Be a Saint

[ 9 ] January 16, AD 2014 |

Is Pope Francis a saint? God only knows. I’ve come to the conclusion, however, that he has truly dedicated the breadth of his energies to becoming one. Since his appointment to the Chair of Peter, I’ve experienced a renewed hunger for goodness in all its forms, as well as a deep, conscious desire to be a saint. Here are seven […]

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Open the Door…

Open the Door…

[ 1 ] January 14, AD 2014 |

A reflection written in the midst of my first semester of college… Flirting starts based off of an initial attraction: a girl notices a guy, likes what she sees, and starts playfully teasing him in an effort to show him she’s there and interested-  though ultimately it’s up to him to make the first move.  […]

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You Are Enough

You Are Enough

[ 1 ] January 13, AD 2014 |

As in seasons past, our recent Advent, Christmas, and New Year’s celebrations are now only distant memories.  The weather remains quite frigid and winter has not yet let go of its grip. But even if the days remain dark, we know that spring is ever closer and the sun will shine brighter with each coming […]

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An Epiphany about the Epiphany

An Epiphany about the Epiphany

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2014 |

Having just celebrated the beautiful feast of the Epiphany, aka, the Adoration of the Magi, I have been ruminating on some of the things that feast should mean for us as Catholics in the current world, and as harbingers of the New Evangelization. Epiphany comes from a Greek word meaning ‘reveal’ or ‘a startling or […]

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Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

Another Article about Millenials (But This One Also Talks About the Spiritual Life!)

[ 13 ] January 4, AD 2014 |

In the last few years, a preferred topic of journalistic inquiry amongst concerned Baby Boomers and Gen Xers is the unique situation caused by the invasion of the workforce by Millenials. Born from the early 80s to the early aughts, Millenials bear the positive distinction of being among the most idealistic and socially conscious generations […]

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Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

Celebrating Christmas on the Streets

[ 0 ] January 2, AD 2014 |

In the Philippines, while the well-to-do families feast on traditional ham, roasted suckling pig, steak, or turkey on Christmas Eve, many other people spend the night begging. Way back in 2009, my friend Carlos had spiritual direction sessions with a priest famed for his work with the poor.  Carlos documented his own major spiritual experiences […]

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