Category: Spirituality

Joan of Arc: Model of Strength

Joan of Arc: Model of Strength

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

In our glorification of Joan’s work and martyrdom, I believe it becomes a temptation to gloss over the Joan of Arc who was tried before being burned at the stake. The Joan who was taken to trial is the Joan we should – and can – aspire to be, because the Joan at trial was incredibly human.

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The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit

The Messy Power of the Holy Spirit

[ 4 ] May 29, AD 2014 |

This fiery church we see in the Acts of the Apostles is the one Pope Francis spoke of at WYD Rio when he said, “What do I expect as a consequence of the Youth Day? I expect a mess. There will be one. There will be a mess here in Rio? There will be!

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Some Obstacles to Happiness

Some Obstacles to Happiness

[ 0 ] May 27, AD 2014 |

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and blessedness (ergo, happiness) is described for us by Jesus […]

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What Happens When We Become Like Children?

What Happens When We Become Like Children?

[ 1 ] May 23, AD 2014 |

Since becoming mobile, my one-year-old son has developed a rather terrifying habit of climbing up and diving off anything he can get a leg up on. Of course, I’m always right there to catch him before he face-plants in to the carpet, in which he repays me with heart melting laughter and a goofy smile. […]

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St. John Paul II on Depression

St. John Paul II on Depression

[ 3 ] May 22, AD 2014 |

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Since this website features the Catholic perspective on young adult concerns, and since depression is a growing mental health concern among young adults, I decided to write about the address of Pope (now Saint) John Paul II to participants in the 18th International Congress promoted by the Pontifical Council […]

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Is Water Boring?

Is Water Boring?

[ 2 ] May 21, AD 2014 |

“Water is so ordinary it’s boring.” I said that the other day. I was tired of hearing the refrain from “Bring Me Little Water, Sylvie,” and in my tiredness, I was not thinking like a Theology major. My roommate (who, it so happens, is not a Theology major), brought me back to earth by asking: […]

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Someone, Please, Like Me…

Someone, Please, Like Me…

[ 3 ] May 12, AD 2014 |

“Stockholm syndrome, individuals’ desperate attempts to become like their captors.  On a lesser scale it was why good German citizens followed Hitler, Ryan said.  Or why any person might compromise his or her convictions without realizing he or she was doing so to be accepted.  To be wanted. The world was suffering from Stockholm syndrome.” […]

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The Reason Why You Aren’t Happy.

The Reason Why You Aren’t Happy.

[ 2 ] May 11, AD 2014 |

I often wonder if people are as happy as they say they are. Then I see info-graphics like this: and this: -Washington Post  and I start thinking, is it the money from the developed world that leads to its joy? What sustains happiness?  When I was a pagan, I would have told you that happiness […]

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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

[ 2 ] May 10, AD 2014 |

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

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Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

Tongue Twisters and the Imperfection of Humanity

[ 1 ] May 8, AD 2014 |

Earlier this week, my 7th grade students engaged in a battle of tongue twisters. They exchanged challenges that sought to discover which of them could say certain phrases “ten times fast”. Laughter erupted from everyone as, one by one, the kids stuttered and stumbled over seemingly easy sentences. After some amused observation, I eventually joined in […]

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Reflection on the Unnamed Woman who Anoints Jesus

Reflection on the Unnamed Woman who Anoints Jesus

[ 0 ] May 5, AD 2014 |

When he was in Bethany reclining at table in the house of Simon the leper, a woman came with an alabaster jar of perfumed oil, costly genuine spikenard. She broke the alabaster jar and poured it on his head.There were some who were indignant. “Why has there been this waste of perfumed oil? It could have […]

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Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

Searching for Truth in the Modern Academy

[ 7 ] April 29, AD 2014 |

“Universities have failed in modern society because of their rebellion against the sacred tradition. They have become monumental pyramids, hospices for the remains of what once was learning, now sustained by growing numbers of administrators and shrinking numbers of teachers, surviving on grants and measuring their viability by their endowments, static as the latter-day Egyptians […]

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Without

Without

[ 0 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

On Holy Saturday night, I met a woman whose son has a disorder on the autism spectrum known as Sensory Processing Disorder. As she explained it to me, this amounts to an inability to tune out any information coming in by the senses, making focused functioning in anything but extremely tranquil environments very difficult. The […]

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If Saints Were Superheroes

If Saints Were Superheroes

[ 3 ] April 26, AD 2014 |

I am a product of our culture. Like it or not, I find myself not only impressed but also convicted by “new expressions” of faith called for in the New Evangelization. Recently, I heard a talk by Fr. Mike Schmitz that I found to be not just a clever example of one such new expression but […]

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Mark Driscoll’s Lies About the Apostles Creed

Mark Driscoll’s Lies About the Apostles Creed

[ 5 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

I haven’t watched a Mark Driscoll video in so long because it’s like a drinking game: take a sip each time he makes something up, adds to history, or condemns another Christian denomination because they disagree with his interpretation. Here’s a quote from one of his videos. “The Apostles creed was a summary doctrinal statement […]

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Easter Triduum Family Traditions

Easter Triduum Family Traditions

[ 1 ] April 24, AD 2014 |

This year, the biggest feast of Christendom happened to fall on the date of our parents’ fortieth wedding anniversary. I find the coincidence fitting. The wedding of our parents forty years ago marked the beginning of the transmission of life and faith to us, their children. Among the happy family memories we recall together with […]

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