Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

[ 4 ] March 27, AD 2014 |
Seven Inspiring Movies for Lent

Lent is a great time to be inspired. If you haven’t given up your television, laptop, media, or internet, try and find one or more of these titles. Watch, pray, be inspired. The Way – Currently on Netflix and Amazon Prime (March 2014) (Martin Sheen, Emilio Estevez) A deeply Catholic movie. Tom (Martin Sheen) finds […]

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Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.: A Scientist and a Theist

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |
Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr.: A Scientist and a Theist

Dr. Quirino Sugon, Jr. is a scientist; a physicist, to be exact. He derives equations using geometric algebra while teaching physics at the Ateneo de Manila University. He also heads the Upper Atmosphere Dynamics Program of the Manila Observatory, where he researches on space weather. “Space weather is the weather in outer space that the […]

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Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch?

[ 3 ] March 26, AD 2014 |
Embracing the Cross or Leaning on a Crutch?

From the time of Karl Marx, who famously said that religion “is the opium of the people,” to our own days when modern secularists think that religion is a crutch for the weak, atheists and those who scoff at religion view it as some form of escape from the problems of daily life. Some of these […]

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Catholic “Baby Machines”

[ 6 ] March 26, AD 2014 |
Catholic “Baby Machines”

We’ve all heard the comments. If you are the parents of more than 2.5 children or come from a family of more than 2.5 siblings, then you’ve heard something at some point in your life. It can be a nod and a wink with a sarcastic “You guys are busy”, as if having five children […]

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…and the Life of the World to Come

[ 2 ] March 25, AD 2014 |
…and the Life of the World to Come

***Spoiler Alert for The Good Wife*** The Good Wife is a Sunday night drama about the intricacies of law, life and love. I first became hooked a year ago after watching an episode with my mom. It’s her favorite show, and is now mine. Until last night. I can’t decide if it’s still my favorite […]

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In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

[ 6 ] March 22, AD 2014 |
In Defense of “Marriage is Work”

Simcha Fisher responded to my article. Simcha Fisher. I was thrilled to hear that I’d gotten the attention of Mrs. Fisher and that she had not only read my piece, but had decided that it was good enough – or bad enough – to merit a response on her part. After reading her response and […]

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Which Battle are You Fighting this Lent?

[ 1 ] March 22, AD 2014 |
Which Battle are You Fighting this Lent?

This week, we are in the midst of the battle. Lent is a battle. It’s our “campaign of Christian service,” as the Ash Wednesday collect says. At the beginning, we can be so gung-ho about Lent. We’ve gathered our weapons and put on the armor of God. (If we have loins to gird, we might even do that […]

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Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

[ 0 ] March 21, AD 2014 |
Catholic Youth, Unite! Part II

My last article was the beginning of a brief series on how young Catholics (myself included) can answer Pope Francis’ call to be a force for Christ and his Church. Now, I’d like to discuss the next step. As I mentioned last time, we can’t stay in the parish forever. In order to continue moving […]

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I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

[ 2 ] March 20, AD 2014 |
I’ve Had a Difficult Life, and That’s Okay

Lizzie Velásquez is a 24-year-old American woman who was born with a very rare disease (shared by only two other people in the United States) that doesn’t allow her to gain weight. She has been bullied most of her life, including being labeled the “World’s Ugliest Woman” in an internet video that received over a […]

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Lover of Poverty

[ 1 ] March 19, AD 2014 |
Lover of Poverty

Today is the Feast of St. Joseph. He is special to us because he was special to Jesus. I would like to reflect on a title from the Litany of St. Joseph, Lover of Poverty. As Catholics, Jesus teaches that we are to be poor in spirit. St. Joseph is a wonderful example of this […]

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Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

[ 3 ] March 17, AD 2014 |
Marriage: The 100-100 Principle

My heart beat a bit faster as I struggled to sit comfortably on the couch I had carelessly reclined on so many times before.  My angst made the room where we met for marriage preparation seem smaller than I recalled.  The priest who was going to celebrate our marriage would be there shortly, and I […]

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Holy Crap: Being a Post Chiefly About Poop!

[ 1 ] March 17, AD 2014 |
Holy Crap: Being a Post Chiefly About Poop!

“A man goes upright and the food of his body is sealed as in a purse full fair; and when it is time of his necessity, it is opened and sealed again full honestly. And that it is He [God] who does this is shown where He says that He comes down to us to […]

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Finding Our Place: An Update

[ 0 ] March 16, AD 2014 |
Finding Our Place: An Update

I thought I would take a moment to update you on a topic near and dear to my heart. Several weeks back, I wrote an article about finding a place for my family in terms of Young Adult/Family Activities at our local parish. I expressed a concern that, as a thirty year old mother with […]

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My Desire for Marriage

[ 4 ] March 16, AD 2014 |
My Desire for Marriage

As I approach ordination to the Diaconate after 12 years in the seminary it’s easy to think about the many “what ifs” in my life. Things such as career, money, jobs, a wife, children, and even a permanent home are things I’ve given up in pursuit of this call. A call, however, is both something […]

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Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

[ 23 ] March 15, AD 2014 |
Duke’s Porn Star and Pope Francis’ Lenten Intentions

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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‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

[ 0 ] March 14, AD 2014 |
‘Consuming the Word’ – Something to Chew On

A Book Review on Scott Hahn’s “Consuming the Word” I have always enjoyed Scott Hahn’s writing style. He makes theology personal and relatable. Almost anyone can pick up one of his short books and get an awful lot out of them. Depending on where one is on his or her faith journey would determine the […]

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