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3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

3 Lessons from My First 3 Months as a Dad

[ 3 ] August 20, AD 2014 |

This past May 31, our daughter, Lucy Benedicta, was born, changing our lives forever.  From learning how to hold a baby, to changing a diaper, to installing a car seat, I have had many new experiences as a first-time dad. So far, fatherhood has had its share of highs and lows, but mostly exhaustion in […]

Natural Family Planning is Hard

Natural Family Planning is Hard

[ 1 ] August 20, AD 2014 |

Our bodies are complex, intricate mysterious things. They are not outer shells or machines that come with a user’s manual. There is a lot going on that we understand, and probably even more going on that we don’t understand. This really hit home for me with breastfeeding. A forewarning of “it’s not intuitive” turned into […]

Depression, Despair, and Hope

Depression, Despair, and Hope

[ 5 ] August 19, AD 2014 |

Not only is suicide a sin, it is the sin. It is the ultimate and absolute evil, the refusal to take an interest in existence; the refusal to take the oath of loyalty to life. The man who kills a man, kills a man. The man who kills himself, kills all men; as far as […]

Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

Ecclesial Movements of Great Faith

[ 1 ] August 17, AD 2014 |

In today’s Gospel (Matthew 15:21-28), Jesus said to the Canaanite woman, “O woman, great is your faith!” There are many people in our Church, community, and world, who have great faith. In my own spiritual journey I have encountered the great faith of people in varied ways, from pilgrimages, to parish life, to ordinary and […]

The Pope is Coming to My Country!

The Pope is Coming to My Country!

[ 3 ] August 13, AD 2014 |

By now, most Filipinos already know the good news that Pope Francis will visit the Philippines from January 11-15, 2015. Here are my thoughts about what this means. For My Fellow Filipinos I still remember the excitement of World Youth Day 1995 when Pope John Paul II visited the Philippines. It is, indeed, a rare […]

Martyrdom in Mosul

Martyrdom in Mosul

[ 4 ] August 13, AD 2014 |

When I heard of the atrocities happening in Mosul this past week, I couldn’t believe it. I still can’t. This is happening in our world today? I know there are bad things happening all of the time. I know there is evil. But I couldn’t wrap my mind around such brutality, such fierce evil. After […]

ISIS, Robin Williams, and “Those Who Mourn”

ISIS, Robin Williams, and “Those Who Mourn”

[ 9 ] August 12, AD 2014 |

The descriptions are many, the adjectives are abundant. Travesty. Horrific. Incomprehensible. Senseless. You can’t scroll down one page on Facebook without seeing a shared link of the pain, suffering, and death of people around the world. The implications of such extreme evil and despair are difficult to wrap our minds around. We want to grieve […]

New Religious Communities Supported & Encouraged by Archbishop

New Religious Communities Supported & Encouraged by Archbishop

[ 1 ] August 11, AD 2014 |

Both Communities to Hold Joint Discernment Retreat in October CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron has offered his support and encouragement for the formation of two new communities of men and women religious in southeast Michigan. The women’s community, known as The Sisters of Jesus’ Merciful Passion, already has two women in formation […]

Why I Ride the Metro Backward

Why I Ride the Metro Backward

[ 4 ] August 10, AD 2014 |

Every day I spend about an hour on the Metro train going to school, and another hour coming home. I leave during rush hour in the morning, which isn’t really a big deal because I live at the second-to-last stop on our line so I can almost always find a seat. Once seated, I pull […]

7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

7 Reasons Christianity is the Most Persecuted Religion in the World

[ 17 ] August 10, AD 2014 |

Last night, I asked my family what percentage of religious persecution in the world they thought was directed at Christians. They guessed about 30%. After all, they said, Christians are about one-third of the global population so that would make sense, right? When I told them it was closer to 80%, they initially refused to believe […]