Tag: Christian Living

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

When People Make Mistakes (But Not You!)

[ 2 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

Life, in all its glory, is pretty messy. Sin skips and trips us through life as we try to be faithful and nothing halts us up more than the compare and contrast game. You know the game: Why did she do that? Can you believe he said that? I would never… You would never… lie or cheat, commit […]

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In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

In Christ a New Creation: Finding Hope in Porn-Addiction — Part I

[ 9 ] April 3, AD 2014 |

“Whoever drinks the water I shall give will never thirst; the water I shall give will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” -John 4:14 I recently read the article that Sr. Theresa Noble wrote about the Duke “adult film-actress” Belle Knox and have been reflecting on it ever since. To be […]

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The Secrets to Happiness

The Secrets to Happiness

[ 5 ] February 1, AD 2014 |

How happy really are we today? How do we define that we have really ‘lived’? We live in a marketing led world – a place of big dreams and bucket lists. Generally we have a high standard of living, yet we are constantly on the hunt to get more out of life. We have everything we […]

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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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Generation Maybe

Generation Maybe

[ 0 ] January 10, AD 2014 |

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If any man would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.” – Matthew 16:24 These are challenging words from Jesus.  They cut to the heart and demand a response.  Jesus invites us to count the cost, and decide whether He is worth […]

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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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Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

Why I Don’t See the New Evangelization Coming to Much Anytime Soon

[ 7 ] December 25, AD 2013 |

Flecte quod est rigidum. I write inspirational quotes on the dry-erase board in the servers’ sacristy at my parish in illuminated calligraphy whenever I have occasion to go in there. For the Feast of the Nativity, I wrote,“Venite, adoremus.” I am told that a lector, noticing that I had done this, objected to this text […]

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Christmas–the Good, the Pretence and the Hypocrisy

Christmas–the Good, the Pretence and the Hypocrisy

[ 3 ] December 19, AD 2013 |

Wow! So Christmas is coming again? Really? Oh No! Not again. Well, at least it is our hope as Christians that the Christ would be celebrated not just for a day but everyday. Christmas – the Good On Christmas not only would we learn about the birth of Jesus Christ, we also are reminded of […]

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“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

“Dashing” Through The Christmas Season

[ 2 ] December 15, AD 2013 |

Let me start off by saying that I love Christmas. I really do. While the decorations and tree trimming and family dinners and presents are all fantastic, I love Christmas because it is the birthday of Our Lord, and one of the foremost liturgical feasts of the year. Having said that, it is often the […]

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Defining “Young Adult”

Defining “Young Adult”

[ 12 ] November 17, AD 2013 |

Who are considered the “young adults” in your community? Are they teenagers? Are they single twenty-somethings? Are they young professionals? Are they young mothers and fathers? It seems that one of the terms that is frequently used to describe a Catholic activity is “young adult.” Who is expected to attend these events? Recently, I attended […]

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Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

Thousands of Lives to Give: The Philippines

[ 14 ] November 11, AD 2013 |

By now you probably have heard that a massive typhoon hit the Philippines last Friday. Named Haiyan (or Yolanda), the typhoon is reportedly the strongest ever recorded in history, with winds of 195 miles per hour and gusts up to 235 mph. Early reports coming out of the country say that as many as 10,000 […]

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Hey Christian: Are You Attracting People Toward Jesus, or Pushing Them Away?

Hey Christian: Are You Attracting People Toward Jesus, or Pushing Them Away?

[ 0 ] October 29, AD 2013 |

From my pastor’s homily this weekend: “Either a Christian heightens the quality of human life, making it more palatable, more delightfully nourishing, or else he or she has no reason for being.” - Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, Fire of Mercy, Heart of the Word On Sunday my pastor, Fr John Riccardo, gave a homily that I believe was […]

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His Burthen is Light

His Burthen is Light

[ 0 ] October 22, AD 2013 |

My training is in Classics. That kind of nearly obsessive focus on grammar bears some peculiar fruit in my day to day life. For one, I find it immensely difficult to sit down with a book and read it. Every sentence, no matter how prosaic, fascinates me. Without meaning to, I find myself immediately engrossed […]

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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

[ 5 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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Opening Hands

Opening Hands

[ 2 ] October 6, AD 2013 |

Before I left for college, I wrote about how my tendency to control and plan every aspect of my life often hurt more than it helped, leaving me frustrated and stressed because I was counting on my own strength instead of God’s.  As the weeks leading up to college quickly passed, I made a daily […]

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