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Why we should read “Gaudete et Exsultate”

May 22, AD 2018 0 Comments
Why we should read “Gaudete et Exsultate”

Back in March, Pope Francis released an apostolic exhortation all about the call to be holy, Gaudete et Exsultate. Within just a few days, the online world was discussing (and debating) the document. As often happens in our world of constant news and digital engagement, a few weeks went by and conversations about this exhortation died down. […]

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Mercy, Justice and Grace in “Suits”

May 8, AD 2018 0 Comments
Mercy, Justice and Grace in “Suits”

Suits is a popular TV show about slick lawyers who are rude, nasty and deceitful while bending, skirting, or straight-up breaking the law and playing interminable office politics, and it may be the last place one would expect lessons in mercy, justice and grace, but as St. Augustine says, where sin abounds, grace abounds all […]

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My Alabaster Jar

April 11, AD 2018 0 Comments
My Alabaster Jar

“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 […]

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Bringing Good out of Evil

April 3, AD 2018 0 Comments
Bringing Good out of Evil

After going to Confession at the Cathedral, on several occasions my boyfriend and I have been blessed to be able to bring blessings to others there. For instance, we met a middle-aged man who had suffered two strokes and found it very difficult to walk, but he perseveres in going to Confession and Mass every […]

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Beatitudinem quaerens – a joyful album of modern Latin hymns

March 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Beatitudinem quaerens – a joyful album of modern Latin hymns

Italian musician Beppe Frattaroli has produced an album in Latin, Beatitudinem quaerens: “Looking for Bliss”. By turns joyful, reflective, and gloriously stirring, Beatitudinem quaerens brings the Latin language to life, imbuing it with the emotive qualities of Italian music while preserving its linguistic integrity. Frattaroli combines modern instruments and vocal effects with this ancient tongue […]

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#AllforJan: Slovakia mourns a young Catholic journalist

March 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
#AllforJan: Slovakia mourns a young Catholic journalist

After Laetare Sunday Mass, a fellow parishioner asked me: “Have you heard of the protests in Slovakia? They are the largest since the fall of Communism! 50,000 people marched in the streets of Slovakia on Friday, and 25,000 on March 2, not to mention even more people gathering in cities across Europe. A 27-year-old investigative […]

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Lost and Found

March 13, AD 2018 0 Comments
Lost and Found

One Saturday morning I reached for my watch, my saint bracelet, my ring and my necklace — only to realize that the necklace wasn’t there. “I’ve lost my necklace!” I cried in dismay over the phone to my boyfriend. “It’ll turn up, it’s there somewhere,” he said comfortingly, which only served to increase my annoyance. […]

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Dealing with Resentment

March 6, AD 2018 0 Comments
Dealing with Resentment

I’m one of those people who tend to attract people with problems. I’d be sitting quietly at a party, or at a church event, and strangers come up and spill their guts about their illnesses, their romantic woes, their family problems, everything. Sometimes, strangers on the Internet do that too! It feels good to be […]

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He Noticed

March 2, AD 2018 0 Comments
He Noticed

For so many of us, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the multitudes. In the crowds of people at malls and stores, the workplace and schools, we lose sight of others, and maybe even more so, we ourselves feel truly lost in the crowd. Jesus was familiar with swarms of people. It was a […]

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Movie Review: Mary Magdalene (2018)

February 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: Mary Magdalene (2018)

A friend and I were given free tickets for a preview of the upcoming film Mary Magdalene. The visuals were truly exquisite, bringing to life the stark beauty of poor Hebrew dwellings, their dress and cuisine, and the simplicity of life in a fishing village, with the soothing susurration of the waves ever present. However, […]

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An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

February 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

One of my friends was a Buddhist when she and her family narrowly escaped being raped or killed by riots against the Chinese in the May 1998 riots of Indonesia, which saw over 1000 murdered. She told me about the miraculous survival of a Catholic family living in the vicinity. They tied a rosary to […]

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The Beggar on the Bus

February 13, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Beggar on the Bus

One afternoon, I was on a bus to the city when a disheveled young man boarded the bus. He was in gray pajamas, barefoot, and looked like he hadn’t had a shower in awhile. “Can I please get on? I only need 60 more cents,” he begged the driver. The driver demurred, probably adhering to […]

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