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The Church of Jesus Christ

April 18, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Church of Jesus Christ

To love and believe in Jesus is to obey Him.1 When one searches the Scriptures, it is readily apparent that Jesus established a Church founded on the rock of Peter,2 a corporeal and spiritual community to which all His followers were to belong. Examining history,3 we see that it is the Catholic Church which alone […]

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It is Right and Just: Spending on Glorious Architecture

April 7, AD 2017 4 Comments
It is Right and Just: Spending on Glorious Architecture

Truth is recognized by the beauty in which it manifests itself. Singapore’s Cathedral of the Good Shepherd was recently renovated after suffering massive cracks from nearby construction which destabilized the building. Among the positive comments, one person wrote: “God doesn’t need this. It’s all just human vanity.” Sure, God doesn’t need grand buildings. He doesn’t […]

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Masterpieces are Made by Many

March 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
Masterpieces are Made by Many

He who has himself for a guide has a fool for a disciple. I had a lapsed Catholic friend who expressed skepticism about our devotion to saints, because she had read that it originated in the worship of pagan gods. Well, if you walk into the Pantheon in Rome today, you will see that it […]

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Better Off, Not Better

December 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Better Off, Not Better

A long time ago in my college dorm room, I was showing a friend the blog Creative Minority Report. It takes its name from Pope Benedict’s exhortation, “Believing Christians should look upon themselves as such a creative minority and … espouse once again the best of its heritage, thereby being at the service of humankind […]

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Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

November 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

One day, a home-schooled Anglo-Australian made a rather ill-informed statement on Asian education to his house mate, despite my presence: “Asians can’t be creative because they go through rote learning.” Interiorly, I thought of all the great poems I was expected to memorise in primary school back in Singapore: immortal lines by Wordsworth, Shelley, Stevenson, […]

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Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

November 2, AD 2016 10 Comments
Purgatory: The Antechamber of Heaven

“Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us, ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into […]

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Pilgrimage to Holy Cross-Immaculata Parish in Cincinnati

July 16, AD 2016 0 Comments
Pilgrimage to Holy Cross-Immaculata Parish in Cincinnati

The moment we arrived at the imposing gate on the sidewalk and started to climb the flights of concrete steps, we could tell this wasn’t a characterless church. As we stood at the highest point in Cincinnati and admired the city spread out below us, eventually filing into the church after the dark wooden doors […]

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Our Beautiful New Church

June 9, AD 2016 0 Comments
Our Beautiful New Church

Last year, I wrote about how excited I was for the construction of our new parish church. Now, I am very happy that the construction of the church has been finished and the new church is as beautiful as I expected it to be. As I attended Mass for the first time in the finished […]

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Why Sacrifice for Lent?

February 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Why Sacrifice for Lent?

It’s two weeks now since Ash Wednesday, and most Catholics have given up some desirable thing as a sacrifice. For instance, most families I know (including my own) give up sweets. I can still remember very well, as a young person, what a great sacrifice this was! But why do we give up things we […]

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Feasting on Advent

November 25, AD 2015 1 Comment
Feasting on Advent

In his stunning work, the Spirit of the Liturgy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI states that worship requires that God “give back” and reveal Himself to us, otherwise we are simply “clutching empty space” when we try to worship God. Despite attempting to move toward God in our mind or will, we will never find God […]

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The Beauty of (Our) Fall

November 18, AD 2015 2 Comments
The Beauty of (Our) Fall

We as Christians are called to a life of death and resurrection. Dying to ourselves, dying to our sin, dying to our desires.

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Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

October 17, AD 2015 3 Comments
Be Welcoming—An Old Trick for the New Evangelization

Every week my wife and I bring our two young children to Mass. We typically go to Mass at the same time each week. We sit in the same general area. We are typically surrounded by the same people. Yet the one thing that is never “the same” is our children’s behavior. Yes, we have […]

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Pope Francis is Human

September 12, AD 2015 4 Comments
Pope Francis is Human

Last month I wrote a post analyzing the National Geographic cover story entitled “Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican”.  I read the article skeptically, expecting to come away feeling frustrated with slanted reporting, and still knowing hardly anything about what Pope Francis was actually doing.  Instead, I found myself enjoying the inside look at the Pope shared […]

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Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican?

August 17, AD 2015 1 Comment
Pope Francis Remakes the Vatican?

  The August 2015 edition of The National Geographic Magazine features a lengthy article on Pope Francis, written by Robert Draper after six months of observing the life of the Holy Father, featuring photographs by Dave Yoder.  Though the article is titled and headlined with one-liners that portray the Pope and Catholic tradition in conflict, […]

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Your Parish Home

June 19, AD 2015 0 Comments
Your Parish Home

In the “olden days”, the parish was a central part of a community. Parishes were split up based on boundary lines – where you lived determined which parish you would be a part of. Also, a majority of parishes had schools connected to them. Spiritual and social events abounded. Nowadays, Catholics tend to be more […]

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