Tag: Faith

When Waiting is Really Hard

When Waiting is Really Hard

[ 5 ] February 20, AD 2015 |

In reaction to the increasing physical immorality spreading through society today, and in an attempt to counter the message  constantly being sold through advertising, movies, music, and even best-selling books that says sexual intimacy is not only okay, but expected, outside of marriage, the Catholic online world has been buzzing with all sorts of articles […]

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Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

[ 1 ] January 16, AD 2015 |

The movie points to a basic human fact that is often overlooked: humanity is messy

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New Year’s Dreams

New Year’s Dreams

[ 1 ] January 8, AD 2015 |

The shiftiness of college years does not always create the best circumstances for keeping New Year’s Resolutions.  Though I hardly ever pass up an opportunity to make a list, my typical resolutions seemed like they would only put more pressure on me in the midst of an already demanding schedule rather than encourage me to be […]

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The Suffering Question

The Suffering Question

[ 3 ] November 28, AD 2014 |

The first time I went to Europe came about when my essay was chosen to receive a mostly paid pilgrimage to Assisi and Rome.  $800 out of my pocket was all it took for me to embark on a once in a lifetime pilgrimage experience. Since then I have always looked back with such fond […]

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Crawling to Heaven

Crawling to Heaven

[ 4 ] November 17, AD 2014 |

If studying the saints has taught me anything, it is that there are many ways to travel the narrow road to Heaven.  While some lived shorter lives which were filled with spiritual difficulties, but ultimately ended early and sweetly, others suffered great pains and tortures to their bodies before finally reaching their resting place, their […]

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How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

How a Trip to the Pool Reminded Me of God’s Love

[ 1 ] November 10, AD 2014 |

Summer happens to be not a particularly favorite season of mine.  As a very fair skinned person, summer is a constant reminder of my need for sunscreen.  Lots of it. And often. I have never been the type to just ‘lay out’ in the sun for the day.  Recently I was needing an extra dose […]

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Go Home and Love Your Family

Go Home and Love Your Family

[ 3 ] September 22, AD 2014 |

I’ve reached that point in my 20-something life where many of my friends are getting married. August is for weddings, apparently. In between the various ceremonies, receptions, and gift registry orders, the most lovely joy simply has been to witness those close to me transition from one season in life into a new one with […]

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It’s OK to be Bored

It’s OK to be Bored

[ 1 ] September 21, AD 2014 |

There is a growing nemesis in the world today: Boredom. I’m bored, accompanied by a pathetic sigh, is something every parent, teacher, minister, or anyone, really, hates to hear. Boredom has inspired toy designers to figure out ways to occupy children, advertisers to write perfectly, entertaining commercials to keep viewers attention, teachers to plan elaborate lessons, […]

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Desperately Seeking Community

Desperately Seeking Community

[ 2 ] July 19, AD 2014 |

Disclaimer: This piece is written in the style of a senior demon, Screwtape, to his nephew a junior demon, Wormwood. This is based on C.S. Lewis’s The Screwtape Letters, which is well worth a read.  My dear Wormwood, You requested some tips on one of my areas of expertise, loneliness.  Lack of companionship, social pain. I work my […]

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Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

Ask and it will be Given to you: Vocations in the Entitlement Society

[ 4 ] July 4, AD 2014 |

Vocations in the Entitlement Society In the seventh chapter of the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says, “Ask and it will be given to you.” That works wonderfully as a tweet or Facebook status, it is short and sounds nice. Yet, the problem with only looking at one part of the chapter leads the reader to take […]

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On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

On Thomas, Doubt, and Being an Outsider

[ 1 ] July 3, AD 2014 |

Have you ever felt like an outsider amongst a group of people who all shared a similar experience? Sat awkwardly in the background as they joyfully reminisced? The fact that you missed out on whatever it is that the rest of your acquaintances lived through can possibly leave you feeling isolated and uncomfortable. I imagine […]

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Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

Why Everyone Should Just “Let It Go”

[ 0 ] May 30, AD 2014 |

After watching Disney’s extremely popular and highly controversial Frozen for the third time last night, I’ve come to the conclusion that everyone- bloggers, movie reviewers, and Facebook moms included- needs to just “cool” down, take a step back, and examine why this movie has had so much opinionated hype swirling around it in the first […]

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Some Obstacles to Happiness

Some Obstacles to Happiness

[ 0 ] May 27, AD 2014 |

“If you are unhappy, I question whether you are truly Christian.” So concludes my columnist-colleague and brother Dominican, TJ Burdick, at the close of his latest column. And there is something to be said for Mr. Burdick’s conclusion: the happy are those who are blessed, and blessedness (ergo, happiness) is described for us by Jesus […]

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Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle?

Science vs. Religion, Why the Battle?

[ 5 ] May 3, AD 2014 |

The other night I was watching a TV documentary on the ‘debate’ between intelligent design and evolution. The program captured the turmoil in 2005 that tore apart the community of Dover, Pennsylvania in a battle over teaching evolution in public schools. A pointless debate if ever I heard one. The debate around creation and evolution […]

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Witnessing to the World

Witnessing to the World

[ 3 ] March 29, AD 2014 |

With the call to the new evangelisation, how do we pass on the faith in today’s world? In his 2014 Message for World Communications Day, Pope Francis asks “How, then, can communication be at the service of an authentic culture of encounter?” The answer: faith is caught. Our interactions with others, the pope says, “need […]

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

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

[ 1 ] March 27, AD 2014 |

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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Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

Ten Things You Need to Be Reminded Of

[ 3 ] February 28, AD 2014 |

We live in a modern world. We are often blinded by distractions and every now and then we need to be reminded of things that the modern world doesn’t tell us. As a woman I think that is especially true. As a disclaimer, I’ve aimed this at women, since being one that works for me, but […]

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Romancing the Religion

Romancing the Religion

[ 2 ] February 3, AD 2014 |

Forgive the (now somewhat dated) reference to the 80s movie, Romancing the Stone. In his latest book, Fr. Dwight Longenecker seeks to romance something even more valuable than a precious green jewel. The Romance of Religion seems like a strange title, at first blush. “What,” after all, “is so romantic about religion?” Religion seems like the hidebound […]

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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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Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

Why Bother to Learn Anything At All, Anyway?

[ 4 ] January 17, AD 2014 |

There are way more things to know in this Universe than you have the brain cells to record, and any one field of human study has probably by this point generated more data than a human mind, with a lifetime of study, could internalize. We should feel small standing up against the ocean of numbers, […]

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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

[ 0 ] 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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Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

Scripture Matters, But Only Science Disproves Science

[ 19 ] January 9, AD 2014 |

As I sat up in our Youth Lounge listening to some of the youth group kids rehearse their lines for an upcoming play, I was appalled at the indoctrination I was witnessing. The play was Inherit the Wind, which recalls an early twentieth century trial over the teaching of evolution in school. The debacle sets up a false dichotomy between science and faith, between evolution […]

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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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“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”

[ 13 ] 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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