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Tag: Holiness

On St. Paul, Sports, and Sanctity

January 17, AD 2018 0 Comments
On St. Paul, Sports, and Sanctity

My high school batch at St. Paul College of Pasig, a Catholic school for girls here in the Philippines run by the Sisters of St. Paul of Chartres, just celebrated its homecoming.  We prepared for it for a year, a year that was spent reminiscing about high school memories and organizing a grand celebration dinner. […]

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Catholicism is Impossible

December 29, AD 2017 1 Comment
Catholicism is Impossible

Earlier this week a friend of mine shared an article on Facebook, written by Melinda Selmys of Catholic Authenticity on Patheos. In the blog she describes some of the challenges surrounding the use of NFP, particularly the issues that arise when the risk of an unintended pregnancy are so high as to be unacceptable, but […]

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The Extra Jar of Oil

November 19, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Extra Jar of Oil

By guest writer Rev. Fr. Michael Chua. I returned last month from a pilgrimage to Western Europe. As usual, I was bombarded by the same question countless times: “How was it?” I replied, “It was very good, but challenging.” Lost luggage right at the very start, pilgrims having to cut short the journey due to […]

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The Holy Imperfect Woman

June 6, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Holy Imperfect Woman

If you’re a woman, I’m willing to bet that you have struggled with trying to be some definition of “perfect” at one point or another.  In secular society, it’s easy to see how rampant female perfectionism is. So many of us strive to attain the perfect body, find the perfect job, or be the perfect […]

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The Inescapable Lover

May 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Inescapable Lover

The other day, after I got out of the shower, I wrapped myself up in my bathrobe, as I often do, and I felt God. I felt God in my bathrobe. In my bathrobe. For whatever reason, that day, God decided to show Himself to me through the cozy embrace of my bathrobe—it felt like […]

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“Too Perfect”?…Striving for Virtue

April 23, AD 2016 5 Comments
“Too Perfect”?…Striving for Virtue

A while ago, I and a couple others were talking animatedly about the upcoming release of some highly-anticipated superhero movies. I mentioned Captain America (one of my personal favorites, however trite the movies he appears in are becoming). “Oh, Captain America,” one of the girls said, waving a hand dismissively. “He’s too perfect. I like […]

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Salvation through Wrinkles

March 3, AD 2016 2 Comments
Salvation through Wrinkles

“I prefer a family with tired faces from generous giving, to a family with faces full of makeup that know nothing of tenderness and compassion. I prefer a man and a woman, don Aniceto and his wife, with faces that are wrinkled due to the daily struggles over the fifty years of strong married love; and […]

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That You May be One as I and the Father are One

October 3, AD 2015 1 Comment
That You May be One as I and the Father are One

Zechariah writes of a vision in which he saw a man going to measure Jerusalem, her breadth and her length.  Another angel came to tell him that Jerusalem would remain unwalled because of the great number of men and cattle that would be in her.  The Lord said through the angel, “I will be a […]

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The Call to Holiness in Our Time

September 22, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Call to Holiness in Our Time

Recently, I was watching the movie There Be Dragons about St. Josemaria Escriva and the Spanish Civil War, and I began thinking about the call to holiness and modern sainthood. St. Josemaria is perhaps best known as the founder of Opus Dei, and there is some controversy surrounding the man and his organization. Nevertheless, Pope St. […]

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The Dawn of Sainthood

May 22, AD 2015 1 Comment
The Dawn of Sainthood

I thought this morning that holiness comes like a sunrise.  The Holy Spirit hovers over the waters, filling the earth with goodness and light.  A sinner becomes a saint as an acorn becomes a tree or a boy becomes a man: slowly.  Despair would have us feel the defeats more acutely than the victories.  Nor […]

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Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics

November 11, AD 2014 3 Comments
Spiritual Reading – Don’t Shun the Classics

While on retreat, a priest discussed the benefits of spiritual reading. He advised the retreatants to begin by reading authors whose name started with “St.”  We all smiled a bit and tried not to laugh, since it was a silent retreat. Yet there is great wisdom in these words, for the Saints can be great […]

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Asking for Directions on the Way to Holiness

December 15, AD 2013 2 Comments
Asking for Directions on the Way to Holiness

I’ll never forget the disaster zone that was our apartment on the evening after my baby shower. Every possible blanket, gadget, toy, and baby-seat lay scattered around in that 700 square foot, one bedroom apartment. I was about to go into full blown panic mode at 8 months pregnant, but my husband’s eyes lit up […]

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