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Loneliness & Communion

December 1, AD 2016 0 Comments
Loneliness & Communion

Loneliness has two faces. One is human loneliness, and the other is loneliness for the divine. “My heart shall not rest until it rest in Thee.” Human loneliness is painful and tears one apart sometimes, blurring the face of a divine loneliness that Christ sends. Tenderness, gentleness and understanding help us to live in both […]

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Acceptance

November 22, AD 2016 1 Comment
Acceptance

A well-meaning friend advised me to seek various things to correct everything she saw as deficient in me—a psychologist to deal with family issues, cooking classes to bolster my rudimentary culinary skills, driving classes to get used to driving in this foreign land that has become my home, deportment classes to present myself in a […]

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The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

November 10, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions

“Cimourdain was a pure-minded but gloomy man. He had ‘the absolute’ within him. He had been a priest, which is a solemn thing. Man may have, like the sky, a dark and impenetrable serenity; that something should have caused night to fall in his soul is all that is required. Priesthood had been the cause […]

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Election Year: A Time for Mercy

November 9, AD 2016 1 Comment
Election Year: A Time for Mercy

In an election year where there has been so much division, I think we all recognize that there is a widespread experience of disillusionment and disappointment. Not in decades have voters been so dissatisfied with the two leading presidential candidates before them. You have likely shared in more than one conversation that has left you feeling confused, […]

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Perception and Pain

November 8, AD 2016 0 Comments
Perception and Pain

An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is an adventure wrongly considered. —G. K. Chesterton When I was little, one of my favorite fairy tales was The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Andersen, a deeply Christian story. In short, it is about two children, Kay and Gerda, who are best friends until […]

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Gossip and Whistle-Blowers

November 3, AD 2016 0 Comments
Gossip and Whistle-Blowers

But I tell you that men will have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken. —Matthew 12:36 When you find out that people have been gossiping about you, you understandably feel violated and wronged. But why is gossip so bad? First of all, what is gossip? The […]

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Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

October 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Finishing Out the Year of Mercy

The Year of Mercy will come to a close with the end of the liturgical year on November 20. How can we make the most of the final month of this Jubilee Year? Here are some ways to finish out with a bang: 1) If you haven’t yet made a Holy Door Pilgrimage, now is […]

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The Disfigurement of Sin

October 20, AD 2016 0 Comments
The Disfigurement of Sin

“He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him,    nothing in his appearance that we should desire him. He was despised and rejected by mankind,    a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces    he was despised, and we held him in low […]

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Judging and Loving

October 17, AD 2016 1 Comment
Judging and Loving

It is a strange thing, but we as human beings are often eager critics. It is so easy to criticize, to catch the flaws and failures of others. Whether we mull over others’ faults in the back of our minds, speak openly to their faces, or take it upon ourselves to send a quick “Hey, […]

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Telos: For This I Was Made

September 29, AD 2016 0 Comments
Telos: For This I Was Made

I once read an article where the author questioned the social convention of introducing people by their name and occupation. She pointed out that it can be a limiting way of getting to know a person, because you immediately make assumptions about them based on their job. Instead of delineating a friend by their employment, […]

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Embracing Every Season

September 11, AD 2016 1 Comment
Embracing Every Season

Yet another summer has slipped away, remaining only a memory. Just like nature, the seasons of our lives changing is inevitable; it doesn’t always happen with our consent, however. With any season of change in our life, we can be tempted to hold on to what was. Change isn’t always comfortable. But grasping onto the […]

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It’s all about Love

September 7, AD 2016 1 Comment
It’s all about Love

There are a great variety of vocations in life, but all require a deep, persistent love.  Whether we look at our vocation in general terms and consider whether we are called to the religious life or the sacrament of marriage, or else look at the more detailed aspects of our vocation—which includes the place and […]

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Treading Water and Making Decisions

August 31, AD 2016 0 Comments
Treading Water and Making Decisions

Often, when I have faced points of transition in my life, I have felt a sense of weariness, waiting for clarity as to where to go next. Unsure of which direction to take, I feel as though I am treading water at a fork in the river, stagnating as I wait for a clear call […]

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Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

August 23, AD 2016 3 Comments
Secular Songs That Can Bring Us Closer to God

I listen to a lot of music—from great Catholic artists like Matt Maher and Audrey Assad to classic rock to punk rock to alternative to country to everything in between. Generally, when I wish to feel close to God or get myself into a meditative/prayerful mood, I listen to Catholic Christian music, but every so […]

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Man and Morality: The Truth that Sets us Free

August 10, AD 2016 1 Comment
Man and Morality: The Truth that Sets us Free

The human person knows by nature that there is a certain code by which he must live.  Man also knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he wants to be happy.  As fallen human beings, we often sense a strain between the natural law and our innermost need for happiness.  In the world today there are many […]

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