Tag: Religion

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

Don’t Cry Over Spilt Green Chili

[ 2 ] January 23, AD 2015 |

Arriving home from grocery shopping one afternoon, I sensed an imminent meltdown from my 9 month old son. He was overtired and still upset that I did not let him grab and chew on all of the exciting things he could see in the grocery store. I surveyed the heap of grocery bags in my […]

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Clinging to Tradition

Clinging to Tradition

[ 3 ] December 31, AD 2014 |

This time of year is usually filled with traditions: both family traditions and liturgical traditions, which shape our experience of Christmas. Traditions serve a great purpose in our lives. We are creatures of habit, and circling back to favorite traditions year after year helps us focus on those things that are most important, and it […]

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Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

Martyrdom, John F. Kennedy and Catholic Social Teaching

[ 6 ] December 10, AD 2014 |

Martyrdom confounds the modern mind… and how could it not? Living in an age of religious skepticism and scientism, we “enlightened” Westerners are unable to speak the same language or see the same world as the martyr, who found himself or herself unable to abandon their God to purchase comfort and well-being. What are we suppose to […]

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Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

Wake Up, The Glory of the Martyrs Shines Upon You!

[ 3 ] August 25, AD 2014 |

In his moving novel, Silence, Japanese-Catholic author Shusako Endo once described the continent of Asia as a “swamp” that choked the sapling of the Gospel and made it uninhabitable for Christianity. That image has always haunted me because a part of my own journey — as a convert to Christianity from Buddhism — has been to […]

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Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

Pope Francis’ Dream for the Church: What Would Happen!

[ 4 ] August 4, AD 2014 |

So apparently I am not the only one who loves Pope Francis! Of course it is one thing to like someone and another thing to follow them and what they ask of you! I was very blessed that his monthly evangelization intention for the month of July was for the laity, serving around the world […]

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In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

In Iraq, Little Churches to be Born

[ 7 ] July 28, AD 2014 |

Writing in the 2nd century, Tertullian once famously said that the blood of martyrs if the seed of the Church. If this is true, then the consequences of this are even more acutely felt today in the 20th century, where more Christians have been martyred than in all the previous centuries combined. Earlier in June […]

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Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

Five Things Pope Francis Wouldn’t Do Online

[ 2 ] May 10, AD 2014 |

We all probably wish we could take back some things we have said and done online, not only for our own sake but for the sake of other people we were called to bring closer to God and instead pushed further away. I often read some of the comments on Catholic blogs, (and sometimes the […]

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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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Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

Catholics and the “Extra Stuff”

[ 1 ] January 2, AD 2014 |

Recently I had a conversation with a close friend and non-Catholic. Talking about his family’s history in differing denominations, I soon found out that some of his relatives and ancestors are or were Catholic. So I ask him plainly, “Why aren’t you Catholic, what made you decide otherwise?” His answer was a very truthful and sincere, […]

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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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Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

Answers to a “Pagan Christmas”

[ 6 ] December 5, AD 2013 |

Charlie gave Linus the pop quiz: what is Christmas all about? Of course, Linus proclaims the birth of Christ (was Linus named after the second Pope?) Today it would have looked more like this: The modern Catholic, and most Christians for that matter, has many fronts to defend, one of them being the so-called “pagan roots.” […]

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Call of Duty: Modern Christian

Call of Duty: Modern Christian

[ 0 ] November 22, AD 2013 |

4 July 2005, what a patriotic day to be shipped off to basic training! Jeans, a t-shirt, and a backpack with just about every essential I thought I would need, I left home for Lackland AFB, TX where I would spend the next few weeks learning to be an Airman in the U.S. Air Force. Most […]

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On Teaching and Loving

On Teaching and Loving

[ 2 ] November 19, AD 2013 |

“We need to be clear in presenting the Church’s teaching, but patient with the struggle to live it.” This quote comes from Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, in the 2011 book by John L. Allen Jr. titled “A People of Hope.” In the section of the book where this comes from, Cardinal Dolan […]

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Pope Francis, Sin & Creepy Fish

Pope Francis, Sin & Creepy Fish

[ 7 ] October 26, AD 2013 |

In college I went to the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. I am not much of a science geek so I thought I would be bored, but I ended up being drawn in by the deep sea display. As I wandered through the exhibit gaping at the ugly, otherworldly creatures that […]

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True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

True Mission or a “Poverty Vacation:” Are Mission Trips a Waste of Money?

[ 6 ] October 17, AD 2013 |

By James Franke I’ve heard the argument a hundred times, phrased a hundred different ways. It all boils down to the same basic mentality: short term mission trips, those eight to ten day “poverty vacations” are nothing more than a waste of time and money used to make students, young adults, and families sacrifice one […]

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Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

Whom Would Kindness Kill More: Them or You?

[ 1 ] September 20, AD 2013 |

“Today I told off a cashier who was trashing the president” read the Daily Kos headline. Color me intrigued; I clicked on it. I read it. I cried (figuratively). The writer was just a member of the site, not an official writer, and proudly stated how he actively listens to progressive radio and keeps up on […]

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Series on the Sacraments Part 2 – Confirmation

Series on the Sacraments Part 2 – Confirmation

[ 1 ] September 19, AD 2013 |

One of the greatest sacraments for perseverance and strength in the spiritual life is Confirmation. By definition in the Baltimore Catechism, “Confirmation is a Sacrament through which we receive the Holy Ghost to make us strong and perfect Christians and soldiers of Jesus Christ.” The Catholic Encyclopedia explains it’s effects and necessities: “Confirmation imparts: an […]

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Labor Day Weekend, Catholic Style

Labor Day Weekend, Catholic Style

[ 2 ] September 1, AD 2013 |

So what do you do on the Sunday before Labor Day?  I know a lot of people spend time with their families, maybe have a cookout.  My husband even knows someone who got married today.   Labor Day is generally the end of beach season, the end of summer, and for beachcombers like me, the start […]

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Sins, Despair, and the Love of God

Sins, Despair, and the Love of God

[ 3 ] August 29, AD 2013 |

“For love of souls, I instituted the Sacrament of Penance, that I might forgive them, not once or twice, but as often as they need it to recover grace. There I wait for them, longing to wash away their sins, not in water, but in My Blood. How often in the course of the ages […]

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Letter to the Rebellious Teen

Letter to the Rebellious Teen

[ 8 ] August 21, AD 2013 |

This article is written for rebellious teens and young girls going into that phase. If you are not a rebellious teen, please let your son or daughter read this, or some young person you know at least. Dear Rebellious Teen, Now, you might think this is just another Catholic article your parents want you to […]

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So . . . What Do I Pray For?

So . . . What Do I Pray For?

[ 5 ] July 31, AD 2013 |

Everyone knows it’s easy to pray for material things. Cars, houses, money, you name it, it’s been prayed for. But when it comes down to praying for grace to help with the spiritual life, what do we really need and what should we pray for? Humility: Humility is one of the most important graces, because […]

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Reflections on Nature

Reflections on Nature

[ 3 ] July 13, AD 2013 |

All you have to do is step outside to see it. Almost everyone is glued to his phone, either texting, emailing, tweeting, facebook….ing, and then I thought, they’re missing out on so much! Nature is something that is being put aside in our world today, yet it is one of the most beautiful ways to […]

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Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows

Our Lady’s Seven Sorrows

[ 2 ] July 10, AD 2013 |

One of my favourite devotions concerning Our Lady is “The Devotion of the Seven Sorrows.” Why is this? Firstly, because it is easier to bear suffering when one can relate to someone, it is a safe way to sanctification, and Our Lord and Our Lady want us to have this devotion. Our Lord told Blessed Veronica […]

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Christians, Be Wildflowers Not Wallflowers!

Christians, Be Wildflowers Not Wallflowers!

[ 16 ] July 6, AD 2013 |

In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus tells us to “learn from the way the wildflowers grow” (6:28). They do not “work and spin,” they just sway in the wind of their God, accepting whatever comes their way: rain or sun. So what can we learn from wildflowers? Here are some ideas: 1. Embrace Your Uniqueness: Wildflowers have […]

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Science vs. Religion? Part I of II

Science vs. Religion? Part I of II

[ 4 ] December 19, AD 2012 |

You know the symbol: the ancient Christian fish that’s sprouted legs and bears the name Darwin. There’s a car down the street from me that has one and every time I see it, it makes me sad. Not angry, but sad. There is this perceived opposition between the two worlds of science and religion that […]

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What To Do When Confession Goes Bad

What To Do When Confession Goes Bad

[ 14 ] October 6, AD 2012 |

Last week I published a post called “5 Tips That Will Change The Way You Think About Confession.” Overall it had great reviews. It resonated with how a lot of people feel about the sacrament. A woman wrote an email to me lamenting the fact that her sister had actually had a really bad experience […]

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