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What Makes a Book Great?

May 8, AD 2017 2 Comments
What Makes a Book Great?

(Warning: spoiler alert for A Tale of Two Cities after the image.) ___ Franz Kafka, author of the highly disturbing The Metamorphosis, wrote: “If the book we are reading does not wake us, as with a fist hammering on our skull, why then do we read it? Good God, we would also be happy if […]

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The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

April 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass

The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass was prefigured in the sacrifices of the Old Testament, which had polyvalent significance. Animal and plant sacrifices were used to atone for sins, offer thanksgiving and worship to God, and seal covenants, entering into communion with the Almighty.1 The Mass, as the true sacrifice of Calvary, is the fulfillment […]

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How does His dying save me?

April 12, AD 2017 0 Comments
How does His dying save me?

By guest writer Nick Chui. The following was a response to an inquirer who was troubled by the Christian language of Jesus’ saving death. How is it possible that God can be “appeased” by the death of His innocent son? I have organized this in a Q& A format. Why did God create creatures capable […]

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Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

December 8, AD 2016 10 Comments
Harry Potter: from Aristotle’s Poetics to Christian Virtue

What makes a book great? A great book touches people across cultures and nations; it is a tome that reflects the realities of humanity in its characters, as Aristotle recommended in his Poetics,1 and reinforces virtue while decrying vice, as Plato noted in The Republic;2 as well as a classic that draws readers to reread […]

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What Ms. Frizzle Taught Me

June 19, AD 2016 0 Comments
What Ms. Frizzle Taught Me

(This post originally appeared on www.yellowpelican.net) It started with an episode of the Magic School Bus and ended with a trip to Urgent Care. Last summer, we had just moved to a new city and had minimal resources – a couple new friends and no real knowledge of the area. I had a six month […]

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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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Bearing the Discomforts of Lent

February 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Bearing the Discomforts of Lent

I felt like a petulant child during the homily at Mass several weeks ago. Father had mentioned that we ought to consider preparing for Lent, as it can sometimes sneak up on us. I crossed my arms and tuned out. Really, Father? You’re bringing up Lent? Why are we bringing this up before we have to? […]

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Lent and Love

February 23, AD 2016 0 Comments
Lent and Love

What is the point of the Lenten sacrifices [1]? Why do we fast on some days, abstain from meat on others, and then also give up something which we enjoy for forty days? These are surely questions which are asked by everyone who has struggled to keep their Lenten fasts, whether they ended up succeeding […]

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Sacrifice and Solidarity

February 21, AD 2016 0 Comments
Sacrifice and Solidarity

Lent is a time of increased prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Paragraph 1438 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that: “The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice. […]

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Lessons From The Desert

February 19, AD 2016 3 Comments
Lessons From The Desert

“To receive the grace of God, you must go into the desert and stay awhile.” – Blessed Charles de Foucauld Every Christian must enter the desert at one point or another. It’s a seemingly dry, empty space where we feel lost, confused, heartbroken, or like God is nowhere to be found. I have lived in […]

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Lent in the Year of Mercy

February 9, AD 2016 3 Comments
Lent in the Year of Mercy

While it seems like we just put away the Christmas decorations, the season of Lent is upon us. Because Easter Sunday is always the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox, Easter is a little early this year. As someone who prefers to get the harder things out of the way […]

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In Defense of Chocolate

February 2, AD 2016 0 Comments
In Defense of Chocolate

Lent is just around the corner, which means blog posts galore will circle the internet telling you what you should give up for Lent. In recent years, I’ve also seen a number of posts and memes making the rounds that tell you what you should not give up for Lent—mainly, chocolate.  While the intentions of […]

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The Sugar Sacrifice: Who Will Win?

June 9, AD 2015 9 Comments
The Sugar Sacrifice: Who Will Win?

A while back, the associate pastor at our church announced that he would be taking three months off to go to Mexico. Now, before you sigh with envy and work to painstakingly squelch your urge to covet, Father isn’t off to bask in the luxury of carefree relaxation in Cabo. On the contrary, he is probably working harder than […]

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The Grace of Yes: A Review

October 20, AD 2014 1 Comment
The Grace of Yes: A Review

The cover appropriately displays a fish out of water. Ever felt like that? Like you were in over your head? Like you were way outside of your comfort zone? Then this book is for you! Part spiritual memoir/part advice book, like many of Lisa Hendey’s writings, it takes you to the heart of a life […]

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Not the Most Important Day

January 27, AD 2014 0 Comments
Not the Most Important Day

There is a tendency among girls and women today to think that our wedding day will be the most important day in our lives. On the surface, that makes sense, especially when we consider that we are entering the Sacrament of Marriage. But when we look deeper we find that most girls think that is […]

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