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Impossible Causes

May 30, AD 2017 0 Comments
Impossible Causes

“For nothing will be impossible with God.” —Luke 1:37 St. Rita of Cascia is the patron saint of impossible causes. During her life, St. Rita faced countless situations that seemed hopeless and impossible. As a girl, her desire was to enter the convent, but instead she was forced to enter an arranged marriage with an […]

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The Humor of Miracles

March 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Humor of Miracles

When reading about the time Jesus awoke from His nap, calmed the stormy sea, and chastened His disciples for being afraid (Matthew 8:23-27), one just has to suppress a grin. Picture the scene: the disciples mortally alarmed in their storm-tossed craft; God in human form slumbering peacefully astern (maybe snoring, even), and then the Creator […]

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Masterpieces are Made by Many

March 13, AD 2017 0 Comments
Masterpieces are Made by Many

He who has himself for a guide has a fool for a disciple. I had a lapsed Catholic friend who expressed skepticism about our devotion to saints, because she had read that it originated in the worship of pagan gods. Well, if you walk into the Pantheon in Rome today, you will see that it […]

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Laughing at Death

January 19, AD 2017 1 Comment
Laughing at Death

Living by faith includes the call to something greater than cowardly self-preservation. —Kurt D. Bruner, Kurt Bruner, Jim Ware, Finding God in the Lord of the Rings Yet I loathe the thought of annihilating myself quite as much now as I ever did. I think with sadness of all the books I’ve read, all the […]

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10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

January 11, AD 2017 4 Comments
10 Brilliant Quotes from St. Francis de Sales on Cultivating Peace

There is good reason that St. Francis de Sales is the patron of writers—he really had a way with words. During his lifetime, he wrote pamphlets defending the faith that actually converted many people away from heresy. He also wrote books advising laypeople in the spiritual life, which was a revolutionary concept at the time. […]

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Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

January 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Thérèse by Dorothy Day: One Saint Writes about Another

I adore Dorothy Day. That’s the reason why I picked up this book. Like Dorothy Day, when I first met Thérèse of Lisieux, I wasn’t very impressed. Day describes Thérèse of Lisieux’s Story of a Soul as “pious pap” the first time she read it. But as life goes on and wisdom is gained, opinions change. […]

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Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

December 27, AD 2016 2 Comments
Prayer is Not Worship: Saintly Intercession

Prayer is not worship. Worship is a subset of prayer. Worship, properly speaking, entails sacrifice, a gift of something precious to honour the deity worshipped. The Mass is the one and only perfect sacrifice, offered by God on behalf of man. With the Mass, the Hebrew sacrifices of animals and crops, and the pagan sacrifices […]

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The Economy of Mercy

December 19, AD 2016 1 Comment
The Economy of Mercy

If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he wrongs you seven times in one day and returns to you seven times saying, ‘I am sorry,’ you should forgive him. —Luke 17:3–4 Sr. Febronie served as subprioress during Therese’s early years in Carmel. She reproached Therese for teaching the […]

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Loneliness & Communion

December 1, AD 2016 1 Comment
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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Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

November 21, AD 2016 2 Comments
Learning by Rote: Creativity and Discipline in Life and Prayer

One day, a home-schooled Anglo-Australian made a rather ill-informed statement on Asian education to his house mate, despite my presence: “Asians can’t be creative because they go through rote learning.” Interiorly, I thought of all the great poems I was expected to memorise in primary school back in Singapore: immortal lines by Wordsworth, Shelley, Stevenson, […]

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Hallowmas Day

November 1, AD 2016 0 Comments
Hallowmas Day

Supermarkets in Australia have been full of Hallowe’en décor since early September. One could join in the laments about how Christmas decorations appear unseasonably early in October, hot cross buns are available in the middle of Lent, plus Sts. Cyril and Methodius, the great Apostles to the Slavs, keep being so impolitely overlooked in the […]

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Words

October 27, AD 2016 0 Comments
Words

The tongue has the power of life and death, and those who love it will eat its fruit. —Proverbs 18:21 And if any man think himself to be religious, not bridling his tongue, but deceiving his own heart, this man’ s religion is vain. —James 1:26 Speaking to a friend recently about verbal abuse, I […]

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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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Appearances

October 19, AD 2016 1 Comment
Appearances

Curé d’Ambricourt: “I said to her, ‘Peace be with you,’ and she’d received that peace on her knees. What wonder, that one can give what one doesn’t possess! Oh, miracle of our empty hands!” —Georges Bernanos, Diary of a Country Priest Mother Teresa suffered a terrible dark night of the soul for over a decade, […]

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Insulting the Saints

October 13, AD 2016 0 Comments
Insulting the Saints

But whereunto shall I esteem this generation to be like? It is like to children sitting in the market place. Who crying to their companions say: We have piped to you, and you have not danced: we have lamented, and you have not mourned. For John came neither eating nor drinking; and they say: He […]

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