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The Value of Almost Losing My Vision

June 14, AD 2017 0 Comments
The Value of Almost Losing My Vision

I just went through a difficult time. As I sat there closing one eye, then opening it while closing the other, going back and forth looking through each one, I thought that maybe the reason why there seemed to be a dark blotch covering half the view of my left eye was because I was […]

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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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Temptation and Lenten Penance

March 28, AD 2017 0 Comments
Temptation and Lenten Penance

During the Lenten season, we seek to turn back from sin and to God. Each of the practices of Lent—prayer, fasting, and almsgiving—helps us to do this. While Lent is not a season of merriment in the Church, it should nevertheless be a season of hope, and one of joy. Sin is a turning away […]

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There is no such thing as a Christian doormat

March 24, AD 2017 3 Comments
There is no such thing as a Christian doormat

By guest writer Nick Chui. There is a very insidious theological idea around, especially among conscientious Christians who dearly desire to love Jesus and follow His teachings, that somehow, Our Lord’s injunction in the Sermon of the Mount to “turn the other cheek” and His shameful death on the cross means that to be a […]

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The New Evangelization: What’s new, why now?

March 10, AD 2017 5 Comments
The New Evangelization: What’s new, why now?

By guest writer Nick Chui. Evangelization: Why is the Gospel good news? The word “evangelization” comes from the Greek “Euangelion” meaning the announcing of good news. St Paul and the apostles were excited about the person and message of Jesus. They had encountered Jesus as a Savior, who by His cross and resurrection, has triumphed […]

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Sin, Slavery, and Identity

March 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
Sin, Slavery, and Identity

“Abuse (and the trauma that results from it) causes not only the anxiety of meaninglessness and the anxiety of guilt, but also the anxiety of non-being. …mind-control is the perfect metaphor for emotional abuse. Maybe it’s because the human will is so core to what it means to be, that if you take it away—whether […]

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Order

February 6, AD 2017 0 Comments
Order

Most of the liturgical year is comprised of “Ordinary Time”, when the Gospels follow the earthly ministry of Christ. This does not mean that the time is humdrum or nondescript; rather, it refers to ordinal numbers – first, second, third, and so on. Humans have a compulsion to order things, and Catholics are no exception […]

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Unforgivable Sins/Invincible Ignorance

January 10, AD 2017 6 Comments
Unforgivable Sins/Invincible Ignorance

“Ever since the days of Adam, man has been hiding from God and saying God is hard to find.” –Archbishop Fulton Sheen “We do what the heart tells us, and then we go to confession.” –Cara, Brideshead Revisited (2008) The heart is perverse above all things, and unsearchable, who can know it? –Jeremiah 17:9 God […]

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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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Suffering: Unique Yet Common

March 23, AD 2016 1 Comment
Suffering: Unique Yet Common

The eminent twentieth century theologian Henri de Lubac writes in his Paradoxes of the Faith that there are two important truths to keep in mind when we encounter suffering. He writes: “All suffering is unique—and all suffering is common. I have to be reminded of the latter truth when I am suffering myself—and of the […]

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Just the Small Sins

July 18, AD 2015 0 Comments
Just the Small Sins

I’ve never had a major crisis of faith. I don’t have a massively soiled past. If you ask my friends, they’d be able to tell you of a stage I went through in college where my coined phrase around our apartment was “I just wanna be bad!” It was a 2-3 month saga. Each weekend, […]

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God, The Father of Mercies

May 27, AD 2015 0 Comments
God, The Father of Mercies

Have you ever had that experience of walking away from the Sacrament of Reconciliation with an almost overwhelming sense of guilt? A sense of, “Do I really deserve to be forgiven?” Considering we are taught that those who believe in Christ commit a greater crime than those who wanted him crucified when we sin (CCC […]

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Emotional Discipline (My Recovery From Addiction)

February 14, AD 2015 11 Comments
Emotional Discipline (My Recovery From Addiction)

I’ve never been in a violent or abusive relationship – not physically, emotionally, psychologically, or sexually – and for that I am truly and eternally grateful. But I have been without self-esteem or confidence, I have been desperate, I have been violent towards myself, and, most tragically, I have been an addict. It has been […]

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Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

January 16, AD 2015 1 Comment
Into the Woods: A Catholic Perspective

The movie points to a basic human fact that is often overlooked: humanity is messy

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