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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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God’s Rose-Coloured Specs

May 23, AD 2017 0 Comments
God’s Rose-Coloured Specs

To say that someone sees through rose-coloured or rose-tinted glasses is a common idiomatic expression by which we describe someone as seeing something as being more pleasant than it is.[1] The idiom implies that someone’s perspective on a particular reality, or on reality itself, is overly optimistic—rose-coloured, tinted, and glossed, softening the cold hard truth. […]

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Whatever you did for the least of these…

April 13, AD 2017 1 Comment
Whatever you did for the least of these…

Someone told me a few weeks ago, in the middle of a martial arts related discussion, “I think that stuff is cool, but I don’t do martial arts. I am a lover, not a fighter.” It is no exaggeration to say that I have been thinking about that pretty exhaustively ever since. I have been […]

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What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

March 21, AD 2017 0 Comments
What’s Cooler Than Getting Ashes on Your Forehead?

Ash Wednesday is a fairly busy day in many places. People cram into churches and receive ashes in the form of a cross (or a big blob, depending on who is distributing them) on their foreheads. Many churches offer small midday services with readings from Scripture and a distribution of ashes for people who cannot […]

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Healer of Souls

February 17, AD 2017 0 Comments
Healer of Souls

Over the past week, the Gospel readings have contained many scenes of healing from Jesus’s public ministry. We know that Jesus performed many miraculous healings during His life and continues to do so today. The healing springs of Our Lady of Lourdes, whose feast we celebrated on Saturday, have brought about countless healings that have […]

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100% for God

February 7, AD 2017 0 Comments
100% for God

But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth. —Apocalypse 3:16 When Herod heard John, he was greatly puzzled; yet he liked to listen to him. —Mark 6:20 Someone once asked me: “From a scale of zero to a hundred, with zero being the […]

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Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

December 28, AD 2016 3 Comments
Heart-to-Heart: A Look at the Pain of Love

If you love me, you will keep my commandments.[1] On the face of it, Christ’s words seem obvious: of course we’ll obey Christ because we love Him! Yet, when it comes down to it, loving the Lord and living His commandments feel like two entirely different propositions. Well, first off, we, as Christians, are defined […]

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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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Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

December 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Will We Listen to John the Baptist?

During Advent and Christmas, I often think of the Holy Family. I look at the poor and homeless in my community in relation to Mary and Joseph as they sought shelter in Bethlehem. Glancing at manger scenes, I contemplate the poverty of the Holy Family, and the impoverished in my community. I ponder their flight […]

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Ora et Labora

December 2, AD 2016 1 Comment
Ora et Labora

St. Benedict gives us a remarkable example of discipline. His simple motto, Ora et labora—pray and work—is still relevant to our own lives, so many centuries after his death. We need both prayer and work in order to live a truly Christian life and finish the race. If we were to embrace prayer without also embracing […]

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Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

November 24, AD 2016 0 Comments
Am I Living Like I’m in Times Square?

My small feet stepped across the sidewalk and my blue eyes widened as I took in the sights and sounds of Times Square. I had seen this bustling hub of activity often on television or in movies, but this time, I was visiting it myself. Today, many years later, I can still remember the awe […]

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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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Giving Our Crumbs

November 15, AD 2016 0 Comments
Giving Our Crumbs

But they said to him, “Five loaves and two fish are all we have here.” Then he said, “Bring them here to me,” and he ordered the crowds to sit down on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, he said the blessing, broke the loaves, and […]

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Blind Spots

November 14, AD 2016 2 Comments
Blind Spots

Then Jesus said, “I came into this world for judgment, so that those who do not see might see, and those who do see might become blind.” Some of the Pharisees who were with him heard this and said to him, “Surely we are not also blind, are we?” Jesus said to them, “If you […]

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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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