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Mercy, Justice and Grace in “Suits”

May 8, AD 2018 0 Comments
Mercy, Justice and Grace in “Suits”

Suits is a popular TV show about slick lawyers who are rude, nasty and deceitful while bending, skirting, or straight-up breaking the law and playing interminable office politics, and it may be the last place one would expect lessons in mercy, justice and grace, but as St. Augustine says, where sin abounds, grace abounds all […]

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A Paschal Poem: Christ’s Guests

April 10, AD 2018 0 Comments
A Paschal Poem: Christ’s Guests

When Love was hid within the crib Wise men Heaven’s call did heed Beneath the Star they traveled far To seek the King of which was writ That He should come to rule the world. The Infant’s fingers lightly curled About His mother’s drooping veil As the old kings did gently kneel Amidst the straw, […]

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#AllforJan: Slovakia mourns a young Catholic journalist

March 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
#AllforJan: Slovakia mourns a young Catholic journalist

After Laetare Sunday Mass, a fellow parishioner asked me: “Have you heard of the protests in Slovakia? They are the largest since the fall of Communism! 50,000 people marched in the streets of Slovakia on Friday, and 25,000 on March 2, not to mention even more people gathering in cities across Europe. A 27-year-old investigative […]

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Dealing with Resentment

March 6, AD 2018 0 Comments
Dealing with Resentment

I’m one of those people who tend to attract people with problems. I’d be sitting quietly at a party, or at a church event, and strangers come up and spill their guts about their illnesses, their romantic woes, their family problems, everything. Sometimes, strangers on the Internet do that too! It feels good to be […]

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He Noticed

March 2, AD 2018 0 Comments
He Noticed

For so many of us, it is easy to get overwhelmed by the multitudes. In the crowds of people at malls and stores, the workplace and schools, we lose sight of others, and maybe even more so, we ourselves feel truly lost in the crowd. Jesus was familiar with swarms of people. It was a […]

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Movie Review: Mary Magdalene (2018)

February 27, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: Mary Magdalene (2018)

A friend and I were given free tickets for a preview of the upcoming film Mary Magdalene. The visuals were truly exquisite, bringing to life the stark beauty of poor Hebrew dwellings, their dress and cuisine, and the simplicity of life in a fishing village, with the soothing susurration of the waves ever present. However, […]

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An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

February 20, AD 2018 0 Comments
An Indonesian Miracle of Muslim-Catholic Friendship

One of my friends was a Buddhist when she and her family narrowly escaped being raped or killed by riots against the Chinese in the May 1998 riots of Indonesia, which saw over 1000 murdered. She told me about the miraculous survival of a Catholic family living in the vicinity. They tied a rosary to […]

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The Beggar on the Bus

February 13, AD 2018 0 Comments
The Beggar on the Bus

One afternoon, I was on a bus to the city when a disheveled young man boarded the bus. He was in gray pajamas, barefoot, and looked like he hadn’t had a shower in awhile. “Can I please get on? I only need 60 more cents,” he begged the driver. The driver demurred, probably adhering to […]

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Romantic Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

January 31, AD 2018 1 Comment
Romantic Thoughts for Ash Wednesday

“Terminate torment Of love unsatisfied The greater torment Of love satisfied.” — T.S. Eliot, Ash Wednesday Can Catholics celebrate Valentine’s Day this year, considering that Ash Wednesday this year falls on the same date? Is the feast of love compatible with the beginning of Lent? When the obligation to do penance conflicts with the convention […]

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Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

January 23, AD 2018 0 Comments
Movie Review: “King’s Faith”

The Christian movie King’s Faith (2013), available on Netflix, is a beautiful and moving story of faith and redemption. Best of all, it manages to convey the reality of faith without being corny or trite, examining complex human issues like death, crime, divorce and abortion with tenderness, displaying the full reality of the pain and […]

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Cardinal Pell’s response to his charges

January 9, AD 2018 0 Comments
Cardinal Pell’s response to his charges

The sexual abuse crises in Catholic dioceses from the USA to Ireland have created great distress and fomented considerable media attention. It is a sickening tragedy and grave injustice, always and everywhere, when adults in positions of trust take advantage of vulnerable children and young adults under their supervision. However, it is also a tragedy […]

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Fr. Douglas Bazi: Praying the Rosary in ISIS Captivity

January 2, AD 2018 1 Comment
Fr. Douglas Bazi: Praying the Rosary in ISIS Captivity

Fr. Douglas Bazi (a.k.a Abouna Douglas Joseph Shimshon Al-Bazi) recently spoke at the 2017 Spirit in the City conference in Brisbane. He spoke of how his people, our Christian brothers and sisters, have been systematically killed or driven out of their homeland since the 2003 Iraq War destabilized his country. He told us how his […]

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