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Life After an Election

November 17, AD 2016 4 Comments
Life After an Election

“Put not your trust in princes,” we are warned (Psalm 146:3). During the last eight years, excepting possibly during the midterm elections, most faithful Catholics have heeded this warning. Let us not forsake it based solely on the fact that the lesser evil won this round of elections. The US elections are over, though I […]

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Resolutions and Virtues Part 1: Cardinal Virtues

January 5, AD 2016 0 Comments
Resolutions and Virtues Part 1: Cardinal Virtues

“The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul and a new nose; new feet, a new backbone, new ears, and new eyes. Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts […]

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Give Fairy Tales a Chance

April 17, AD 2015 0 Comments
Give Fairy Tales a Chance

Fairy tales (especially princesses and Santa Claus) get a lot of crap. From comments such as, “princesses teach girls that the only way to attain happiness is to find a man” or “telling your kids a fat man in a red suit delivers presents to them is lying” to “these stories don’t present strong, realistic […]

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Reflections on Generosity

December 5, AD 2013 0 Comments
Reflections on Generosity

The past month has been, for me, a month of humbling lessons in generosity as millions worldwide answered calls to help my fellow-Filipinos who survived Typhoon Haiyan. I learned, for example, that one need not be rich or powerful in order to be generous. Stories abound of such examples as a pre-schooler who donated his […]

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Mary: Model of the Theological Virtues

November 10, AD 2013 2 Comments
Mary: Model of the Theological Virtues

In my youth, I prayed the rosary with my grandmother or other ladies from the parish after daily Mass.  Before the first three Hail Marys, the leader always announced a special intention: “We pray for an increase in the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity.”  As one could imagine, this piqued the curiosity of […]

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Regret

August 7, AD 2013 2 Comments
Regret

“Live as though dying daily.” -St. Antony of Egypt, as recorded by St. Athanasius We have almost no viable perspective from which to evaluate our past actions or decisions. We are, after all, products of those choices, and the perspective from which and the values against which we would measure the things we have done […]

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Purity Culture and Abstinence Only Sex Education

June 25, AD 2013 7 Comments
Purity Culture and Abstinence Only Sex Education

In my last column, I discussed the distinctions between abstinence, chastity, and purity, noting that the first of these is a means to an end, the second a virtue as well as an act, and the third a beatitude. In doing so, I cited and even quoted from a few Catholic and secular sources, many […]

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Loving Interchange Is Not Enough

October 18, AD 2012 5 Comments
Loving Interchange Is Not Enough

I feel I can speak for many people that Catholic teaching on sexuality comes across most of the time as a big laundry list of NOs. For example: no masturbating, no fantasizing about sex, no acting out same sex attraction, no extra-marital affairs, no contraception, etc. There is nothing wrong with that, on one hand. […]

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Talents and Trust

October 9, AD 2012 1 Comment
Talents and Trust

These are notes from my prayer journal that I wrote on 8/22/12. I was struggling with the feeling that I haven’t achieved enough in life. I think we all go through that phase–it’s an on-and-off thing. I felt like they needed to be shared. It isn’t worth losing yourself and wringing out your soul for the sake of worldly praise. Sometimes, though, it’s very tempting to think so.

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Proverbs 31: Woman of Action

September 28, AD 2012 5 Comments
Proverbs 31: Woman of Action

There is a great fear among women that we are being under-appreciated. It’s not that we women want all the power; we just want credit for sharing it! In Amanda Mortus’s “To Be Used or Appreciated?”, she laments how tired a Proverbs 31 woman seems, and wishes more of those holy verses spoke intimately of […]

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Suffering to sanctity

July 30, AD 2012 16 Comments
Suffering to sanctity

If it causes pain, it cannot be true. This principle, it seems to me, is an unspoken premise underlying the general public’s passionate opposition to many of the Church’s teachings. The same-sex marriage movement, for example, decries the Church’s position on the subject because it causes emotional pain and anguish to gays and lesbians. Abortion […]

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False Greatness and its Remedy

April 11, AD 2012 2 Comments
False Greatness and its Remedy

Most of the time I assume myself to be a person falling into the same category Churchill found himself in when dealing with people he didn’t like: “He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire.” People rub me the wrong way, and they will continue to do so […]

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