Sacraments

Tasting

Guest post by Dan Lai. During a conference, we participated in a chocolate tasting session. The facilitator emphasized that tasting is not eating. We first have to use our eyes to appreciate the generic and minor differences in each white, milk and dark chocolate, with different recipes and contents of milk, fats and cocoa. Then …

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Thoughts on Catholicity & the Blessed Sacrament

During my retreat, I had the privilege to attend Daily Mass. Despite our different ethnic backgrounds, it was a big treat to witness all 8 ‘retreatants’ from Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, UK, and Australia all coming together to celebrate the same Mass and read the same readings as all other Catholics in the world. This is …

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Book Review: Rizal Through a Glass Darkly by Fr. Javier de Pedro

Conversion and reversion stories never fail to fascinate. Stories of how and why a person freely decides to embrace the Catholic Faith, or return to the Catholic Faith of his or her childhood after having freely rejected it, are intriguing. Such stories edify Catholics in their Faith, giving them more reasons to love it. For …

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The Feast of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ

By guest writer Victor R. Claveau, MJ. Let me tell you a story that will illustrate one of the many reasons why the Catholic Church teaches that Jesus instituted the Sacrament of the Eucharist. Not long ago, I was invited to address the Bible and Philosophy students at a Protestant High School. The teacher and …

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I’m Dreaming of a Contemplative Christmas

Together with “exciting” and “joyful”, “stressful” is a word that is associated with the days leading up to Christmas and with the Christmas season itself. Increased rush hour traffic, shopping lists and parties to squeeze into tight budgets and schedules, tasks lists in the preparation of the Christmas dinner, caroling rehearsals, and year-end work to …

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Degrees of Sin — Separation from God

Sin is not wanting too much, but settling for too little. It’s settling for self-gratification rather than self-fulfillment. — Scott Hahn, First Comes Love: Finding Your Family in the Church and the Trinity It should have been better that all the stars should have fallen from Heaven than that one soul should have ever committed …

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