Just like gravity affects us whether we understand it or not, the Communion of Saints, the fellowship between the living and the dead, affects us whether we believe in it or not. There is a spiritual solidarity which literally binds us together. Even though most of us are oblivious to these invisible relationships, we are connected to those who have died in the Mystical Body … Continue reading A Spiritual Solidarity Binds Us To Souls In Purgatory
I tend to rush through my daily duties like a solitary soul, disconnected from God and other people. However, I became aware that humans are actually intimately connected not just to God and the living but also to those who have died and are alive in Christ after recent encounters with birth, death, and dying. There is only a thin veil between heaven and … Continue reading Living With Only a Thin Veil Between Heaven and Earth
Featured image by Patrick Devonas, “Allegory of the Resurrection of Jesus Christ” The Resurrection, an icon by a modern, American artist, Anne Chapman Father Sieger Köder, a prolific, German artist died in 2015. Maria of Magdala at the Grave and the Resurrection- also by Father Sieger Köder The Empty Tomb by Bulgarian Artist Julia Stankova (2014; painting on wooden panel) Image of the Resurrection de St … Continue reading Modern Catholic Artists Celebrate the Resurrection
Do we grasp the ramifications of this historical event on Holy Saturday? Do we allow the reality of the Resurrection to sink in and save us, transform us into a light? Continue reading Light Just One Candle This Holy Saturday
Everything about God is simple and natural. We are the ones in our pride who complicate our relationship to Him. Continue reading Let’s Surrender to Grace This Triduum
The worst possible fate for me would be to die and discover that I had lived an existence similar to the allegory described in Plato’s Cave. Plato describes man’s condition as similar to living chained in a cave, looking at shadows on the wall cast from a candle; believing that was what life was all about. When one person manages to break free and stumbles … Continue reading Are We Living a Shadow Life?
Raising children is not a default chore for women who were not successful in the world of business, power, and wealth. However, the trend in the last few decades has been to delegate childcare to women who are often treated like second-class citizens. Society seems to dismiss and even ridicule women’s most sacred, natural role as nurturing mothers. I fully realize most mothers have no … Continue reading Pro-Life Motherhood: A Feminist Career Choice
Before we moved to our farm, we had lived for ten years on two acres on a short, dead-end road which turned into a country bike lane, meadows and fields of berries, all near a creek. It was the perfect place for a huge garden, to raise a large family and to foster a sense of community with a handful of neighbours. One of our … Continue reading A Good Irish Wake for A Good Irish Man
Modern artist cast a new light on the Annunciation and reach a new generation who are perhaps turned off by some sentimental, pious art. Gottfried Helnwein The Annunciation is celebrated on March 25th.The artistic tradition continues through hundreds, why even thousands of years because modern artists are still fascinated by Mary and her encounter with the angel Gabriel. There are so … Continue reading The Annunciation Through The Eyes Of Modern Artists
No able-bodied human or animal would live in my house without contributing in some way to our household The Catechism of the Catholic Church describes the family as the original cell of society which teaches children all about justice and responsibility. There are countless ways to teach kids about responsibility and one of the best ways is assigning everybody a chore. Even family pets are not exempt. … Continue reading Even Our Guinea Pig Had a Household Chore
Melanie Jean Juneau is a fellow Catholic mum blogger whom I’ve only met via email. She’s one of the contributors of Love Rebel: Reclaiming Motherhood. Among the five of us who wrote the anthology, she has the most kids and also the oldest kids. I’ve appreciated her wisdom and advice, as a “veteran mum,” both in Love Rebel and on her blog. Today, Melanie is sharing … Continue reading #LoveRebelMom and Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau
St. Joseph was a worker, strong, capable but spiritual enough to see and hear messages from God. He was courageous enough act on those commands even though they went against all common sense. His young betrothed pregnant yet a virgin? A move to Egypt, the place of slavery in the minds for the Jews? How many of us could obey such ludicrous messages? Modern artists … Continue reading St. Joseph Through the Eyes of Modern Artists
Often people think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering of Christ yet when they try to suffer for Christ, they become morose, centring more on their own sacrificial devotions than on God. Of course, Lent IS a time to get rid of the flub in our lives but only so we are able to connect more to the heart of our … Continue reading Worth Revisiting: Loving Lent?
Today’s Gospel: Luke 11: 29-32 Did you notice this Gospel reading opens when the crowds gathering around Jesus were actually increasing? Christ’s angry reaction to this growing number of followers is shocking at first glance. However, these people were really curiosity seekers, who were not humbly looking for the truth with open minds, but arrogantly seeking proof with closed hearts; all the while convinced Jesus … Continue reading No Other Sign Will Be Given
Some people think it’s never a good idea to discuss religion. We should rather stick to polite conversation. Continue reading It’s Never a Good Idea to Discuss Religion?
Every human being is basically blind to their own faults and sin. There are many reasons we cannot seem to die to self and enjoy communion with God – psychological reasons, inherited sin, pride, the tendency to control and other self-defeating behaviours. However, I think the biggest barrier to receiving the Love of God is egocentricity; we are centred on ourselves, on our own efforts … Continue reading How To Win the War Against Sin
In these first days of Lent, the Church shows us exactly how God wants us to pray, fast, serve His people and worship Him. The words from Isaiah 58:1-9 are like brilliant beams of light, cutting through any false notions we might have about this season of repentance that we call Lent. Often we tend to think of Lent as a time to share in the suffering … Continue reading Ash Wednesday: What Does God REALLY Want?
On February 22, Pope Francis continued his catechesis on the importance of Christian hope in the face sin during his weekly General Audience. Although his reflections focused on the corruption of creation, they are not the opinions of a left-leaning environmentalist but the profound insights of a man of God. The Environment Unfortunately, many Catholics will most likely overreact when they read the title of … Continue reading Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth
Prayer is simple. Prayer is child’s play, the relationship between God and His children. So, why do humans love to complicate something that is child’s play? Perhaps this following joke explains how people love to complicate God’s simplicity. I heard this joke when I was in university, told by a Jesuit priest who was my professor. I laughed so hard that I never forgot it. For … Continue reading Complicating Simplicity
Meeting God in the Upper Room: Three Moments to Change Your Life (Servant, 2017) is a compelling, well-written narrative which engages the interest of modern readers while explaining traditional Catholic teaching and history at the same time. Msgr. Peter Vaghi reveals a unique talent to pierce the hearts of modern Catholics with his honest, personal reflections on the core message of the Gospel as well as the words of … Continue reading Book Review: Meeting God in the Upper Room