Even Our Guinea Pig Had a Household Chore

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

#LoveRebelMom and Blogger Melanie Jean Juneau

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 Through the Eyes of Modern Artists

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

No Other Sign Will Be Given

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

How To Win the War Against Sin

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

Ash Wednesday: What Does God REALLY Want?

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?

Pope Francis: A Corrupt Creation, Christian Hope, and Rebirth

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

Complicating Simplicity

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

Book Review: Meeting God in the Upper Room

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

Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church

How do we perceive the Divine and communicate with God as beings who have both physical and spiritual senses? Some ascetics might try to starve their physical senses to sharpen their inner senses but such a notion seems to me to be contrary to Catholic wisdom and practice. The Catholic Church repudiates Gnosticism, realizing that believers come to a fuller sense of Christ through the totality … Continue reading Uniting with Christ Through our Senses in the Catholic Church

Lord, Save Me From Myself

Today’s Gospel: Mark 7:14-23 The Gospel passage today focuses on the problem of evil. It would be a depressing scripture if it were not for the reality and power of the Cross because evil is so deeply ingrained in our being that we really do not have a clue how to eliminate it from our lives. After seeing how the Pharisees try to purify themselves, Jesus … Continue reading Lord, Save Me From Myself

When a Fish Tries To Fly

Consider these quotes from the saints: “If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world ablaze!” -St. Catherine of Sienna “The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.” -St. Teresia Benedicta (Edith Stein)   In other words, be who you were created to be; discover who you are in Christ and then simply allow this inner reality to … Continue reading When a Fish Tries To Fly

Surprised By Three Miracles

Modern, educated folk tend to dismiss the miraculous, preferring to believe science will eventually provide a plausible explanation for the inexplicable. For the cynical, only the ignorant or gullible set out on desperate pilgrimages seeking cures or chase after Charismatic signs. Many Protestants think miracles were only for the age of dispensation of grace; for somber Calvinists, supernatural deeds are not performed today. However, there are … Continue reading Surprised By Three Miracles

Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky

“Where Art Meets Your Soul” I enjoy discovering and promoting contemporary Catholic artists. Pavol Olsavsky III, a Slovakian-born artist, stepped out and contacted me after seeing my post, Ladislav Zaborsky: Imprisoned for His Art.  Olsavsky has been influenced mainly by this Slovakian master, who just died before Christmas 2016. I can see Zaborsky’s influence in Olsavsky’s use of brilliant colours and light. His work ranges from paintings to … Continue reading Discovering a New Catholic Artist: Pavol Olsavsky

The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly

Originally posted on joy of nine9:
The Epiphany of the Lord celebrates Christ’s manifestation to the Gentiles,  to us, symbolized by Christ’s manifestation to the Magi or the Wise Men. For me, Epiphany also triggers a longing for more of His presence. On Epiphany, we ask God to  not only shine His light in our hearts but to protect our homes with His light as well.… Continue reading The Magi Sought Fearlessly, Adored Humbly