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Sextus is a no-no.

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It’s a rather controversial issue all around, but very much so inside the Roman Catholic Church: the celibacy of priests. I am by no means a scholar on the issue, nor do I want to be, and I wouldn’t normally be writing on this topic at all if not for a funny anecdote and recent highlights in the media about conversions. Read the rest of this entry »


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January 27, 2012 at 3:01 pm

Nunc et in hora mortis nostrae

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An old friend of my ex-husband, S—, committed suicide on January 3. I wasn’t particularly close to him, in fact, his friend often argued with me over our differing ideologies of religion. My heart, nevertheless, is saddened. Read the rest of this entry »

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January 5, 2012 at 12:47 pm

If you don’t doubt, you won’t grow

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August 9, 2011 at 8:59 am

Not Quite the Walking Dead

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I haven’t posted much lately because I’ve been insanely busy with work, play, and volunteerism, which is the culmination of both work and play.  I have a draft saved of some reflection on God’s word, but my heart wasn’t it in when I jotted it down.  I need to reorganize it.

I am exhausted physically, but very energized mentally and spiritually.  Therefore, I am not quite the walking dead.  My spirit is sustaining me. Read the rest of this entry »

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September 28, 2010 at 6:41 pm

Fr. Kim’s Thought

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Just a quick jot-down of an anecdote Fr. John Kim was explaining in regards to the study of Luke 13 and the “who will get saved?” question:

“I was approached by a young man who could obviously tell I was a Catholic priest.  He said to me, ‘Father, I used to be Catholic when I was young man, but I was put off by the [Catholic] Church’s nonconformity with contemporary life.  There were too many rules and it’s just too difficult to be Catholic.  It’s not user-friendly.’  And he went on to list his grievances with the Church.  I replied to him, ‘You’re right.  The Church is not very user-friendly.  It is very difficult to be Catholic.  But ‘user-friendly’ implies that it should conform to life and be life-friendly.  It is not life-friendly, it is Christ-friendly.  And if in the end of times, I am to be judged by whether I was friendly to life or friendly to Christ, I would rather choose Christ-friendly.'”

I will write more about my reaction to Luke 13 after I listen and reflect on Luke 14 this coming week.  Luke 13 obviously tells us that the belief in Christ is not enough to save you eternally.  Jesus plainly says to those who claim that “they ate with him while He taught in their streets” that “I do not know you.”  Luke 14 tells us how to be saved. . . how to really comprehend what  Jesus was teaching, not just knowing His name.

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August 27, 2010 at 8:46 am

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Reflection on Luke 10: Christ the Samaritan

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July 12, 2010 at 6:31 pm

If Your Right Eye Offends

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 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into Gehenna.

And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one of
your members than to have your whole body go into Gehenna.  (Matt. 5:29-30)

This is the verse that my priest reminded me of during my last face-to-face confession.  Read the rest of this entry »

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April 19, 2010 at 10:10 pm

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