Leaving the Catholic Church: 10 Considerations

Here are some common reasons why people leave the Catholic Church and some reasons to stay, based on Christ’s teachings. “A Thing of the Past” The idea that religion is the thing of the past is mostly popular in relatively wealthy countries. Why are poorer countries still entering the Church? The answer is not becauseContinue reading “Leaving the Catholic Church: 10 Considerations”

Make the Most of November: 7 Tips

November is the month in which the Church historically celebrates all Saints (Canonized or not) and remembers all Souls who have departed this world. In particular, we remember and pray for Souls in purgatory,* who are waiting with deep (and painful) yearning to complete their purification so they can enter heaven. Here are some waysContinue reading “Make the Most of November: 7 Tips”

Be Salt, Yeast & Light at Work: 6 Tips

When we go to work, we have a great opportunity to build the Kingdom of God in various domains: (See Lumen Gentium, para. 31). This is because Christians are like salt in food or yeast hidden in dough, creating a difference that can be seen, felt and even tasted: John 3: 8.  Jesus also calledContinue reading “Be Salt, Yeast & Light at Work: 6 Tips”

Abortion: Forgiveness & Other (Often-Ignored) Points in the Debate

Guided by Christ, the Catholic Church is pro-life. In other words, the Church does not support abortion.  However, in the often-heated debate on this topic, here are some points that are often missed and which Catholic Christians should try to highlight with compassion:  love, mercy, prayer and concrete support Forgiveness We must preach about theContinue reading “Abortion: Forgiveness & Other (Often-Ignored) Points in the Debate”

On Suffering: Lessons from Simon of Cyrene

It Can Happen to Innocent People Simon of Cyrene was unexpectedly forced to help Jesus carry the cross (Luke 23: 26). This shows us that suffering can seem to appear from nowhere and that it can afflict people who are apparently innocent bystanders (Luke 13: 1-5).  We learn that suffering, in many ways, is aContinue reading “On Suffering: Lessons from Simon of Cyrene”

‘I am A Good Person’: 5 Reasons Why this Common Declaration Falls Short

It is not uncommon for us to say or hear someone declare that I am a good person. While the intent behind the statement may be good, here are some reasons why it falls short of being a good thing to say: 1.            How Are You Sure You Are Good?Continue reading “‘I am A Good Person’: 5 Reasons Why this Common Declaration Falls Short”

What Are You Thinking? Make Your Thoughts More Acceptable to God with These Insights

Your Thoughts include your memory and imagination. Here are things to note and to do, to improve the acceptability of your thoughts in the sight of God.  Be Aware that Your Thoughts Are Audible to God Our thoughts may be hidden from others most of the time. However, God can hear them clearly. Therefore, whenContinue reading “What Are You Thinking? Make Your Thoughts More Acceptable to God with These Insights”

10 Things to Do to Grow in Prudence

  Prudence can be defined as the virtue that enables us to discern what our true good is, in all circumstances, and to choose the right means to achieve it. Accept Your Limits Own and accept your ignorance on certain matters. We do not and cannot know everything, no matter how intelligent we are. WhenContinue reading “10 Things to Do to Grow in Prudence”

Indian Residential Schools, the Catholic Church: Lessons & Some Concrete Steps

In the summer of 2021, the whole world watched in horror as the unmarked graves of hundreds of children were discovered near former Indian Residential Schools in Canada. These schools were run by the Catholic Church with the support of the Government of Canada.  At that time, 1800s to late 1900s, it was the policyContinue reading “Indian Residential Schools, the Catholic Church: Lessons & Some Concrete Steps”

Grindr Scandal, Catholic Priests: 6 Lessons for Followers of Christ

This article is in response to news reports about Catholic Priests using Grindr. Grindr is a hook-up tool for casual sexual encounters between men. This news has saddened Catholics who are still reeling from the sex abuse scandals. For journalists, there are ethical concerns including the way that this information was obtained.  Do Not LeaveContinue reading “Grindr Scandal, Catholic Priests: 6 Lessons for Followers of Christ”