Our Lady of Guadalupe: 4 Lessons

Five centuries ago, Mary, the mother of Christ appeared to an indigenous peasant in Mexico, namely St. Juan Diego.  She appeared wearing the local indigenous dress for young mothers and virgins. She spoke in Juan Diego’s indigenous language. She asked that a Church dedicated to her, be built. That Church was eventually built and remainsContinue reading “Our Lady of Guadalupe: 4 Lessons”

Advent: 4 Weeks to a New You*

This Advent, take the following steps to fully prepare for the feast of the coming of Christ: Christmas as well as his coming at the end of time. Stop and think about Christ a few times a day. Perhaps while you stop at the traffic light. Avoid being taken up by shopping and too manyContinue reading “Advent: 4 Weeks to a New You*”

Deep into the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 5 Easy Steps

Mary the mother of Jesus is the Immaculate Conception. She is called the Immaculate Conception because Jesus renewed creation by reinstating himself as the new Adam and Mary as the new Eve. To be better than the original Adam and Eve, they both had to be without sin and obedient to God – from theContinue reading “Deep into the Feast of the Immaculate Conception: 5 Easy Steps”

Christ the King: Make the Most of this Feast in 7 Tips

This week, we celebrate the feast of Christ as King of the whole universe. Here are some facts about the Kingship of Christ. Contemplate one for each day of the week beginning with today. Realize that the enemies of Christ are losers. Christ is King of Kings. One who rules empires,  Rev 1: 5. ThisContinue reading “Christ the King: Make the Most of this Feast in 7 Tips”

Lets Talk About Open Marriages

Recently, Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith have reignited public discussion about the concept of open marriages. These are marriages in which couples are not exclusive but are able to have other intimate (particularly sexual) partners. Let us discuss the concept of open marriages briefly in light of our Catholic Christian faith. Marriage canContinue reading “Lets Talk About Open Marriages”

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. 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 because they are too poor toContinue 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 We must preach about the mercyContinue reading “Abortion: Forgiveness & Other (Often-Ignored) Points in the Debate”

On Suffering: Lessons from Simon of Cyrene

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 a mystery that can only be partiallyContinue reading “On Suffering: Lessons from Simon of Cyrene”