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”

‘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.  Our thoughts may be hidden from others most of the time. However, God can hear them clearly. Therefore, when you examine your conscience before Mass and Confession, yourContinue 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. Own and accept your ignorance on certain matters. We do not and cannot know everything, no matter how intelligent we are. When confronted by aContinue 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.  Judas spent threeContinue reading “Grindr Scandal, Catholic Priests: 6 Lessons for Followers of Christ”

7 Ways to Keep Your Friendships Non-Toxic

Flip negative statements by highlighting the positive aspect of the situation. Acknowledge a not-so-pleasant current situation and think through a positive solution with your friend. If there is no immediate solution, listen and have compassion. Offer to pray. Overall, let your friend associate you with realistic optimism.   We may have that friend who is oftenContinue reading “7 Ways to Keep Your Friendships Non-Toxic”