Serendipity with a Source

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ser·en·dip·i·ty /ˌserənˈdipitē/ "The occurrence and development of events by chance in a happy or beneficial way: 'a fortunate stroke of serendipity'"-----------------In 2001, I found myself mesmerized by a witty, creative romantic comedy starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale. The movie was simply called "Serendipity". It was a charming yarn about a 'love-at-first-sight' encounter between characters Jon and Sara. It begins as a classic "chance" romantic encounter. A last pair … [Read more...]

The Pope and the Journalist

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"Have in you the mind of Christ...Learn to think the way Christ thought; learn to think with Him...This thinking is not intellectual thought; rather it is also thinking with the heart." - Pope Benedict XVIIt was April, 2005. I was not Catholic. And I did not anticipate becoming Catholic. It was, thus, with a certain curious detachment that I witnessed the momentous events in Rome transpire. After decades of charismatic leadership and years of painful physical degeneration, the iconic Pope … [Read more...]

Catholic Optimism

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"Hope is definitely not the same thing as optimism. It is not the conviction that something will turn out well, but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out." - Vaclav HavelYears ago, in the midst of my parents' divorce and my family's move to a new school district, I found myself in a dark place. Now this is not the kind of dark place that leads to drug addiction, violent outbursts, or suicide attempts, but rather the kind that turns your world quite upside … [Read more...]

Conscience and Truth

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"The truth does not change according to our ability to stomach it." - Flannery O'ConnorIn this day and age, it seems that the fashionable and modern approach to morality involves invoking the word "Conscience" with a confident frequency and righteous vigor. "My Conscience guided me.", "I listened to my Conscience.", "My Conscience is intact." Conscience is equated with that quiet voice inside that tells us that something is either right or wrong. We do well, we are told, when we heed its w … [Read more...]

Traitors

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Let's be honest...he was never a very likeable character. Yes, he was one of "the Twelve" - the intimate band of men whom Jesus summoned and surrounded Himself. Yes, he was charged with various administrative responsibilities (reputedly responsible for the money bag) in the newfound community of disciples. And, of course, he was shrewd and bright. But there was always something about Judas Iscariot that simply didn't seem right. Perhaps this feeling was elicited simply because we are warned … [Read more...]

Suffering

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It is race day in Boston. As a celebrated race in a historic city, the Boston Marathon draws thousands of hard-training athletes striving toward their goals while surrounded by cheering family, friends and anonymous well-wishers. The weather was ideal. The atmosphere was genial. But no one could comprehend what happened next. Or why. A sequence of ear-splitting concussion-casting bombs exploded and turned the celebration at race's end into a carnage-filled crime scene. And with the quickness it … [Read more...]


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