July 7, 2020

Earlier this year, the Catholic community had endured the excitement of the Amazonian Synod which was overshadowed by controversy. An icon was introduced by a group from the Amazon region that appeared to be a woman bearing life in her womb. My first impression was it appeared to be an indigenous depiction of the Virgin Mary. Though due to the widespread confusion from various media sources and voices on social media, there was no clear answer as for who the… Read more

June 23, 2020

As a Catholic blogger, I often receive comments from people who may not agree with Catholic doctrine or view Catholicism in a positive light. One of the most harsh criticisms I receive from fundamentalist Protestant Christians is that I’m a part of the largest cult in the history of the world. This is often paired with a plea to ‘return to Christ and leave the church of Rome.’ I think, for the most part, these people are sincere in their… Read more

June 18, 2020

When I was in high school, one of my favorite hats was a black New York Yankees baseball cap – though I was neither a Yankees fan, nor was I ever really into baseball. Along with FUBU, Ecko, Exhaust and Fox Racing, Yankees caps were among one of the trending clothing items to wear in the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Most people (including myself) who wore that merchandise back then hardly knew anything about the brands or what they… Read more

June 16, 2020

As a reverted Catholic and former Evangelical, I’ve often heard fellow believers site the theologians, pastors or speakers whom God has used to lead them to faith in Christ. Many of them would site sermons from Billy Graham, John Piper, Francis Chan, R.C. Sproul and many others. For this article, I’d like to give a shout out to the prominent voices whose works have helped me through my understanding of the Catholic faith. Some of them might seem like household names… Read more

June 10, 2020

There is a popular meme that periodically circulates on social media showing a scene in The Lord of the Rings where Aragorn bursts into the throne room of King Théoden shouting, “Gondor calls for aid!” Théoden responds by saying, “My thoughts and prayers are with Gondor. Sending positive vibes!” In the last frame, Théoden’s face is shown with the flag of Gondor as an overlaying filter on his Facebook profile picture. This is meant to poke fun at how many… Read more

June 3, 2020

As a Caucasian, I cannot speak for the experiences of my fellow humans who happen to have suffered oppression due to racism, but I hope I can offer my platform as an opportunity to share my observations with a healthy dose of nuance while simultaneously acknowledging those who have been victimized. A common phrase that is loosely tossed around nowadays is, “Check your privilege!” Anytime we are approached with such a direct phrase we are often overwhelmed with a sense of… Read more

May 25, 2020

Cinematography may have only been around for over a century, but it has become one of the most utilized forms of communication in the modern age. It combines storytelling, music, drawing and painting (in cases of animation) with photography in a way that has never been artistically expressed or realized with such ingenuity in previous history. With that in mind, there are many factors that make for a good film such as a compelling story arc, relatable characters who grow… Read more

May 19, 2020

A former acquaintance on Facebook who has become outspokenly anti-Catholic had recently posted on social media, and I quote verbatim: Different types of conversion: When a Catholic converts to Protestantism, it’s almost always the case that the person, in doing so, experiences a true conversion: they experience a radical reorientation of heart and mind. No longer is prayer and Church attendance an obligation or burden, but something they really love and enjoy doing. Certain sins just melt away. They become… Read more

May 9, 2020

Years ago after experiencing a period of attending many funerals of lost friends and family, I attended an Evangelical friend’s wedding. It was a positive relief to finally attend an event in which we could enjoy each other’s fellowship while celebrating life and newfound love. When it came time for the speeches, the father of the groom brought up his Bible and preached what felt like a 20-minute sermon, though it wasn’t exactly a congratulatory one. He finished off by pointing… Read more

May 4, 2020

In the spirit of May the Fourth, I figured that I might as well post my reviews of the Disney-Era Star Wars films from Rogue One to The Rise of Skywalker. I never got around to doing a review of The Force Awakens since I didn’t start blogging until a year after its release. Perhaps I’ll get around to it sometime later. Please note that there are SPOILERS AHEAD in each of these reviews in case you haven’t seen these… Read more

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