November 30, 2017

Photo credit: Stephan Kunze / Unsplash I remember hearing my grandparents recall a time when the local church was the epicenter of community events and social gatherings. They used to reminisce about the days when they used to attend movie nights and dances that were hosted in the parish hall while they were dating. It seems as though their generation lived in a golden age when much of their neighborhood was united by the fellowship of Catholic culture. But as… Read more

November 21, 2017

Photo credit: freeimages.com At seventeen years old, I took the dramatic step that almost every new Christian makes by accepting Jesus Christ as my personal Savior. I can honestly say experiencing the love and grace of God for the first time is difficult to describe in words, but the best I can do is to say it was emotional, exhilarating and relieving as though a massive weight was lifted from my heart. I’m sure my raging teenage hormones played a… Read more

November 10, 2017

Photo credit: Flickr Growing up in a rural community, I had the privilege of learning how to care for animals, whether it was on my own farm or someone else’s. While I have a small amount of experience with livestock like cattle and pigs, I owned a couple dogs and raised some rabbits of my own. I often heard people joke about whether I was raising my rabbits for food, but the thought of eating my own pets was something… Read more

November 1, 2017

Image credit: Flickr I remember when I was around 10 years old, my friends and I walked around town during recess one time. One of my buddies at the time led the group to a small culvert along the railway tracks where he hid a Playboy magazine to show everyone. Clearly this wasn’t the first time the guys had been sneaking away porno mags from their older siblings. As the only firstborn in the group, it was obvious to them… Read more

October 3, 2017

Image credit: Flickr Sixteen years ago I remember when I was about to catch the bus to school, and the television was on when I had heard the breaking news for the first time. It had been recently announced that one of the towers of the World Trade Center was struck by a passenger aircraft. My parents and I were confused about what was really going on. Did the pilot lose control over the plane? How does something like this… Read more

July 30, 2017

Photo credit: Alpha Stock Images “If anyone can refute me—show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective—I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after, and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance.” – Marcus Aurelius, Meditations VI: 21 In my adolescence, I used to question my reality on a regular basis. I often wondered if what I perceived with my own vision, hearing and touch was… Read more

June 26, 2017

Photo credit: publicdomainpictures.net As I have mentioned in previous blog entries, I once befriended a family of Christians who hosted a weekly Bible study in their home. One evening while I was hanging out with one friend from this group, she randomly mentioned about how she told off her Catholic high school teachers to ‘forget the Trinity’ during religion class. I was caught off guard by her seemingly flippant comment and asked her, “What do you mean, ‘forget the Trinity?’… Read more

June 14, 2017

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons I remember in my youth, I was told by many pastors, mentors, youth group and camp counselors that becoming a Christian is like painting a target on our backs, and we will always face hostility or opposition of some form as long as we choose to follow Christ. It’s quite common for Christians to view personal hardships like financial or medical emergencies as a form of spiritual opposition. While I believe they can certainly be influenced by… Read more

May 18, 2017

Photo credit: Flickr About a few months ago, I was waiting in line at the confessional. A police officer walked into the basilica as though he were nonchalantly patrolling the area. He looked like he was in his early to mid-twenties and had his hand resting on his gun holster as though he was ready to draw fire, which caused onlooking parishoners including myself to nervously stir amongst ourselves. The young cop walked up to the front of the Eucharistic… Read more

May 13, 2017

Image credit: pexels.com My Christian worldview initially aligned with Calvinism after I first gave my life to Jesus when I was 17. But over the course of my journey, wrestling with these theological issues actually led me to reconsider Catholicism. It can be said that a person’s personal theology is expressed through their actions, similar to how Christians view good deeds as evidence of good faith. That being said, convincing oneself to be highly favored, set apart or chosen without any consideration… Read more

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