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

April 23, 2020

Considering both scenarios, it makes me wonder, what exactly is 'freedom' and at what point does it become excessive? Read more

April 16, 2020

While I may be a believer in God and the spiritual realm, I also tend to hold an equal amount of skepticism. For most who are religious, it’s easy to connect anything that happens in the physical world with the spiritual realm. But sometimes that heightened awareness of the metaphysical can come without realizing that the unknown does not always mean diabolical. For example, as an adolescent I remember being frightened by my parent’s housecoats that were hung up behind... Read more

April 7, 2020

It sure is a strange time to be alive. In the wake of public closures of ‘nonessential services,’ it really makes me consider how we take human interaction for granted. I think we’ve been truly blessed to live in a time when the internet sort of alleviates the feeling of isolation, but certainly doesn’t replace in-person conversation — especially when it comes to the Church. With that being said, I have a somewhat strange reflection to share. Given that we are... Read more

March 25, 2020

Image credit: pixabay.com “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” — 2 Timothy 1:7 KJV In the wake of any traumatic event or disaster, emotions usually run high among those involved. In my own experiences, I’ve had my own share of vehicle accidents where, in the aftermath, my head was usually overloading with questions. What if I had gone a bit slower? What if I took an... Read more

March 20, 2020

For non-Catholics, this article might come across as a bit of an oddity. Most Protestant Christians (with the exception of certain Lutheran and Anglican denominations) believe the Eucharist is merely a symbol and an act of remembrance, though Catholics, Orthodox and certain mainline Protestants believe it is much more than that. While the vast majority of Christian denominations teach that individuals ought to receive Communion in a reverent manner, the method of reverence varies among them. Because Catholics believe the... Read more

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