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

April 14, 2017

Photo credit: Flickr “For the Lord himself will descend from heaven with a cry of command, with the archangel’s call, and with the sound of the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first;  then we who are alive, who are left, shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air; and so we shall always be with the Lord.” – 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 RSV I am a bit of… Read more

February 16, 2017

Image credit: Flickr I remember receiving my first Bible when I was about 11 years old. My grade 5 class was visited by some members of Gideons International who distributed little red, pocket-sized New Testament and Psalms to every kid in the class. For most North American schoolkids, this seems to be the most common way people in my generation were introduced to their first Bible, unless their parents had given them one sooner. I also remember while growing up, I used to sneak the… Read more

January 29, 2017

Image credit: Pixabay.com I’m a certified journeyman carpenter with over 15 years of experience in the construction industry. I’ve worked alongside several tradespersons with varying educational and employment experiences – all of who have brought value to the projects at hand. While many workers had their strengths in either book smarts or job site experience, some of the most successful tradespersons I’ve worked with were those who familiarized themselves with the regional building codes. Building codes in the construction industry are… Read more

January 11, 2017

Image credit: Pixabay.com Breaking through social barriers is always a challenge, especially when attempting to join new groups. With every community there are always the regular cliques, and sometimes it can feel like there is no way to be fully part of the group unless you look, act, dress, think or believe a certain way. Or sometimes groups can be seemingly too exclusive to come within ten feet of them. In my experiences, sometimes I’ve felt like just an afterthought, whether… Read more

January 9, 2017

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons There is a story in ancient Greek mythology about a man named Narcissus. He was known to be highly attractive and was also very prideful in a sense that he disdained those who fell in love with him. He wandered into the woods one day and the goddess Nemesis, who was angered by his arrogant behaviour, led him to a pool of water. Narcissus noticed his own reflection in the water and was so marvelled by… Read more

December 18, 2016

Image credit: Wikimedia Commons I don’t usually write movie reviews, but I think it’s time to break the norm a little bit. As an avid Star Wars fan, I feel like it’s almost a duty of mine to share my thoughts on one of the most anticipated films of 2016 – ROGUE ONE: A Star Wars Story. (more…) Read more

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