Forgiveness, Mercy & Reconciliation

During the weeks of the Great Lent, the church does something amazing. Every week it brings to our attention an essential Chrisitan virtue. Like a mother holding the hand of a child, it guides us and walks us through these spiritual passages of faith, helping us to prepare mentally and spiritually for the glorious Easter and […]

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The ancient myth of Narcissus is a fascinating story about a man who had everything to live a life full of joy and happiness. But he never recognized his blessings and missed every opportunity that life presented to him. Instead, he embraced and resorted to a life of self-centered admiration, which only led to delusion, […]

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The Eucharistic Faith

There is a very revered ancient group of saints known as the Desert fathers and mothers. They were hermits, ascetics, and monks from the third and fourth centuries who lived, worshipped and served God in the wilderness of the Egyptian desert. St. Mary of Egypt is perhaps a saint that we don’t know much about. […]

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Is it Time for a Check-up?

It is always interesting to watch and observe my children’s response and reaction when they learn that their dentist or doctor sent a reminder about an annual check-up. They appear curious but also cautious, excited but also anxious. They ask questions and try to find out as much as possible, but at the end, they […]

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Good Conscience

The December 29, 1913 issue of a local London newspaper had the following advertisement for a work: “Men wanted for a hazardous journey, small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. Honor and recognition in case of success.” One would assume that nobody would be interested in such work. […]

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Disappointment: A Blessing in Disguise? Part 2

Last Sunday, we talked about the spiritual perspective of disappointment. We recognized that disappointment was something that even our Lord experienced in his life, ministry and relationships with his beloved disciples. We used an illustration from Vincent van Gogh’s life to highlight the importance of fighting back, not giving up and grabbing on life, love […]

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Disappointment: A Blessing in Disguise?

Inspired by the success and popularity of Spotify’s ‘This Year in Music’ roundup, the Getty Museum decided to launch their own end-of-the-year list of popular artists and arts. Vincent van Gogh was on the very top of their list. The Los Angeles Museum of Art compiled their own list of top artists and artwork. And […]

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Stewardship, Faith & Fear

King Richard I was the King of England from 1189-1199. He spent a significant part of his years on the throne abroad, fighting alongside the Crusaders to liberate the Holy Land. Though he prevailed on the battlefield, he was captured and imprisoned when returning home after the war. While the brave king was in prison, […]

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Beyond Self-Focus

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the most influential figures in European cultural heritage. Many consider Goethe’s Faust to be the greatest work of German literature. Faust is a successful man. It appears he has everything to be happy. Yet, Faust is deeply dissatisfied and depressed. He is not in peace and he can’t […]

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