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Time to Ditch “Pro-Life Day of Prayer” for “Pro-Life Day of Action”?

On January 22nd, the anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, we Catholics have the Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children, and in California, usually the Walk for Life, on the nearest Saturday. But is it time to ditch focusing too much on rallying Christians to prayer and…

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A Spirituality Behind the Wheel

I remember once when I was a teenager, a family member was driving me somewhere on the freeway. And suddenly, the truck in front of us began to drift dangerously out of its lane. My driver immediately made the sign of the cross. The truck then corrected itself. Looking back,…

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Backpacking Rosary Reflection

In August, along with a number of my fellow student brothers, I had the opportunity to go on a three-night, four-day backpacking trip through part of the Cascade Mountain Range in Oregon. While it was quite beautiful, the hike covered 50 some odd miles, which, not being in peak physical…

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Crossing 2020 to 2021

No doubt that the year 2020 has been a year of tremendous hardship. As we reach the last days of this year, we look forward to 2021 with great hope. As we look with hope for a better year to come, let us also mark it with the sign of…

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A Season of Hope

One prominent theme of the season of Advent is the virtue of hope.  In preparing for Christmas, we foster hopeful expectation for the coming Messiah.  We remember God’s promises and God’s faithfulness with hope-filled hearts.  This is a good time, then, to meditate on the virtue of hope, with the…

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Getting Ready for Christmas

The season of Advent is here, and now that we’re getting some cold weather, it’s finally starting to feel like winter! For me, this weather gets me thinking about all the familiar experiences of the holiday season: hanging Christmas lights, putting up the Christmas tree, picking out gifts for our…

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How to Be a Neighbor

We live in perhaps one of the most divided eras of our nation’s history. While the dust is beginning to settle from this rough year, it still feels like at any moment another vicious cultural war could break out. How does the Christian respond? By being a neighbor. It’s difficult…

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The Jesus Prayer

The Jesus Prayer One of the most well-known and beloved prayers in Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches is the Jesus Prayer. There are a few forms which differ slightly but probably the most common goes like this: “Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.”…

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Sunflowers! Thank God!

Harvest festivals, like our American Thanksgiving, are found all over the world. From Korean Chuseok to Jewish Succoth, many farming societies developed rituals to mark the end of the harvest season, often with large parties and tons of good food. Spain has numerous local and regional festivities for the harvest…

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A Meditation on Ecclesiastes

All men are dust and to dust they shall return. This is a seemingly grim statement, yet it is also one imbued with humility. What is man, whose life is measured in years and decades, in the great scope of God’s creation? To what can we aspire, so small in…

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