Suffering well

I have a goddaughter who has a limited lifespan and I recently learned that a relative has Stage 4 cancer. To the world, it seems that any suffering is a tragedy and such news would be met with pity and horror. Without downplaying the gravity of such life situations, I would like to add that…

Eucharistic Congress 2017: Brandon Vogt on bringing lapsed Catholics to Church

We attended the Atlanta Eucharistic Congress today, for the second year running. Father Donald Calloway was the most prolific speaker last year. He captivated us with his powerful conversion story (thanks to Mother Mary) while pacing the stage and waving a rosary in hand. Enigmatic. Charismatic! This year’s highlight is a priest of the same…

Discernment to be a priest

Takeaways from a farewell dinner with a dear friend who is completing his Ph.D. and embarking on priesthood: (1) the importance of a Marian devotion as a way to Jesus; (2) when you ask God for direction, He’ll give you clear signals but you must exercise fortitude to follow His will; (3) fast when discerning…

Retreat takeaways

Love and faith: ‘How well have I loved and trusted God over the year?’ God is impassable Sin: The fall of Adam and Eve is an act of sedation. They basically told God, ‘I don’t need you’, and this is the heart of all sin. Baptism: Baptism is the undoing of the original sin of…

My second woman’s silent retreat

1. Service I have always been rather entitled, so I found our chaplain’s personal sharing that he spends all his time in adoration offering up his students to God, very inspiring to say the least. His actual point was that it is unhealthy to do so as God loves him too, so he needs to…

Why contraception is a bad idea

I attended a talk today as part of a Theology of the Body series. A couple shared about what contraception means to them within the confines of their marriage. They used contraception prior to their understanding of the Catholic Church’ teaching and they stopped using contraception after they understood the beauty and wisdom of the…

How to make an effective Lenten resolution

Our chaplain shared today that Lent is about giving up ONE THING that impedes our spiritual growth. Instead, we should target something that is currently stopping us from growing in holiness. He advocates daily adoration, even if it is only for a minute; or a daily rosary.

Why we should aim for perfection

Perfectionism… appears to be a negative thing in general. But in Christianity, we are called to be perfect and strive towards sainthood.

Finding my true self

Who is that girl I see, staring straight back at me? Why is my reflection someone I don’t know? When will my reflection show, who I am, inside? ~ Reflection, in Mulan Watched a Youtube video of a 4-year-old belting out this song and I was reminded of it in prayer because I have been…

Healing: Crystalina Evert’s Testimony

It has been two months since I was prompted by God to be a Catholic writer. Since then, however, it has been an endless struggle of ‘what ifs’. During prayer time, I sensed God telling me that the first step in this process… is to heal. I am inspired by Crystalina Evert who openly shares about…

The best form of evangelization

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its taste, with what can it be seasoned? It is no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. You are the light of the world. A city set on a mountain cannot be hidden. Nor do they light a…

Why I decided to be a Catholic writer

I toyed with the idea of becoming a Catholic writer two months back. Long story short, I was miraculously healed from a debilitating illness. Prior to my illness, I was a Sunday Catholic who received the sacraments but did not allow God into every area of my life. I led a sheltered and healthy life…