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Aging beautifully

It is an imperative of many industries and fields to be “current,” offering the latest features and the newest models. In fields like medicine, being up to date is decidedly important, as innovations and new research often provide life-saving treatments.  Yet, in other areas, from...
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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Jesus died for no other reason but love

    “We sinned for no reason but an incomprehensible lack of love, and He saved us for no reason but an incomprehensible excess of love.” Peter Kreeft’s words remind us how selfless Christ was in his sacrifice on the cross. We must always keep in mind his passi...
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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

What are you waiting for?!

What are you waiting for?! Recently a colleague shared his experiences of the 2017 Los Angeles Religious Education Congress and told us how he was re-energized by the powerful testimonies there. As I listened to him and looked into the event, the theme of the LA Youth Day prior to the congress caught my attention.  ...
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Wednesday, April 05, 2017

Confronting those difficult/impossible questions

Last month I wrote about difficult or impossible questions, but I did not expect to be confronted with such questions in the following weeks. On Feb. 18, my aunt and godmother, Kim Sermersheim, died of an extremely rare form of cancer. Then, just two weeks later, on March 7, our teacher and coach a...
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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Declaring Dependence

Lent can be a dangerous time.   Lent is the period in the liturgical calendar during which asceticism flourishes most abundantly. It is the period during which we expend a lot of time and energy channeling our willpower – a worthy practice, for, to exercise self-discipline is to celebrat...
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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Fasting is uncomfortable...and necessary

I’ll admit that I usually don't look forward to fasting (using today's common church definition). It's uncomfortable, and it can seem like it doesn't do much good, especially if I just end up hungry and grumpy all day. However, we hear in the scriptures that fasting is powerful and can aide p...
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Thursday, March 02, 2017

How questions endanger our peace of mind

Questions are dangerous to our peace of mind. What is my purpose? Why did God decide to create anything in the first place? It’s not like he needs our help for anything. Most vexing for me: how can we know what is true? The most thought-provoking questions have no satisfactory answers, so t...
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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Saints' examples strengthen pro-life movement

It's inspiring to me that each Saint’s life is so different and unique. Each lived deeply rooted in Christ’s will, fully trusting in the Lord and serving as they were called. What a gift that we can follow the Saints’ examples, not only in their specific actions but in their overa...
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Thursday, February 02, 2017

Contemplating friendships that need to end

How does one separate from longtime friends? Why would one separate from longtime friends? Sometimes it’s necessary for friends to split apart because of differences in values.  These can be difficult situations. It’s easy to feel obligated to remain friends for a variety of reaso...
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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Needing new lenses

Needing new lenses I recently decided to take up Augustine’s “Confessions,” the Church doctor’s account of his turn from lust, vice and heresy to holiness and wisdom. I’ve just reached the point in Augustine’s account at which he opens the Bible and reads the verse that finally mot...
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Thursday, January 19, 2017