No Greater Love: A Short Good Friday Meditation

When I consider the simple view of Jesus as a Friend who laughs and grieves with us, or a Mother who nurtures us, or a Father who loves us unconditionally; and then consider the great mystery of His Eucharistic Sacrifice, the incomprehensibility of Heaven, and His union with sinners through Baptism; I tend to dichotomiseContinue reading “No Greater Love: A Short Good Friday Meditation”

Four Types of Soil: Knowing Yourself & Seeking God

In the parable of the sower (Mark 4:1-20), Jesus describes four types of soil on which seed falls, demonstrating how the word of God is received by people. It seems to me that I can relate to each type of soil in this parable. There have been times in my life when God spoke toContinue reading “Four Types of Soil: Knowing Yourself & Seeking God”

Exploring Reality as Beauty: The Importance of Reading Fiction

‘Reading is escape, and the opposite of escape; it’s a way to make contact with reality after a day of making things up, and it’s a way of making contact with someone else’s imagination after a day that’s all too real.’ Nora Ephron  To many of us today, reading is a luxury, and reading fictionContinue reading “Exploring Reality as Beauty: The Importance of Reading Fiction”

Quarantine Quandaries: What to do with what is?

Here we are. Many of us have been affected by COVID19 and the policies in response to it—either by physical quarantine, economic stress, lack of school for children, various plans being tossed in the trash, or just not having anything to do. Many are concerned, worried, frustrated, or bored. I shall not address the policiesContinue reading “Quarantine Quandaries: What to do with what is?”

A Reflexion on Psalm 12: Persevering in Adversity and Trusting God’s Promises

Help, Lord; for the godly man ceaseth; for the faithful fail from among the children of men.  They speak vanity every one with his neighbour: with flattering lips and with a double heart do they speak. The psalmist begins by lamenting how few are the faithful, focussing on the emptiness of their conversation. He emphasises theContinue reading “A Reflexion on Psalm 12: Persevering in Adversity and Trusting God’s Promises”

A Reflexion on Psalm 5: Learning Patient Trust & Joyful Hope

The first verse expresses the helplessness of the one praying: Begging the Lord to even listen to his requests, to, as translated in the NABRE, ‘understand [his] sighing.’ His needs and desires are beyond words, and struggling to even put words to his needs, he relies the on the Lord to know his needs beforeContinue reading “A Reflexion on Psalm 5: Learning Patient Trust & Joyful Hope”

Truth Answers Shame: A Brief Analysis of the Novel ‘A Personal Matter’

‘Pride is not the opposite of shame, but its source—true humility is the only anecdote to shame.’ This quote comes from the Iroh in the TV show Avatar: The Last Airbender, and I think it aptly describes the central theme of shame in Kenzaburo Oe’s novel, A Personal Matter. More accurately, the novel presents theContinue reading “Truth Answers Shame: A Brief Analysis of the Novel ‘A Personal Matter’”

Dog Sledding and the Soul: Faith, Hope, and Love in the Spiritual Journey

I want to write a little on how the theological virtues of faith, hope, and love elevate the soul’s human nature as she journeys homeward toward Heaven. To do this, I shall use the example of dog sledding. 

To the Depressed

Dear soul,  Six years ago today marks the anniversary of the first, and the last, time I self-harmed. Five years ago today marks the time I came closest to killing myself. I’m writing this because I no longer hate myself, I no longer consider life as not worth living, and I want to share someContinue reading “To the Depressed”