A Spirituality Behind the Wheel

Wednesday, January 13, 2021

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, I’ve always been somewhat impressed […]

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Backpacking Rosary Reflection

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

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 condition, I found rather challenging. […]

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Crossing 2020 to 2021

Wednesday, December 30, 2020

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 the cross. As Catholics, whenever […]

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A Season of Hope

Wednesday, December 23, 2020

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 help of Pope Benedict XVI’s […]

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Getting Ready for Christmas

Wednesday, December 16, 2020

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 friends and family, and other […]

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How to Be a Neighbor

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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 to imagine the full ramifications […]

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The Jesus Prayer

Wednesday, December 2, 2020

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.” It’s a simple, short, and […]

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Sunflowers! Thank God!

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

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 season, which I am sure […]

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A Meditation on Ecclesiastes

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

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 power and with a constitution […]

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