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All that matters

What matters to you? Or—perhaps more accurately—what should matter to you? I’m new to the Catholic Insight blog, and want to introduce myself by telling you what matters to me. It’s something that should matter to you, too, and I’ll explain why. I’m a recent post-grad and have dedicated a year of my life to work as a full-time missionary in Canada for Catholic Christian Outreach (CCO), to challenge university students to live in the fullness of the Catholic Faith and ... (Continue reading)

Thomas

Can you imagine what it would be like to watch your best friend being tortured to death? Nearly naked—missing most of his clothing and half his skin—humiliated, hated, abandoned, and alone. Picture the most loving person you know being thrown violently to the ground. Could you look on helplessly as his hands—those gentle, healing hands—have nails driven through them? Stand with the crowd, hear the labored beating of his heart above the shouts of ridicule that spring up and crackle ... (Continue reading)

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Shhh

The quiet scares me ‘cause it screams the truth. - P!nk, "Sober" It was late at night, and the rest of my family was asleep. For some reason, I found myself kneeling in the middle of my living room before two dimly lit statues of Jesus and Mary. I don’t remember why I was there or what I was praying. Something within me wanted to kneel there all night; but my head was heavy and my knees were numb (“the spirit ... (Continue reading)

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Blessed Are You

There are so many times in my life when I’ve never felt so blessed! I have a loving family, daily nourishment, and a God Who romances me daily. There are other times in my life when I don’t feel so blessed. Sometimes, like Job, we are deprived of the gifts we love. In those times, we may be tempted to think that God’s favour has left us. This is the farthest thing from the truth. Jesus said, “Blessed are those who ... (Continue reading)

Being Fully Human: Humility

The greatest thing you can learn is just to love and be loved in return. - Moulin Rouge It’s Thursday night—a holiday. You and your friends meet in an unfamiliar place to celebrate a familiar feast. The prayers and the meal have been the same since you were a child; they’ve been the same for decades, even centuries, since the ritual was instituted. This time, however, something is different. Someone forgets the lamb. Someone breathes new life into age-old prayers. Someone ... (Continue reading)

Life is a battlefield

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Martin Luther King Jr. In his recent homily, Pope Francis recommends an approach to evangelization that is so radical, it is sure to make all comfortable Catholics cringe. Brace yourselves: it actually involves—gasp!—talking about Religion, even if that makes us seem annoying! I know, I know. No one wants to be that Christian, the buzz kill who somehow manages to ... (Continue reading)

Momentous motherhood

"Making the decision to have a child is momentous. It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body." - Elizabeth Stone In conversations about abortion, many young women have admitted to me that if they became pregnant, they could never “give it up” for adoption. Their options, they said, would either be to “keep the baby” or abort “it” early in the pregnancy. As a pro-life activist, this statement doesn’t surprise me. However, as an ... (Continue reading)

Mother as Tabernacle

"Can a woman forget her nursing child, or have no compassion for the child of her womb?” (Isaiah 49:15) Can you imagine a woman who is just like any loving mother, except completely sinless? Can you imagine a woman so radiantly humble, so sweetly selfless, so perfectly pious? Is there any way for us to imitate such loveliness, despite our wretched inclination to sin? As the mother of Jesus, the daughter of the Father, and the spouse of the Holy Spirit, ... (Continue reading)

The virgin who loves sex

“Chastity charms: we hand out the little hearts, but not the key. That way, nobody can open the lock forever, and ladies, that’s what keeps us safe!” - Emma Pillsbury, Glee In the TV show Glee, Emma Pillsbury is a neurotic, dysfunctional virgin who refuses to consummate her marriage. Holly Holiday, on the other hand, is a promiscuous temp who thinks that chastity for teens is like “vegetarianism for lions.” This is what the media has to say about sex. Modern TV ... (Continue reading)

The Poor Souls

"It ain't right, and I'm sick and tired of what ain't right," says a character in the western Silverado. That's how I feel about the treatment the poor souls in Purgatory have been given over the last few decades. "Well, his sufferings are over," people say at the funeral home (I'm talking about Catholic believers). "Your grandmother is in heaven," proclaim priests and deacons at all too many funerals. I have been asked, "Do we still believe in Purgatory?" That Purgatory exists, ... (Continue reading)

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