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Author Archive: Allison Low

Allison Tobola Low is a lifelong Catholic, passionate for sharing Christ and the Catholic faith with others. She works full time as a physician in Tyler, Texas, and also received a Master's degree in Theology from the Augustine Institute in Denver, CO. Allison finds time to teach and share the Catholic faith every opportunity she can find, including being a catechist for Adult Faith Formation and RCIA at her local parish. Allison enjoys giving talks in parishes on a variety of faith-related topics and is also a regional leader for St. Paul Street Evangelization. Her website is www.pillarandfoundation.com where you can find short simple Catholic videos she creates (that are especially for children/young adults).

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The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

February 14, AD2017 4 Comments
The Stumbling Block of the Crucifix

  As a Catholic, I am often challenged about our use and reverence for the crucifix.  The most common charge has been that the crucifix focuses on Christ’s death and fails to celebrate the Resurrection. But as Catholics we recognize these two events are necessarily intertwined. Each time we reflect on the image of Christ […]

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Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

January 15, AD2017 2 Comments
Contemplating Martyrdom: A Test of My Faith

Imagine living in a time when Roman soldiers could walk into your house without notice and demand you show your loyalty by burning incense as a sign of worship to the Emperor. Anyone failing to do this would be given a death sentence. As a Christian in America I have fortunately not faced anything similar […]

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The Prayers of the Saints

December 16, AD2016 1 Comment
The Prayers of the Saints

As we strive for holiness on earth with our eyes always on Jesus Christ, we are not alone. Created in the image of the Trinity, a communion of Divine Persons, we are social creatures. When we become united to God through baptism, we also become part of a communion of saints that transcends time and […]

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Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

November 16, AD2016 6 Comments
Hell: Real and Freely Chosen

As we approach the end of this liturgical year, the Church reminds us to contemplate life after death. One doctrine clearly taught by Christ is hell – the state of eternal misery. Far too often today there is silence from the pulpit and in our catechesis regarding hell, possibly due to an assumption this reality […]

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Fallen Angels and the War for Our Souls

October 19, AD2016 25 Comments
Fallen Angels and the War for Our Souls

Every week in Mass we pray the Nicene Creed and say the words, “I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.” This is a profession of our belief that God has created all things from nothing, both the material things we experience in our […]

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The Mass: The Perfect Form of Worship

September 14, AD2016 0 Comments
The Mass: The Perfect Form of Worship

As a young adult, there was a time when I was lukewarm in my faith and attended Mass on Sundays but was merely going through the motions. Because I was bored by the Mass, there was a point when, out of curiosity, I attended a few Baptist church services with a friend. The experience was […]

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Love Conquers Evil

August 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Love Conquers Evil

Lately, I find myself saddened by our American society. Our culture of death does not respect the dignity of every human life, disregards truth and relativizes morality. People attend rallies to support the murder of the innocent, promote laws to change the definition of marriage, perform acts of corruption without consequence and shout cries for […]

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My Apology as a Christian

July 15, AD2016 7 Comments
My Apology as a Christian

Pope Francis recently called for all Christians to give an apology to various people we have offended or marginalized in our lives. Hearing this request, my first reaction was to become somewhat defensive particularly on the issue of homosexuality – “How can we apologize for proclaiming the truths of God’s revelation?” But after sincerely contemplating […]

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Our Supersubstantial Bread, The Eucharist

June 15, AD2016 3 Comments
Our Supersubstantial Bread, The Eucharist

A few weeks ago, we celebrated the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, calling to mind the mystery of the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. This wondrous gift allows us to experience the most intimate encounter with Christ this side of heaven. The Church has always taught the Eucharist is the source and summit of […]

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“Since I’m Saved, I Can Live How I Want?”

May 26, AD2016 12 Comments
“Since I’m Saved, I Can Live How I Want?”

Someone showed me a video online a few weeks ago and I have not been able to get the scene out of my mind. It was a recording of a Christian street preacher talking and debating with variety of students on a college campus in Texas. The dialogue I witnessed was shocking and upsetting, not […]

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Zombies and the Cure for ‘The Walking Dead’

May 17, AD2016 2 Comments
Zombies and the Cure for ‘The Walking Dead’

As a Catholic, I find there is much to be critical about with the various television shows available today with the crude language, shocking sexual situations, violence and the way there is nothing left to the imagination – it is all there in your face. There are few shows proudly teaching Christian values and one […]

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Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

April 17, AD2016 1 Comment
Nothing But a Fleck of Matter?

“You are nothing but a fleck of matter, why are you letting this upset you?” I heard these words when I was upset and seeking a shoulder to cry on from a college friend. His full response was to remind me how, in this vast existence of material things, there were many universes, with one […]

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Purgatory: God’s Last Act of Mercy

March 24, AD2016 19 Comments
Purgatory: God’s Last Act of Mercy

God is rich in mercy (Exodus 34:6­7) with an inexhaustible love for everyone. In the beautiful portrayal of the father in the Parable of the Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11­32), Jesus reveals how our heavenly Father is always ready to run out to meet His repentant, wayward sons with an embrace of love. Throughout our earthly […]

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