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Unplug for God and Find Joy in Silence

August 20, AD2017 2 Comments
Unplug for God and Find Joy in Silence

An old proverb says silence is golden. Whoever came up with that proverb was on to something. Today, I went to a popular fast food sandwich chain restaurant for lunch. While waiting in line to be served, I couldn’t help but take notice of the man in front of me. During the entire time the […]

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Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

August 20, AD2017 1 Comment
Truth, Charity, and the Social Media

Is there a way to practice the virtue of truth and charity when one navigates the world of social media? The advent of the use of social media has truly democratized the way we receive information and news nowadays. In the past, knowledge and current events have always been dependent on institutions that had the […]

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Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

March 19, AD2017 1 Comment
Let Me Kill It: The Violence of Being More Ethical Than Your Society

Especially important is the warning to avoid conversations with the demon… So don’t listen to him. Remember that – do not listen. -William Peter Blatty, The Exorcist There a is quotation attributed to Eliezer Yudkowski, a researcher in the field of artificial intelligence, that periodically makes the social media rounds in memetic form (generally without […]

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Pride and Humility, Vice and Virtue

February 17, AD2017 0 Comments
Pride and Humility, Vice and Virtue

If you go to the website Brainy Quotes and do a search on “pride” you are apt to find more quotes lauding pride than those that disdain it. But the Bible is pretty clear about pride: “Pride goes before disaster, and a haughty spirit before a fall. It is better to be humble with the […]

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The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships

October 31, AD2016 0 Comments
The Importance of Face-to-Face Relationships

Social media has become a staple in our culture. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. are the main means of communication for many. We use it for social interaction, news, political debates, as well as keeping in touch with family and friends. Admittedly, I use it frequently, and it helps to fulfill some of my need for social […]

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The Atheist Heart of Darkness

October 9, AD2016 5 Comments
The Atheist Heart of Darkness

In the wake of my previous essay, “Atheists are Lame,” I spent five solid days defending belief in God on Twitter. This is the fourth time this year I’ve waded in to do battle with Twitter atheists. Sometimes the debates are fun; at other times they’re simply exhausting. In this last round, I gained a new insight […]

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4 Advantages of Digital Silence

October 7, AD2016 0 Comments
4 Advantages of Digital Silence

Being an active Catholic on social media who checks my Twitter and Facebook multiple times a day, I’m probably the last person you’d expect to talk about the advantages of disconnecting from electronics, but here I am. Over the past month, I have come to realize the value of taking time off from all our […]

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Using Prayer to Make Election Decisions

August 29, AD2016 13 Comments
Using Prayer to Make Election Decisions

Pope Francis “tweeted” the following statement about prayer a couple years ago: “The one who listens attentively to the word of God and truly prays always ask the Lord: what is your will for me?” -Twitter, May 19, 2014 Prayer is Uniting with God Wherever we are on the path of spirituality, prayer is a gift […]

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Loving When It’s Hard To Love

August 14, AD2016 0 Comments
Loving When It’s Hard To Love

Love is a Decision I heard a reference from one of the saints that “love is a decision”. In our culture and in Hollywood, love is made out to be romantic and fulfilling. For some maybe it is. However, for those of us who are in it for the long-haul of life know that loving other people […]

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Learning to Appreciate Church Documents

May 19, AD2016 2 Comments
Learning to Appreciate Church Documents

On the day that the much awaited apostolic exhortation of Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, came out, one of the leading evening news channels here in the Philippines immediately had an editorial piece about the document. While listening to the commentary of the news reporter, I was asking myself, how much of the document did the […]

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Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

January 12, AD2016 7 Comments
Five Tips for Catholic Blogging and Social Media

So, you’re excited about your faith and want to share it. You want to evangelize! You realize that much of the world has moved online and fear that will be a great place to share it. But how? I’ve seen everything. I saw a Twitter account with fewer than 100 followers claiming to be at […]

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Pope Francis and Manic Opportunity

September 6, AD2015 13 Comments
Pope Francis and Manic Opportunity

Oxford defines manic, in its adjective form, as a person or group “showing wild and apparently deranged excitement and energy.” It is thus safe to say that the so-called “Francis effect,” soon to be appearing in our own back or front yard, can be challenging in this exact regard, even to ourselves as Catholics. No serious Catholic […]

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What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

April 3, AD2014 4 Comments
What If I Need to Eat? Non-Food Options for Fasting During Lent

As a child I loved Lent despite its  agonizing subject. Thinking about the death of Jesus brought tears to my eyes. Shivers ran up my spine whenever I spoke the words, “Crucify Him!” with the rest of the congregation. The long services filled with a multitude of people crammed into a small space made my […]

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Show me your #ashtag

March 19, AD2014 3 Comments
Show me your #ashtag

I started a new job a couple weeks ago, and I happen to be in the office on Wednesday mornings. I walked into my office, sat down at my desk, pulled out my computer and began programs on both my desktop and my laptop. Two Wednesdays ago, as I started my morning “analysis,” #ashtags popped […]

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Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online?

February 18, AD2014 3 Comments
Social Media: Are We Excarnating Ourselves Online?

Mystery: from Latin mysterium or Greek mystērion. Various definitions suggest something secret, private, or not easily understood. We all probably know someone whose life seems to be lived completely online. Always at the top of our Facebook news feed: pics of my new haircut, what’s for dinner tonight, my weight loss updates, before and after […]

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What Would Jesus Blog or Tweet?

November 28, AD2013 2 Comments
What Would Jesus Blog or Tweet?

If you’ve been on social media long enough, you’re familiar with expert tips on what makes for popular blog posts and most clicked or re-tweeted topics, such as create lists, offer relationship advice, post popular hashtags, draft helpful “how-tos” on hobbies or health tips, use humor, ask questions and make interesting headlines, jump in on […]

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