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August 22, 2013

It's rather embarrassing whenever someone asks me as a convert to recount my experience in the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Even though it wasn't all that long ago (1995–96), the experience was so forgettable that I remember only two incidents. 

The first incident was when one of the facilitators was teaching us the...

August 5, 2013

Not long ago, I was attending Mass at the parish where I was baptized. After Mass, I picked up a bulletin, out of habit and out of curiosity to see what had been going on at this parish since I had been there last. It turned out that week the priest administrator of the parish had an important reminder for the congregation: When coming to confession at the parish, Catholics had better get there before confessions began. Confession time would end precisely according to schedule; anyone left...

July 30, 2013

It all started with a clickbait headline in my Facebook news feed. Sandro Magister, a Vatican expert writing in Rome, declared, For the First Time, Francis Contradicts Benedict. Magister reported, in the tabloid fashion typical of Italian journalism:

[The] Franciscans of the Immaculate are...

July 25, 2013

As a new Catholic many years ago, there were two rituals during the Mass that particularly appealed to me: holding hands during the Our Father and extending the sign of peace. Now I go out of my way to avoid the former (head bowed, hands folded) and oftentimes find myself gritting my teeth during the latter (not feeling peaceful at all, to be honest). For the purpose of this post, I'll focus on the sign of peace.

The...

July 15, 2013

We have all had fantasies of wanting to get away from it all. Sometimes we look around at the state of the world and wonder what it would be like if we could pack up everything and move to a place where we would not have to struggle to raise our families as Christians, or have to struggle to act as Christians in a Christian society, or have to worry about the possibility of Christian persecution.

Just today I found a blog post by a Catholic who purported to offer fellow Catholics...