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Disney World: “The Happiest Place on Earth?”

I am writing this in Esquipulas, Guatemala, home to some of the most impoverished people in the world.  Guatemala often ranks among the top five poorest countries in the world and many of its poor live in the areas surrounding the small city of Esquipulas. Today we visited some families who live in small shacks […]

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The Stigmata: A Sure Sign of Faith?

The presence of stigmata is a striking phenomenon that has occurred at least 321 times in saints since the Middle Ages. The word stigmata comes from the Greek word στίγμα stigma, meaning a mark or tattoo. St. Paul used this term in his letter to the Galatians, saying, “I bear on my body the marks […]

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What Are People For?: Les Miserables Musings

Last Sunday when viewing Thomas Hooper’s recent film Les Miserables, I was struck by its rich meditation on the human person. At first I assumed the French Victor Hugo must have been a practicing Catholic, though after a bit of research it seems like the Catholic influence came from his wife and her family. Hugo’s own […]

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Hide and Seek

The older I get the more I realize that even as adults we haven’t outgrown the classic game of hide and seek. Sure, we may not be hiding in backyards, behind fences, or underneath playgrounds, but we still love to hide, except as adults we tend to dislike being found. I’ve discovered that I’m really, […]

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The Problem of Evil

“The Problem of Evil” refers to the following: Why would an all-knowing, all-powerful, and all-good God permit evil to exist? Why does He allow us to suffer? Mankind has asked this question for thousands of years, seemingly unsatisfied with any possible answer. Fortunately for us, the Church provides some insight into the problem of evil. […]

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