Storytelling

In indigenous Filipino psychology, there is a methodology that involves the concept and practice of “kuwentuhan.” It can be translated as sharing of stories and/or storytelling. But that literal translation doesn’t capture what it means to the Filipino people. In a culture where oral tradition is a crucial means of passing down wisdom, heritage, practices, and…

A Mighty Weapon

The Old Testament prophets unceasingly called the faithful to weighty (often public) penance. Continuing in the New Testament, we have St. John the Baptist, and Jesus himself, continuing this battle cry. The Saints in heaven practiced regular acts of penance while here on earth, some giving their very lives. The Church today still teaches that…

Are they coming back?

They Are Not Coming Back They’re not coming back to Mass.  Let me say it again.  Catholics will not come back to Mass when the pandemic is over.  I know, parishes will say that their wait lists are full and they are at max capacity for Sunday Mass right now.  But that’s right now, when…

Wanting to be well

Jesus once asked a man he was about to heal, “Do you want to be well?” (John 5:1-18). Jesus knew the man had been ill for thirty-eight years, and so the question appears simple and rhetorical. I was inspired to think about this question for myself after listening to a video by a Catholic priest on the…

Listen like Mary

The world right now, to put it mildly, is in upheaval. And when the earth is shaking around us, our natural instinct is to hold fast to what we know and what we believe, no matter what challenges it. It’s natural because our amygdalas, the emotional centers of our brains, sees a threat to our…