I love Matthew, the apostle because he was a sinner. I love him because he was open to grace. It is also because in him, and in his call to be a disciple of Jesus Christ, the real message of salvation is made manifest.  Matthew didn’t seek the Lord Jesus out. Jesus sought him. The…

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Many Catholics complain about boring homilies at their parishes. In their survey report published in the April 30, 2012 edition of America magazine, William Byron and Charles Zech, demonstrated that the complains are widespread in the United States.   A number of solutions have been offered. They include getting priests more trained in the art of communication, practical…

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What is the cost of greatness? Two friends were recruited for the USA Marine Corps. Like any other elite military corps, the Marines pride themselves as the most rigorous, the toughest to graduate, and rightly so. Twelve weeks of intensive training culminating in the Crucible, equip candidates for the tough job.  Admission into the elite training…

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Admire pure love of nature

Mary Magdalene is a saint of pure love of God. Yet she is one of the most mischaracterized figures in the Bible. The impression that she was a prostitute grew around the 6th century. Unfortunately, there is no clear biblical evidence to justify this claim. The Church has since rejected it also. Luke 8:2 and…

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The worst-case scenario is the actual displacement of the real birds. Due to the bigger size of the Cuckoo, as the unsuspecting Warblers feed the birds, the Cuckoo’s chick’s dominance and size displace the smaller birds. They often fall from the nests and die, while the unsuspecting mother birds feed the parasitic Cuckoo.

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It was a sunny and beautiful day. Blue skies. Gentle breeze, plus chants of the birds and insects combined to provide a soothing feeling of an eco-paradise. Rays of the sun cast upon the rocks through the pinewoods created amazing nature silhouettes. Hiking down Mount Pinos from a peak of about 8,847 feet (2,697 m)…

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The biblical town of Joppa was a seaport area. It was the only seaport where people rested en route to Egypt and Mount Carmel before the 19th century. It was technically the seaport for Jerusalem, the main port of the coast whose name today is Jaffa. The city bustling with life, music, pop, and dynamism,…

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The habit of exercise is the commonest example of how perseverance pays. Remember those moments you wanted to sleep in or recline on your couch and enjoy a jumbo dessert. Body fat increases. You watch the scale and notice you’ve added one pound, then two, and three, on and on. You know your weight isn’t…

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