Special Graces Granted at the Marian Shrine of Gratitude

In 2005, a Marian shrine had been constructed for the sole purpose of private prayer, but slowly transformed into public veneration by various people. People of diverse ethnic backgrounds, cultures, races, and religious affiliations would frequent this Marian monument and ask for graces from the Blessed Mother.

Channels of Hope

Advent by its nature encourages us to espouse this virtue of hope because Christ was born, died, and rose from the dead. It is an encouragement to us to work toward a better world, knowing that we in our own lifetime may not see such an effect.

Power Of Prayer Pals

“Sin can be as ‘small’ as procrastinating, gossiping, or disregarding others’ wellbeing. Sin is anything you do that isn’t morally right. Sin distances you from God.”

A Labour of Love

“Now more than 30 years later, Aid to Women has supported thousands of women in crisis pregnancies and saved countless lives. The mission of the charity is simple: provide information and non-judgmental support needed for mothers to make life-affirming decisions about their pregnancies.”

Reconciling with God

“The Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Catholic faith is the one sacrament we can frequent as much as possible to heal our souls from transgressions, whether mortal or venial.”

The Padre Pio Pilgrimage

His presence provided his followers guidance on how to pray to God, how to avoid temptation, and, most importantly, his life story initiated one of the biggest pilgrimages that still continues on to this day.

He Knows My Heart

The meaning of this psalm became clearer to me as I worked on trusting in Jesus and surrendering my fears over to Him during my preparation to study abroad.

Social Mobility and Faith in the Modern Age

"With this in mind, it might benefit us to slow down and appreciate work and virtue in everything we do, even if it doesn’t seem glamorous. For people of all religious persuasions or lack thereof, there is something deeply powerful to be said for the appreciation, discovery, and practice of moral virtue in all stations and walks of life."

Barrier-Free Communication

"The best way to surmount these artificial fences is as simple as honest conversation with those who think differently. Interreligious dialogue, as it’s formally known, is a wonderful and valuable practice that helps us improve our understanding of our own beliefs and those held by others. Sincere, humble engagement is so simple, but is often neglected."

The Imagination and Catholic Spirituality

"The practice of the imagination in the development of the Catholic Church has been extensive, creative, and fruitful, but also risky and vulnerable to abuse .... But the question is not just whether or not the imagination has a role in the Church, as much as what exactly that role is. The Catholic Church is an extremely diverse institution, and it contains an immense range of spiritualities, approaches to God, and ways of expressing worship."

Terror and Triumph

"When you have failed, hit rock bottom, and then fallen through the trap door to discover the true rock bottom, you will come to realize that doing anything, no matter how minuscule of an accomplishment, is a step toward growth. I personally characterize rock bottom as firm ground. It is a foundation that can only be built upon; it is a springboard to a higher plane. Any future acquisition of achievement, or even failure, is knowledge and potential to cobble into your arsenal."

Opening Our Minds; Sharing Our Lives

"It seems as if there are more things separating human beings than bringing us together. This is true not only worldwide, but especially in our local communities where societies are divided due to various factors such as economic standing, race, or religion. Therefore, it is up to us to overcome these dividing factors and recognize that despite our differences, whether the differences are physical, mental, or spiritual, we are all human beings."

Bona Fides

"As Martin Luther King, Jr. eloquently expressed: “Faith is taking the first step even when you don't see the whole staircase.”"

Rethinking What We Thought

"Do You, Lord, exist only in miracles? Are those miracles only of a metaphysical state? Why Lord, Creator of all things, have You gifted me with logic, if You fail to appeal to it? For You must appeal to logic, Lord, since You Are Logic itself. For “in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.”

Coming Together

"Year after year, the occasion seeks primarily to promote fellowship within the broader community, which includes other groups outside of the Catholic Church in Canada. Its other, and perhaps better-known goal, is to fundraise for charities. Over the years, it has raised over $6 million toward various charities across the city."