Lectionary Reflection: First Sunday of Advent, Year A

For this Advent Season, I will be reflecting on the readings of each Sunday of Advent and posting them here on Thursdays. It is my hope that one day, I will be able to write and post lectionary-reading reflections here every week – I am not able to commit to this yet. I am taking little steps at a time, this year, with at least the four weeks of Advent and I will see where things take me. I suggest before reading the reflection to read the lectionary readings, all of which are listed before the reflection.

Lectionary Readings: Is 2:1-5 / Ps 122:1-2,3-4,4-5,6-7,8-9 / Rom 13:11-14 / Mt 24:37-44

As the Church walks into a new liturgical year with the First Sunday of Advent, the lectionary provides us with readings that remind us to constantly be alert. This in no way means that we must be awake 24/7 (anyways, I need my sleep!). However, the readings today remind us that we must be spiritually alert. 

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Reflecting on the Salvation of Man through Frozen II

Note: Spoiler alert! References to Frozen II are scattered throughout this reflection.

After a successful Frozen movie five-years ago, its sequel Frozen II has been long awaited and honestly, I did not waste a minute to see the sequel and probably did many others. While I did expect a happy ending, as do most Disney films, I found that the amount of content and events that were embedded within the film was a little overwhelming, and difficult to keep track of everything

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Year Long Bible Reading Challenge – An Invaluable Experience

On this All Saints’ Day, I take time to reflect on the completion of The Catholic Bible in 365 Days Challenge with the hope that one day, you will want to complete a similar challenge to deepen your love for the Word of God.

When I was in high school I was asked by some of my friends, if I ever read the Bible in its entirety before. I shamefully answered, “No”. I was ashamed because of my lack of commitment to reading the Word of God and lack of motivation to read it in its entirety.

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A Journey to “Freedom” – A Son of a Vietnamese Refugee Reflects on the Essex Tragedy

My Facebook News Feed has been flooded with news about the Essex Tragedy, from stories of suspected victims, stories of the tragedy itself, as well as the Catholic perspective on the story itself, to the point that even this tragedy has a reflective story on the Vietnamese Vatican News site. As a son of a Vietnamese refugee, and a first-generation Vietnamese-Canada, I reflect on this recent tragedy, even as news about its victims continue to unfold rapidly on the media.

I only learned about the tragic death of 39 people found in a refrigerated container two days after the terrible discovery was made. I kept the victims in my thoughts and prayers throughout the day but did not have much thought about their ethnicity, or where they came from. News about migrant and refugee deaths on the journey to seek liberation has been on the news in recent years, particularly in Syria and the Middle East, so such tragic news was not of surprise to me.

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The Catholic Pilgrim in Europe – Part 4 of 4

This is a continuation and the conclusion of The Catholic Pilgrim in Europe four-part series, where I recount the most significant moments during my March Break Europe tour, with other travellers from Chaminade College School. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 can be found here, Part 3 can be found here.

The last part of our school’s Europe tour were to Sorrento and Capri in southern Italy, about 3 -4 hour by on land vehicle from the city of Rome. I honestly have never heard of Sorrento and Capri prior to signing up for the Europe tour, so it was a place of surprise for me. 

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The Catholic Pilgrim in Europe – Part 3 of 4

This is a continuation of The Catholic Pilgrim in Europe four-part series, where I recount the most significant moments during my March Break Europe tour, with other travellers from Chaminade College School. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 can be found here.

We boarded the bus for Rome and the Vatican, another region which I fell even more in love with Catholicism and therefore, fell in love with the city and its history. 

Why is Rome so important? I say it is the “heart” of the Roman Catholic Church – that is why we have “Roman” in the title. The first Pope, Peter, at one time lead the Catholic Church in Antioch, but moved to Rome. It is there that the first pope did much of his ministry. It is there that he was martyred for professing faith in Jesus Christ. 

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The Catholic Pilgrim in Europe – Part 2 of 4

This is a continuation of The Catholic Pilgrim in Europe four-part series, where I recount the most significant moments during my March Break Europe tour, with other travellers from Chaminade College School. Part 1 can be found here.

While I have heard of Assisi through the life of St. Francis of Assisi, I honestly never paid much attention to the geography of Assisi or even cared about the time in which St. Francis and St. Clare lived in. It was only when I stepped foot into Assisi that I really understood the lifestyle of the people of Assisi. The town of Assisi is a world heritage-protected site by UNESCO. It has kept much of its medieval style. 

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