“We are All God’s Children!” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine byLianne Tiu

Do we really understand this truth, “We are All God’s Children,” that’s repeatedly sung for the papal visit? To many, being God’s children sounds beautiful; but it hardly means anything or has any practical consequences. God, who is madly in love with us, has made us His children. This is actually the greatest gift weContinue reading ““We are All God’s Children!” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine byLianne Tiu”

“Pope Francis is coming to town!”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Four more days to go – as we continue to find ways and means on how we can get close to the Holy Father or be a part in the meetings and Masses that he will be celebrating during his visit to the Philippines. Pope Francis is the Vicar of Christ on earth, the bishopContinue reading ““Pope Francis is coming to town!”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“So great a God, so tiny an infant!”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

St. Francis of Assisi repeated these words with tears of joy as he knelt at the first Christmas crib. He was the first to introduce the Nativity scene in 1223, after obtaining permission from Pope Honorius III. “So great a God, so tiny an infant!” God, who made heaven and earth, came into the worldContinue reading ““So great a God, so tiny an infant!”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“Immaculate Misconception?”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

There seems to be a widespread misunderstanding of the word “Immaculate Conception.” Most of us think it is the conception of Jesus by Mary, who is a virgin. Because of this, the “Immaculate Conception” is sometimes jokingly referred to as the “Immaculate Misconception”. The conception of Jesus by Mary is called the Incarnation of Christ.Continue reading ““Immaculate Misconception?”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

Can we choose to die at our own terms? The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Recently, we heard the sad and highly publicized story of 29 year-old Brittany Maynard, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer and decided to take her own life. Some suicide advocates are using her story to fuel emotions and to market the idea of “death with dignity” – that people should be able to haveContinue reading “Can we choose to die at our own terms? The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“Inner Beauty Exceeds Any Fashion Statement” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

We are saddened to hear the demise of legendary fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, who spent half a century putting high society in haute couture. The world gives much significance to fashion. Something else, however, is more important than fashion. And this is what supports the dress, of what is inside: the intimacy ofContinue reading ““Inner Beauty Exceeds Any Fashion Statement” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“Pain and Joy in Purgatory”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

Souls in purgatory experience two forms of punishment: the pain of loss and the pain of sense. The pain of loss is a delay in the vision of God. As the souls in purgatory are interested in God and not in created goods anymore, their desire to possess God is extremely intense. But they cannotContinue reading ““Pain and Joy in Purgatory”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“Rediscovering a Treasure” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu

There is a wealth of prayer that is contained in a simple Marian devotion called the Holy Rosary. It is a prayer loved by countless saints including St. John Paul II, St. Padre Pio, and St. John XXIII. It is a prayer encouraged by our Lady herself at Lourdes and Fatima. Some people find theContinue reading ““Rediscovering a Treasure” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine By Lianne Tiu”

“What is the Importance of a Beatification or a Canonization?,” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu

Last April 2014, we witnessed the canonization of two great popes: John Paul II and John XXIII. Today (on Sept. 27), Bishop Alvaro del Portillo, successor to Saint Josemaria and first Prelate of Opus Dei, is to be numbered among the blessed; the ceremony taking place in Madrid, Spain. These events make us ponder onContinue reading ““What is the Importance of a Beatification or a Canonization?,” The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu”

“Late for Mass – A Sign of Lack of Love for God?”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu

Sunday after Sunday, many of us arrive late for Mass. Some of us justify: “It is our day of relaxation; and well, at least we still attend Mass.” An hour of the 168 hours a week is too precious to waste on a boring and repetitious Sunday obligation. And we ask: At what point canContinue reading ““Late for Mass – A Sign of Lack of Love for God?”, The ABC’s of Catholic Doctrine by Lianne Tiu”