Guest Faith Columns

This is the fourth in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 1, part 2 and part 3)

Drop off your baggage with prayer (Part 3 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the third in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 1, part 2 and part 4)

Prayer requires a sharp focus (Part 2 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the second in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about praying and prayer. (Here's part 1, part 3 and part 4)

‘Teach me to pray’ (Part 1 of 4 about prayer)

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This is the first in a series of four columns by Fr. Frank Freitas about prayer and praying. (Here's part 2, part 3 and part 4)

St. Thomas Aquinas’ masterwork continues to amaze

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I have a long love affair with St. Thomas Aquinas, the 13th-century philosopher, theologian, teacher, writer and Dominican preacher who stands among the most important Catholic thinkers of the past 2,000 years.

Christmas: Emmanuel answers our plea, fulfills the promise

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On the Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph and the promise of the eternal God that takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin.

Advent: Highway of holiness passes through the desert

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In his very moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words:

Some sound advice on preparing for Messiah

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In the Scripture readings for the Second Sunday of Advent, two of the three outstanding Advent guides (Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary) show us the proper attitude to assume as we prepare to welcome the Saviour of the world.

Advent is the time to wake from our hypnotic sleep

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The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king.

The beauty of being in-between

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The geese are flying. The leaves are changing. The nights are cooler. The days are growing shorter. Fall is here.

Pain, suffering draw us closer to the one who suffered for us

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It is all but impossible to discuss the multi-dimensional aspects of assisted suicide and euthanasia without a discussion of suffering. Suffering is the underlying factor around which the discussion on euthanasia ultimately takes place.

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