What Is The Meaning of Penance?

When I was in Grade 8, a few friends and I were sitting in computer class at school while our instructor left the room to check something at the office for a while. As adolescent boredom got the better of us, we began to throw pens at the ceiling fan to watch them get launched … Continue reading What Is The Meaning of Penance?

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Christian Bookstores Sell Indulgences

"For the love of money is the root of all evils; it is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced their hearts with many pangs." - 1 Timothy 6:10 RSV I have very fond memories of wandering down the aisles of Christian bookstores. When I was in high school … Continue reading Christian Bookstores Sell Indulgences

A Reflection on Ash Wednesday

"By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread until you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; you are dust, and to dust you shall return." - Genesis 3:19 NRSV Last year, a dear friend of mine passed away after losing her battle with cancer, and her funeral happened to land on Ash … Continue reading A Reflection on Ash Wednesday

What is the Meaning of Suffering?

In my early twenties, I've had some former friends I once worked for tell me that if you plead the blood of Jesus, God will protect you from any potential problems or hardships you may have and will bless you immensely with prosperity. Upon hearing this, I recited this form of prayer almost every day for … Continue reading What is the Meaning of Suffering?