Welcome to February, the month of love! In honor of that time of year where everyone opines on the good, the bad, and the ugly surrounding the most complex and mysterious of human emotions, I want to jump down the rabbit hole and reflect on a particular notion associated with love: the notion of "soulmates."… Continue reading Soulmates: Bull or Brilliant Theology?
Pope Francis, in union with the overwhelming majority of Catholic bishops, priests, deacons, and lay faithful, has a deeply pastoral concern about the current state of marriage. In a recent address to students at a marriage and family life course in Rome, the Holy Father called for a permanent catechumenate for the sacrament of marriage,… Continue reading Family is the Permanent Catechumenate that the Sacrament of Marriage Needs
On June 22-23, I had the privilege of participating in my first faith formation conference as a facilitator. It was a blast! I had students from high-school age to golden years, and their thoughtful questions and comments during our time together was as humbling and informative to me as I hope my courses were for… Continue reading Authentic Love and Morality Courses from the O’ahu Faith Formation Conference 2018
Note: This is an adapted portion of a conference session I am presenting this weekend. The session, in its entire context, will be up in the near future. In the beginning, we were created for love, by love, and in love. How do we know this? It says so, right in the beginning of Genesis!… Continue reading Questions on Sexuality? Complementarity is the Answer!
On Ke'eamoku St. in Honolulu stands a tree. It is a large tree, with large, fanned roots that in and of themselves are impressive. I am always awed by this tree, and fascinated by its shape: one side obviously receives the brunt of the elements, and the other flourishes with leafy branches. I came across… Continue reading The Tree
Imagine my great surprise when, a few years ago, I was told that my marriage was an anomaly. I don't remember much of the exact wording, but I think the phrases "not normal" and "freakishly harmonious" sum it up well. I was frankly dumbfounded that the love my husband and I have for each other… Continue reading The Banal Evil of the Broken Love Story