Empathy and resilience: shaped by suffering

If you remember back in grade school standing in line waiting to be chosen by the assigned team captains for a team in sports. Almost every time, I would be picked last for a team. Because I was the skinniest and one of the shortest boys, I was almost always the last one chosen. I …

Why I don’t feel enough compassion

It was a dark and rainy Friday evening in downtown Victoria. I felt like having a burger after watching a series of short IMAX films. I drove to a fast food burger joint close by, ordered a couple burgers, and sat down. After a few bites into my burger, I couldn’t help but notice this …

A person’s shoes: Where have they walked in them?

One of the things I am most grateful for in my work and ministry is being able to walk with people in their struggles in life.  It might be marital problems, health problems in their own lives or in one of their family members. It might be a work-related issue.  Issues can vary far and …

A broken and imperfect people

Do people view Christians as imperfect people? Yes, we Christians are imperfect; and we don't need to hide this fact. And I'm one of these imperfect ones. I'm not ashamed to admit that I am imperfect. I have known some who put on a facade--like a make-over to look like that "perfect and righteous Christian." …

Examen: Learning to be grateful

I've recently learned about two very useful questions to ask of myself.   1/ For what moment today am I most grateful?2/ For what moment today am I least grateful? These two questions of St Ignatius' examen is a practical tool for daily inner reflection.  I'm going to answer these two here today and share my …

Competition and comparison

Our society is full of competition. Competition and comparison causes people stress and is one of the causes of depression. Out of competition and comparison come spite between colleagues in work places. We look at pop culture and see how we don't measure up to their good looks, fine voices, and persona. We compare ourselves …

Be still before the Lord

Today, I finally found some time to rest.  I let out some tears and a moment to cry.  Nothing bad happening.  No evil. No chaos.  None.  Reason for my cry was that I finally found some time to rest.  Weeks and months and a year went by.  Work and life was busy. Non-stop without time …

Does cheating pay?

Ever been tempted to cheat on an exam? Ever thought about taking a shortcut to achieve a means in order to make a gain? If you have, that’s normal. We’ve all come across one or two temptations to cheat within our lifetimes. It can happen in a person's career, business, and in relationships. At times, …

When feeling unsure of ourselves

Struggling with issues in our culture, life and society is not a bad thing.  Everyone goes through these phases at different stages in our life.  Things can be at odds with our personal ideals and values and can challenge our spirituality.  You might even doubt your faith. We might come to question and doubt ourselves …

Letting God do the impossible task: to love your enemies

Jesus said to his disciples in Luke 6:27-28, “Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.”   It’s a parallel to Jesus’ sermon on the Mount in Matthew ch. 5-7.  When I think on this, there are days when I might think to …

Seek God’s kingdom

Luke 12:31-32 - Jesus told his disciples:  "Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.  Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom." In these words is a secret that is hidden in plain sight. When we allow worries and anxieties to overtake us, …

Everlasting Eternal Life

Nothing gets a person thinking more about death than: 1) When you have a death in the family, or 2) When an insurance salesperson gives you the sale pitch and sells you life insurance, or 3) When you have a lawyer ask you tough questions to prepare your final will and testament. I’m getting a …

Seniors in poverty

Stealing and petty offenses are a no-no.  It's the same, whether it's here in Canada, the U.S. or in Japan.   In Japan, they are experiencing an increase in older people committing offences. It’s an elderly crime wave by grandpas and grandmas.  It is sad. Here's the irony.  These seniors want to go to jail. The …

Trump, Pence, Shapiro speak at March for Life

Yesterday was the 45th March for Life in Washington DC.  Amazing to see so many people who love life walking together in peace to declare and support that God-given life from the womb is precious and ought to be protected.  Very encouraging to pro-life Americans (and non-Americans) today. Estimates of numbers who marched range from many …

Welcome to Liberty Culture

Hello.  I want to offer an official introduction to my readers after the new look and name change to LibertyCulture.com and re-introduce who I am.  Some of you might wonder if this is a brand new blog. It's been around as the NewEpistles blog.  Since I haven't been blogging as avidly as I used to …