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S+L BLOG: Emilie Callan



The Pontifical Swiss Guard is one of the smallest armies in the world, and one of the oldest still in operation. Its main responsibility is to protect the Pope and the Apostolic Palace. Although they have mostly held a ceremonial role in recent years, their training now includes unarmed combat and firearms. Not surprisingly, to ...read more
I went to the mall on Good Friday. I can barely own up to it. But I did. I had to run an errand and figured it was the only time I had. Perhaps the guilt came from doing something I never did as a kid on Good Friday. Growing up, we only left the ...read more
It can be difficult to get through winter in the city, especially when it seems all color has been sucked out of the landscape. Grey skies, iced-over trees, wet and muddy sidewalks, black coats, black boots, black, black, black, grey, grey, grey… these are not what dreams are made of. And, on the rare occasion when ...read more
On the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus at the Temple, the Church also marked the World Day of Consecrated Life with Mass in Saint Peter’s basilica. In his homily, Pope Francis encouraged those present to rekindle “what originally set their hearts afire” to answer God’s call, which he came back to when meeting with a ...read more
Holiness is built on a continuous friendship with God. That’s why saints are known for their intense prayer life. They have come to know the One whom they desire to resemble most. As Trappist monk Dom Chautard once said: In order to sanctify the world, we must first sanctify ourselves. This begins with personal prayer. ...read more
On the feast of Saint Francis de Sales, patron of journalists, the Vatican released the Pope’s message for the 51st World Day of Social Communications. Opus Dei elects Msgr Fernando Ocariz as the new prelate of the organization. The Oblates of Mary Immculate in Canada mark the 200th anniversary of the congregation with a Mass ...read more