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A Reflection for All Saints Day Is there room for God in our world today?  Is there room for God in Canada today?  Is there room for more extreme revolutionaries of holiness in our culture today?  The answer is a resounding “yes.”  Why should Christians and Catholics in this country be reticent about declaring themselves ...read more
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – October 29th, 2017 Today’s first reading from Exodus (22:21-27) and Matthew’s Gospel story about the greatest commandment (22:34-40) challenge us in the ways that we love God and neighbour. The Exodus reading relates some specific provisions of the Law regarding widows, orphans, and the poor. The Lord ...read more
Thérèse Martin was born on January 2, 1873, in France. After their mother died, her two older sisters, Pauline and Marie, entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux. These losses plunged young Thérèse into an emotional illness from which she was miraculously cured by the “Smiling Virgin” Mary. Early on, Thérèse dreamed of becoming a Carmelite ...read more
Message to the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus To the Reverend Mother Sister Barbara Louise Staley, General Superior of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The centennial of the death of Saint Frances Xavier Cabrini is one of the main events marking the journey of the Church both because of ...read more
Exactly one year ago today, Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (Kolkata) was proclaimed a Saint in St. Peter’s Square before tens of thousands of people from around the entire world. Tomorrow, September 5, is her feast, marking the date of her death 20 years ago in Calcutta. She was born August 26, 1910 in Skopje, then ...read more
Saint Joseph Calasanz was a man with a vision of the future. A man whom God called, while in Rome, to consecrate his life for the service of the poor children and youth. When a man lets himself be transformed by the Lord, as Calasanz did, not only is his life transformed, but so are ...read more