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Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – November 12th, 2017 The three parables of Jesus’ final discourse in Matthew’s Gospel are a fitting way to move toward the end of the liturgical year. The three stories relate three different kinds of accountability required of Christians as they prepare for their glorious encounter with Christ. ...read more
Two weeks ago we looked at what love is not, based on the wonderful classic by M. Scott Peck, The Road Less Traveled. His book is not a Catholic book; it’s a psychology book (found in the “self-help” section of your bookstore), but Scott Peck was a practicing Christian and the book is very much a ...read more
Reflection for All Saints Day: As we begin the month of November, a time traditionally set aside by Catholics to remember both the Saints and those who have died. “All Saints Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 2) set the tone for the month. The pain of death and loss touches all people ...read more
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
Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – November 5th, 2017 Today’s Gospel text from Matthew 23:1-12 comes from a very polemical chapter of the first Gospel. We learn once again of the bitter conflict between Pharisaic Judaism and Matthew’s ecclesial community. Our episode contains a clear denunciation by Jesus of the scribes and Pharisees, ...read more
This week we are looking at what I’m going to call the Joy of Love or Love Joy. For the last couple of weeks we’ve been looking at love. Last week in particular we saw at a few love myths. Today we go back to where it all began because this Sunday’s Gospel reading is ...read more