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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



On Friday June 1, 2007, Pope Benedict XVI approved a series of decrees clearing the way for the canonization of two women and formally recognizing the martyrdom of 188 Japanese Catholics, 127 victims of Spanish Civil War and an Austrian layman executed for refusing to fight in the Nazi army. With the publishing of the ...read more
Today’s feast of the Visitation of Mary and Elizabeth invites us into a deeply personal moment of the Scriptures (Luke 1:39-56). The Precursor and the Lord are both hidden from each other. Yet even before the two women embrace, John leaped for joy in his mother’s womb, having recognized the presence of the Lord and ...read more
The artists of the Middle Ages loved to contrast the Tower of Babel with the “Tower” of the Upper Room. Babel symbolizes the divisions of people caused by sin. Pentecost stands for a hope that such separations are not a tragic necessity. The babbling mob of Babel compares poorly with the heartfelt unity of the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The green revolution has a not-so-new player. “The Vatican is going green … and Al Gore is not leading the charge this time” were the headlines at a recent conference in the U.S. about the church’s increased engagement and interest in environmental questions. It’s an interest being championed by the Pope ...read more
In the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles for this year’s Solemnity of the Ascension of our Lord, the disciples were anxious for answers. They asked, “Lord, is this the time when you will restore the kingdom to Israel?” They thought “the promise of the Father” would bring about an age of political ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Tomorrow, Pope Benedict XVI begins a six-day pilgrimage to Brazil. This offers the pope a great opportunity to convince the people of the southern hemisphere, which includes 43% of the world’s 1.1 billion Catholics, that they, too, are at the centre of his ministry. The visit begins with 14 pastoral events ...read more
From the Toronto Sun During the initial weeks of Lent 2007 in early March I avoided commenting on the sensational story of the alleged discovery of the tomb of Jesus in a Jerusalem neighbourhood. While it is true that tombs were found in Jerusalem’s Talpiot section and the names of Jesus, Mary, Joseph and Matthew ...read more
Today, May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, we consider one of the holy men of Christian history who is a great example of manhood, masculinity, fatherhood and the dignity of human labor. Joseph was the foster-father of Jesus. His paradoxical situation calls attention to the truth about fatherhood. First, because he stood ...read more
In the two Lukan narratives of the disciples of Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) and today’s first reading of Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40), the roads from Jerusalem to Emmaus and Jerusalem to Gaza are the symbolic structures of the journeys through the Scriptures to Christ, and the journey from Christ to the Scriptures. On the ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict marked two major milestones in his life this week. On Monday, the German Pontiff turned 80 years old. And yesterday he celebrated the second anniversary of his election as the Roman Pontiff and Successor of Peter. During a highly symbolic mass in a St. Peter’s Square packed with 50,000 ...read more