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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB

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
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
Pope Benedict XVI marks two major milestones in his life this week. On Monday, April 16, the German Pontiff turned 80 years old. And on Thursday, April 19, he celebrates the second anniversary of his election as the Roman Pontiff and Successor of Peter. I share this date with him as it is the anniversary ...read more
Pounding hearts, wounded hearts and burning hearts… the image of the human heart permeates the Gospel for Wednesday in the Octave of Easter. There is no better story to illustrate the heart than Luke’s account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus on Resurrection evening [24:13-35]. Today’s Gospel provides us with a good opportunity ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Why was Jesus condemned to death? How is it that a man like this ended up on the cross? What were the motives of those responsible for Jesus’ death? Who killed Jesus? What killed Jesus… and what vicious circles of violence continue to crucify him today among his brothers and sisters ...read more
What an incredible model of priesthood we find in the Gospel for the Holy Thursday celebration: the Lord and Saviour who kneels before us to wash our feet in a gesture of humility and service! Earlier on in the meal on that fateful night, Jesus broke bread with his friends and his betrayer. Drinking from ...read more