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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



On September 21 each year, it is good to reflect a vocation story from Matthew’s Gospel: the call and vocation of the evangelist in 9:9-13. Before Matthew became a disciple of Christ, he was a tax collector or “publican” in the town of Capernaum. Although Luke and Mark do say that Levi and Matthew are ...read more
“Woman, behold your son… behold your mother.” Standing by the cross of Jesus were his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. When Jesus saw his mother and the disciple there whom he loved, he said to his mother, “Woman, behold your Son.” Then he said to the ...read more
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 17th, 2017 Today’s Gospel (Matthew 18:21-35) addresses the necessity of repentance and repeated forgiveness that are required of those who call themselves Christian. The Gospel passage can be divided into two major sections. The first is Peter’s question to Jesus: “Lord, if my brother sins against ...read more
Twenty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 10th, 2017 Today’s Gospel passage from Matthew 18:15-20 compels us to consider the essential elements in the process of forgiveness among members of the Church community. Matthew’s text stresses the fraternal correction of members who sin (18:15-18); the importance of the disciples’ prayer (18:19-20); and the ...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
Dear Subscribers and Friends of Salt and Light Television, During the morning of Tuesday, August 29th, an accident at a construction site in Toronto resulted in the fiber that carries the Salt + Light TV signal to millions of TV households in Canada being severed, effectively taking Salt and Light TV channel off air. The ...read more
Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – September 3rd, 2017 Today’s Gospel from Matthew 16:21-27 presents us with the first prediction of Jesus’ passion. It follows the story told in Mark 8:31-33 and serves as a corrective to the misunderstanding of Jesus’ Messiahship as solely one of glory and triumph. Matthew’s account of the ...read more
Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – August 27th, 2017 Son of the living God “Son of God” must be understood against the Greek mythological background of the site where Peter’s confession occurred. The Greek god Pan was associated with a mountain in Arkadia and a grotto in Attika. Since Arkadia was not rich ...read more
Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – August 20th, 2017 In the pre-conclave meetings of the College of Cardinals prior to the election of the new pope in March 2013, one very memorable and decisive intervention was made by the Cardinal Archbishop of Buenos Aires on the morning of March 7, 2013. In his ...read more
Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB A very significant turning point in Marian piety and devotion occurred with the Second Vatican Council’s renewal and reform of the liturgy. A decade later, Pope Paul VI issued a remarkable Apostolic Exhortation on Marian devotions ‘Marialis cultus’ in 1974. In this landmark document, Pope Paul VI provided guidelines that are as relevant ...read more