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- Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB -
Why do Catholic Christians commemorate the dead during the month of November? Abbot Odilo of the great French Abbey of Cluny introduced the festival of All Souls in 998 for members of his own religious order. Later, in the 14th Century, All Souls was adopted by Rome for the entire church. It is dedicated to ...read more
Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 6th, 2016 Christian faith in the resurrection has met with incomprehension and opposition from the very beginning. On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body.  The question of the resurrection is vital not only to the Christian ...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
Thirty-First Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 30th, 2016 Today’s Gospel story remains forever engraved in my memory. I still remember a song from my early grade school years that began with, “There was a man from Jericho named Zacchaeus.” Years later, I would visit Jericho on many occasions during my graduate studies ...read more
Thirtieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 23rd, 2016 Last Sunday’s Gospel focused on the necessity of prayer (Luke 18:1-8). The second of two parables in Chapter 18:9-15 condemns the self-righteous, critical attitude of the Pharisee and teaches that the fundamental attitude of the Christian disciple must be the recognition of sinfulness and ...read more
The Memorial of Moses on Mount Nebo is reopening to the public, and visitors will now be able to return and admire some of the most beautiful mosaics of Jordan, as well as the basilica itself. The official opening will be held over two days, in order to facilitate the large influx of visitors expected ...read more
“Discorso della Luna” 55 years ago – Thursday, October 11, 2016 Below is the text of Pope John’s speech on the night of the opening of the Second Vatican Council: Dear children, I hear your voices. Mine is only a single voice. But what resounds here is the voice of the whole world; here all the ...read more
Twenty-ninth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 16th, 2016 Luke depicts Jesus at prayer right from the beginning of his Gospel. Prayer becomes one of the ways by which we follow Jesus. Luke’s story of Jesus begins in the context of Jewish prayer in the Temple at Jerusalem, when Zechariah is told that ...read more
The celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada makes an interesting counterpoint to the holiday celebrated by our American neighbours. While Americans remember the Pilgrims settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest.  At the heart of our Thanksgiving celebration is the idea of giving thanks for the goodness of the season past. ...read more
Twenty-eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 9th, 2016 Today’s readings are about remembering and thanksgiving, healing and salvation. In the reading from the Old Testament (2 Kings 5:14-17), Naaman the Syrian remembers to thank Elisha for his cure. In the reading from the Second Letter to Timothy (2:8-13), Paul asks Timothy (and ...read more