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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
Thérèse Martin was born on January 2, 1873, in France. After their mother died, her two older sisters, Pauline and Marie, entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux. These losses plunged young Thérèse into an emotional illness from which she was miraculously cured by the “Smiling Virgin” Mary. Early on, Thérèse dreamed of becoming a Carmelite ...read more
On September 29, the Church commemorates the Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael – angels in the big leagues! Michael is the captain of the heavenly host; Gabriel foretold the coming of the Messiah; Raphael brings prayers before God. Since 1670, the Catholic Church has commemorated the angels of the minor leagues, Guardian Angels on October ...read more
Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – October 2nd, 2016 Questioning our faith and even the object of it is a daily, healthy exercise! Faith cannot be shelved until we need it, for then we will discover that it has grown weak and meaningless from disuse and will not sustain us. The virtue of ...read more
Twenty-sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 25, 2016 In today’s first reading (Amos 6:1a, 4-7), the prophet Amos is quite serious about the complacent folk who pamper themselves at the expense of others, and have apparently lost interest in the sufferings of their fellow human beings. Amos is the great champion of ...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-fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 18, 2016 Today’s Scripture readings see the proper use of material possessions as an essential ingredient in the life of faith. The three sayings of today’s Gospel suggest a contrast between worldly wealth and eternal wealth. Luke’s parable of the dishonest steward (16:1-8a) must be understood ...read more
Firefighters carry the dead body of NY Fire Department chaplain, Fr. Mychal Judge, OFM from the debris of the World Youth Trade Centre in New York City. Fr. Judge was one of the first people to die after the Twin Towers were hit on September 11, 2001. The date of September 11 offers us an ...read more
Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 11, 2016 Chapter 15 of Luke’s Gospel is often referred to as the “lost and found” collection of the New Testament. The chapter begins with the parable of lost sheep (15:1-7), followed by the parable of lost coin (15:8-10), reaching its crescendo in the masterpiece of ...read more