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S+L BLOG: Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB



The Mass of the Lord’s Supper, Holy Thursday – April 13th, 2017 Holy Thursday formally concludes the Lenten season. On this night we enter into the three days that are the centre of our liturgical year, and indeed of the Christian faith. The scripture readings root us deeply in our Jewish past: celebrating the Passover ...read more
Palm Sunday – April 9th, 2017 In preparation for Easter some years ago, I had the privilege of an early Lenten retreat on the events of Holy Week as I read and pondered what was at that time Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s latest book: “Jesus of Nazareth – Holy Week: From the Entrance into Jerusalem ...read more
Fifth Sunday of Lent, Year A – April 2nd, 2017 Ezekiel’s dramatic vision and ours The historical background of today’s first reading from Ezekiel 37:12-14 is the great vision of the valley of the dry bones, one of the most spectacular panoramas in the whole of biblical literature. It dates back to the early sixth ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Lent, Year A – March 26th, 2017 Today’s marvellous Gospel story (John 9:1-41) is about seeing the face of Jesus, allowing the scales of blindness to fall from our eyes, experiencing his healing powers, and acknowledging Jesus for who he really is: the Lord and Saviour who has come into the world. ...read more
Third Sunday in Lent, Year A – March 19th, 2017 In order to grasp the meaning of today’s first reading from Exodus 17:3-7, we must recall what transpires in the preceding chapter. God’s little flock faced the hardship of a lack of food and protested to Moses. Just as the Lord had heard the cry ...read more
We all know how good citizenship, civic involvement and concern for the common good are important and necessary for society. Citizenship has been front and center in the news over the past few years and especially over the past months. We hear much about citizenship, borders, walls and passports. We hear of people fleeing oppressive, impoverished ...read more
Second Sunday of Lent, Year A – March 12th, 2017 Abraham, our Father in Faith Abraham was a man with a mission and we could rightly consider him to be the quintessential missionary. He is revered by the followers of three world religions: Christianity, Judaism, and Islam. He is the founder of the nation of ...read more
First Sunday of Lent, Year A – March 5th, 2017 Today’s Scripture readings for the First Sunday of Lent immerse us into the depths of the season we are entering. Today’s readings and Psalm 51 sound overtures of the great themes that we will hear and live over the next six weeks. Reflecting on today’s ...read more
Keynote Address to The National Organization for Continuing Education of Roman Catholic Clergy 2017 NOCERCC Convention Oblate Renewal Center – San Antonio, Texas Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB CEO, Salt and Light Catholic Media Foundation, Canada February 23, 2017 No one can deny the fact that Pope Francis has introduced into the Church (and the world) ...read more
Eighth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A – February 26th, 2017 In today’s reading from Matthew’s Gospel (6:25-34), Jesus does not deny the reality of human needs (6:32), but forbids making them the object of anxious care and, in effect, becoming their slave. Those who truly know God as the heavenly Father revealed by Jesus ...read more