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S+L BLOG: Deacon Pedro



Today, as our Eastern Catholic brothers and Sisters celebrate Christmas, I am reminded of one of the most meaningful messages of Christmas: Emmanuel — God with us. See, since I was a little child, I’ve known this. I always knew the meaning of the name Emmanuel, because that is my middle name: Pedro Emmanuel Guevara-Mann. ...read more
The night was still, the stars shinning bright. My friends and I lie awake, the fire gives us light. We watch our sheep and pray God hears our plight. How will we ever escape the painful lives we lead? Israel is held captive; we long to be freed, so we lie in silence and pray ...read more
The creation narratives in Genesis are probably the best recognised stories of the whole Bible, yet at the same time, perhaps the most misunderstood. For Christians, the story of Adam and Eve reveal to us the relationship between God and humans, between male and female, about sexuality, togetherness and separation from God. Christian scholars throughout ...read more
It was indeed enough – and we were all aware of it at last Friday’s Matt Maher concert, which took place at St. Aloysius Gonzaga H.S. in Mississauga, ON. The concert was the kick-off to the very first LifeTeen conference to take place outside of Canada. One of many, I hope. Matt Maher was born ...read more
Seldom has a movie both moved me emotionally and challenged me intellectually. In fact, I can count the times this has happened with one hand. Recently it happened while reading the book “The Kite Runner” and it happened again while watching the new film The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (PG-13), coming out November 7th. ...read more
It’s no doubt that this has been one of the most interesting elections in the United States ever. It is also an important one and this time, more than ever, it seems that the Catholic vote will be crucial. As we approached our own Canadian election, I became more and more disillusioned by how the ...read more
It’s hard to believe that many Catholics in Toronto are not aware of one of our greatest treasures: The St. Michael’s Choir School. I would say that the Choir School is not just a treasure of the Church, but a treasure of our city. Dating back to the early 1900s, with the St. Michael’s Parish ...read more

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I don’t know about you, but I am one of those people who believes that, in many cases, it’s best to leave religion out of the ProLife arguments. I’ve been in too many situations with non-believers for whom “life is sacred” means nothing. When they challenge you with “why is life sacred?” you can’t just ...read more
Or is the word-play, “incredulous religion”?   Some of you may have heard of the new documentary – although it’s not what I would call a documentary; there is no objective presentation of more than one side in it – titled RELIGULOUS. It is produced and hosted by American Comedian (and anti-religionist) Bill Maher.   ...read more
I’m not sure when it was that I heard my first John Michael Talbot song. Perhaps it was one of the songs we sang at Mass one day. I do remember when I was part of the 5:15 Saturday Music Group at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toronto, we were quite the JMT fans. ...read more