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Last week we looked at some Marian apparitions and I wondered why Mary has so many names. It’s the same Mary, no? I guess, part of it is that we like to appropriate Mary, make her our own. Of course, as a Latino, I can’t think of Mary without thinking of our Latin American church. ...read more
Last week we looked at that beautiful prayer that Catholics love: The Rosary. I hope that the story about St. Dominic has made a difference in your approach to praying the Rosary. This week we also have another Marian Feast day: Our Lady of Sorrows on September 15. Why do you think we have so many ...read more
Last week we learned why, even though it’s good to (and we should) pray to God directly, it’s also good to ask for the prayers of others, especially those who, like Mary, are particularly close to God. In fact, when we ‘pray’ to Mary, all we are doing is asking for her prayers for us. ...read more
Last week, we reflected a bit about Mary and especially on what it means that she is “Full of Grace”. Perhaps the best reflection on this is from Munificentissimus Deus, the Apostolic Constitution of Pope Pius XII that I mentioned last week, on the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This excerpt is taken from ...read more
Recently while preparing a homily for the Feast of the Assumption, I was reading Munificentissimus Deus by Pope Pius XII. It’s the Apostolic Constitution that defines the Dogma of the Assumption of Mary. In the document, the Pope refers to Mary as “August Mother” (pronounced /ô’guhst/ and used as an adjective –not pronounced /aw-guhst/, like ...read more
I have been humbled in the last couple of days to learn that for many, one of the highlights of Krakow 2016 took place on the Wednesday night at the Mercy Centre during an event which I was honoured to help organize. It was called Night of Mercy. The night was described as “featuring XLT ...read more
At the end of the Angelus Address, last Sunday, at Campus Misericordiae in Krakow, Pope Francis announced that the next World Youth Day will take place in 2019 in Panama City, Panama. As we begin preparations for this exciting next WYD, Salt + Light’s Charles LeBourgeois had the chance to speak with Archbishop José Domingo ...read more
Last week we saw how important Saints are, not just to WYD, but also to living our Faith. In 2005 World Youth Day went back to Europe, to Cologne, Germany. This was Pope Benedict’s first World Youth Day. By now, WYDs are an establishment. For me Toronto was very much the WYD that brought it ...read more
I am very excited to be taking a slightly different role for this World Youth Day. Even though I am still helping with our S+L coverage and you will see me on TV, I am going to be spending most of my time at the Mercy Centre at the Tauron Arena-Krakow, which will be the hub ...read more
Last time we saw how WYD is an opportunity to “proclaim it from the rooftops.” Today, we have some models that we can follow when we gather to live and celebrate our faith. In the year 2000 WYD returned to Rome for the Year of the Jubilee. On the Holy Father’s message to the youth ...read more