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From the Toronto Sun Today marks the third anniversary of death of Pope John Paul II. For three solid weeks in April of 2005, we were inundated with words, stories, images and rich ceremonies coming to us from Rome — images that helped us recall and evaluate a charismatic leader’s life and mission. In this ...read more
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years. On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008, we mark the third anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on John Paul II, as I’ve been working on a Catholic Focus examining his legacy. I think Salt + Light CEO Fr. Thomas ...read more
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… [insert hero’s name here]! All right, well maybe having a hero or a role model doesn’t mean we expect that person to sweep in and save us. But it does mean having someone you can look up to, refer to, or exemplify. And the world is full of ...read more
There is a proverb that says: “When the heart is not applied, hands can’t do anything.” It seems as if this were written for Thomas the Apostle in today’s very familiar Gospel story that provides us with an archetypal experience of doubt, struggle and faith. John’s first appearance of the Risen Lord to the disciples ...read more
Recently, a Salt + Light crew went to the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. That crew included Pedro & me as producers, Wally Tello & Richard Valenti as cameramen, and Chris Valka, C.S.B., as our production coordinator. All headed, of course, by our CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. One of the shows coming ...read more
Recently I was back at York University (it’s been a long time) for an event and I heard the University being referred to as a “liberal arts school”. I had never thought of York as a liberal arts school. Of course, I was there studying theatre and was very much immersed in their conservatory program. ...read more
When you were little, what did you dream of being when you grew up? Me… I wanted to be a library book. Things didn’t work out for me. Thankfully, they worked out better… I started paying more attention to the question, “Where is God calling me?” than to “What do I want to be when ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The Passion of Jesus Christ commemorated during Holy Week is connected with every ritual in the entire world. Jesus of Nazareth experiences physical and emotional cruelty that comes from an abuse of power, exercised by those in positions of religious and political leadership. There is not an incident in these gospel ...read more
Easter is the promise that death will visit each of us. But more important, it is the assurance that death does not complete life, but only changes it. Easter prompts us to recall, from the darkest moments of grief to life’s smallest trials, how much God comforts us and gives us the strength to persevere. ...read more
Here’s a press release from the folks at the Eucharistic Congress that I’d thought I’d share with you — be sure to keep them in your prayers! – 1000 km on foot to Quebec City for the International Eucharistic Congress Quebec City, March 20, 2008 – The 2008 International Eucharistic Congress invites all media, as ...read more