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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
This week on The World I Know we look at Faith. If there’s anything we all find challenging in this world, it is holding up the faith. Can we all explain WHAT we believe, and WHY we believe? I could be at Children’s Liturgy at a Sunday Mass in my parish and be asked by ...read more
As a former history major I have always been fascinated by the epic naval battle of Lepanto, considered by many historians to be one of the pivotal battles in western civilization. That is why a recent statement by Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City, Missouri caught my eye. With the US Presidential elections upon ...read more
Before I return to Toronto, I would like to highlight one final result of the Synod of Bishops that may result in a national event on the Word of God. Back on October 8th, Bishop Luc Bouchard asked the synod to consider launching an international congress on Scripture, similar to the International Eucharistic Congresses. The ...read more
As heard on Friday’s Zoom, this Sunday, November 2nd, there will be a closing rally in Ottawa for the 40 Days for Life vigil that has been on-going since late September. As a press release says: The 40 Days for Life campaign was organized to pray and fast to end abortion. In the past two ...read more
Continuing our blogs from S+L’ers who were in Los Angeles for the Gabriel Awards, we bring you this blog from Marc Boudignon, one S+L’s fantastic editors, whose credits include ‘Opus Dei: Decoding God’s Work,’ ‘Turning the Tide,’ and ‘Road of Hope: The Spiritual Journey of Cardinal Nguyen Van Thuan’ A Sunday in downtown Los Angeles ...read more
Before he returned to Canada, Cardinal Marc Ouellet graciously granted us an interview outside Paul VI Hall. The ever-candid Archbishop of Quebec City revealed why Pope Benedict released the synod propositions to the media, why the synod perhaps generated less headlines than it should have, and which topics he hopes the next assembly will discuss. ...read more
As an undergrad student studying English Literature I developed a new life philosophy: “that which is understood need not be analyzed”. This was to create a healthy intellectual distance between myself and the professors and teaching assistants who insisted on analyzing to death every minute details of anything that was read as part of the ...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
Paul’s encounter with the glorified Lord on the way to Damascus convinced him that Jesus had died and risen for him and for all. The mystery of the Cross showed him the power of God’s merciful and saving love. As Paul told the Corinthians, he came not to preach in lofty words or wisdom, but ...read more