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On Thursday, December 6th, from 11:30 am to 3 pm ET, a Salt and Light colleague (Kris Dmytrenko) and I had the great honour of attending a day of celebration with the Toronto Catholic District School Board. Themed Faith and Character Development: A Celebration, the event took place at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. It ...read more
“The real problem in Quebec is not the presence of religious signs or the emergence of new invasive religious symbols in public spaces. The real problem in Quebec is the spiritual vacuum created by a religious and cultural rupture, a substantial loss of memory, leading to a crisis of the family and education, leaving citizens ...read more
This year as we celebrate the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Mother, we are also commemorating the 150th Anniversary of the Apparitions of the Blessed Mother at Lourdes, France. My mind goes back to my first visit to this wonderful shrine tucked in the Pyrenees Mountains on the French-Spanish border. When I ...read more
On Catholic Focus this Saturday we address our cultural identity crisis. If you’re not aware we had one, you’re likely not from Quebec, where the Bouchard-Taylor commission is wrestling with the conflicting claims of nationalism, secularism and freedom of religion. Though these tensions are drawing the most attention in Quebec, they underlie issues in English ...read more
[This review of The Golden Compass comes from one of our behind the scenes Salt + Light staff, David LeRoss] “This is a vision of a parallel world. A world with no Magisterium, no authority…” “That is heresy.” “That is the truth.” – The Golden Compass, movie The film The Golden Compass arrives in theatres ...read more
December 6th is the feast day of St. Nicholas. However, you are probably more familiar with his other name…Santa Claus. Santa Claus has become firmly entrenched in our culture and collective memory as the jolly, rotund, bearded and gift bearing fellow from North Pole. We take our kids to the mall to request gifts from ...read more
[This blog comes from Fr. Gordon Kennedy, C.S.B., who helps us out here at Salt + Light. You can catch Fr. Gordon on the Advent round table Focus episode which airs Thursday December 6th and Sunday, December 9th at 7pm and 11pm ET] Of all the Seasons on the Church’s Calendar, I think that the ...read more
This evening the Church enters into Advent. During this time of longing and waiting for the Lord, we are invited to pray and to ponder the Word of God, but most of all, to become a reflection of the light of Christ, indeed of Christ himself. But we all know how difficult it is to ...read more
Following a series of raps on the cathedral door, Most Rev. Anthony Mancini claimed his new seat as Archbishop of Halifax (and Apostolic Administrator of Yarmouth). Apostolic Nuncio Archbishop Luigi Ventura, Cardinal Jean-Claude Turcotte and former Halifax Archbishop Terrence Prendergast were among the hundreds gathered in St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica on Thursday afternoon. A former ...read more
“One of the two who heard John [the Baptist] speak, and followed him, was Andrew, Simon Peter’s brother. He first found his brother Simon, and said to him, “We have found the Messiah.” (Jn 1:40-41) Whenever I hear this passage about Andrew I think of the excitement of a child — a wide eyed innocence, ...read more