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From the Toronto Sun The most significant preparations for Christmas that I experienced were my four years (1990-1994) of graduate studies in sacred scripture in Jerusalem. Living in a Christian minority taught me what expectation and longing for the Messiah was all about. For the first time in my life Christmas itself did not distract ...read more
From the Toronto Sun One of the great stars of the Advent season is John the Baptist. The gospels of Mark and Matthew attest to the large numbers who heard him and went out to see him. The Baptist was a man of the desert and began his preaching there. Throughout biblical history, leaders and ...read more
From the Toronto Sun This weekend the Church begins the liturgical season of Advent. While the world enters the final countdown of shopping days until the “Happy Holiday,” Catholics enter the final leg of longing and waiting for the Messiah’s birth in Bethlehem on Dec. 25. One of the important virtues at the heart of ...read more
From the Toronto Sun This month we have been recalling the 40th anniversary of the end of the Second Vatican Council. I would like to remember a man who was deeply influenced by the Second Vatican Council and became one of its main champions in Canada. George Bernard Cardinal Flahiff, born in Paris, Ont., would ...read more
From the Toronto Sun As we mark Armistice Day — now Remembrance Day — today, remembering is our duty and common responsibility. What is the best way to honour those who have died in war? Parades, rallies, memorial services, moving ceremonies with old veterans and the wearing of poppies are all good and important in ...read more
From the Toronto Sun A very important 40th anniversary was marked on Oct. 28 — that of the Second Vatican Council’s declaration “Nostra Aetate” (“In our time”), which dealt with the Catholic church’s relations with Jews and other non-Christians. The 1965 declaration said the church rejects nothing that is true and holy in non-Christian religions. ...read more
From the Toronto Sun On Tuesday, we begin the month of November, a time traditionally set aside by Catholics to remember both the Saints and those who have died. “All Saints Day” (Nov. 1) and “All Souls Day” (Nov. 2) set the tone for the month. The pain of death and loss touches all people ...read more
From the Toronto Sun In recent weeks I have received numerous requests from readers asking for clarification on one of the principal themes emerging from the Pontificate of Pope Benedict XVI — the struggle against moral relativism. Shortly before he was elected Pope, Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger preached the homily at the pre-conclave Mass, warning against ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Twenty-seven years ago today, on Oct. 16, 1978, Polish Cardinal Karol Wojtyla walked out onto the world stage. From that moment onward, he was known to us as Pope John Paul II. This youthful, athletic pope took the world by storm and the media responded to him in an extraordinary way, ...read more
From the Toronto Sun The celebration of Thanksgiving in Canada makes an interesting counterpoint to the holiday celebrated by our American neighbours. While Americans remember the Pilgrims settling in the New World, Canadians give thanks for a successful harvest. At the heart of our Thanksgiving celebration is the idea of giving thanks for the goodness ...read more