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Gaudete Sunday’s first reading from the prophet Isaiah [35:1-10] highlights the paradox of Advent. The prophet captured the paradox of barrenness and rejoicing as no other poet has. Scanning the southern Negev desert’s gnarled surface he saw a vision of God’s new creation. Listen to some of Isaiah’s lyrical desires and hopes: “The wilderness and ...read more
[This blog comes from David LeRoss, a behind the scenes member of the Salt + Light family who last week provided a review the Golden Compass] It’s been a week now since the film version of The Golden Compass opened in theatres. Many Catholics are asking what all the controversy is about: isn’t it just ...read more
Advent is the season of the prophets and the Scripture readings of these weeks and days before Christmas help us to focus our vision and deepen our longing for the Messiah. After the prophets died, even if their words seemed already to have been fulfilled, their sayings were handed on and became the vehicle through ...read more
Had you asked me when I was a little boy, what Mary, the Mother of God, looked like, I would’ve said that she’s dark skinned, pregnant, wears a rose coloured dress with blue-green cape and has the sun’s rays shining out of her (or from behind her). On her cloak there are the constellations, she ...read more
Death. Judgment. Heaven. Hell — the Four Last Things. A pretty heavy subject – especially this time of year when in most places the eggnog is freely flowing and Christmas carols are ringing in our ears. On the other hand, perhaps it is an appropriate program this time of year. Advent is a time to ...read more
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