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Indigenous and Catholic: Sr. Priscilla Solomon on Perspectives Weekly

In 2007, almost 60 years after the United Nations declaration on human rights, the United Nations adopted the declaration on the rights of indigenous peoples. The declaration recognizes Indigenous people’s basic human rights, as well as rights to self-determination, language, equality and land, among others. There were four votes against: Australia, New Zealand, the United States and Canada. A few weeks ago, Canada officially removed its objector status and agreed to begin working to implement the declaration within the laws of the country. To tell us more about Indigenous rights, Truth and Reconciliation and how one can be indigenous and catholic at the same time, I am now joined by Sr. Priscilla Solomon – an Ojibway and member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph…

Join us this week for a special Perspectives Weekly on Mercy. I’ll be speaking with Sr. Priscilla Solomon an indigenous Catholic Sister, about the rights of indigenous peoples and the truth and reconciliation commission.
That’s this Friday and Sunday, 7 and 11pm Eastern, 8 pacific.

Truth and Reconciliation Commission:

Catholic responses to Truth and Reconciliation Commission Call to Action 48 and questions regarding the “Doctrine of Discovery”

United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples:

More Resources:

What is Reconciliation? https://vimeo.com/25389165

Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: https://vimeo.com/51598291

Being an “expert in humanity”… is for everyone!

Subject Matters: “Experts in Humanity: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing”
by Josephine Lombardi, PhD
Sunday, May 29 at 8:30pmET / 5:30pm PT

This Sunday’s all-new episode of Subject Matters features a wonderful book that brings together Catholic spirituality and contemporary biology and psychology.  Theologian Josephine Lombardi takes us on a spiritual journey towards being our best selves in “Experts in Humanity: A Journey of Self-Discovery and Healing.”  Ahead of Sunday’s premiere, check out “My Take” on Professor Lombardi’s book and tune in Sunday night!

Your future depends on you knowing God and knowing yourself. This will bring you healing, and your own story of healing will inspire others to know God and to know themselves.
Experts in Humanity, p.127


Pursuit | A Reflection on Mercy


God is in pursuit of us. He loves us so much. We, in return, should let our hearts be captivated by Mercy, and in turn become pursuers of others, and missionaries of Love.

Medically Assisted Dying: What does the Church Say?

the-joy-of-love-960x540 For the last couple of weeks we’ve been paying a little more attention to issues of death, dying and suffering. These will touch all of us at some point in our lives and the Church has been journeying with people through these times for millennia.

As Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide become legal in Canada, I took the opportunity while in Edmonton, to speak with Archbishop Richard Smith and asked him to explain what the Church teaches, why and what’s wrong with these practices.

This conversation will air on Catholic Focus tonight, Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 7:05pm ET / 4:05pm PT and will repeat at 11:05pm ET / 8:05pm PT.

Hope you can join us!

Pope Francis Greets Ukrainian Children – Perspectives Daily

Today on Perspectives Pope Francis greets ukrainian children  and we take a look at today’s General Audience

Coast to Coast: May 8 to May 14



Here is a look at the vast and varied things that we’ve been reading about across the country this week:

The Fort McMurray fire is still very much front and centre this week. The WCR has this special report about what its like to fight Alberta wild fires.

In Saskatoon, the Prairie Messengers is offering a five part series reflecting on the issues around euthanasia and the government’s push to bring in an assisted suicide law by June 6. Here is part one.

Vancouver is famous for its breathtaking natural beauty, astronomically high housing cost, and the squalor of the downtown east side. One couple in Van City is marking 20 years of doing what they can to help the poorest and neediest on Vancouver’s streets.

If you watched the tv show Flashpoint, you know his face. You probably don’t know that he grew up in a less than perfect family situation or that his refuge was his Catholic high school. The Catholic Register has Enrico Colantoni’s witness to the strengths of a Catholic school.

2016 March for Life – Perspectives Daily

In today’s episodes of Perspectives Daily, we feature some of our coverage from the March For Life Rally in Ottawa.

Our team on the ground spent the day filming and interviewing people about why this event is important to them.

Here is a small sample of our coverage.



New S+L book show “Subject Matters” premieres this weekend

“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” Cicero

Subject Matters is a brand new series on Salt + Light Television that promotes the reading and writing of books in our time. As digital content becomes more prominent and accessible, books are becoming more peripheral in people’s lives. But are they still relevant? Ahead of the premiere of Subject Matters on Sunday, May 15th, host Sebastian Gomes reflects on the power of reading and explains how the show adapts the artistic nature of books on screen (above).

In the show, Sebastian sits down with contemporary authors and editors to discuss a variety of books of interest, from pressing political and cultural issues to questions and debates about the supernatural. Two criteria are used in the selection of books: Is the book relevant? And, is the book readable? With the production of Subject Matters, S+L hopes to reignite interest in the ancient art of the written word and spark the imaginations of a new generation of book lovers. Beautifully filmed on location at Ben McNally Books in downtown Toronto, Subject Matters links the old with the new to create a television experience that is visually stunning and rich in content. Each 30-minute episode features an interview with the author of a book, a discussion on the relevance of the topic and a peer review segment for a broad and substantial analysis of current and relevant ideas.

Subject Matters premieres Sunday, May 15th at 8:30pm ET / 5:30pm PT
Featuring “Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery.
by David Gibson

Watch John Thavis on Perspectives Weekly

(Perspectives Weekly: Catholic Update with John Thavis premiered Friday, May 6th on S+L TV.)

Things are always happening at the Vatican and throughout the Catholic world that warrant discussion and analysis.  One of the most widely respected commentators or “Vaticanistas” is John Thavis, former Rome Bureau Chief for Catholic News Service.   Thavis retired from his CNS position in 2012 to devote himself full time to writing.  His 2013 book “The Vatican Diaries” became a New York Times best-seller.  His latest book, “The Vatican Prophecies” investigates supernatural signs, apparitions, and miracles in the modern age.  But his popular writing hasn’t removed him completely from the Catholic news scene.  In this episode of Perspectives: The Weekly Edition, guest-hosted by Sebastian Gomes, Thavis analyzes some important current events in the life of the Catholic Church with clarity and objectivity typical of his renowned journalistic career.  Topics discussed include: Pope Francis’ recent exhortation on the family (Amoris Laetitia), Francis’ solidarity visit to the refugees in Lesbos, Greece, Bernie Sanders’ surprise invitation to the Vatican and implications of the US presidential campaign for the Church.

A Parent’s Pilgrimage – #SLPilgrimage


A couple of months before arriving in Jerusalem, I was driving my six-year-old daughter to school and she asked me about Jesus’ footprints. Not the real one located inside the Chapel of the Ascension, rather, she wanted to talk about the ones from famous poem called Footprints. She had seen the poster of it hung up in her school hallway, but wasn’t able to read more than a few words of it. Yet the picture of the sunlit beach and the lines in the sand was vivid enough to make a strong impression on her.

In the car, she asked me to recite it. Well, not recite it, really, but “to tell her the story of the footprints”. I did my best to remember the full poem, but it was as though everything aside from the twist ending had receded from memory, half-washed away like a real footprint by the ocean’s tide.

Later that day, after she’d come home from school, I made a point of finding the poem to read it to her. She listened intently, with wide eyes and a slight smile on her face, until the end, when asked me to read it again. And again. And again. And…again. Apparently, I told myself, the splendour of God’s divine mercy doesn’t lose its sheen after five successive readings. In any case, I was happy that she took so much joy from it, and maybe even some childlike comfort. Moreover, I was happy that her innocence and curiosity lead me back to this clever little poem which in its own way reminds us of the incredible mystery of God’s ineffable love.

In the same way that Jesus shows this type of love to all his adopted sons and daughters, I too strive to give the same measure of unconditional, sacrificial love in my vocation as father and husband. If the family is the domestic church, like St. John Paul II has written, then it is my job to be as holy as possible, so that I can help lead my whole family to heaven. And what better role model do I have for holy fatherhood than St. Joseph?

We can try to envision what it must have been like for a simple, devout man to undertake — and I’m probably understating this just a little bit — the most important job in the entire history of world. Over the course of less than a year, Joseph would go from bachelor to newlywed to father of a King. Now, at the time he may not have fully realized that last part, but still, for what parent is their child not the tiny prince or princess of their own universe? Either way, from the moment Jesus was born, St. Joseph knew it was his job to help care and protect him, to dutifully and lovingly raise him from boy to man, educating him in matters of life, work and faith. A daunting task, for sure, but one that was undertaken with great hope and humility, approached with the same fiat that Mary gave.

Clearly, Joseph was a man of devotion. He showed this in the way he treated Mary so honourably in marriage. In the way he loved her and the child inside her womb by bearing much of the physical burden of leading the family from Nazareth to Bethlehem. It was also shown by the lines and marks in his weathered hands. The way he worked with them, strenuously and tirelessly to provide for the material needs of his family. Looking at St. Joseph The Worker, it is easy to see how so many men have lost sense of their purpose because they’ve lost sense of their duty, which is, when it all comes down to it, the day-to-day task of loving service.

Under his earthly father’s watchful eye and gentle tutelage, Jesus would learn the ins and outs of carpentry, what it meant to fashion useful things from the raw materials around them. We have no way of knowing what they made, but by the knowledge of their labour, we learn from both of them a great deal of what it means to be a proper son, a proper father and husband and very much a proper steward of God’s creation. No doubt Jesus would have heard from Jospeh how important it was to use everything they could, not to waste any of their materials since to do so would be careless and irresponsible. Also, he would’ve been taught how important it was for a carpenter to use his time wisely so as to be able to meet any promise he might make to someone who was depending on him to finish a job. Joseph was bequeathing life skills to Jesus, but he was also giving good lessons in ethical behaviour.

These lessons probably did more to ennoble Joseph than they did to teach to teach the Son of God how to live a morally upright life. And in a way, the same could be said for any parent: the vocation of father or mother is truly a gift given by God. The job of being a parent is as much a sanctifying work for the adult as it is a useful education for the child. Like St. Joseph, the experience of raising children is meant to help train us to give more freely, love more fully, hurt more willingly, and desire heaven for everyone more thoroughly.

Being a parent is a pilgrimage. A long set of footprints which start in one place and end in another place ahead of you, a place which you can’t quite make out for the low, bright sun hanging there in the sky. And when you look backward, the tide of grace has made your sandy footprints from five years ago almost unrecognizable compared to the footprints you made just three steps ago. And like St. Joseph carried Jesus when he was a boy, and the way Jesus carries us all through our lives, the most important thing we are called to do as parents is to carry our children as much as we can, leading them on a path to holiness.

Marc Boudignon is a Senior Editor for Salt + Light.