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S+L BLOG: Julian Paparella



A reflection for the Feast of Saint Joseph Calasanz On August 25th the Church celebrates the feast of a man whose care for children has made him their patron saint. Saint Joseph Calasanz was born into a noble Spanish family in 1557. At the age of fourteen he decided to become a priest, but his ...read more
The staff of Salt + Light Media come from 14 different countries. This summer, for Canada’s 150th anniversary, we are reflecting on what makes Canada so special to each of us? Here Julian Paparella, a returning intern, reflects on the uniqueness that comes with being Canadian. A Reflection for Canada 150  As a Canadian since ...read more
A reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd Sunday This Sunday’s Gospel gives us an image that summarizes all that we have celebrated in the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus. Jesus description of the Good Shepherd in John 10 shows us how He saw His mission in the world, and His mission in ...read more
A reflection for the Second Sunday of Easter, Divine Mercy Sunday The season of Easter continues for seven weeks, marking the fifty days between Jesus’ resurrection from the dead and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. Easter lasts even longer than Lent! The Gospel for this Sunday, the Second Sunday of Easter, is ...read more
A reflection on the Passion of our Lord What do we celebrate on Good Friday? Why do we drag ourselves through the Passion year after year instead of skipping right ahead to the joy of the resurrection at Easter? Do we not know that Jesus is risen? Do we suffer from annual amnesia, reliving the same ...read more
A reflection for Palm Sunday There are two Gospel readings for this Sunday, Palm Sunday. The first is the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem (Matthew 21:1-11). This Gospel is proclaimed as our palms are blessed, uniting us with the same crowds that cried “Hosanna” and praised Jesus as their king, “he who comes in ...read more
A reflection for the Fifth Sunday of Lent The question is often raised, “If God is good, why is there evil in the world?” Sometimes this dilemma is even used as a proof that God does not exist – if God is all-good and all-powerful, shouldn’t He be able to prevent all evil from happening? ...read more
A reflection for the Fourth Sunday of Lent It can be difficult to imagine what life would be like if we were born blind. How would we function? How would we perceive the world? But is physical blindness the only form of blindness? Is it the worst form of blindness? The Fourth Sunday of Lent ...read more
A reflection for the Third Sunday of Lent We all have some part of us that we wish was different. Something in ourselves that we wish was otherwise. Often this part of us can be a source of shame, of fear, of regret, of embarrassment. It is something we wish would just go away, that ...read more
A reflection for the Second Sunday of Lent What keeps us going through difficult times? What inspires our hope when the situation is bleak? What makes us persevere when it would be easier to give up? In the Gospel reading for the Second Sunday of Lent, we see Jesus ascend Mount Tabor with His three ...read more