BLOG: Deacon Pedro
This week, I’m taking a break from Deacon-structing and instead giving you my best shot at a summary of 2016: As seen from the SLHour radio desk, with many of the artists that we featured on the program this year. On this special New Years edition of the SLHour, we revisit all the new albums ...read more
Two years ago I was home, in Panama for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary. They were married December 26, 1964. Of course, the priest had to make a comment about how St. Stephen was the first martyr and how Marriage is like martyrdom. We laughed but he had a point. Martyrs are not killed against ...read more
The Christmas story told through the eyes, words and imagination of children. – Special thanks to Anna Boyagoda, Coordinator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd – Archdiocese of Toronto; St. Benedict Parish, Toronto, for permission to film at their Mary Help of Christians Children’s Atrium, Fr. Mario Villaraza SDB, Pastor of St Benedict and ...read more
Some years ago, in an episode of Perspectives about the truth about Santa Claus we had a wonderful discussion on Perspectives Weekly about teaching our kids that Christmas is about Christ. We’ve never had so many comments on one program! I remember that one of the comments came from Warren Dungen, who suggested that we ...read more
Wondering about our Christmas edition of the Salt + Light Radio Hour? This year, because our move, we are temporarily without a radio studio and so this Christmas we will re-broadcast our Christmas Special from a few years ago. It’s good to watch again, or maybe you missed it the first time. Here it is, ...read more
He coined the phrases “global village” and “the medium is the message” and he predicted the internet in 1962. He is called the greatest media theorist of our age, he is definitely one of the greatest minds of the 20th century. Join Deacon Pedro and his guest, Simon Rogers, the archivist of Special Collections at ...read more
This Advent, Deacon Pedro teams up with Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich to see how Judaism can help us prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Last week, we looked at the significance of light. In this final week, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi Aaron wonder to where do words, signs, symbols and light point and explore the ...read more
For the last two weeks (part 1 and part 2) I’ve been trying to imagine what our world would be like had Jesus never been born. It’s easy to say that The Church would not exist or that we would have no Pope. There would be no priests, deacons, religious sisters or brothers, nor there ...read more
This Advent, Deacon Pedro teams up with Rabbi Aaron Flanzraich to see how Judaism can help us prepare for the coming of the Messiah. Last week we looked at signs and symbols and saw that light is both sign and symbol in all faith traditions. In this third week of Advent, Deacon Pedro and Rabbi ...read more
Last week I was imagining a world without Christmas. That would mean no Christmas music and no Christmas movies. But a world without Jesus would mean much more to our popular culture. One of my favourite Broadway musicals is Les Miz. I never read the novel, Les Miserables by Victor Hugo and wasn’t crazy about ...read more