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S+L BLOG: Advent



  This year on November 28, Jews begin their eight-day celebration of Hanukkah at sundown.  Then on Sunday, Christians begin the season of Advent, which culminates with the birth of the Savior at Christmas.  During the eight day period of Hanukkah, Jews celebrate the Festival of Lights and continue to long for the Messiah’s coming. For many ...read more
The 12 Days of Christmas continues with Cheridan Sanders and her memories of celebrating Christmas as a child in South Africa and the new special meaning Advent has taken on for her. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives we take a look at today’s general audience and the Pope’s Twitter feed. ...read more
Pope Benedict’s third volume of “Jesus of Nazareth” demonstrates that the nativity has profound significance for our faith lives — and not just during the Christmas season. Dr. Josephine Lombardi, professor at St. Augustine Seminary, and Fr. Thomas Rosica, Salt + Light’s CEO, share what they’ve learned from the Pope’s latest book. This new episode ...read more
In the Jubilee Year of 2000, John Paul II made a very insightful statement.  He said: “Our Christian witness would be hopelessly inadequate if we ourselves had not first contemplated the face of the Lord.”  The same might be said of our fully entering into the Christmas season. Christmas is a time in which we ...read more
When Christmas is near, we all become traditionalists. Even the most anti-establishment types among us are horrified by attempts to alter our treasured rituals. As one example, Toronto shoppers were aghast at the unveiling of the modernized Christmas tree in the Eaton Centre shopping mall. Replacing the traditional, Swarovski-bedazzled faux-fir of years past, this year’s ...read more
Salt + Light presents a series of blogs reflecting on Advent and Christmas by Bishop William McGrattan, Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto, and S+L CEO Fr. Thomas Rosica, CSB. The series will look at Mary, Joseph, the Word Made Flesh, and the Magi, and will be spread over the next two weeks. We begin by Remembering ...read more
The Vatican has released Pope Benedict XVI’s schedule for Advent and Christmas. He will preside over nine services between the beginning of Advent and the Epiphany. He will: — Lead an evening prayer service with Rome university students in St. Peter’s Basilica Dec. 1. — Pay homage to Mary on the feast of the Immaculate ...read more
The neighbourhood diner was packed after Mass on January 1st. Some patrons came to celebrate the New Year, while others were seeking a greasy antidote to their rough morning. As my friends and I waited for our brunch, I asked them whether they were looking forward to 2012. They all shrugged. One dismissed January 1st ...read more
Disclosing the truth about Santa Claus. This is a difficult one. As the kids gleefully prepare their stockings, when is the right time to break it to them? Or should they just find the presents not-so-discreetly hidden under the bed one day? Are we lying to our children?  Will you stoically hold the line and ...read more