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S+L BLOG: Advent



Six o’clock in the morning of a December 16  on a island planted in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, church bells ring.  It is the first day of a Christmas novena on the Portuguese island of Madeira. The novena is called Missas do parto, or Labour Masses. These Masses happen early in the morning ...read more
How many times have you promised yourself that you’d prepare for Christmas in a more spiritual way? Perhaps you’ve let Christmas go by and then its Boxing Day. After all is said and done, perhaps nothing really changed? Here’s your chance to make this year different. In partnership with the Salesian community of Don Bosco ...read more
A reflection on the importance and history of Saint Nicholas, otherwise known as the Spiritual Father of Christmas. St. Nicholas, pray for us. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: The Pope has a message for international students and Canadians were in Rome to hear it. Plus, the Holy Father reminisces about Advent in Bavaria. ...read more
In our culture of abundance, more and more people are giving to charities this season. As Salt + Light launches its Advent fundraising campaign, Kris and Cheridan explain why should consider a donation to our media ministry. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: The Pope calls for an end to the death penalty, and there’s good news and bad news for relations between China and the Vatican. Plus, a Quebec archdiocese welcomes its new bishop. ...read more
Tonight on Perspectives: Pope Benedict looks back on his trip to Benin at today’s General Audience and Quebec’s Archbishop Lacroix has a special Advent & Christmas message for the faithful. Also, we highlight yesterday’s Christian-Ecumenical event in Toronto. Finally, a private member’s bill goes before the House of Commons. ...read more
Whether you call your Christmas nativity scene a creche, manger, putz, or szopka, displaying the nativity is a treasured Christian tradition. I recall our little manger; I’d spend hours meticulously trying to figure out how many sheep should stand next the ox and if baby Jesus had enough hay to sleep on. No doubt, you ...read more
On November 27th, the First Sunday of Advent, the new Roman Missal goes into effect. Apart from finding out what parts of the Mass will change, we dig deeper and find out how our liturgical celebration is enriched by the new translation. So we went straight to the source and invited the experts.  We engage ...read more
Today is January 6th, and I am thinking of the three wise men. And the three wise men make me think of distances. I was always intrigued about distances in Israel. When I read that Mary and Joseph walked from Nazareth to Bethlehem, or that Mary rode on a donkey, it’s hard to appreciate how ...read more