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There is a reason why this week is called Holy Week. As a kid, these words directly translated to daily, long bouts of sitting in the pews of St. Ambrose Cathedral in a tiny ocean town in southwestern Nova Scotia. I recall looking forward to this time of the year as it was typically marked ...read more
With the approach of Holy Week, Christians are seeking out ways to more fully enter into the solemn commemoration of Christ’s last days on earth before His death. Many Catholics, out of devotion to the person of Christ, have sought to imitate the sacred Seder Meal (Passover) that Christ celebrated with His disciples on the ...read more
Let’s face it: sex is sometimes a divisive issue both in and outside the Roman Catholic Church. And I’m not talking about the conjugal act (that’s a whole different issue in its entirety).While God created us as men and women, the full human being made in God’s likeness isn’t limited to what’s between a person’s ...read more
Last week we posted the question: “Does prayer require effort?” As is the case every week, we anticipated uniformity in our answers but were surprised at the diversity (and thoughtfulness) in the responses. One such thoughtful answer came to us from Haiku Hamu who asks: “Is there ever any genuine value in the things that ...read more
I could hear the roar of the crowd even before I stepped out of my apartment building. The celebration for Canada’s final gold medal was in full swing on Yonge Street in downtown Toronto. I could hardly contain my own excitement as I rushed towards Dundas Square, camera in hand, to join the revelry that ...read more
Since Perspectives’ debut last month, a painstaking amount of thought has gone into each Question of the Week. In fact, as soon as we are finished filming the Friday show, we conduct an office-wide poll on which question should be featured on the next week’s episode. I am always surprised by how much discussion is ...read more
I’m seeing more than a few Facebook statuses that indicate many of my friends and family members are still undecided on how they will enter into the spirit of the Lent. If you fall into this category, or even if you are looking to be inspired on how to bolster your existing Lenten regimen, tune ...read more
Go to www.stgianna.ca and you’ll meet a parish community that’s very much alive in the faith.  Surprisingly, this St. Gianna parish community in Winnipeg has not had a church building they can call their own since they had their first Mass in 2004.  On their website, you’ll see a video of their church building in ...read more
Be sure to watch the launch of Perspectives: The Weekly Edition tonight at 7 and 11 pm ET (8 pm PT). Joining me are newly-ordained Auxiliary Bishop of Toronto Vincent Nguyen and screenwriter/blogger Sr. Marie-Paul Curley of the Daughters of St. Paul. (Prior to tonight, Bishop Nguyen’s most recently appeared on CBC’s “The Hour” with ...read more
A friend once mentioned how it’s great that there are courses to prepare you for marriage, and that, when you have serious marriage problems, you can go to Retrouvaille. But what about the in-between? Is the couple basically on their own once they’re married? I had a great conversation with Blake Sittler, director of the ...read more