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The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason too it can and should be called “the domestic Church.” (21)- John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio Today in Ontario we celebrate “Family Day.” It’s a new civic holiday that was part of the Ontario Liberals’ election campaign. Political jockeying ...read more
… It’s Valentine’s Day, the day for romance, and what have I got to offer you for Catholic Focus tonight??? A lot of SILENCE…. But wait, silence not too far off from the theme of love. Because lovers who love don’t always need so many words to say to each other. Being in each other’s ...read more
Love is in the air. Or perhaps it’s the endless flurries that seem to be circulating around us here in Toronto. Regardless, today is Valentine’s Day, and card companies everywhere are excited to count their profits come February 15th. Maybe I’m being cynical, but isn’t Valentine’s day just a day of over priced roses with ...read more
Imagine a job that requires you be on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Pay is minimal and demands are high. Guaranteed to be moments of high stress. And duties include everything from chauffeuring, preparing meals, keeping staff in line, and cleaning up after everyone. Probably… there won’t be a long line-up ...read more
As you may have heard on Tuesday’s edition of Zoom, Salt + Light’s own Jasmin Lemieux-Lefebvre is going to be on-loan to the International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City. He’ll be temporarily moving with his family to “La Belle Province” to join the Congress’ communications team as they gear up for the June 15th-22nd event. ...read more
These are the words that we hear on Ash Wednesday as ashes are imposed on our forehead in the shape of a cross: “Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel” (or with the alternate formula: “Remember that you are dust and unto dust you shall return”).This invitation on the lips of the ...read more
Mmmm… home… makes me think of sunny kitchens and fresh-baked cookies. In fact, it makes me want to go home right now, wrap my arms around my mom, and steal five of those cookies (to start). Moms and homes… what a great combination that is sure to stir-up stories, whether they are about our own ...read more
Salt + Light Television is pleased to present Ash Wednesday Holy Mass with the blessing and imposition of ashes, today at 10:30am ET with an evening encore presentation at 8:30pm ET (after a new episode of Mothering, Full of Grace). His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will be the celebrant. Based on a Lenten tradition, the ...read more
Fat Tuesday. Shrove Tuesday. Pancake Tuesday. Call it what you want, it is the day before Ash Wednesday, and the day before the Church’s great penitential season of Lent. Lent is a time of prayer, almsgiving, and fasting… sounds pretty daunting — and kind of unsettling. It’s probably a good thing though for us to ...read more
As if they were the only two in Kelown’s Immaculate Conception Church, papal nuncio Archbishop Luigi Ventura preached much of his homily directly to Br. John Corriveau, who minutes later would be ordained Bishop. “When I informed you of the Pope’s appointment, you responded to me: “I give myself to the decision of the Holy ...read more