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S+L BLOG: Mary Rose Bacani



On Sunday, November 29th, the Chinese programming team of Salt + Light Television had their 5th Fundraising Gala at LeParc Banquet Hall in Thornhill, Ontario. It has become my honour and privilege to attend their annual fundraising dinners for their TV program Fountain of Love and Life, which happens to be the first Chinese Catholic ...read more
Recently, I was able to screen the documentary Interrupted Lives: Catholic Sisters Under European Communism. Part of the Vision & Values series created by the Interfaith Broadcasting Commission, of which the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is a member, this documentary was truly eye-opening. I never thought of what these Sisters could have been ...read more
I was in Grade 10 when I first sat with First Nations people around a circle and “smudged” with them. Smudging is a ceremony that is meant to cleanse the spirit as we ask the Creator to heal us. Sweetgrass and other herbs are burnt, and as an eagle feather is used to waft the ...read more
If you get the opportunity to receive the Pope’s blessing for newlyweds in Rome after his General Audience, what do you do? Sleep in for an hour later than you planned, end up on the third row of five, and not push your way to the front of the group of newlyweds reaching out for ...read more
When we were younger, my sister and I used to love listening to the song Love Changes Everything. It’s from the soundtrack of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Aspects of Love. Love, Love changes everything: Hands and faces, Earth and sky, Love, Love changes everything: How you live and How you die Love Can make ...read more
[The following blog comes from my friends at the Precious Blood community, whom I have written about many times. They took a day to visit us in August and share their experience with us.] As a contemplative Community, we Sisters of the Precious Blood fulfill our main mission in the Church – our ministry of ...read more
I work in the unpredictable world of media and so does my fiancé. As we prepare for marriage, we find it a great blessing to have an opportunity to go away and have a whole weekend of peace and quiet in order to fulfill the archdiocesan requirements for marriage preparation. We heard about the Queen ...read more
Last month, I attended my first wedding in a Greek Orthodox Church. My friend Teresa, a devout Roman Catholic, married Sean, a devout Greek Orthodox. I didn’t know what to expect from the ceremony aside from being surrounded by the distinctive architecture. It was certainly a sacred experience – simple and symbolic of the covenant ...read more
The last Monday of August is always the day that the Philippines celebrates its national heroes. This day falls on August 24th of this year and so I started reflecting on the national heroes I remember. My mind went to the national saint in my history books in the Philippines — Lorenzo Ruiz. I looked ...read more
As you may know, fellow Salt + Light producer, Kris Dmytrenko, and I went to World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney, Australia. Right after World Youth Day, we stayed a few days longer, this time in the southern part of Australia – South Australia! We were kindly hosted by the Archdiocese of Adelaide. Our mission: ...read more