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Yes, we do indeed have a birthday today, an 80th birthday! Let us give thanks to God for blessing us with the great gift of Pope Benedict XVI; a humble servant, a wise theologian, a loving leader to the faithful! It’s important to pray every day for our Holy Father, but today on his birthday, ...read more
Eternal God, in whom mercy is endless and the treasury of compassion inexhaustible, look kindly upon us and increase Your mercy in us, that in difficult moments we might not despair nor become despondent, but with great confidence submit ourselves to Your holy will, which is Love and Mercy itself. Have you ever had a ...read more
I guess that’s what it becomes when you add to it a side of Theology. Where is this wonderful pint being served you ask? In the heart of Toronto’s Annex … and perhaps even in your own community! If it hasn’t arrived to your local pub yet, tune in to this Friday’s Catholic Focus to ...read more
What are you doing this Saturday, April 14th? If you don’t have plans – and if you already do have plans may I suggest a change – perhaps you should consider checking out the Lift Jesus Higher Rally. For those of you who have never been, it’s an all-day event held usually every April, jam-packed ...read more
What is a real hero? Who should we aspire to be like? How do great men and women of faith impact their respective eras? On Wednesday’s edition of Catholic Focus John Ignatowicz and I explore the life and impact of William Wilberforce, the British politician and abolitionist credited with leading the campaign to end the ...read more
I had the chance to meet earlier this year with three young adults who joined the organizing committee of the 2008 Eucharistic Congress (CEI 2008) in Quebec City. They are part of a special program called “A Year for God.” The young people joining the program not only get an amazing work experience, but they ...read more
But Peter, standing with the eleven, lifted up his voice and addressed them …”Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs which God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know — this Jesus, delivered up according to ...read more
I love the Gospel we read Easter Sunday morning. I’m sure it’s a familiar one to you — Peter and John run to the tomb and see the linen cloths while Mary Magdalene stands outside weeping. It’s the exchange between Mary Magdalene and our Lord that I find so stirring. For a moment, place yourself ...read more
I’d like to take a moment to share with you the second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday. It comes from an ancient Holy Saturday homily. I hope you enjoy the wonderful imagery as you prepare to welcome Easter Sunday! The Lord’s Descent into the Underworld Something strange is happening – there ...read more
What are you thinking Lord? I know you are fully God, and I know you trust in your Father, but as fully man, you must feel some trepidation as you consider the great burden of the sins your shoulders are to bear; shoulders that seem to curl like a sheet of paper, hardly able to ...read more