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On April 15th, Ron Howard’s latest film adaptation hit the big screens. This time he brought to life Dan Brown’s thriller Angels & Demons. I read the book about two years ago while I was living in Rome. I would describe the book as a page-turner, the exact type of book you’d like to be ...read more
“Parting is such sweet sorrow.” So Archbishop Migliore quoted Shakespeare the Great in the homily for Thursday’s Mass at the close of the Catholic Social Teaching seminar in New York City. How appropriate it is that, just like the Apostles who were sent out by Jesus, we are also being sent back home to apply ...read more
The angels’ words to the “men of Galilee” in the first reading from the Acts of the Apostles for the Feast of the Ascension of the Lord [1:1-11] are painfully blunt and leave little room for misinterpretation: “Why do you stand here looking up at the skies? This Jesus who has been taken from you ...read more
Wednesday was the best day yet of the Path to Peace Foundation’s 2009 Catholic Social Teaching Seminar. Let’s just say it was an emotional day that increased our desire to change the world. Here was the line-up of activities: Three speakers in the morning about being witnesses for social change in Israel/Palestine and developing countries ...read more
One week ago, about ten thousand Canadians marched on Ottawa’s Parliament Hill in defense of life. For many participants, the day started at the Cathedral of Notre-Dame with mass, presided over by the city’s Archbishop Terrence Prendergast, S.J. He was joined by a dozen of his confreres, including Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec City and ...read more
An Ode to the Lady Being the Lady who is the Statue of Liberty Is a very difficult task. I try to be her, and so does the Basilian seminarian But we look like we’ve put on a mask. I must ask her when I next see her How she can look so calm and ...read more
On Tuesday I officially celebrated my one month anniversary of landing on Canadian soil! I have come to Salt + Light from Australia to complete a three month internship and what an experience it has been so far! After being in Toronto for the past four weeks I was delighted to be invited to attend ...read more
On this day it seemed I walked everywhere and did everything: From Holy Family Parish for Mass; To the UN to hear from the Ambassador from Malta and from the Head of Delegation of The International Committee of the Red Cross; From the Sisters of Life Convent to hear about their work with women; To ...read more
As you may have already read, from May 7-10 I had the privilege of travelling to Houston, Texas. It was a time of celebration and thanksgiving for two great friends of Salt and Light, Chris Valka and Morgan Rice. Both have been journeying with the Basilian Fathers for several years now. The weekend started with ...read more
I’d like you to take a few seconds to guess where I am in this photo. No, not in the market and no, not in a subway in Toronto. In this photo, I am stuck, very much like a sardine in a can, in a New York train with 51 young Americans and one Basilian ...read more