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[The following lecture by Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver, was delivered on Tuesday morning, February 24, 2009, to a large gathering of Catholic Business Leaders and public officials at St. Paul’s Basilica in downtown Toronto. It was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Toronto, the Salt and Light Catholic Television Network, ...read more
[The following lecture by Most Reverend Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., Archbishop of Denver, was delivered on Monday evening, February 23, 2009, to a standing-room only audience in St. Basil’s Collegiate Church on the campus of the University of Toronto. It was sponsored by the Archdiocese of Toronto, Salt + Light Catholic Television Network, the ...read more
Today the Church begins her great Lenten journey with Jesus on the road to Jerusalem. For centuries, Lent has been a very intense spiritual journey and experience for the followers of Jesus Christ. Why are there forty days in Lent? It took forty days for sinfulness to drown in the flood before a new creation ...read more
This morning, I had to leave my house at 5:45 am (not just get up at 5:45, but leave my house at 5:45), which is very, very unusual for me. I can barely get up before 8 am most days! I wanted to go to the Mass and Breakfast for Catholic Business Leaders in the ...read more
This morning, I asked my colleagues at H2Onews how they celebrated Carnival, the Italian pre-Lenten festival. They shrugged their shoulders. Similarly, I don’t know many Canadians who strictly observe our Shrove Tuesday pancake tradition. Worldwide, I’m guessing that the majority of us can’t find time to party before Ash Wednesday arrives. Still, signs of Carnival ...read more
Healing stories in the Gospels are never simply a reversal of physical misfortune. God works through miracles, through political forces, social action, intrigue, personal and societal chaos and daily, ordinary living to pick us up from where we have fallen and redirect us along right pathways. Many aspects of Jesus’ early ministry in Mark’s Gospel ...read more
Last summer, I decided to begin reading the Bible cover to cover. Not that I hadn’t read the Bible before, of course I had – in spurts – in fact, the Bible that my Mom gave me when I left home at 16, is almost all underlined, with scribbles on the margins and falling apart. ...read more
I surprised even myself by succeeding to catch the 7 AM train on Sunday.  I had woken up at 5:30 AM to do so, knowing that this was my only opportunity to reach the little-known island of Ponza. The ferry website listed just one boat departing from the seaside town of Anzio each morning. My ...read more
Earlier this week I spoke with Cardinal Zenon Grocholewski at an Acton Institute-sponsored event at Rome’s Pontifical Antonianum University. The “State Financing of Catholic Schools” conference asked whether, as an extension of the recognized right to education in accord with conscience, governments were obliged to make alternative religious schools accessible to parents who can’t afford ...read more
Imagine you have a special needs child. Maybe they have Downs syndrome, maybe they have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, maybe they have Autism. Now imagine that you still want this child to learn about the faith, the faith that led you to keep them when doctors advised not to, or perhaps the faith that led ...read more