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At the beginning of Mark’s story of the Son of God, we read of the calling of the first disciples (1:16-20) and the confrontation with evil (1:21-28). The calling, influenced by the compelling calls of the prophets (e.g., Isaiah 6:1-13; Jeremiah 1:14-19), is a model of discipleship. Jesus is not a solitary prophet but one ...read more
You may think a sport which celebrates violent collisions, bone jarring hits and jar dropping bravado would have little to do with faith. But when the Arizona Cardinals and Pittsburgh Steelers square off in Super Bowl XLIII Sunday night there will be plenty of faith stories between the hashmarks. From Arizona Quarterback Kurt Warner’s unabashed ...read more
As anyone who reads this blog will know by now, Vancouver has a new Archbishop, Michael Miller. This past weekend, a Salt + Light crew traveled to Vancouver to cover his Mass of Thanksgiving, which officially marks the beginning of his tenure as Vancouver’s spiritual leader. That Mass will air on Salt + Light this ...read more
Every year (for the past four years), I wait until the time is right, and then I go away to London, Ontario, for a few days and lock myself up in a monastery. No, it’s not that dramatic, really. I spend my time in the monastery in quiet contemplation, to receive spiritual direction, and to ...read more
This Christmas, I received a gift of countless worth: the honour of meeting my newborn nephew and soon-to-be godson, Nathaniel Roland. Not only did he arrive one week early cause he couldn’t bear the thought of missing the big New Year’s bash (like godmother like godson), but he became the reason to celebrate. Holding the ...read more
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Australia Day
James Lucas
January 26, 2009
As one of the newest additions to the Salt + Light team I thought it would be time for me to write my first blog. Being one of two Australians working for S+L I thought that today, being Australia Day, would be the best time to introduce myself. This will be my first time celebrating ...read more
Fifty years ago today, at the conclusion of a celebration marking the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul in the great Roman Basilica dedicated to the Apostle to the Nations in Rome, Pope John XIII went for a stroll in the small interior garden of the basilica.  He startled his small entourage by letting ...read more
“Let love be genuine!” proclaimed Archbishop Collins thrusting his finger in the air… it was an ‘a-ha’ moment for me. It felt as if that passage of Scripture was new, and something that I had never heard before. Stressing the word genuine, Toronto’s chief shepherd spoke with conviction, with boldness. It seemed like an obvious ...read more
I am in Washington this week filming a future epsiode for the investigative series Eye on the Church (which returns to Salt + Light Television this spring). My visit just happened to coincide with two epic events: Tuesday’s inauguration of President Barack Obama and Thursday’s March for Life. One brought 1.8 million people chanting “Yes ...read more
Those with literal minds will question many things about the Jonah story [Jonah 3:1-5, 10]: the great fish, the size and population of this immense city, and the conversion of the Assyrians. On the other hand, those who really listen to and view this story with ears and eyes of faith will take all of ...read more