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Last time I looked at the issue of reading the Gospels literally and briefly looked at how and why the Gospels may have been written. When you read the Gospels, it’s not so much the facts, but the message that matters. Peter Kreeft in his book You Can Understand the Bible (Ignatius Press) clarifies this ...read more
The Fifth Sunday of Lent [Year B] invites us to fix our gaze upon Jesus, the model priest of suffering, compassion and human solidarity. First, let us consider John’s Gospel story from chapter 12 – a fitting climax to Jesus’ public ministry. It is the last official act before the events of his passion next ...read more
As you know, Salt + Light Television recently produced a documentary on the Nashville Dominicans titled Beloved: The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. I have felt very blessed to hear stories of how this documentary is touching so many lives – of those discerning, those already in religious life, and married couples! I received a ...read more
I’m a member of the Lent Support Group that Alicia refers to in a previous blog. Our group decided to have a mid-Lenten get-together, which was very timely. It was the eve of Laetare Sunday, a day when we rejoice because the hardest part of Lent is supposed to be over and we are nearing ...read more
In my new-found love for reading the Bible, I’ve decided to share with you the occasional discoveries I make, in the hopes that you too will find a passion for reading Scriptures. In fact, this may be a good Lenten resolution as you journey towards Holy Week. The question of today is this: Should we ...read more
Tonight’s episode of Catholic Focus explores two controversial topics in a riveting and candid interview with the Archbishop of Toronto. Catholic Focus: State of the Church features Archbishop Thomas Collins speaking openly about the Bishops Richard Williamson fiasco, the Vatican’s need to overview its communications strategy and the prospects of dialogue with the Society of ...read more
I was deeply struck by Pope Benedict’s visit on Thursday to the Cardinal Paul Emile Leger Centre, a treatment facility for those suffering from chronic diseases and injuries. Cardinal Legereseved as Archbishop of Montreal from 1950-1968, and despite the many schools named after him in Quebec his name might be even more famous in Cameroon, ...read more
The Bible has been surrounded by such an air of reverence and holiness that for many it seems odd to think of reading the Bible as one might read the latest New York Times list best-seller. In some traditions it is actually seen as irreverent to do so. Thus we have come to rely on ...read more
The Gospel for the third Sunday of Lent (Year B) features a nocturnal conversation between two important religious teachers: on the one hand a notable ‘teacher of Israel’ named Nicodemus, and on the other, Jesus whom this Nicodemus calls a ‘teacher from God’. Nicodemus came to Jesus at night. His prominent role and position in ...read more
Today is the feast of St. Joseph, the patron saint of Canada. You probably won’t see people gathering for massive celebrations like they did two days ago for St. Patrick’s Day. There won’t be people in funny hats. No t-shirts with lillies. But why would there be? That doesn’t seem to fit our idea of ...read more