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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
Last Sunday I was across the street from 960 Lawrence Ave. W., a medical centre in Toronto, at the 40 Days for Life Campaign. I had participated in the Campaign last year in Houston, outside the Planned Parenthood facility at 3601 Fannin St. and have been intrigued by this initiative ever since. The 40 Days ...read more
It’s funny the things you remember as a kid. In elementary school whenever St. Patrick’s Day would roll around we would inevitably talk about the great Apostle of Ireland’s use of three leaf clovers to educate people on the Holy Trinity — three persons in one God! Then of course the four leaf clover would ...read more
Last week, Fr. Thomas Rosica led a three-day mission, from March 11th to 13th, at St. Clement Parish in Etobicoke, Ontario. The theme was “Jesus of Nazareth: God’s Parable for Humanity.” For each of those three nights, from 7-8:30 pm, around 150 interested participants listened to Fr. Rosica speak about Parables for the Lenten journey ...read more
Boast of weaknesses?? Not exactly what one would see as a common practice today, but that is precisely what St. Paul delves into in his Second Letter to the Corinthians — which also happens to be the Scripture for this month’s Lectio Divina with Archbishop Thomas Collins: A Year with St. Paul. Specifically, Archbishop Collins ...read more
Gang violence and intimidation are no longer confined to inner-city school—increasingly, they have infected suburban neighbourhoods. Residents of Malton, Ontario have been shocked to find their own youth getting caught in the crossfire. Nearby Fletcher’s Meadow, an area within Brampton, runs the risk of developing similar problems due to rapid construction that outpaces community services. ...read more
In the Scripture readings for the Third Sunday of Lent (Year B), I would like to focus our reflection on two powerful images present in the texts: that of Jesus purifying Jerusalem’s Temple, and St. Paul’s message of the Cross of Jesus Christ. Both the purifying action of Jesus and Paul’s understanding of the Cross ...read more
[The Vatican Press Office released on Thursday the text of the Holy Father’s letter to the Bishops of the world regarding his decision to lift the excommunication of the four Bishops from the Society of St. Pius X and the subsequent controversy and fall-out. The letter, below, is powerful and honest read. In addition to ...read more