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Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to the United States last month evoked many comparisons between the current Pontiff, and that of his predecessor, John Paul II. It was unavoidable — John Paul II was much beloved, was Pope for nearly thirty years, and touched the hearts of millions. But it’s also not fair to compare the ...read more
[This blog entry comes from Michael L. Knox, a Jesuit Scholastic in Toronto. He has helped Salt + Light with our short interstitials “Moments in Church History,” and offers this reflection on Sunday’s solemnity.] In recent weeks, Christian communities around the world gathered during the Easter Triduum to celebrate the passion, the death, and the ...read more
Last night, I slept at the house belonging to the aunt and uncle of Sylvain Cossette, Quebecois rock star. The previous morning at a parish rectory, I was treated to a lovely breakfast that included cretons, a traditional toast spread made of pork butt. I present these two occurrences as evidence that Quebec, indeed, is ...read more
After 10 episodes of Mothering… we have finally found the secret… the secret source of strength, inspiration, and support for moms. Wait for it…. The Sacraments. Moms are so blessed in their vocation to have a few tools of the faith to help them out along the way… specifically, I’m thinking of the Holy Eucharist ...read more
As my bus left Montreal Island, it struck me how different this location shoot would be from the last one. Two weeks ago I was in the “world’s capital” covering the U.S. papal visit; tomorrow I’m embarking on a walking pilgrimage into the Quebec hinterland. It’s hardly rural right now, however, as we’re spending two ...read more
This Saturday, May 3rd, Salt + Light Television will broadcast a special live event from Rome. Pope Benedict XVI will join in the recitation of the Holy Rosary from the Basilica of Saint Mary Major. The event will start around 12 ET with English and French translation. There will be an afternoon repeat at 3:30pm ...read more
Though most countries celebrate the feast of our Lord’s Ascension today, in Canada that solemnity is transfered from the traditional Thursday to the following Sunday. That means liturgically, the Canadian Church celebrates the optional memorial of St. Joseph the Worker today. On this feast I am always reminded of a wooden statue of St. Joseph ...read more