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From the Toronto Sun The most significant preparations for Christmas that I experienced were my four years (1990-1994) of graduate studies in sacred scripture in Jerusalem. Living in a Christian minority taught me what expectation and longing for the Messiah was all about. For the first time in my life Christmas itself did not distract ...read more
Last month, I had the honour of traveling on pilgrimage to the Holy Land (Israel, Palestine and Jordan)with Salt + Light TV. Being on pilgrimage, is an entirely different experience than being a tourist. To the Christian, being on pilgrimage means to walk the same path, to see the same sights, and to encounter the same crowds that Our Lord would have as He triumphantly entered Jerusalem, with the knowledge He was bound for confrontation with the authorities. ...read more
Experiences in the Holy Land and an eye opening connection to my very own generation is close to the only words that can be used to describe this pilgrimage. ...read more
"The focus of the Curia," the Pope said, "must be on service and not on self-preservation or maintaining areas of influence and power. But the process itself, brings to mind a 19th-century saying that says, "carrying out reform in Rome is like cleaning an Egyptian Sphinx with a toothbrush." ...read more
The Pope continued his catechesis on the Holy Mass where he said that the different elements of the Mass, including the Liturgy of the Word, the Eucharistic Liturgy, the Introductory Rites, and the Rites of Conclusion, form a single body “and cannot be separated”. His advice: "Don't be late for Mass believing the introductory rites don’t matter and don't calculate how late you can be." ...read more
Nativity of our Lord – Monday, December 25th, 2017 One of my personal Advent and Christmas traditions each year has been to attend (or at least listen to) Handel’s Messiah. My “Messiah night” took place this past week, not in a concert hall or church, but in my residence. The choral section from the Nativity ...read more
“Why impose a morality that is no longer working and is almost passé?” This is the statement and argument that Philippine president, Rodrigo Duterte, is using to bring same-sex marriage to his country, in a move that will bring his government into even deeper conflict with the Church. “I want same-sex marriage", Duterte says, "The problem is we’ll have to change the law. But we can change it. The law says marriage is a union between a man and a woman. I don’t have any problems making it marrying a man, marrying a woman or whatever.” ...read more
Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. provides us with a reflection on Christmas. Drawing upon readings from Isaiah, Luke, and others used during Midnight Mass, he brings to our attention images and stories that can sometimes be overlooked by the excitement Christmas brings. ...read more
Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 24th, 2017 “The Sound of Music” stage play and I are the same age — both from that vintage year of 1959 — and the film version was the first “motion picture” I saw as child in the mid 1960’s with my family. God alone knows how ...read more
In this short video, S+L’s Matteo Ciofi interviews Cindy Wooden and Joshua J. McElwee, editors of A Pope Francis Lexicon; a novel scheduled for release on February 15, 2018. The interview gives us a sneak peek of what the novel will be focusing on, and provides us with a better understanding of its different elements. ...read more