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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
Grade 7 students from three inner-city schools in Hamilton, Ontario, gathered at “St Lawrence the Martyr” parish for Mass and then afterward, helped distribute new winter coats to children in need, coats which were purchased by the Knights of Columbus, to "spread the warmth". ...read more
For the last three weeks we’ve looked at three words for Advent: Light, Voice and Joy. Last week we looked at Elizabeth and how she was filled with joy when Mary came to see visit her. She heard Mary’s greeting and was filled with the Holy Spirit and the child in her womb leaped for ...read more
This week, on a special edition of the SLHour, we speak with Fr. Michael Prieur about Confession and we meet with singer/songwriter Danielle Noonan. Author Jared Brock makes the connection between beards and holiness and Matt Maher has a new album. Email us your comments, find Deacon Pedro on Twitter, or send us a direct ...read more
Vatican spokesman Greg Burke responded to false reports yesterday, that the mobile app is now a new way to reach the Pope. He clarified on his Twitter account that: “Reports of the Holy Father using WhatsApp are false. He does not send messages or blessings through this medium."   ...read more
At his weekly General Audience today, Pope Francis told the faithful that missing out on Mass on Sundays means missing an encounter with the Lord. Speaking to those present in the Paul VI Hall for his weekly General Audience, the Pope reflected on the question: “Why go to Mass on Sunday?” Here’s a summary report ...read more
Today, we celebrate the Feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It is an important day of celebration for Catholics because it commemorates one of the most famous apparitions in the world - when Mary appeared to Mexican peasant Juan Diego in 1531. I have for you now, the story and a brief history of that encounter from our friends at the USCCB. ...read more
Third Sunday of Advent, Year B – December 17th, 2017 Advent is the season of the prophets and the Scripture readings of these weeks before Christmas help us to focus our vision and deepen our longing for the Messiah. In this year’s Gospel for the Third Sunday of Advent, the figure of John the Baptist ...read more