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  The Nativity of the Lord, Vigil Mass – Wednesday, December 25, 2013 The message of Christmas takes our breath away every year and continues to stagger the imagination: the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, the only begotten Son of the Father, the eternal Word, our Creator wills to clothe himself in our nature, ...read more
The Fourth Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 22nd, 2013 On this Fourth Sunday of Advent, we listen attentively to the words of the prophet Isaiah, to the dream of Joseph, and the promise of the eternal God that takes flesh in the womb of the Virgin. The birth of Jesus into human history ...read more
The Third Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 15th, 2013 In his moving homily for the Inauguration of his Petrine Ministry as Bishop of Rome on April 24, 2005, Pope Benedict XVI spoke these words: The pastor must be inspired by Christ’s holy zeal: for him it is not a matter of indifference that ...read more
The Second Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 8th, 2013 In today’s Scripture readings, two of the three outstanding Advent guides (Isaiah, John the Baptist and Mary) show us the proper attitude to assume as we prepare to welcome the Saviour of the world.  First of all, Isaiah, the prophet of consolation and singer ...read more
  The First Sunday of Advent, Year A – December 1st, 2013 The Advent season in its liturgical observance is devoted to the coming of God at the end of history when Jesus shall reign as king.  The time is chiefly a celebration of “the coming of God” in ultimate triumph.  Our three Scripture readings ...read more
The Thirty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 24, 2013 Today’s solemn feast of Christ the King, the grand finale to Liturgical Year C, gives us an opportunity to lay aside a lot of cultural baggage about kings and kingdoms, and discover how Jesus Christ can be a true king, unlike earthly rulers. ...read more
The Thirty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – November 10, 2013 Christian faith in the resurrection has met with incomprehension and opposition from the very beginning. On no point does the Christian faith encounter more opposition than on the resurrection of the body.  The question of the resurrection is vital not only to the ...read more
On this feast of Thanksgiving, we thank you for your support of our charitable foundation. It is through your prayers and financial support that we can continue our work of spreading the message of Christ to the world through modern media. The fruits of our ministry are evident and our media projects continue to provide ...read more
Thérèse Martin was born on January 2, 1873, in France. After their mother died, her two older sisters, Pauline and Marie, entered the Carmelite convent of Lisieux. These losses plunged young Thérèse into an emotional illness from which she was miraculously cured by the “Smiling Virgin” Mary. Early on, Thérèse dreamed of becoming a Carmelite ...read more
At the heart of every World Youth Day is a very simple, powerful, ancient Christian symbol: two large planks of wood, known as the World Youth Day Cross, that not a few journalists have called the “Olympic Torch” of the huge Catholic Festival that we were blessed to have in Canada in July 2002.  In ...read more