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S+L BLOG: Reflections

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
At sunset on Friday September 13 this year, the Kol Nidre service will gather the Jewish community in synagogues across the globe, to initiate a solemn day of fasting, reflection, and prayer. At sunset the following evening the Ne’ilah service will assemble the community once again to close the annual observance of Yom Kippur. Through ...read more
Today, people around the world are responding to the call of Pope Francis and uniting in the cause for peace through fasting and prayer. We do so with the hope that these offerings may place us in solidarity with those who suffer the tragedies of violence and aggression, especially in Syria. We do so in ...read more
It’s been sixteen years since Mother Teresa suffered a heart attack and died at 87 years old on Sept. 5, 1997 in Calcutta.  She would have turned 103 years old this year. The day after she died, she was set to lead an interfaith memorial prayer service in Calcutta for her friend, Diana, Princess of ...read more
Pope Gregory the Great Few popes in the Church’s history have had as great of an influence on the shaping of the Church as Pope Gregory. Born into a wealthy patrician family in Rome around 540, Gregory rose to prominence within the Roman government. Highly regarded by many as a distinguished speaker and writer, he ...read more
The Twenty-second Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – September 1, 2013 Jesus’ most important teaching moments in Luke’s Gospel take place at meals, parties, and celebrations, and we learn that each meal has a far greater significance than simply eating and drinking with others. Today’s table talk takes place in the context of the ...read more
The Twenty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 25, 2013 Though today’s Gospel (Luke 13:22-30) may well be a loose collection of sayings of Jesus, uttered in several different contexts but brought together here under the general heading of “who will be saved,” the overall tone of Jesus’ meaning is clear: The good ...read more
A few years ago, I picked up a book called The Diet Alternative. The author, Diane Hampton, told the story of how she found herself overweight, resorting to unhealthy eating and living habits, and not knowing how she’d gotten there. Her realization reached her during an eating binge and purge, when she realized she didn’t know ...read more
Biblical Reflection for the Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year C – August 18, 2013 The Scripture readings for the 20th Sunday in Ordinary Time invite us to consider the implications of our commitments, our lifestyles and our relationships with others.  In the first reading from Jeremiah, the biblical prophet is called to comfort the ...read more
Biblical Reflection for the Assumption of the Virgin Mary – August 15, 2013 Each year the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary occurs on August 15. I would like to offer a few reflections on the historical and pastoral significance of this important feast, and its relevance for our own life. The ...read more