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Both the Jewish and Christian traditions view eating and feasting as more than simply an opportunity to refuel the body, enjoy certain delicacies, or celebrate a particular occasion. Eating and feasting became for both traditions, encounters with transcendent realities and even union with the divine. In the New Testament, so much of Jesus’ own ministry ...read more
In his General Audience today, Pope Benedict XVI told the people of L’Aquila and the region of Abruzzo (in which L’Aquila is located), “You are not alone, the Pope is with you. I am praying for you and I will come to see you as soon as possible.” Fr. Federico Lombardi, Vatican spokesperson, confirmed that ...read more
Baseball great Bob Meusel, who played for the great Yankee teams of the 1920’s known as “Murderer’s Row,” was known for his dour personality and strained relationship with his teammates and media. When towards the end of his career he attempted to display a cheerier disposition, one famed baseball writer quipped, “He learned to say ...read more
A new book called The Third Man Factor: The Secret to Survival in Extreme Environments has become a national best seller and has drawn international media attention due to its extraordinary claim that we humans are never truly alone. Author John Geiger, editorial board editor of Canada’s Globe and Mail newspaper, has presented in rich ...read more
This past Saturday, grade 7 students Celine Sousa and Samantha Moss from St. Josephine Bakhita Catholic School in Brampton, Ontario attended a screening of the new documentary Beloved: The Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia. Celine and Samantha wrote this account of their day in Toronto. The St. Josephine Bakhita students loved the “beloved” Dominican Sisters! ...read more
Holy Week is always a little difficult for me, as I remember the Holy Weeks I spent living in Rome and yearn to go back. This week, Holy Week is again difficult, but for another reason. I’m waiting to hear back from friends and relatives who live in and around the epicentre of the 6.3 ...read more
One Saturday morning, Sr. Catherine Marie and Sr. Mary Emily were strolling through Toronto’s St. Lawrence Market. They were new to the city and this market was a sight to see — parents with their children buying fresh bread, elderly people sitting and talking and vendors promoting their wares. And there was also so much ...read more
At least that’s what Friday felt like because of the many gifts that came with it. In addition to the Dominican Sisters arrival, we were gifted that same evening with one of the most moving Hungry for the Spirit concert events I’ve ever experienced. In honour of the anniversary of the death of John Paul ...read more
It may have been raining all day, but the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia brought the sun with them to the Salt + Light studios. Three of them arrived on Friday from Nashville, Tennessee for Saturday’s “Meet and Greet with Toronto Youth” and the official screening of the documentary Beloved. Sr. Catherine Marie (a member ...read more
“One does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.” (Mt. 4:4) We sometimes forget that “the Church has always venerated Scriptures just as much as she venerates the body of the Lord” (Dei Verbum (herein DV) 21). I remember many years ago, having a discussion with ...read more