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This Sunday marks the 45th World Day of Prayer for Vocations. It’s an important reminder to always pray for vocations, not just this weekend, but everyday! In his message for the occasion, Pope Benedict chose the theme “Vocations at the service of the Church on mission.” He writes: “The Church is missionary in herself and ...read more
There are no textbooks or direct answers. There is no formula. Mathematicians and statisticians can put away their calculators. Because when it comes to prayer, there is no one way to teach someone what comes after the sign of the cross. I think the only person I’ve taught to pray is… myself. And obviously I ...read more
To predict what Pope Benedict XVI will say to the UN General Assembly on April 18th, let’s consider what was said the last time a pontiff addressed the General Assembly on October 5th, 1995: “[We have] supported the ideals and goals of the United Nations Organization from the very beginning. … Fifty years after its ...read more
Pounding hearts, wounded hearts and burning hearts… the image of the human heart permeates the Scripture readings for this third Sunday of Easter. There is no better story to illustrate this than Luke’s account of the disciples on the road to Emmaus on Resurrection evening [24:13-35]. Today’s readings provide us with a good opportunity to ...read more
A few days ago during the Easter Triduum, we celebrated the Paschal Mystery which is the basis of our faith and is the culmination of the entire Church year. But it cannot be “done” in only three days. Every Sunday (and indeed, every Mass) is the communal setting in which we proclaim, “Christ has died; ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Today marks the third anniversary of death of Pope John Paul II. For three solid weeks in April of 2005, we were inundated with words, stories, images and rich ceremonies coming to us from Rome — images that helped us recall and evaluate a charismatic leader’s life and mission. In this ...read more
It’s hard to believe it’s been three years. On Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008, we mark the third anniversary of the death of Pope John Paul II. I’ve been reflecting a lot recently on John Paul II, as I’ve been working on a Catholic Focus examining his legacy. I think Salt + Light CEO Fr. Thomas ...read more
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s… [insert hero’s name here]! All right, well maybe having a hero or a role model doesn’t mean we expect that person to sweep in and save us. But it does mean having someone you can look up to, refer to, or exemplify. And the world is full of ...read more
There is a proverb that says: “When the heart is not applied, hands can’t do anything.” It seems as if this were written for Thomas the Apostle in today’s very familiar Gospel story that provides us with an archetypal experience of doubt, struggle and faith. John’s first appearance of the Risen Lord to the disciples ...read more
Recently, a Salt + Light crew went to the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas. That crew included Pedro & me as producers, Wally Tello & Richard Valenti as cameramen, and Chris Valka, C.S.B., as our production coordinator. All headed, of course, by our CEO, Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B. One of the shows coming ...read more