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“We know how to touch the moon or reach the stars, but we don’t find the best way to talk to one another. “ Don’t those words from author Jacques Shore ring true? We have all sorts of advances in science and technology, we have all sorts of gizmos in our personal lives to keep ...read more
Today, May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, we consider one of the holy men of Christian history who is a great example of manhood, masculinity, fatherhood and the dignity of human labor. Joseph was the foster-father of Jesus. His paradoxical situation calls attention to the truth about fatherhood. First, because he stood ...read more
On Saturday we celebrate the feast of St. Louis-Marie Grignion de Montfort. This French priest is perhaps best known for writings on the Blessed Virgin Mary. In chapter two of his work “True Devotion to the Blessed Virgin,” Saint Louis writes about what consists of true devotion to Mary: 61. Jesus, our Saviour, true God ...read more
As mentioned on Zoom, over one thousand youth from across Canada and the US will participate in Montréal’s Taizé gathering this weekend April 27-29, 2007. The gathering is organized by the ecumenical community and the theme is “Leaving Discouragement Behind, Finding New Hope.” If you’re in the area, it’s not too late to register for ...read more
In the two Lukan narratives of the disciples of Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35) and today’s first reading of Philip and the Ethiopian (Acts 8:26-40), the roads from Jerusalem to Emmaus and Jerusalem to Gaza are the symbolic structures of the journeys through the Scriptures to Christ, and the journey from Christ to the Scriptures. On the ...read more
I have been fascinated by butterflies recently. My growing fascination with butterflies “metamorphosed” into an adventurous excursion to the Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory in Cambridge, Ontario. There were over 40 species of butterflies, and thousands of them fluttered around me at the conservatory. One of my favourites is pictured above… … and the picture ...read more
Today is the feast day of the evangelist Mark, often symbolized by a winged lion. It’s certainly appropriate that we celebrate his feast day this time of year as we read about the early Church in the Liturgy of the Word. Assuming it is the same Mark, we read of many references to this great ...read more
[Stephen said:] You stiff-necked people, uncircumcised in heart and ears, you are forever opposing the Holy Spirit, just as your ancestors used to do. Which of the prophets did you ancestors not persecute? They killed those who foretold the coming of the Righteous One, and now you have become his betrayers and murderers. You are ...read more
This past weekend Pope Benedict XVI traveled to northern Italy to visit the cities of Vigevano and Pavia. In Pavia, the Holy Father visited the tomb of one of his heroes, St. Augustine of Hippo. The Holy Father’s visit reminded me of my early days in Toronto some years ago. It was my first time ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict marked two major milestones in his life this week. On Monday, the German Pontiff turned 80 years old. And yesterday he celebrated the second anniversary of his election as the Roman Pontiff and Successor of Peter. During a highly symbolic mass in a St. Peter’s Square packed with 50,000 ...read more