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This past Christmas I watched the classic film It’s a Wonderful Life for the umpteenth time. It’s a film I have never grown tired of just like I never grow tired of Christmas turkey, presents under the tree and Panettone. I have always been inspired by Jimmy Stewart’s gripping portrayal of George Bailey, the down ...read more
It’s a fair question: why would 600 students spend five days of their Christmas break at an religious conference? And just what attracted three archbishops, along with many priests? What could be newsworthy here to merit the attention of our Salt + Light cameras? As tipsy revelers filled Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square, a different kind ...read more
What “stirring” readings we hear in the Epiphany liturgy! Consider the scene from Isaiah’s prophecy (60:1-6). Gentiles come from distant places, attracted by the splendor of Jerusalem, bringing gifts and tenderly carrying the sons and daughters of the Holy City! Though darkness may have surrounded the people, the glory of the Lord allows the light ...read more
“A light will shine on us this day, the Lord is born for us: he shall be called Wonderful God, Prince of Peace, Father of the world to come; and his kingdom will never end.” (Isaiah 9:2, 6) Happy new year! 2009 is just minutes old — at least in Toronto — and though celebrations ...read more
There’s a saying in Italian, “Natale con i tuoi, Pasqua con chi vuoi.” It means: “Christmas with your family, Easter with who ever you want”…which is why I am in Vancouver. Being home after a year away – probably more like four years away, if I count all my experiences abroad, is a surreal experience. ...read more
If you caught our Catholic Focus Christmas episode you may recall Fr. Rosica referring to the wood of the manger and the wood of the cross.  I’ve found myself thinking of that point this past weekend after visiting the local Church’s Nativity scene.  The Christmas mystery, mingling with the Passion and the Easter mystery. Curiously, ...read more
In the afterglow of Christmas, the Church celebrates the feast of the Holy Family. This weekend we are invited to reflect on the gift and mystery of life and the blessing of family life in particular. In Luke’s Gospel scene of the Presentation of the Child Jesus in the Temple in Jerusalem, we encounter four ...read more
Few of the S+L hosts and writers remain in Toronto for Christmas. Among others, one is in Vancouver, a few are with relatives in New York State, and I’m in the northern Ontario town of Deep River. The pace here is a little slower, allowing a little more time to get reacquainted with old friends ...read more
The night was still, the stars shinning bright. My friends and I lie awake, the fire gives us light. We watch our sheep and pray God hears our plight. How will we ever escape the painful lives we lead? Israel is held captive; we long to be freed, so we lie in silence and pray ...read more
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Matthew Harrison
December 24, 2008
As I sit here typing this on Christmas Eve, there’s a sense of excitement in the air.  Christmas is almost upon us!  This has me thinking about our Christmas Focus episode this year. When I was preparing for the show I had a very simple first question for you — What is Christmas for you? ...read more