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From the very beginning of John’s Gospel, the question of origins pervades the story. Where is Jesus from? Who sent him? What rabbinical school did this son of Nazareth attend? Where did he get all of this? Where did he learn to break God’s law? Such questions permeate the provocative Gospel story of the healing ...read more
“I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father.” (John 15:15) This… this is true, quality friendship. This is our Lord, telling us he calls us friends and sharing with us all the love and grace and knowledge that comes from our Heavenly Father. ...read more
This past Sunday I pressed the reset button and recommenced Lent. Thankfully, 40 days allows time for a few false starts. My problem wasn’t that I chose overly challenging forms of fasting and abstinence—they were modest and achievable. Rather, when something doesn’t go your way in life, as was the case for me last week, ...read more
Mount Gerizim towers over Jacob’s well, which is located in central Israel in the biblical town of Shechem, now called Nablus. It is Jesus’ encounter with the Samaritan woman (John 4:5-42) that makes this well famous in Christian tradition. Several things are wrong with this whole scene at Jacob’s well. First of all, the well ...read more
The history of the Catholic Church is filled with extraordinary personalities who were raised to the altar for their heroic virtues. One of the most fascinating personalities in recent church history is, without a doubt, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina. This year marks the 40th anniversary of his death and it is a good time to ...read more
Who likes being organized? Sticking to a schedule? Maintaining a well-outlined plan? Well, this week’s episode of Mothering, Full of Grace has a plan… a Family Plan. Big families, small families, in-between families, host Rhea Johner gets us talking about God’s input in our family planning. We’ll also meet Bridget and Carlo Santaguida, parents of ...read more
“Have you any spare change?” If you’re a person who does much walking around a city these days you may recognize these words as the appeal of a street person. The “times” seem to be multiplying the number of people experiencing “hard times” – individuals who are depending on public charity for a livelihood. Thus, ...read more
The Christian family constitutes a specific revelation and realization of ecclesial communion, and for this reason too it can and should be called “the domestic Church.” (21)- John Paul II, Familiaris Consortio Today in Ontario we celebrate “Family Day.” It’s a new civic holiday that was part of the Ontario Liberals’ election campaign. Political jockeying ...read more
The awesome story of the Transfiguration of the Lord is the Gospel text for the second Sunday of Lent. We can only speculate on what lies behind this story – one of the Gospel’s most mysterious and awesome visions (Mark 9:2-8; Matthew 17:1-8; Luke 9:28-36). Peter, James and John had an overwhelming experience with the ...read more
… It’s Valentine’s Day, the day for romance, and what have I got to offer you for Catholic Focus tonight??? A lot of SILENCE…. But wait, silence not too far off from the theme of love. Because lovers who love don’t always need so many words to say to each other. Being in each other’s ...read more