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I love the Gospel we read Easter Sunday morning. I’m sure it’s a familiar one to you — Peter and John run to the tomb and see the linen cloths while Mary Magdalene stands outside weeping. It’s the exchange between Mary Magdalene and our Lord that I find so stirring. For a moment, place yourself ...read more
I’d like to take a moment to share with you the second reading from the Office of Readings for Holy Saturday. It comes from an ancient Holy Saturday homily. I hope you enjoy the wonderful imagery as you prepare to welcome Easter Sunday! The Lord’s Descent into the Underworld Something strange is happening – there ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Why was Jesus condemned to death? How is it that a man like this ended up on the cross? What were the motives of those responsible for Jesus’ death? Who killed Jesus? What killed Jesus… and what vicious circles of violence continue to crucify him today among his brothers and sisters ...read more
What are you thinking Lord? I know you are fully God, and I know you trust in your Father, but as fully man, you must feel some trepidation as you consider the great burden of the sins your shoulders are to bear; shoulders that seem to curl like a sheet of paper, hardly able to ...read more
As we enter into the Easter Triduum I just want to remind our viewers that we will offer full coverage of all the Vatican’s liturgical celebrations. For full details of these broadcasts please see our Holy Week Programming Updater. Though our broadcast team will be working hard to bring you all these programs, Zoom will ...read more
What an incredible model of priesthood we find in the Gospel for the Holy Thursday celebration: the Lord and Saviour who kneels before us to wash our feet in a gesture of humility and service! Earlier on in the meal on that fateful night, Jesus broke bread with his friends and his betrayer. Drinking from ...read more
I’ve always enjoyed Holy Thursday the most of all Holy Week liturgies. I guess the music at Mass had a lot to do with it. We get to sing: Table Song, Bread for the World, Now We Remain, We Have Been Told, Take and Eat, We Remember, and as a Psalm, Our Blessing Cup (my ...read more
Years ago a priest once told me to pray for the Holy Father. Pray for the Holy Father? Why does he need prayers? He’s the Holy Father! I suppose it was a little naive of me to think that way. But I think we often have that attitude. Priests? Why should I pray for a ...read more
It’s even more fascinating than star-gazing, really. There is so much to look at in a church. Your church, a new church, an old church, a temple in Capernaum… just look around at the details and the windows and the statues and the architecture. We have much to learn from the church and its structure. ...read more
This past Saturday evening in Toronto, to celebrate Palm Sunday and World Youth Day, St. Michael’s Cathedral held likely its largest crowd since Archbishop Collins’ installation. The remarkable congregation consisted mostly of teenagers, making me feel like the old guy at my mere 27 years. In one sense, I cherish those years that separate me ...read more