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This morning I went swimming in the Mediterranean Sea. I like saying that. What average morning starts like that? But after a full day of traveling to the Holy Land Wednesday, the dive into the water was refreshing, welcome, and very, very salty. I arrived safely in Tel Aviv on Tuesday and touring began Thursday ...read more
Some of you may have seen the Fifth Estate Wednesday night which profiled a sexually abusive priest in the Diocese of London, Ontario. I’m sure all of you will agree that the abuse committed by this priest is horrendous: it should be neither covered up nor ignored. If you’re like me, you’ll also find it ...read more
My Catholic Focus – Once Upon a Blog – airs tonight, March 1st at 7pm ET (with a Sunday 7pm ET repeat as well). I’ve had the sincerest pleasure of seeing a Catholic Focus that includes Rocco Palmo (author of Whispers in the Loggia), Cardinal Sean O’Malley (one of the premier blogging US Cardinals in ...read more
What is most troubling about this recent publicity stunt of Jesus’ burial place and the alleged DNA findings of Jesus and his family is that the media has spilled so much ink and wasted so much space on utter nonsense. One would think that we learned some powerful lessons from the media hype surrounding the ...read more
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Tomb Zoom
Matthew Harrison
February 27, 2007
By now most of you have probably heard about the ‘discovery’ of the so-called “Jesus Tomb.” You’ve probably also noticed that the announcement accompanied the release of a book, a website, and an upcoming TV program. Interesting how that works. Unfortunately it would seem that those involved in this fiasco are more interested in grabbing ...read more
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Motives?
Matthew Harrison
February 26, 2007
Timely words contained in the psalm at today’s Mass: “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable to you, O Lord, my rock and my redeemer.” (Ps 19) I usually have to struggle with my pride when it comes to fasting or other sacrifices. So often I want to ...read more
From the Toronto Sun Pope Benedict’s new book is a personal presentation of the figure of Christ, allowing readers to wrestle with his views In a bold, momentous work set to debut — in Italian — at the beginning of March, Pope Benedict seeks to salvage the person of Jesus from recent “popular” depictions and ...read more
After weeks of being inspired by my colleagues and their thoughtful entries on the Salt + Light blog, I am finally joining them with my own musings. Well, perhaps these aren’t so much “musings” as they are words written together to form coherent sentences. At any rate, this opportunity to write and share our ideas, ...read more
Back in 1996 The Dallas Cowboys became the first team to win 3 Super Bowls in a span of 4 seasons, Mother Teresa received honorary U.S. citizenship, Democrat incumbent Bill Clinton defeated Bob Dole to win his second term, Fr. Thomas Rosica was working as Executive Director of the Newman Centre and with the Faculty ...read more
Reading John’s blogspot on Psalm 23, I couldn’t help but be drawn to today’s feast – the Chair of St. Peter. The Lord, the Good Shepherd, built his church on Peter the rock, and has created a succession of shepherds to watch over us, his flock. Speaking to his apostles, Christ said: “’But who do ...read more