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When asked recently at what point human beings should be given human rights, U.S. Democratic Presidential nominee Barack Obama said that to answer that question with any specificity was “beyond his pay grade”. What those who did not watch the debate perhaps don’t know is that he followed with an almost 5-minute explanation – quite ...read more
September 5 marks the Feast day of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta who died on this day in 1997. Born in Albania as Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, she is known the world over as Mother Teresa of Calcutta. Her life was not a ‘sound bite.’ But rather a metaphor for selfless devotion and holiness. That is why ...read more
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Road trip
Kris Dmytrenko
September 3, 2008
I took a brief respite in Ottawa two weeks ago after what’s been a very busy summer here at S+L. Though I only had enough time to visit a few friends, I did manage one road trip. No other form of travel matches the road trip’s mystique. The allure largely lies in the opportunity to ...read more
The Holy Father’s general prayer intention for September is: “That those who, because of wars or oppressive regimes, are forced to leave their homes and country may be supported by Christians in the defence and protection of their rights.” His mission intention is: “That, faithful to the sacrament of matrimony, every Christian family may cultivate ...read more
At his Wednesday General Audience Pope Benedict provided a brief, but excellent, biographical sketch of St. Paul. I found particularly interesting the details on his travels. You can read the translation from Zenit HERE. The Holy Father asked for prayers for the current situation in India: I have learned with deep sadness the news about ...read more
It’s been a couple weeks since Pope Benedict has returned from his vacation, but Zenit recently published a question and answer session between the Holy Father and the Clergy of Bressanone. One exchange that caught my eye was a question by a priest who was suffering from multiple sclerosis. Impressed by the struggle that Pope ...read more
Have you seen the beautifully produced Catholics Come Home ads on Salt + Light? They’re quite impressive and apparently quite effective. In an interview last month with Zenit news service the founder of Catholics Come Home, Tom Peterson, said more than six thousand people have inquired and come back to the Church via the web ...read more
Recently, as I prepared for a Catholic Focus taping, I was working my way through my Eucharistic Congress notes.  I came across the above phrase; spoken by the founder of the L’Arche Communities, Jean Vanier.  Many of those in secular society would probably agree with the phrase – but they would likely assume that it ...read more
To mark the 50th anniversary of Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen’s book “Life of Christ,” Doubleday is releasing a new paperback edition. The nearly 700 page book explores the life, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus. The popular Archbishop’s autobiography, “Treasure in Clay,” will also be republished. It details his life as the bishop of Rochester, New ...read more
Congratulations to the Nashville Dominicans! Besides the final profession of 11 sisters, the first profession of 12 sisters, and five women entering the novitiate, the Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia Congregation will start a mission in Sydney, Australia. Three Dominican sisters spent the last year in Sydney helping with World Youth Day, and two will ...read more