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Could the Church’s new environmental emphasis be a myth? Some commentators tried to argue as much. It’s true that the Pope’s statements on the subject are given a disproportionate share of the headlines lately. That said, surely the Holy Father now knows that every green comment he makes will appear in the mainstream media. Yet ...read more
The Church has traditionally grounded Lenten spirituality in almsgiving, fasting and prayer as taught by Jesus in his Evangelical Discourse (Matt. Chap. 6). At the mention of “prayer,” our thoughts may turn first just in the direction of vocal prayer, – “saying” prayers. But we should never restrict the concept of prayer just to “words.” ...read more
Lent is a special time to prepare for the passion, death, and Resurrection of our Lord.  We have a full line-up of programming for Holy Week beginning this weekend on Palm Sunday to help enter into this great mystery. Prior to that, this Thursday, we will be broadcasting a special Sacrament of Penance service presided ...read more
The strong themes of death and resurrection permeate the Gospel reading for the fifth Sunday of Lent (Year A). John’s Gospel story of the raising of Lazarus (John 11:1-45) is situated shortly before Jesus is captured, tried and crucified. It is the event that most directly results in his condemnation by those seeking to kill ...read more
We’re just over half way through Lent. It’s a time when we may be wavering in our resolutions, or perhaps regretting that we haven’t done anything to enter more fully into the passion of our Lord. This weekend on Salt + Light, we offer viewers an opportunity of encouragement, or depending where you are at, ...read more
In a dark period between a hail of shrapnel in 1994 and a papal decree in 2002, not one priest remained in Afghanistan. This statistic may not surprise you, given that the country was ruled by the fanatical Taliban for the majority of those years. But considering Jesus’ great commission to “make disciples of all ...read more
In Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI describes marital love as free, total, faithful, and fruitful. I could spend hours typing about each of those four characteristics, but instead on tonight’s episode of Catholic Focus, I would like to take the opportunity to concentrate on the ‘fruitful’ aspect; specifically natural family planning, fertility awareness and contraception. ...read more
Did you miss the first few episodes of the Salt + Light series Mothering, Full of Grace? For the next three Wednesdays we will be airing a previously broadcast episode at 8pm and midnight ET. (note that we do not have the usual Sunday repeat as Salt + Light is airing special Lenten and Easter ...read more
This title may prompt you to say: “Fasting for Lent is hard enough but fasting for Easter is just too much!” Indeed, a better title might be “Fasting because of Easter.” Whatever? Here’s the reason we fast — some people in the Gospel once asked Jesus why they and the Pharisees fast often, but Jesus’ ...read more
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