The Word is Life

Pilgrim Prayer

The “Pilgrim Prayer,” the official prayer of World Youth Day 2023, scheduled to be held in Lisbon, Portugal was recently released by the Vatican. This is the official prayer of the upcoming global gathering of the pope and Catholic youth...

All Souls Day

All Souls Day is going to mean more to me this year than ever. I recently lost my brother to cancer. My thoughts are filled with memories, conversations and images of my closest sibling in age. Although his death has...

Sainthood is for Everyone!

Messages from Heaven can come in conversations with strangers. Not too long ago, I had such an encounter with a woman on a bus. She was on her way to arrange for the burial of her sister’s ashes. She was...

St. John Paul II

It became so natural, but when Saint John Paul II was elected as Pope in Rome in 1978, it was almost beyond comprehension. He was the first non-Italian in centuries to become bishop of Rome. But it took almost no...

World Food Day

I’m one of the lucky ones. I’ve never had to worry about having enough food. Yet in the city where I live, food security is an issue for many people. In 2019, more than 39,000 people visited an emergency food...

NEW ENCYCLICAL IS A CRI DE COEUR FROM POPE FRANCIS

I can already imagine the criticisms of Fratelli Tutti, the new encyclical by Pope Francis on fraternity and social friendship released yesterday, October 4. They’ll accuse him of interfering in politics and the economic sphere, being naïve about human nature,...

Grace and Gratitude During a Pandemic

I once heard a talk given by Bishop Paul Andre Durocher on the topic of grace. He filled his presentation with concrete images to break this open. He told the story of a little boy in Grade 2 who was teased...

FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

A DIFFERENT WAY TO APPROACH THE WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION     This is an image of the Eagle Nebula. Nebulae are clouds of cosmic dust and gas stars are formed. Consider this image light years away and...

A Courageous Model

To make a courageous choice that leads to personal loss is difficult. Most of us choose self-protection over self sacrifice. To make such a choice when that loss is one’s very life is beyond difficult. But, as Christians, we are...