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  • 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......

  • 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......

  • On Grief, the Pandemic, and Pentecost

    I remember when COVID-19 started, just as the word “pandemic” was starting to be whispered, before life as we knew it changed so radically. That first week, it seemed harder to get through the days and nights – there were......

  • Fifth Sunday of Easter: A solid foundation

    “Behold, I am laying a stone in Zion, a cornerstone, chosen and precious, and whoever believes in it shall not be put to shame” (1 Peter 2:6). A cornerstone lies at the foundation of a building. It is often laid......

  • Consecration of the United States to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Church, in time of Pandemic

    Pope Francis consecrated the world to the Blessed Virgin Mary earlier this month, at Easter. Similarly, the Bishops of Latin America consecrated their peoples to Our Lady of Guadalupe on Easter. The Bishops of Canada and the United States are also......

  • Christ is Risen!

        Painter Piero della Francesca (c. 1415-1492) was born in modern-day Tuscany. Known as a great mathematician, his paintings are characterized by their serene humanism as well as their use of geometric forms and perspective. This fresco of Christ’s......

  • Ash Wednesday

    It seems macabre to have a special day devoted to reminding people they are going to die. Yet on the surface that appears to be the reason behind Ash Wednesday. “Ashes to ashes and dust to dust” and all that…......

  • A gospel to-do list

    “Your light must shine before others…” (Matthew 5:16). As we launch into this day, many of us have a number of things planned. Our “to do” list looms before our mind’s eye, waiting for us to begin. We do our......