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We hope that these reflections will help you grow in your spiritual life and deepen your relationship with the Word, our Lord Jesus Christ. All comments and feedback are appreciated and most welcome.

  • RITUAL, RESILIENCE, AND RECOVERY

    The soul-stirring pageantry during the opening of the 52nd International Eucharistic Congress earlier this month in Budapest came as a gift after a time of pandemic fast from communal celebration. It was a display of faith and community, as Catholics......

  • Grieving with Our Lady of Sorrows

    Today’s culture has begun to realize that recent decades of overzealous positivity have led to unsustainable expectations for happiness and success, often with dire consequences. The mantra in this burgeoning awareness of mental health is: “it’s okay not to be......

  • WORLD DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE CARE OF CREATION

    Since Pope Francis offered the world his reflections in the encyclical Laudato Si’, my consciousness of caring for creation has been notched up. I have always thought that by not littering, by recycling, reusing, reducing, composting, and not wasting food,......

  • HEADING BACK TO SCHOOL (AGAIN)

    If “back to school” is starting to feel like a regular occurrence, that’s no surprise. Families and educators have had countless stops and starts to the school year since March 2020, and plans for the weeks and months ahead are......

  • Transfiguration of the Lord

    Have you ever been in a time and a place where everything seemed to be just perfect? Perhaps for just a few moments, on a beach at sunset or, perhaps, for a few years, a time when family life was......

  • Well Wounded

    This year, the feast of St. Ignatius of Loyola has an extra sparkle. Not only is today Ignatius Day for Jesuits around the world, it also comes nestled within the Ignatian Year. Five centuries ago, while fighting willfully a hopeless......

  • ST. MARTHA

    The women of the gospels are significant to us in so many ways. They are models of faith and discernment, and they give us a glimpse into the community of Jesus. Martha is an example and she is a significant......

  • WORLD DAY FOR GRANDPARENTS AND THE ELDERLY – A GIFT TO THE CHURCH

    COVID-19 has taught us many things, but for me one of the most painful lessons was that our society has a long way to go when it comes to treating our elders with love and dignity. When the pandemic took......

  • APOSTLE TO THE APOSTLES – AND TO US!

    We can hardly be surprised that with so many women named Mary in the New Testament there is a little confusion around which event refers to which Mary. Add a number of accounts of un-named women and the confusion only......

  • IMMACULATE HEART OF MARY – PRACTICAL ADVICE

    When it comes to our relationship with the Blessed Mother, it is valuable for our own prayer life to see how the liturgical celebration of the Immaculate Heart has been presented to us, and to see how the changes over......

  • FILLED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT

    One of the most commonly depicted images in Christian art is that of the disciples at Pentecost. Around the world, there have been countless versions of the men and women gathered in a locked room in Jerusalem, each with a......

  • REWORDING SAINT RITA

    Today we celebrate the feast of St. Rita, the patron saint of abused wives. We need her help. Whether labelled the “perfect storm,” a “pandemic within a pandemic,” a “shadow pandemic,” “intimate partner violence,” or just “domestic abuse,” violence against......