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  • Sunday of the Word of God

    “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Luke 24:45). With this quote from Luke, Pope Francis starts his appeal to the Catholic world to use this Sunday (Jan. 24) to reflect on the importance of the Bible in our......

  • Prayer for Christian Unity

    In some ways, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25) seems kind of old-fashioned, something we thought more about in the 60’s. But the more I think and read about the issues around unity, the more I think......

  • Home By Another Way

    Each year at Epiphany, I listen to James Taylor’s song Home by Another Way. In this song, he reminds us that the call to the Magi to change their plans finds resonance in our own lives today. He sings: “Maybe......

  • “Year of Saint Joseph” declared by Pope Francis

    I’m rather partial to St. Joseph, considering that I bear his name and was baptized on his feast day of March 19. And so I felt a special thrill when Pope Francis announced Dec. 8 that we would be celebrating......

  • 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......

  • World Day of the Poor: “Stretch out your hand to the poor”

    I remember long ago an anecdotal story about the conference of bishops of Brazil who ended their meetings about policies and procedures with the question, “Well gentlemen, how have we helped the poor today?” Whether this account is true or......

  • 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......