Articles from May, 2014

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Nazareth Family Spirituality


It was an exciting day when I received Nazareth Family Spirituality: Celebrating Your Faith at Home with Catherine Doherty in the mail. I had seen it, newly minted, on the Madonna House bookshelves and eyed it longingly, so it was a real treat when I could finally crack the cover. While the heart of this book consists of Catherine’s meditations on marriage and family, many taken from the old Dear Parents book, I have situated these within the context of Catherine’s meditations ... (Continue reading)

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Why we should pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary


"I'll pray the Rosary of the Seven Sorrows of Mary for you," I assured a friend who had just revealed some upsetting news. "It seems appropriate." I had never prayed the Rosary of Seven Sorrows before and didn't know anything about the devotion to our Lady of Sorrows but I had recently bought the special rosary because I thought it was pretty. A prompting in my heart assured me this was the right thing to do and, determined to keep my ... (Continue reading)


chicken hen

The chickens came to us from a situation of overcrowding. There was a red rump here or a de-feathered neck there, but they were none the worse for wear. I had been assured that having chickens would be easy (let the record show that I am a documented plant murderer) and that they would require little more than a splash of water, some kitchen scraps, and a handful of feed every once in a while. No sweat, I ... (Continue reading)

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Heroic virtue, martyrdom, and putting on Christ


In April 2014, the Canadian Senate passed Bill C-250 which adds "sexual orientation" to the list of classes that the Canadian Criminal Code protects under its hate provisions. With this provision in place, how long will it be before Canadians who oppose gay "marriage" are prosecuted for their defence of traditional marriage between one man and one woman? Pro-life candidates need not apply to the Liberal Party is the message from Federal Liberal Party leader Justin Trudeau. With his words of intolerance, ... (Continue reading)

What we’re looking on the web..

Archbishop Prendergast decrees an end to eulogies by Kelly Egan, Tristan Hopper "In a Christian funeral, we gather not to praise the deceased, but to pray for them." Making your way through Facebook's 58 genders by Austin Ruse "For those who may want to change their gender on Facebook, here are a few definitions." O, Alma Mater by Anne-Marie Maginnis "When a highly educated woman is home with her children ... she weaves the richness of her education into their lives in ... (Continue reading)

White Salmon

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Our soap or our salmon can travel in tins. - Songs of Education: “Geography” by G. K. Chesterton I like eating fish, but not all fish. I find tuna dry, nondescript, and rather tasteless. I do like salmon, however, which can be hard on the budget. One of my hobbies is chopping firewood, which saves us money and keeps me away from more expensive pursuits. So salmon sandwiches in my lunch pail is a luxury I allow myself, like an occasional cigar, or ... (Continue reading)

Ash Wednesday


Dear Brothers and Sisters, Today, Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Lenten journey of 40 days, which will lead us to the Easter Triduum, the memorial of the Lord’s passion, death, and resurrection and the heart of the mystery of our salvation. Lent prepares us for this most important moment; therefore, it is a “powerful” season, a turning point that can foster change and conversion in each of us. We all need to improve, to change for the better. Lent ... (Continue reading)

The Ethics of Elfland


Orthodoxy, Chapter 4: “The Ethics of Elfland” by G. K. Chesterton When the business man rebukes the idealism of his office-boy, it is commonly in some such speech as this: “Ah, yes, when one is young, one has these ideals in the abstract and these castles in the air; but in middle age they all break up like clouds, and one comes down to a belief in practical politics, to using the machinery one has and getting on with the world ... (Continue reading)

The pope is a superhero?


Have you seen the satirical article in the The Onion about Pope Francis? The headline reads: "Pope Francis Pursues Sinner Across Vatican City Rooftops." There's a photo-shopped picture of the pope chasing a man in a hoodie and both of them appear to be running over Vatican City rooftops. The supposedly humorous article describes Pope Francis pursuing the criminal atop the Sistine Chapel, scaling walls, and leaping across 30-foot gaps before finally tackling the bad guy and sending both of them crashing ... (Continue reading)

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Interview with Dorothy Cummings-McLean


What was your inspiration for A Ceremony of Innocence? A Ceremony of Innocence is very much a tribute to Graham Green and his book The Quiet American. The big issue he wrote about was the beginning of the American involvement in Vietnam. What I think is the big issue of our time since 9/11 is the spread of a particularly imperialist form of Islam—and how this works itself out in young terrorists, generally home-grown, like the Toronto Eighteen. How intentional was the ... (Continue reading)

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