Articles from June, 2014

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Captain America


Wow. Captain America: The Winter Soldier had it all: action, suspense, mystery, romance, camaraderie, spies, secrets, and—most importantly—awesome superheroes. The action scenes were spectacular, but even the quieter thought-provoking scenes kept you on your toes. The film made $95,023,721 on opening weekend and has made $225,059,241 as of 25 April 25 in the U.S. alone. Not the best the box office has ever seen, but still mighty impressive. The story follows Steve Rogers (Chris Evans), a.k.a. Captain America, after the large-scale alien attack in ... (Continue reading)

12 Years a Slave

12 years

12 Years a Slave is a powerful film based on the memoir by Solomon Northup published in 1853. The film has won 134 awards since its release, including Academy Awards for Best Motion Picture of the Year, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Lupita Nyong’o), and Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay). The film was the first Best Picture with a black director, although Steve McQueen did not win Best Director. 12 Years a Slave is raw and direct and, once you start ... (Continue reading)



I grew up on the rather traddy side of the Catholic fence—I recited rote prayers and the Baltimore Catechism, with a High Latin Mass thrown in here and there for good measure. So my first visit to the University of Steubenville for a youth conference was a big shocker. I recall my earliest impression of the place: we had just walked in late to one of their epic prayer services (our bus had a flat tire) and the teenaged woman in front ... (Continue reading)

Pray in reparation for WorldPride Toronto

Charity, clarity, chastity

WorldPride Toronto 2014 officially opened on the evening of Friday, 20 June. Pride organizers claim that Toronto has one of the largest LGBTQ communities in the world and this year they welcomed visitors from all over the world to the city's "celebration of diversity and equality." Toronto, the organizers say, welcomed the world to "celebrate freedom." In response to this offence to our Lord, EnCourage Toronto and Courage Reparational Group Toronto have again sponsored  Charity, Clarity, Chastity: "an event of prayer and sacrifice ... (Continue reading)

Monsignor Vincent Foy: humble instrument of God’s grace

Msgr Foy greets guests

Anniversaries are important. They mark achievements, rites of passage, and the passing of time. The greater the number of years that are noted, the more significant is the anniversary. On Saturday, 7 June 2014, an anniversary was observed. No precedent for it was found in the annals of the Church in Canada and it is likely never to be repeated. But when a courageous and personable priest reaches a milestone anniversary of seventy–five years of faithful service to God and ... (Continue reading)

Delivering bricks

Fun ed

I used to work at a brickyard while I was going through school and when I was first married. It was an amazing place, which seemed to employ more than its share of eccentrics. I must have seemed like an eccentric myself to my fellow employees. One guy I worked with was Paul McFarlane—Dippy Paul as he was known. Paul used to run long-distance marathons to raise money for various charities, and he did a twenty-five-mile route so often that ... (Continue reading)

The Twilight of American Enlightenment


The average age of North Americans is forty-one; this means that most people have no personal recollection of the decade of the 1950s, the focus of George Marsden’s fascinating and accessible book. Marsden, an historian at Notre Dame University, focuses on a time of promise and anxiety; a time of new technologies, a pervasive emphasis on the relatively new social science of psychology, and a reliance on expertise in fields of life formerly governed by common sense and experience. The fifties was ... (Continue reading)

Fr. William Lloyd Ryan


Fr. William Lloyd Ryan: Priestly and Religious Vocations in the Diocese of Hamilton is the first publication of Rev. Mr. John Perdue, a seminarian for the Diocese of Peterborough. It is the work of four years of dedicated research during which Perdue had access to Fr. Ryan’s personal papers and travelled across southern Ontario as he interviewed the men and women who had known Fr. Ryan best. Many of these interviewees had entered religious life or become priests because of ... (Continue reading)

A Gift of Myself

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A Gift of Myself, the second book in the Little Douglings series by Carissa Douglas is even more delightful than her first story, I Go to Jesus, which focused on a child’s intimate and individual relationship with Jesus while still being part of a family. A Gift of Myself, on the other hand, is the story of how little children can give themselves to others—the selfless and heroic little acts children can do throughout the day in their own family. ... (Continue reading)

Faith of our Fathers

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Our parish celebrated its hundredth anniversary last Sunday. It was a big to-do. The bishop came for Mass, there were ten priests, thirty altar servers, incense, bows, bells, special crowns for the Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa and several photographers weaving their way in and out of the crowd of people. Some came in costumes originating from the “old country” which were bursting with beautiful bright embroidery and old polish customs. The bells were rung a hundred times. There were a hundred candles, lit ... (Continue reading)

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