Articles from October, 2014

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Dracula Untold: Fallen man, the tragic hero


It is perpetually wonderful to me how much truth can find its way into secularists’ stories. Dracula Untold, Universal’s newest origins story, is a prime example. This story creates—out of the historical Vlad III Dracula the Impaler, Prince of Walachia, and Stoker’s detestable Count—a noble character who resonates with the audience through his very human virtues and vices. In Dracula Untold, Vlad Dracula is a faithful and loving father and husband, a selfless leader and protector, a fallen tragic hero. The film begins ... (Continue reading)

Reparation to the Sacred Heart: a prayer for troubled times


It is understandable to feel concern, uncertainty, confusion, and anxiety in these troubled times. Jesus, it seems, is asleep as our little boat continues to be tossed amidst the storms that rage within the Catholic Church and throughout the world. But we know in faith that He remains with us, always attentive to our prayers, and so it is important to stay close to Him. Receive Him frequently in the Holy Eucharist and visit Him often in Eucharistic Adoration. As members ... (Continue reading)

30th Sunday: We will not be overcome by evil but overcome evil with good.


On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets (Mt 22:40). Our Gospel text contains what is sometimes referred to as the Great Commandment, encompassing both the love of God and the love of neighbour: "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind. You shall love your neighbour as you love yourself" (Mt 22:40). This formula is, in essence, a summary of the Ten Commandments. It is ... (Continue reading)

Sugar and fat and carbs. Oh my!

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At a restaurant the other day, I couldn’t help but notice a couple beside us stuffing themselves silly with everything I love—fat, sugar, carbs, and alcohol. Not a veggie in sight. I think I stared at them for a bit (not being able to control myself), floored at the amount of food pounded back, and by the carbohydrat-ic calories consumed. Must be nice to be able to eat whatever you want, whenever you want, with no thought to gastrointestinal distress or ... (Continue reading)

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Giving the best of ourselves

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Our parish just finished Bundle Sunday Weekend, our annual Fall round-up of gently used clothing and small appliances that are collected and donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society. With six of my eight children still living at home, Bundle Sunday is an event at our house. About two weeks before the collection date, I instruct my husband and children to take everything that doesn't fit or that they no longer want to wear and put them into designated ... (Continue reading)

29th Sunday: The truth of Christ


Worship the Lord in holy splendour; tremble before Him all the earth. Say among the nations, "The Lord is King! He will judge the peoples with equity" (Ps 96). Today is World Mission Sunday and Catholics throughout the whole world are invited to pray and sacrifice for the mission of the Church. Today, even the poorest parishes around the world give from their poverty to support the propagation of the Gospel. The Society for the Propagation of the Faith reminds us ... (Continue reading)

Eight suggestions for surviving the Synod hype

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Have you been keeping up with all the Synod news? It's confusing and a little addictive,  isn't it? We can easily be drawn into the glut of social media commentary and before we know it, we have become Synod junkies and armchair commentators. I admit I almost got drawn into the social media frenzy until a person with a much cooler head prevailed and made me rethink my potential actions. The Synod that is wrapping up this week is only the ... (Continue reading)

28th Sunday: Eucharist means thanksgiving


On this mountain the Lord of Hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food (Is 25:6). Throughout our nation in what we can claim as a truly North American tradition, Canadians are observing Thanksgiving Day. In the observance of what is essentially a harvest festival, we give thanks to God for the fruits of the earth. In so doing we are faithful to the command found in the Book of Exodus: "You shall keep the feast of harvest, of ... (Continue reading)

What’s in a dome?

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Children of divorce, researchers say, often enter adult life with an impaired memory. No one knows for sure why their childhoods seem less vivid. One explanation is that memory works best when it can graft details onto a continuous narrative. Divorce ruptures that narrative. For much of the twentieth century Communists tried to inflict just such a rupture in the lives of eastern Christians. When the Ukrainians fled to Canada, they kept alive the memory of Faith, in ... (Continue reading)

The very stones would cry out


Perhaps you haven’t noticed them? Over the past several months, at the top of each of these editorials, has been an original sketch of an exemplary Canadian Catholic church. Over the next few months, I’d like to tell a few of their stories; I’d like to use them as windows into our artistic tradition and as illustrations of our nation’s rich legacy of faith. (The artist is Heinz Klassen. He is a sometime graduate from art school, and, ... (Continue reading)

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