Articles from December, 2014

St. Therese and My New Year’s Resolution


The inspiration for my New Year's resolution came to me as I cautiously steered my car along a snow-covered, traffic-snarled road during my morning commute. The snow continued to fall, the roads were a congested mess, and the misery of impatient commuters added to the general unpleasantness of the day. It was the perfect scenario for complaining about my lot in life: the remnants of a cold that didn't want to leave me, the stressful drive to work, and the busy day ... (Continue reading)

Our Lady and the Octave of Christmas


Hail, holy Mother! The Child to whom you gave birth is the King of Heaven and earth forever. Christmas is a Solemnity with an Octave. This means that for eight days the Sacred Liturgy celebrates the Mystery of Christmas. The last day of the Octave is kept as the Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God, which celebrates the divine motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is the oldest of all Marian feasts. It celebrates not only our Lady’s unique ... (Continue reading)

4th Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph simply obeyed


Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it done to me according to your word.' (Lk 1:38) On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, as the Solemn Feast of Christmas draws near, the Sacred Liturgy invites us to be one with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, our Lord’s Foster Father; that we may learn from them how to approach and how to serve the Mystery of God made Man, the Word Made Flesh. The ... (Continue reading)

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College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario: Revised Professional Obligations and Human Rights


At a time of year when most of us are distracted by many things, the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario has surreptitiously put out a revised draft policy entitled Professional Obligations and Human Rights that will affect Ontario physicians' freedom to act in accordance with their religious and moral beliefs. According to their website, "the draft policy sets out physicians' existing legal obligations under the Ontario Human Rights Code (the Code), and the College's expectation that physicians will respect the fundamental ... (Continue reading)

3rd Sunday of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is near


His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation (Lk 1:4). Once again on this third Sunday of Advent we encounter the figure of John the Baptist, "the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.'" In the Liturgy of Advent John bears witness to the Messiah through his call to repentance; an invitation that is ancient and ever new, and ever relevant. Just as important as the message, ... (Continue reading)

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Gift Guide: For the woman who is always busy


I've been checking out gift guides lately. They range from the utterly ridiculous (for those who have everything) to the downright practical (for those who have nothing) and everything in between. So I didn't pause for a minute when our blog editor, Meaghen, suggested I come up with a gift list for the busy women in your life. Here's a short list of great gifts. Prayer and Devotion A Catholic Woman's Book of Days by Amy Welborn looks mighty lovely. I haven't read this, but it ... (Continue reading)

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St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross: The vocation and role of woman

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross

St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross was a brilliant philosopher, an accomplished author, a Jewish convert, a Carmelite nun, a martyr, and a saint. In her great body of writing, she considered the unique gifts that God has endowed upon women and asserted that "woman's intrinsic value must be investigated in relation to her unique nature." Recently, I attended a talk that explained her writing on the vocation and role of women. The following excerpts from her work which we explored ... (Continue reading)

2nd Sunday of Advent: The call to conversion


John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mk 1:4). The Gospel of the Mass on this second Sunday of Advent introduces us to John the Baptist, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths." John the Baptist is one of the three Advent guides who, during this time of preparation for Christmas, lead us towards our encounter with the living God ... (Continue reading)

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Eight strategies for a calm, fruitful Advent


Most of us are distracted by so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another and try to juggle one too many commitments. With less than one month left before Christmas, our lives are going to be even more hectic. We are in danger of not giving ourselves the time to be still, to breathe, to be. When our lives are frenetic, we don't pay attention to important matters including our time ... (Continue reading)

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