Articles from January, 2015

Needs and Wants

When my husband and I were first married we lived on the outskirts of a pretty uppity community. Wednesday was trash day so Tuesday evenings we would drive around the neighbourhood, “shopping.” We picked up a wide array of furniture and décor in those days—the things that people were "donating" to the landfill were amazing: headboards, antiques, area rugs, bookshelves, and lots more. We pretty near furnished our whole apartment with found items and made a comfortable home for ourselves ... (Continue reading)

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Persevering through the “dark night of the soul”

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I know someone who is going through a spiritually dark time. When I think of this person, the word that comes to mind is "trial." It seems to me that God is trying this person through a series of events that give rise to many questions and doubts. What impresses me is the person's response. Amidst the person's  questions about God's silence in times of suffering, uncertainty, and confusion, a profession of faith and abandonment to God's Will always follows. ... (Continue reading)

Here is the Lamb of God

Consecration

Look, here is the Lamb of God. (Jn 1:35) This declaration made by John the Baptist and which we hear before the reception of Holy Communion at every Mass is a succinct summary of the mission of the Messiah. Last Sunday, we celebrated the Feast of our Lord’s Baptism, the inauguration of His Mission as Suffering Servant and so marked the beginning of His public life, which ended with His Sacrificial Death upon the Cross; the fullest manifestation or theophany of ... (Continue reading)

Behold the true Jordan

Consecration

I have given you as a covenant to the people, a light to the nations, to open the eyes that are blind, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon, from the prison those who sit in darkness (Is 42:6-7). An ancient antiphon from the Liturgy of the Hours for the Feast of the Epiphany places today’s Feast of our Lord’s Baptism and the Christmas Mystery within the context of God’s manifestation of His saving purpose to humanity. "Three mysteries mark this ... (Continue reading)

Jane Wagner’s letter to the Poles

Mary Wagner in Poland

On the morning of Tuesday, 23 December 2014, pro-life champion Mary Wagner was arrested after entering the Bloor West Village Women's Clinic. Prior to her arrest, she had been distributing pro-life pamphlets and pregnancy support information to the women who were scheduled for abortions that morning. Her courageous story has touched the hearts of pro-lifers in Poland. In support of Mary, her Polish supporters have organized a peaceful demonstration outside the Canadian Embassy in Warsaw, Poland on Thursday, 8 January. Jane Wagner, ... (Continue reading)

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Transforming weak Catholic families

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When you teach two classes of First Reconciliation and First Communion candidates on most Saturday mornings, you learn a lot about other families' prayer lives. It doesn't take long to see who prays at home and who doesn't. I have come to the point where I am not surprised but remain disappointed that so many of the children in my Saturday classes can't make a proper Sign of the Cross and don't know the words to the Our Father and ... (Continue reading)

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